CHICAGO, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Bush makes case against Iraq
CINCINNATI, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- President Bush headed for the nation's heartland Monday to present his case on Iraq at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Like his address in Manchester, N.H., and his radio message Saturday, the president planned to stress Saddam Hussein could launch an attack against America at any time and must be prevented. Since his speech to the United Nations Sept. 12, the president has begun increasingly to stress the urgency of moving on Saddam now before the Iraqi leader can strike at the Unites States, Israel or other allies. The White House added the notion of an unprovoked attack by Saddam Hussein to its other rhetoric as Bush sought to justify why Congress should give him the right to order a pre-emptive strike.
Latest sniper victim linked to other shootings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Authorities said that ballistics tests had linked the shooting of a Maryland teenager Monday to the slayings of six people in the Washington area last week. The 13-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded Monday as his aunt dropped him off at school in Prince George's County, Md. The boy was shot in the torso at 8:09 a.m. The aunt heard a single shot and saw the boy "slump over," said Prince George's County Police Chief Gerald Wilson. The aunt rushed him to the nearby Bowie Health Center. He was airlifted just before 9 a.m. to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, police said. He is listed in critical but stable condition, police said.
UN deplores Israeli attacks in Gaza
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan Monday was critical of Israeli attacks in Khan Younis, Gaza, which left at least 14 Palestinians dead and dozens wounded. He was particularly concerned by reports an Israeli helicopter gunship fired a missile into a crowd of civilians.
Kazakhs seize contraband radioactive waste
ALMATY, Kazakhstan, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Kazakh customs officers suppressed an attempt to smuggle radioactive waste into China, the Kazakh Khabar news agency reported Monday. The radioactive waste, weighing 1,974 pounds and contained in 18 sacks, was shipped as a transit load from Russia in a KAMAZ trailer. Kazakh customs officers and border guards stopped the smugglers at the Bakhty checkpoint in the eastern Kazakh region on the border with China.
Astronomers spot icy world beyond Pluto
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A billion miles beyond Pluto, an icy sphere is locked in a near-circular orbit around the sun, the largest object discovered in the solar system in 72 years, astronomers said Monday. Called Quaoar ("KWAH-o-ar") -- an Indian word for the creative force -- the object resides in the vast Kuiper belt region of space beyond the orbit of Neptune, where astronomers think some of the leftover materials of the solar system are located. Most astronomers think Pluto itself is a Kuiper belt object that was bumped into its oddly inclined, Neptune-crossing orbit by a collision. The scientists first found the object in digital sky survey taken in June by the 48-inch Oschin Telescope at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego.
Shuttle blasts off, ending launch hiatus
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Ending a summer-long drought of shuttle missions, Atlantis soared off its seaside launch pad Monday to deliver a massive external support beam needed to boost solar power to expand the International Space Station. Grounded for fleet-wide repairs to fuel liners, then delayed by a threatening hurricane, Atlantis finally blasted off at 3:45 p.m. from the Kennedy Space Center. Armchair astronauts watching the launch on television enjoyed a dizzying perspective of the blastoff with a new video camera mounted to the shuttle's external fuel tank relaying live views.
Survey finds Americans paring credit use
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Amid continuing concerns over a possible double-dip recession, American consumers say they are cutting back somewhat on their credit card usage, according to the results of a nationwide survey by the Cambridge Consumer Credit Index. The monthly index, based on a survey of more than 1,000 households, is prepared by Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. of Islandia, N.Y., which provides financial advice and credit counseling. The index for October fell by 3 points from September, to 53, indicating that consumers fearful about the economic outlook are cutting use of credit.
DaimlerChrysler strike date set
TORONTO, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The Canadian Auto Workers Monday set a strike deadline of 11:59 p.m. Oct. 15 for a new contract with DaimlerChrysler. The announcement came just a day after autoworkers approved a new contract with Ford Motor Co. A contract with General Motors Corp. was approved earlier. Both were reached without walkouts and with commitments from the automakers to make major investments in their Canadian operations. The final round of talks with the Big Three automakers could be complicated by DaimlerChrysler's plans to shutter one of its Windsor plants in July 2003 when it ends production of the Dodge Ram commercial vehicle.
Markets fall for Monday
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The major stock indexes dropped for Monday, pressured by concerns over the U.S. economy and the possibility of war with Iraq. President Bush will deliver a speech on the Iraqi issue Monday night. Earlier Monday, the White House also said Bush would intervene in the ongoing port lockout on the West Coast, which is costing the U.S. economy an estimated $2 billion daily. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 105.56 points, or 1.4 percent, to close at 7,422.84. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 20.50 points, or 1.8 percent, to close at 1119.40.
Russia marks Putin's 50th birthday
MOSCOW, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 50th birthday abroad Monday, attending a regional summit in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, but half-hearted attempts to keep the birthday low-key failed as Russian media devoted hours of broadcast time and pages of newsprint to mark the date. Presents from politicians and ordinary Russians piled up at his offices at the Kremlin, with regional leaders reportedly trying to outdo each other by coming up with the most elaborate or unusual gift. By far the most extravagant present is a copy of an ancient ceremonial crown of Russia's czars, the Cap of Monomakh, which is to be presented to Putin by the Russian Academy of Jewelry Art.