Braves notebook: Lopez to undero surgery Monday

McGwire hits 37th, passes Gehrig for 16th place on career list

Jackets roll past Asheville

Tourists cool off Jackets

Chen, Braves show weak side

Braves notebook: Jordan could be out for series with Phils

Postcard contest still strong

Castleberry's to buy Fearnow
Canned-meat producer Castleberry/Snow's Brands Inc. announced Wednesday the acquisition of Fearnow Brothers, the Mechanicsville, Va.-based maker of Mrs. Fearnow's Delicious Brunswick Stew and other products.

Supply company planning expansion
Bennett Distribution Services has announced plans to expand operations in Columbia County and build a new facility which could ultimately create 25 to 40 new jobs.

Additional business news
Railroads begin restoring service...Saturn slips in satisfaction poll...Euro rebounds in recent weeks...Charter to sell stocks to public...IMF approves billions for Russia...

Columbia County lowers price of speculative building

Group: Banks increasing interest

Supply company planning expansion

Store improvement
Baldwin Construction workers Steve Cribb (right) and Edward Drayton work to remove plaster from Haverty's furniture on Wrightsboro Road. The store is undergoing an 8,000-square-foot expansion.

House backs Chinese trade
WASHINGTON -- The House approved President Clinton's one-year extension of normal trade with China on Tuesday, overcoming complaints that the Chinese government abuses its own citizens and spies on America.

Greenspan: Fed may raise rates again
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan renewed warnings today that the nation's central bank will move again to raise interest rates to counter inflation if the economy shows signs of overheating.

National florist buys Anderson's
Gerald Stevens, the nation's largest floral and gift retailer, added another link to its chain of local florists with the acquisition of Anderson's Flowers & Gifts.

House backs Chinese trade

Columbia County lowers price of speculative building
In finalizing a contract with a real estate firm to market its speculative building, the Columbia County Development Authority lowered the asking price to $2.1 million.

Greenspan: Fed may raise rates again

Additional business news

Boardman deal announced
Augusta-based Boardman Petroleum Inc. and a Winston-Salem, N.C., company in a joint venture announced Wednesday they purchased an Athens, Ga., pipeline terminal.

Boardman deal announced

Group: Banks increasing interest
WASHINGTON -- Some big banks have raised the credit card interest rates they charge deeply indebted consumers who are working with credit counselors to try to avoid bankruptcy, the Consumer Federation of America said Wednesday.

Health plan helps recruiting
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce anticipates reaching its $125,000 membership campaign goal, assuming its fund-raisers maintain their pace.

RV's selling at rapid rate
More and more families, it seems, are leaving their stress-filled lives behind for long weekends to remote locations in their new RVs. The recreation vehicle -- a vacation home on wheels -- is selling at a rapid rate.

Workers vote down contract

Boardman deal announced
Augusta-based Boardman Petroleum Inc. and a Winston-Salem, N.C., company in a joint venture announced Wednesday they purchased an Athens, Ga., pipeline terminal.

Workers vote down contract
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 84 had rejected a proposed labor contract with Southern Nuclear Operating Co.

National florist buys Anderson's

Store improvement

Health plan helps recruiting

Business briefs
Technology stocks pace strong market ... Sooner Euro switch encouraged ... FCC pat on cable Internet access

Boardman deal announced

Castleberry's to buy Fearnow

RV's selling at rapid rate

Population surge hits rural areas
JASPER, Ga. -- Dan Garrett built his home of poplar and pine logs cut from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he snatched up 30 quiet acres away from the bustle of neighbors and traffic.

Hildebrandt's links generations
The image of opening a history book and looking into the past holds true at Hildebrandt's Food Store in downtown Augusta.

Hits Clinton for extended search

Wants to end division in Augusta

Blasts congressman's gun-control vote

Vary teachers' pay

Defends candidate's 'family values'

Fight ethics lapses

Backs 'God-fearing' congressman

Teens switch to 'pot'

In the Know
Ever wonder if the prices at your grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street?

