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Inspector: Iraq shows attitude shift NEWS IN BRIEF
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The U.N. chief weapons
inspectors emerged from key talks with Iraq officials
yesterday, saying they saw signs of a "change of heart"
from Baghdad over disarmament demands and that
further U.N. inspections were preferable to a quick
U.S.-led military strike.
In two days of meetings with Hans Blix and
Mohamed ElBaradei, Iraq officials handed over
documents on anthrax, VX nerve gas and missile
development. But Blix said there was still no
immediate agreement on a key demand, using
American U-2 surveillance planes to help
"We are not at all at the end of the road," Blix
told The Associated Press. "But nevertheless I'm
bound to note, to register, nuances and this I think
was a new nuance.
The weekend session, ahead of Blix and ElBaradei's
report this week to the U.N. Security Council, could
help decide the next steps taken by the council in the
months-long standoff that has left the Middle East sus-
pended between war and peace.
There was no immediate U.S. response to the
inspectors' comments. But with tens of thousands
of American troops in the Persian Gulf preparing
for war, President Bush reiterated Wednesday that
it was time for action against Iraqi leader Saddam
Saddam "wants the world to think that hide-
and-seek is a game that we should play. And it's
over," Bush told congressional Republicans at a
policy conference. "It's a moment of truth for the
United Nations. The United Nations gets to
decide shortly whether or not it is going to be rel-
evant in terms of keeping the peace, whether or
not its words mean anything."
However, the United States was faced with
renewed opposition in Europe to an Iraq war.
Germany's defense minister said yesterday the
Germany and France would present a proposal to
the Security Council next week to send U.N. sol-
diers to disarm Iraq - a plan U.S. officials
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
"(Saddam Hussein) wants
the world to think that
hide-and-seek is a game
that we should play. And
- President Bush
denounced as ineffective.
And Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose coun-
try holds veto powers on the council - reiterated his
strong opposition to military action against Baghdad.
"We are convinced that efforts for a peaceful reso-
lution of the situation regarding Iraq should be per-
sistently continued," Putin told journalists after talks
with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in Berlin.
Terror alert expected to fall, Ridge says
WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland
Security Secretary Tom Ridge said yes-
terday he thought the current terrorism
threat level would likely be lowered
from the high-risk orange level, but
wouldn't say when.
"When it is lowered, and I'm con-
fident it will be, then there will be
an appropriate explanation at the
time," he said.
Ridge defended the Bush administra-
tion's decision last week to increase the
level to the second from the top on a
color-coded scale of five, even though
the government later determined that
some of the information which led to the
upgrading was likely fabricated.
"The decision to raise it to orange was
not based on one or two sources," he
said on ABC's "This Week."
A senior administration official,
speaking on condition of anonymity,
said Saturday that the end of the hajj -
the Muslim pilgrimage to the holy
Mecca - was causing officials to con-
sider seriously lowering the threat level.
Ridge will present a "Ready Cam-
paign" Wednesday encouraging the pub-
lic to have a communication plan with
their family, to prepare an emergency
supply kit and to "stay alert on a day to
"Terrorists give us a choice. We
can either be afraid, or we can be
ready," said Ridge, speaking on
CNN's "Late Edition."
Ridge also said U.S. intelligence offi-
cials were evaluating a new tape, pur-
portedly of Osama bin Laden saying
American war plans against Iraq are
part of a broader plot against Mus-
There has been some information
about a second bin Laden tape
"swirling around within the intelli-
gence community for the past cou-
ple of days," he said. "Obviously we
haven't authenticated it, but again
the message is consistent: The val-
ues of the West are anathema to
these people. If you don't believe,
you're an infidel."
While the release of statements from
bin Laden have foreshadowed past ter-
rorist attacks, Ridge said he saw no
"trigger" in the latest tape.
"But there is no rhyme or reason
to when they attack," Ridge said.
"Ultimately they attack when they
Israeli tanks entered Gaza City early today and headed for a neighborhood
where leaders of the violent Islamic militant group Hamas live, witnesses said.
A Palestinian policeman was killed and four civilians, including a doctor, were
wounded by Israeli gunfire, hospital officials said.
It was the first time Israeli forces moved on the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood
in northern Gaza City. The incursion came after Saturday's blast in northern Gaza,
in which four Israeli soldiers died when their tank set off a huge bomb. Hamas
Early today, witnesses said about 35 tanks, accompanied by attack helicopters,
moved into position around a five-story building in Gaza City where Ahmed
Ghandour and his family live and blew it up. Palestinians said Ghandour is the
top aide to Hamas bombmaker Adnan al-Roul, believed responsible for planning
the attack on the tank.
Two Palestinians were wounded slightly by Israeli gunfire, hospital officials
said. Israeli military sources, speaking on condition on anonymity, said an opera-
tion was underway in Gaza City but it was not a large-scale invasion.
Israeli military sources, speaking on condition on anonymity, said that an oper-
ation was underway in Gaza City, but it was not a large-scale invasion.
Greenspan's comments complicate Bush plan
His pointed criticism of the Bush tax plan showed that Alan Greenspan, often
taken to task for being too murky in his economic pronouncements, can be crystal
clear when he wants to be.
The Federal Reserve chairman warned that further tax cuts should be paid for,
leading Democrats to proclaim that Greenspan had delivered the 'kiss of death' for
President Bush's $1.3 trillion proposal.
GOP lawmakers fumed. Greenspan, himself a Republican, had stabbed them in the
back, they said.
