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BUSH DECIDES GUANTANAMO WILL STAY OPEN

WASHINGTON

Despite his stated desire to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, President Bush has decided not to do so, and never considered proposals that outlined options for transferring the detainees elsewhere, senior administration officials told the New York Times. After a Supreme Court ruling in June cast doubt on the future of the detention center, Bush adopted the view of his most hawkish advisers that closing it would involve too many legal and political risks, the officials said. The administration is proceeding on the assumption that Guantanamo will remain open not only for the rest of Bush's presidency but well beyond, the officials said.

IRAQ

Bombs hit bus, taxi in Iraq; 4 die

Bombs struck a double-decker bus and a taxi in eastern Baghdad on Monday, killing four people, authorities said. Iraqi police and hospital officials said the bus was carrying employees of Iraq's Housing Ministry through the Shiite-dominated neighborhood of Mashtal when it was hit by a roadside bomb. Two people died, said the officials, and seven were wounded. In a separate attack, a bomb placed under a taxi exploded at Maysaloun Square in east Baghdad, police said. Police and health officials said two people were killed and two others were injured.

LITTLE ROCK, ARK.

Anchor who was in 'W' badly beaten

A popular TV anchorwoman who had a small part in the Bush biopic W was in critical condition Monday after being beaten in her home. Police questioned whether she could have been targeted. KATV anchor Anne Pressly, 26, was found by her mother about 4:30 a.m. Monday, shortly before she was due to appear on the station's Daybreak program. Pressly's purse was gone and robbery was among the possible motives being explored, police said.

Elsewhere

Nevada kidnapping: A grandfather and a woman in California were ordered detained as witnesses Monday in the investigation of the kidnapping of a 6-year-old boy in Las Vegas, but little was disclosed about what information they may have.

Canada: Stephane Dion, the head of Canada's opposition Liberals, said he will step down after leading the once-dominant party to one of its worst ballot showings in last week's elections for Parliament.

China: Some 1,500 dogs bred for their raccoon-like fur have died after eating feed tainted with melamine, a veterinarian said Monday, raising questions about how widespread the industrial chemical is in China's food chain. Products tainted with melamine have caused kidney stones in tens of thousands of Chinese children and been linked to the deaths of four infants.

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