Senate bill would stabilize poison control center funding
WASHINGTON -- Poison control centers, faced with a financial crisis that has forced many to close or reduce services in recent years, would benefit from stable funding under a bill a Senate committee approved Wednesday.

In the know
The next time you see Erin McQuatter's face, it will be in Seventeen magazine. The 14-year-old Martinez girl will be featured in the magazine's September issue as the grand-prize winner of the Chanel/Seventeen New Model of the Year Contest.

Double duty chicken
How would you like to feed your family two wholesome, tasty meals while cooking practically nothing? Seems impossible? It's not.

FDA to change sunscreen labeling
The Food and Drug Administration has issued rules for sunscreen products. While the changes will be phased in over the next two years, some sunscreen makers have already begun making changes in their product labeling.

Fox special looks at religious signs
Fox scrutinizes seemingly supernatural occurrences including stigmata, ghostly Madonna images and a bleeding statue in Signs from God: Science Tests Faith a live special airing from 8 to 10 tonight (WFXG-TV, Channel 54).

Sunscreen ratings can vary
The year was 1978, and Americans were basking and bronzing in the sun like never before. Solar reflectors and tanning solutions promising ``fast-acting'' results were popular with sunbathers in search of the ``healthy tan.'' And fashion models such as Farrah Fawcett sported a bronzed ideal of beauty.

Capsules
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic think it may be possible to diagnose Parkinson's disease in some people before they have any symptoms.

Think before you ink
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- To tattoo artist Rickie Bauer of Rune Stone Tattoo and Body Piercing, the body ``is like a canvas.''

Tournament set for Thurmond Lake

Evans appeal granted

No surprise: Anderson is not in camp

Coaches corner cliches

Eagles are SoCon's team to beat

Carter cool under pressure

Steelers officially sign Edwards, extend Henry's contract

SEC notbook: Eastern title toughest to win, says Vols' Fulmer

Gators chomping for improved '99

Grant to lead tough Dogs' defense

Star among state's best secrets

Barry: One of a kind

Postcard contest still strong
Our vacation postcard contest is doing well. We lack only a few states to have a card from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Here are the latest:

Capsules

Sunscreen ratings can vary

In the know

Senate bill would stabilize poison control center funding

FDA to change sunscreen labeling

Fox special looks at religious signs

In the Know

Double duty chicken

Think before you ink

Watering ban reinstated
A total outdoor watering ban was reinstated Tuesday for several homes in South Richmond county.

Senator will not quit post

Judge: Firing not in vengeance
For nine years, Vera Butler has been the Clerk of Civil and Magistrates Court. Seven weeks after she spoke publicly about pay inequities, she is unemployed.

Officials cancel Savannah Foods boycott

Alcohol law changes considered
Columbia County officials are considering changing their alcohol ordinance because two supermarkets would not have been granted beer and wine licenses because of past convictions of selling alcohol to minors.

Schrenko suggests reforms

Lakeside tops in state for honor scholarship
ATLANTA -- High schools in Martinez and Lawrenceville produced the most ``governor's scholars'' this year, and campuses in Valdosta, Athens, Evans and Springfield also were near the head of the list.

Clyburn seeks fourth term on Aiken council

Teacher indicted on forgery charges
A former Aquinas High School teacher suspected of embezzling more than $80,000 from her students was indicted in Columbia County this week on six counts of forgery.

Organizers salute Georgia Games staff

North Augusta works on river plan
NORTH AUGUSTA -- North Augusta is carving out a new image for itself on the banks of the Savannah River. That section of the city has long lain fallow. Still official planning to turn the riverfront into the city's calling card has been going on for more than a decade.

Teacher indicted on forgery charges

Research to fight Alzhimer's
The gray beard lends his round face an air of dignity as he quietly watches the fish swim on the tele-vision just beyond the bars.

School inspections build security

Senator will not quit post
SAVANNAH -- Suspended state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson said Tuesday she won't step down from public office following her conviction last week on five federal counts of mail fraud.

Jailed Healthmaster official sues lawyers

Explorer dives into Net chat
SAVANNAH -- You can explore the depths of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary today without getting your feet wet.