The White House went into damage-control mode, pointing out that Greenspan
had endorsed the plan's centerpiece, elimination of the tax on stock dividends.
Private economists saw the episode last week as remarkable given Greenspan's deft
touch, after more than 15 years on the job, in avoiding political mine fields. They
wondered if Greenspan's blunt words were a sign of a man no longer worried about
his future. 'It appears as though Greenspan either does not want to be reappointed as
Fed chairman next year or has learned that he will not be reappointed,' said Paul Kas-
riel, chief economist at Northern Trust Co. in Chicago.
SPACE CENER,Houston quences of war might be steep, caus-
S t i t ting new instability and bringing
more conflict. Similar dire predic-
continues in factoy tions preceded the U.S.-led attack on
Afghanistan's Taliban regime, and
Eastern snowstorm causes delays, 5 deaths
The Associated Press
- and a lot of it." The snow was part of a huge storm Williamson closed its flood wall as the Tug Fork River
The East's worst storm of the season blew heavy system that also produced thunderstorms in the South, rose toward a crest of up to 3 feet above flood stage.
snow along the Ohio Valley and into the mid-Atlantic
states yesterday, shutting down two major airports and
canceling church services. More than 3 feet of snow
was possible in the mountains and other areas had
floods and mudslides.
At least five deaths had been blamed on the weather
since snow burst across the Plains on Friday and Satur-
day. "This is looking like the largest storm this year,
and it may be one of the top five in our recorded histo-
ry," said Lora Rakowski of Maryland's Highway
Administration. "You name a place, they've got snow
including an early morning tornado that damaged a
house in northern Florida.
In Tennessee, where more than 7 inches of rain fell
earlier, a mudslide early yesterday destroyed an apart-
ment building outside Knoxville, chasing out several
dozen tenants. One man was hospitalized in serious
condition, the Knox County sheriff's office said. West
Virginia Gov. Bob Wise declared a state of emergency
as his state had 20 inches of snow in the north, floods
that blocked roads in the south and ice elsewhere.
Some 41,000 customers were without power.
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In San Francisco yesterday, police
estimated 100,000 anti-war demon-
strators hit the streets, filling 12 large
city blocks stretching from the water-
front to city hall. Demonstrators had
postponed their event one day so as
not to infringe on the city's popular
Chinese New Year parade.
"Finally it seems there is a worldwide
movement saying this is obviously a cat-
astrophic path we're on," said Deborah
Hoffmann,-55, part of a group of Arab
and Israeli women. "And now every-
body is out in the streets."
In Denver, about 300 people waving
U.S. flags and holding signs proclaiming
"war is bad, evil is worse" gathered
yesterday in support of using force
"I support our president and I support ,
my sons. This is the only option," said
Pam Pearson, 49, whose two sons are in
the Navy. "I'd rather foXcecSadaam out,
than have to play by his rules."
yesterday from Missouri to New Jersey, The board investigating the Columbia
11 at a rate of up to 4 inches an hour in disaster toured the Louisiana plant Satur-
yland. Forecasts ranged from a foot of . day where the shuttle's external fuel tank
today in Rhode Island and Massachusetts was built, while searchers scouring the
n New Jersey and 2 feet in Maryland and mountains of New Mexico - west of
inia. where any debris has been found so far
ther-related deaths included two in - were coming up empty.
in Nebraska, one in West Virginia, Investigators also revealed that two
son killed in Iowa when an Amtrak more Columbia control jets, making at
ed into a car stuck on the tracks in least four in all, continued to fire in a
w west of Danville. desperate attempt to stabilize the shuttle
during its final minutes.
Some demonstrators who arrived late The jets fire when flaps on the shut-
at the New York rally Saturday com- tle's wings and tail are inadequate to con-
plained that police kept them from trol any abnormal motions encountered
crossing barriers to join the main rally. A at supersonic speeds. The information
court order prohibited protesters fromny was coaxed from thefinal 32 seconds of
marching past the United Nations ragged data sent from Columbia as it was
because of security concerns, so the breaking apart, investigators said.
Iiqrowd. gathered on a bloce-off First The last voice communication from
Avenue instead. the shuttle's seven astronauts came as
Columbia streaked across New Mexico
S T' D ENduring re-entry on Feb. I before breaking
apart about two minutes later.
Continued from Page 1A ISLAMABADy Pakistan
LSA freshman Gabi Strasfogel, an
AWA! protester arrested at the New World worries about
York City rally, said she felt the . of
heightened terror level affected the ra.UJflCauons O War
protest. "I think (the police) were
using the code orange to scare us and A war to remove Saddam Hussein
make us back down from what we would rid Washington of a longtime
believe in," she said. nemesis. But from Pakistan's tribal fron-
Strasfogel and Music freshman tier to the streets of Gaza, there are fears
Sarah Herard were arrested for a conflict would unleash rage in a world
obstructing traffic and recieved mis- already swimming in it, cripple strug-
demeanor charges. gling regional economies and endanger
But Herard said she was engaging in crucial U.S. allies.
civil disobedience. "The punishment Critics of Bush say that the conse-
does not matter. I see that there's a lot
of policy in the U.S. that needs to be
changed and a lot of'apathetic people,"
she said. "We get a lot more media
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Former gen. considers
presidential race in '04
Retired Gen. Wesley Clark said
yesterday he's thinkig -about "ch
lenging President Bush in 2004
because he's concerned about the
direction the administration is tak-
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running for president "is about
ideas, it's not about candidacies." It
was his first public acknowledgment
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