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August 07, 2005

LOOKING FORWARD

MONDAY

President Bush is to tour Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., and make remarks after signing the energy bill recently passed by Congress. The measure, the first major overhaul of the nation's energy policies in 13 years, will funnel billions of dollars to energy companies, including tax breaks and loan guarantees for nuclear power plants, clean coal technology and wind energy. Republican Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico led Senate negotiations over the bill. Domenici said Bush promised him that he would sign it in New Mexico. The Sandia labs are a major federal government energy research center.

The space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to land at Cape Canaveral, Fla., before dawn. NASA gave the all-clear Friday for Discovery to return to Earth, concluding a 13-day mission during which the astronauts were called on to repair their spacecraft's thermal protection shield. The repairs were aimed at avoiding a repeat of Columbia's disastrous re-entry in 2003 when that spacecraft, damaged by a piece of insulating foam during launch, broke apart over Texas as it headed to Florida, killing the seven astronauts on board. Discovery is the first shuttle to return to orbit since the tragedy.

A public memorial service is planned in Brook Park, Ohio, to honor 20 Marines killed in Iraq last week, who were members of a unit based in this northeast Ohio city.

TUESDAY

This day marks the anniversary of the dropping of a second U.S. atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, 60 years ago. About 70,000 people died. Japan sued for peace a few days later.

A bankruptcy hearing is scheduled for US Airways. The airline recently filed its reorganization plan with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, one of its final steps toward emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by fall. The plan is centered on the airline's merger with America West Holdings Corp., which would create the nation's fifth-largest low-cost airline.

WEDNESDAY

President Bush is expected to sign a sweeping highway construction bill in Chicago. Last month, Congress delivered the transportation legislation with a price tag of $286.4 billion.

The president has scheduled a meeting with his national defense team, including Donald H. Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice, at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. A key issue likely to be discussed is the management of the continuing struggle in Iraq, where recent U.S. fatalities and an unfruitful struggle by that nation's political leaders to frame a constitution are presenting continuing challenges.

The 40th anniversary of riots in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts will be marked. During the riots, 34 people were killed, 1,100 people were injured, 4,000 people were arrested and an estimated $100 million in damage was caused.

LOOKING BACK

The World

Fourteen Marines and their Iraqi interpreter were killed Wednesday when their troop carrier struck a powerful roadside bomb in the city of Haditha in western Iraq, in one of the deadliest days for U.S. forces since their invasion of the country in March 2003. The attack brought the number of American casualties in Haditha last week to 20. Those killed were from the same Ohio-based unit, the 3rd Battalion of the 25th Marines, that lost five other members Monday when a group of its snipers was ambushed.

King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, who led his desert kingdom into a controversial military alliance with the United States that produced a violent backlash by Islamic fundamentalists, died at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, the Saudi capital. He was believed to be 84. Crown Prince Abdullah, the king's half-brother and the effective leader of the kingdom since the mid-1990s when a stroke incapacitated the king, was chosen by the royal family to succeed him.

South Korea's pioneering stem cell scientists have again smashed a biological barrier and re-ignited a fierce ethical debate, spending three years to produce another cloned animal - a frisky puppy. The researchers, led by Hwang Woo Suk, insist that they cloned an Afghan hound only to help find cures for human diseases and improve techniques that make it easier to clone stem cells for use in human therapies.

Prime Minister Tony Blair proposed strict anti-terror measures that would allow Britain to expel foreigners who preach hatred, close extremist mosques and bar entry to Muslim radicals. "The rules of the game are changing" after last month's bomb attacks, he declared. The proposals, which also target extremist Web sites and bookshops, are aimed primarily at excluding radical Islamic clerics accused of whipping up hatred and violence among vulnerable, disenfranchised Muslim men.

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