Honoring fallen fire chief

Passage granted
Motorists leave Fort Gordon through Gate 2 Wednesday afternoon. The new Gordon Highway entrance and exit is open weekdays from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Alcohol law changes considered

University to clean up DDT-contaminated soil

North Augusta works on river plan

Civic center extends LMI contract

Watering ban reinstated

Heat to pay more for stadium use
The Augusta Heat will have to pay more money to continue playing football at Evans High School's Blanchard Stadium.

Lakeside tops in state for honor scholarship

Exercise prepares agencies
AIKEN -- Aiken public safety officers put a summer twist on the deadly Columbine High School shootings, conducting a five-hour training exercise Tuesday that brought 150 officers to a mock hostage drill at Aiken Middle School.

Clyburn seeks fourth term on Aiken council
AIKEN -- Beverly Clyburn announced Wednesday that she is seeking a fourth term on Aiken City Council.

Heat hits nation, Augusta
At least 15 people have been treated in local hospitals for ailments induced by the scorching heat since Monday.

Superintendent to give Allendale plan
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- - The question Carl Love has wrestled with could be answered today when the state's top education official outlines her plans for the Allendale County School District.

Civic center extends LMI contract
Despite a rocky, off-again, on-again relationship between management and its public oversight board, privatization of Augusta's municipal civic center complex will continue into the new millennium.

Power outage hits west Augusta

Fire in hotel room leads to drug arrest
AIKEN -- A Williston man accused of cooking several batches of crack cocaine in an Aiken hotel room was arrested after police found him at the hospital, being treated for burns, with the drugs in his book bag, authorities said Wednesday.

Judge: Firing not in vengeance

Contamination may put Florida areas on Superfund site list
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Four Jacksonville neighborhoods may be declared federal Superfund sites -- ranking them among the country's most urgent environmental hazards -- because massive amounts of hazardous waste were dumped there decades ago by City Hall.

Area briefs: Police investigate child neglect case
Aiken County sheriff's officers are investigating a case of child neglect in which three Beech Island children were left alone at home while their parents went on a cruise to the Bahamas.

Heat, dangers continue to rise
The cool climate inside May Park Community Center has been a haven for Augustans sizzling in the recent heat wave.

Neighborhood plan draws complaints
It hasn't even met yet, but Augusta Mayor Bob Young's new housing agency is already drawing fire.

Plaster masters
Junior Grantham (left) and Donald Grantham mold plaster cornice pieces by hand for the int

Park watering aids ban
The same county government issuing water restrictions in south Richmond County helped create the latest water predicament.

Organizers salute Georgia Games staff
Georgia Games volunteers gathered Wednesday night for the last event of the 1999 championships -- eating, dancing and celebrating at an appreciation dinner thrown by organizers.

`Stolen' vehicle retrieved

School inspections build security
Before classes start next month in Richmond County, the Special Weapons And Tactics Team plans to tour all of the county's middle and high schools.

Population surge hits rural areas

Park watering aids ban

Officials cancel Savannah Foods boycott
SAVANNAH -- Bill Schwer's letter-writing campaign paid off. The Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce backed off of plans for a boycott of Savannah Foods products after receiving a letter from Mr. Schwer, the managing director and general counsel of its parent company, Imperial Sugar.

`Stolen' vehicle retrieved
SAVANNAH -- For 15 hours Butch and Brenda Odom feared the worst. They'd been eating dinner and shooting pool at a Garden City restaurant when their 1989 Toyota Camry disappeared from the parking lot.

PeachCare enrollment increases
ATLANTA -- Business is picking up for PeachCare, Georgia's health-care program for uninsured children.

Schrenko suggests reforms
SMYRNA, Ga. -- Georgia's 1.4 million students should be tested annually to help determine if they deserve promotion, and schools should be shut down and reopened under new leadership if they show consistently poor performance, state School Superintendent Linda Schrenko said Wednesday.

