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e larger
role in Iraq
ed States is circulating a proposed res-
olution to assign a larger role to the
United Nations in peacemaking in Iraq
and to outline a "political horizon" for
the country's transition to a constitu-
tional democracy, Secretary of State
Colin Powell said yesterday.
At a hastily arranged news confer-
ence, Powell said peacekeeping troops,
most of which are supplied by the
United States, would be placed under a
unified command with U.S. command-
ers in charge.
"Certainly the United States will
continue to play a dominant role,"
Powell said. "But a dominant role does
not mean the only role."
Nonetheless, in turning to the United
Nations, as demanded by many other
governments and members of Con-
gress, the Bush administration is modi-
fying its strategy in Iraq.
Powell said the United Nations "has
brought great skill to nation-building."
In response to a question, he said the
move was not motivated by the contin-
uing loss of U.S. troops in Iraq.
Powell said U.S. Ambassador John
Negroponte was circulating a draft res-
olution yesterday and today to other
U.N. ambassadors and that he planned
to rally support with telephone calls to
foreign ministers.
He said he had already been in touch
with British Foreign Secretary Jack
Straw and foreign ministers Igor
Ivanov of Russia, Joschka Fischer of
Germany and Dominique de Villepin
of France.
"The initial reaction so far is posi-
tive," he said.
The postwar operation is costing
the United States at least $3.9 billion
a month and has strained the Ameri-
can military, which has some 140,000
troops stationed there. The administra-
tion has struggled to attract broader
international participation, and sees
the new U.N. resolution as the way to
make other nations more comfortable
with contributing militarily and finan-
Some nations, including India, "felt,
like they needed additional authority
from the U.N. to able to participate,";
White House spokesman Scottj
McClellan said.
"So we said, 'We want to listen toI
your concerns, we want to work withI
you and we want to look at ways to
encourage broader international partic-j
ipation,"' McClellan said.
He made plain that the United States
intends to retain political and military
control in Iraq. "This is and continues
to be something that is under the com-
mand of the United States military,
working with our coalition," he said.
The U.S. civilian administrator for
Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, and the U.S.-ledI
Coalition Provisional Authority are,
"overseeing our efforts in Iraq and
they will continue to oversee our
efforts in Iraq," McClellan said. "We
want to encourage more countries to
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Abortion doctor's killer executed
Paul Hill, a former minister who said he murdered an abortion doctor
and his bodyguard to save the lives of unborn babies, was executed last
night by injection. He was the first person put to death in the United States
for anti-abortion violence.
Hill, 49, was condemned for the July 29, 1994, shooting deaths of John
Bayard Britton, a doctor, and his bodyguard, retired Air Force Lt. Col.
James Herman Barrett, and the wounding of Barrett's wife outside the
Ladies Center in Pensacola.
As he has since the slaying, Hill showed no remorse and urged abortion foes to
use whatever means to protect the unborn.
"If you believe abortion is a lethal force, you should oppose the force and do
what you have to do to stop it," Hill said as laid strapped to a gurney in the execu-
tion chamber. "May God help you to protect the unborn as you would want to be
protected." Hill was pronounced dead at 6:08 p.m., Gov. Jeb Bush's office said.
Death penalty opponents and others had urged Bush to halt the execution, some
of them warning Hill's death would make him a martyr and unleash more vio-
lence against abortion clinics. The governor said he would not be "bullied" into
stopping the execution.
IRS centers provide faulty information
IRS centers established to help people prepare their tax returns gave incorrect
answers - or no answer at all - to 43 percent of the questions asked by Treasury
Department investigators posing as taxpayers. The investigators concluded that
half a million taxpayers may have been given wrong information between July and
December 2002. Service varied widely by state, with some of the best in the
Northeast and some of the worst in the Midwest and Plains. Auditors were given
correct answers to 57 percent of their tax law questions during the course of the
study. Less than half, or 45 percent, of the questions were answered correctly and
completely. In 12 percent of the cases, the answer was correct but incomplete.
Internal Revenue Service employees gave wrong answers to 28 percent of the
questions. Twelve percent went unanswered, as taxpayers were told to do their own
research in IRS publications. In 3 percent of the attempts to get questions
answered, the auditor could not get any service at the center. The IRS disputed the
results. Using the raw numbers gathered by Treasury investigators, the IRS recal-
culated the error rate and ignored any instance when a taxpayer was denied serv-
ice or told to do his own research.

Viruses disrupt power-
plant PC systems
Government regulators are warning
nuclear plant operators about com-
puter outages caused by Internet
infections, confirming disruptions of
two important internal systems in
January at a nuclear power plant
already shut down.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commis-
sion said safety was not compro-
mised at the Davis-Besse nuclear
power plant along Lake Erie in Ohio,
partly because the plant was shut
down in February 2002 after workers
found a hole in the 6-inch-thick steel
cap covering the plant's reactor ves-
sel. The two computer systems
affected by the widespread "Slam-
mer" Internet disruption in January
are regularly used by plant operators
for monitoring pressure and tempera-
ture during accidents, but they are
not formally considered safety equip-
ment, NRC spokesman Matthew Chi-
ramal said.
Court confronts
death penalty issue
The Supreme Court is back in the
thick of the death penalty debate,
coming face to face with the effects
of its own recent rulings on who can

be executed and who decides that
The justices are confronting sev-
eral capital punishment questions:
whether juveniles should be execut-
ed, what to do about poor perform-
ances by defense lawyers and
whether juries rather than judges
should have sentenced scores of
death row inmates.
The court has dealt before with all
three subjects, but not with finality.
Some of the most dramatic recent
rulings came last year.
Some black leaders
question prison labor
Officials in struggling Williamsburg
County see the new federal prison rising
behind the pines along a lonely two-lane
highway as the answer to the high unem-
ployment level. But some black leaders
wonder whether a county that is more
than two-thirds black should tie its future
to a system that locks up so many mem-
bers of their race.
The $110 million medium-security
prison will hold about 1,150 inmates
and is scheduled to open at year's end. It
will bring more than 380 jobs, most of
them paying well more than double the
county's average personal income of
$12,794, according to the Federal
Bureau of Prisons.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.



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