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Bush adviser advocates Iraq attack

A senior adviser to George W. Bush proposed seizing control of parts of Iraq as a way of undermining President Saddam Hussein.

Denouncing the Clinton administration's policy on Iraq as "a debacle," Robert Zoellick, a former State Department official, said Friday that U.S. efforts against Hussein should include "slowly taking away pieces of his territory." He suggested southern Iraq was a good target for the United States.

Hussein lost control of northern Iraq in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War in which the United States and its allies reversed his annexation of Kuwait.

N.H. governor vetoes

death penalty repeal

CONCORD, N.H. _ The governor vetoed a bill Friday that would have repealed the death penalty, something no state has done since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976. The veto by Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, which was expected, came a day after the Senate passed the measure 14-10.

Elsewhere

RESIDENTS GO HOME: Residents of burned-out neighborhoods in Los Alamos, N.M., returned to their homes Friday for the first time in nine days. By midday Friday, more than 70 percent of the 47,500-acre fire was contained.

NRA PLANS RESTAURANT: The National Rifle Association plans to open a restaurant in New York City's Times Square. NRASports will offer virtual-reality shooting games and a merchandise store, and feature a restaurant _ the N.R.A. Grille_ which will serve wild game. But it won't sell guns.

HEED MY LIPS: Lots of candidates kiss babies, but Texas Gov. George W. Bush had the tables turned Friday _ by a 77-year-old man. Howard Koen, a Paducah, Ky., Democrat, surprised the GOP presidential candidate by pecking him on the cheek as Bush shook hands and posed for pictures.

NO STARR INQUIRY: A federal judge in Little Rock, Ark., has rejected a request for an investigation of former independent counsel Kenneth Starr's alleged misconduct in the Whitewater case.

WARMING UP: The first four months of this year were the warmest third in 106 years of national record-keeping, said scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT: A trailer carrying a tractor broke loose from a farm truck and crashed into a school bus Friday in Derwood, Md., killing the bus driver and injuring four children, police said.

JUMPING INTO IT: An apparent clerical error sent a supply clerk with the 82nd Airborne Division on his first parachute jump without any formal training. Army Spec. Jeff Lewis, 23, who landed unhurt, said he was just following orders. He jumped Feb. 22 at Fort Bragg.

NAKED JUSTICE: A federal appeals court in New York ruled Friday that a photographer has a First Amendment right to assemble a large group of nude people on a street to take their picture. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that Spencer Tunick was within his rights to take a photo of 100 nude people in Manhattan one morning in July.

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