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US Defense Secretary Richard Cheney, returning from the Gulf with Gen. Colin Powell, is ready to advise President Bush on the timing of a ground war. "I think there's a limit to how long we can" continue with air-power alone, Cheney said. US military officials in Saudi Arabia said "there are plenty of targets" left for coalition warplanes.... Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, making his first public address in more than two weeks, praised his people for their strength and assured them "we will win," in a broadcast Sunday on Baghdad Radio. UNITED STATES

A new book alleges that the US Central Intelligence Agency helped undermine the Iran-contra criminal investigation and bribed officials in Costa Rica. Jeffrey Toobin, a federal prosecutor in New York who worked for Iran-contra special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh from 1987 to 1989, says the CIA bribes led to construction of a remote airstrip used to resupply the Nicaraguan rebels, despite a federal law against aiding the contras. The book, "Opening Arguments," also questions "stunning memory lapses" during the hearings.... The average price of a gallon of gas dropped by more than a nickel over the past two weeks, a nationwide survey finds. NUCLEAR WEAPONS PLANTS

Congress's Office of Technology Assessment says in a new report that the Energy Department is "unlikely" to make quick progress decontaminating its badly polluted nuclear weapons plants. …


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