Casinos ready for deadline

Passage granted

Hildebrandt's links generations

Heat, dangers continue to rise

Exercise prepares agencies

Area briefs: Police investigate child neglect case

Heat to pay more for stadium use

U.S. athletes striking gold

Heat hits nation, Augusta

Program enhances teaching

Panel considers cuts in courthouse annex

Power outage hits west Augusta
Thousands of residents were left in the dark and heat Tuesday night because equipment failed at a Georgia Power substation.

Neighborhood plan draws complaints

Panel considers cuts in courthouse annex
Columbia County officials are dealing with a $3.6 million overrun on estimates for construction of a courthouse annex.

Fire in hotel room leads to drug arrest

Casinos ready for deadline
AIKEN -- Casinos and video poker parlors have until the end of business today to remove jackpot advertisements and other inducements to play from their gambling machines.

Plaster masters

Program enhances teaching
Instead of being at the classroom's helm, 34 Augusta-area teachers are participating in a program this summer in which they are the students.

Superintendent to give Allendale plan

Report: Pot use growing
More than 5 million Americans smoke marijuana. And Richmond County narcotics investigators are seeing more teens and young adults smoking pot.

PeachCare enrollment increases

Honoring fallen fire chief
The flag at the Martinez Fire Station flies at half- staff as the fire truck bearing the casket of Battalion Chief Roy Mitchell passes the station during the funeral procession Tuesday. A fire station bell sounded as the truck paused in front of the station.

Jailed Healthmaster official sues lawyers
A former Augusta Healthmaster top executive in federal prison for Medicare fraud and other convictions has filed suit against his trial attorneys, one of whom is serving a life sentence for murder.

Area briefs: Six men indicted in shootings, theft
Richmond County grand jurors on Tuesday indicted six young men accused of using stolen weapons from Butler High School to shoot at a home and a pet pig.

Report: Pot use growing

Contamination may put Florida areas on Superfund site list

University to clean up DDT-contaminated soil
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia will pay up to $1 million to dig up and remove DDT-contaminated soil at a University of Georgia-owned farm in Oconee County.

Mrs. Sarah Ewing
Mrs. Sarah Dyess Ewing died Sunday, July 25, 1999.

Mr. George Moore Sr.
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. George L. Moore Sr., 79, of 211 College St., died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at Chandler County Hospital.

Mrs. Cora Gibbons
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Cora Lee Gibbons, 98, of 708 Nelms St., died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Jefferson County Hospital.

Mrs. Evelyn Lindemuth
Mrs. Evelyn Lindemuth, 63, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Rachel Witt
THOMSON -- Mrs. Rachel L. Witt, 73, of 500 Dixie Drive, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Cassie Hill
Mrs. Cassie Hill, 83, of 214 Walker St., died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Miss Angie Jenkins
SARDIS, Ga. -- Miss Angela Bell ``Angie'' Jenkins, 35, of 811 South Hill St., died Monday, July 26, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mrs. Buena McCorkle
DEARING -- Mrs. Buena Il McCorkle, 75, of 5186 Luckeys Bridge Road, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999 at her residence.

Mr. Larry Pittman
Mr. Larry D. ``Tommy'' Pittman, 63, of 2291 Overton Road, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Howard Hobbs
DEARING -- Mr. Howard Hobbs, 75, of 5593 Huffs Bridge Road, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Holsey Young
BARTON, S.C. -- Mr. Holsey Young, 94, died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at Allendale County Hospital.

Mrs. Virginia Cauthern
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Mrs. Virginia Sack Cauthern died Wednesday, July 28, 1999.

Mrs. Shirley Taylor
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Shirley McBride Taylor, 54, of 3129 Buttermilk Road, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Jewel Kniphfer
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Jewel Kniphfer, 54, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Wright
Mrs. Dorothy Wright, 74, of 348 Fury's Ferry Road, Martinez, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mr. Watson Allen
HARLEM -- Mr. Watson Allen, 78, of Gay Road, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Franklin Solomon
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Franklin Delano Solomon, a community activist, author and playwright, of 807 Railroad Ave., died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta. He was 66.

