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May 30, 2004

The World

An explosion on a busy commercial street in Baghdad near the main entrance to the U.S.-led coalition government headquarters killed two British civilians.

The United States and Britain presented a closed session of the U.N. Security Council with a draft of an agreement on a "sovereign interim government" for Iraq that would allow foreign troops to remain in the country for at least a year, subject to Iraqi review.

Iyad Allawi, a secular Shiite member of the American-appointed Iraqi Governing Council with close ties to the CIA, was selected to be prime minister of Iraq's interim government.

Masked gunmen opened fire on a convoy taking Russian technicians to work at a Baghdad power station, killing two and wounding at least five.

One Marine and one Army soldier were killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack outside Fallujah, the troubled central Iraqi city now under control of former members of Saddam Hussein's military.

A 98-foot section of a new Air France terminal at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport collapsed, killing four.

The death toll in flooding in Haiti and the Dominican Republic rose to more than 2,000.

The Nation

Attorney General John Ashcroft warned that intelligence "indicates al-Qaida's specific intention to hit the United States hard" this summer, but he did not raise the terrorism alert level. The FBI asked the public for help in finding seven people linked to the terrorist network.

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sought the return of more than $100 million from Richard A. Grasso in a lawsuit that accuses the former New York Stock Exchange chief of bullying and manipulating his way to a $187.5 million pay package that was "wholly inappropriate and illegal."

A judge freed Oregon lawyer Brandon Mayfield, who had been jailed for two weeks as a material witness, after a flawed fingerprint reading linked him to the March 11 train bombing in Madrid, which killed 191. The FBI apologized.

Researchers reported that women who take aspirin regularly have a lower risk of developing the most common types of breast cancer tumors than those who do not.

The New York Times published an editor's note acknowledging that the paper had made mistakes in reporting on Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction in the build up to -- and in the early days of -- the U.S. invasion.

Lawyers for track star Marion Jones released evidence that tied her to the use of illegal drugs, but said it was not enough to ban her from the Olympics.

A jury in Oklahoma convicted Terry L. Nichols of first-degree murder for aiding Timothy J. McVeigh in the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people. Now serving a life sentence on federal charges, Nichols, 49, could receive the death penalty.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rebuked efforts by the Bush administration's Justice Department to block Oregon's assisted-suicide law.

Former Vice President Al Gore -- the 2000 Democratic presidential candidate -- said that the Bush administration has brought "deep dishonor" to the United States and called for resignations of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, CIA Director George J. Tenant and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice.

Longtime peace activist David Dellinger, one of the defendants in 1969 Chicago Seven trial, died at age 88.

The Region

Adan Espinoza Canela, 17, and Policarpio Espinoza, 22, were arrested in the gruesome killings of three children -- one 10 years old, the other two 9 year olds -- whose bodies were found in an apartment in Northwest Baltimore. One had been decapitated, the other two partially beheaded.

Former Baltimore City school board employee Lewis E. Williams, 61, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and misapplication in a scheme that diverted more than $200,000 in rental payments paid by outside groups using schools to a personal bank account.

Parents of a 3-year-old girl handed over to foster services after apparently being abandoned in Baltimore both claimed custody. The mother is accused of having a history of drug abuse and prostitution, and the father, who left the girl with a friend to go to work, was later arrested in a drug raid.

A series of powerful thunderstorms moved through Maryland, bringing rain, lightning and high winds, and leaving 77,000 customers of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. without power.

Sylvester E. McKay resigned after two years as president of Baltimore City Community College after a report by the Abell Foundation that sharply criticized the institution.

Maryland State Police joined prison authorities in the investigation of the death of Ifeanyi A. Iko, an inmate at Western Correctional Institution in Allegany County. The state medical examiner ruled the asphyxiation of the 51-year-old Nigerian immigrant a homicide.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine said it would spend $100 million over the next 10 years to pay for 100 new research scientists as well as their support staff and laboratories.

A group of wealthy investors sued former Alex. Brown Management executives, saying they mishandled a fund that was supposed to protect them against potential tax liabilities if they were over-invested in a particular stock.

A 14-year-old girl who took part in the near-fatal beating of 12-year-old Nicole Ashley Townes in February was sentenced in juvenile court to live in a group home for up to three years, do community service in a hospital that treats brain injuries and write regular essays to a judge.

Quote

"I sent American troops to Iraq to make its people free, not to make them American."

President Bush

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