Mrs. Frances Allen
HARLEM -- Mrs. Frances Allen, 66, of Gay Road, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Calhoun Sanders
KLINE, S.C. -- Mr. Calhoun Sanders, 94, died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at Allendale County Nursing Home.

Mrs. Ruby Moore
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Ruby Walker Moore, 83, of 309 West Pinegrove Ave., died Wednesday, July 28, 1999.

Mrs. Virginia Carroll
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Virginia Blume Carroll, 72, of Lunar Lane, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at Barnwell Nursing Home.

Mrs. Mary Watson
SEATTLE -- Mrs. Mary ``Angel'' Watson died Thursday, July 22, 1999.

Mrs. Dorothy Benton
Mrs. Dorothy Gilchrist Benton, of 1139 Inez St., died Sunday, July 25, 1999.

Mrs. Marie Gibbs
Mrs. Marie B. Gibbs, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999 at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

Mr. George King III
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. George Pierce King III, 78, of 2301 Indian Road, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. George Sammons
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. George Grady Sammons, 94, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mrs. Arwilda Easler
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Arwilda Vandiver Easler, 75, of 550 Sikes Hill, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Rosalind McKie
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Rosalind Deanna Cummings McKie, 22, of 110 Storm Court, died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.

Mr. John Hope
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. John Albert Hope, 91, of Summerhill Road, died Sunday, July 25, 1999.

Mr. John Martin
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mr. John Willie Martin died Friday, July 23, 1999.

Mrs. Amy Bettis
SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, N.Y. -- Mrs. Amy Morgan Bettis, 76, of 121-41 Farmers Blvd., died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at her residence.

Mrs. Ruby Moore

Mr. Howard Hobbs

Mrs. Buena McCorkle

Miss Angie Jenkins

Mrs. Jewel Kniphfer

Mrs. Cora Gibbons

Mrs. Shirley Taylor

Mr. Calhoun Sanders

Mr. George Moore Sr.

Mrs. Cassie Hill

Mrs. Sarah Ewing

Mrs. Marie Gibbs

Mrs. Evelyn Lindemuth

Mrs. Dorothy Benton

Mrs. Arwilda Easler

Mr. Holsey Young

Mrs. Amy Bettis

Mrs. Rachel Witt

Mr. John Martin

Mrs. Rosalind McKie

Mr. George Sammons

Mrs. Virginia Cauthern

U.S. stuns Cuba in baseball

Armstrong inspires cyclists

Canadian athlete balances football, wrestling

Deal, Price-Smith repeat as Pan Am champions

A plan for character education in Georgia
CALL THE ROLL -- Jonesboro, Ark.; Paducah, Ky.; Littleton, Colo.; and now Rockdale County -- of the growing list of communities stricken by incidents of school violence. Parents, politicians, school officials and editorial page writers ask what can be done to prevent these tragedies.

Mulls campaign finance, hate-crime laws
It is difficult for me to understand why some people are opposed to hate-crime legislation and campaign finance reform. Hoyt Goodson, Waynesboro

A plan for character education in Georgia
CALL THE ROLL -- Jonesboro, Ark.; Paducah, Ky.; Littleton, Colo.; and now Rockdale County -- of the growing list of communities stricken by incidents of school violence. Parents, politicians, school officials and editorial page writers ask what can be done to prevent these tragedies.

Wants to end division in Augusta
Moving the offices of Augusta-Richmond County out of downtown will strengthen our city's reputation for factionalism, erode more than 200 years of history, drain downtown of its trickle of traffic and revenue, disrupt the delivery of important services, further isolate the Laney-Walker region and generally help to so-lidify Augusta's position as a second class city in the great state of Georgia.Earl Howard Merry, Augusta

Teens switch to 'pot'
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's report that marijuana smoking is soaring among teen-agers and young adults (up 20 percent in recent years) should come as no surprise.

Blasts congressman's gun-control vote
Tenth District citizens, remember June 18. At 2:22 p.m., U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., again betrayed you and his sworn duty to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Ken Drawdy, Hephzibah

Center GM's big task
For better or worse, the Augusta Coliseum Authority has re-signed Leisure Management International to run the Civic Center/Bell Auditorium complex through June 30, 2001.

Fight ethics lapses
Georgia state lawmakers are emitting a smell that suggests last week's federal mail fraud conviction of Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson, D-Savannah, for funneling government grants to her personal businesses may not be the only ethical -- or possibly criminal -- lapse.

USC saves face
What an embarrassment. The University of South Carolina hired Craig Rogers a few years ago to be the dean of its college of engineering and information technology.

Vary teachers' pay
Gov. Roy Barnes and his Education Reform Commission are on the right path by looking to relieve the state's public school teacher shortage by pegging salaries to the difficulty of classes being taught.

Backs 'God-fearing' congressman
Recently I have been reading letters written about Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga. The irony of it all, the writers of those lettersapparently do not know the man. As a case in point, this writer makes it his business to attend Rep. Norwood's meetings. Often I am able to speak to him personally. Joseph Driggs Sr., Augusta

Hits Clinton for extended search
President Bill Clinton said not to blame the U.S. Coast Guard for prolonging the search for the plane of John F. Kennedy Jr. that crashed into the ocean off Martha's Vineyard. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah

Defends candidate's 'family values'
Re the July 19 letter by Jane Dennis: James F. Findlay, Augusta

Blasts Allendale 'race-card game'
Recently the South Carolina Board of Education had to take over the Allendale County school system. This was due to the fact that a 185-page report showed the school system to be far behind in almost every measurable standard that the state uses to assess its schools. Donny Gray, Augusta

Good Aiken Tech pick
After an exhausting five-month search it looks like Aiken Technical College has recruited just the right person to be its fourth president in its 27-year history. Dr. Susan A. Graham is the second woman named to the post; Kathleen Noble, her predecessor who resigned to take a position in Seattle, was the first.

Overtime: Hasek will retire after one more year

Drivers take to the sky

Duval wants Ryder Cup to spread the green

U.S. will respect, not fear, Brazil

Cell phone towers in national park debated
WASHINGTON -- Schoolchildren visiting Rock Creek national park often write down names of plants and animals they encounter. But soon they may come across something less natural to the terrain: cell phone towers.

'Free' PCs may ultimately prove costly
There's a very wise -- though ungrammatical -- saying you ought to keep firmly in mind when considering the latest flurry of ``free'' personal computer offers.

Regulators want hands-off policy to cable Internet access
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators have chosen a wait-and-see attitude as the legal brawl rages on over whether cable companies offering high-speed Internet services must share lines with their competitors.

First female commander makes 'beautiful' landing
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With the first female commander at the controls, space shuttle Columbia returned to Earth late Tuesday after a quick trip to orbit to drop off the world's most powerful X-ray telescope.

Upper Midwest gets brief break as death toll reaches 30
Parts of the Midwest got a break Tuesday from the heat wave blamed for more than two dozen deaths, giving utilities a breather from the strain of keeping air conditioners running full tilt.

Cyber cheats
The husband, pretending to be single, had gotten involved in online romances with a number of women. When one female Internet partner took him up on his invitation to come to his hometown, the man panicked and confessed to his wife. Since he didn't have the courage to admit his deception to the unsuspecting woman, he quickly made himself invisible.

Heavy water in safer SRS area
Within a week, Savannah River Site workers will move the last drum of radioactive water away from the Savannah River. Soon, it finally might be removed from the site itself.

Scientists turn normal cell cancerous
For the first time, scientists have created a cancerous human cell by genetically altering a normal one in the laboratory -- a breakthrough that could speed the development of drugs that wipe out tumors.

Armstrong's cycling win is a medical victory, too
American cyclist Lance Armstrong's victory in the Tour de France was made possible by another incredible triumph -- medicine's ability to beat advanced cancer.

FDA approves drug against recommendation of advisory panel
WASHINGTON -- An inhalant drug for the treatment of simple influenza has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, despite an advisory panel recommendation that the drug be rejected.

First female shuttle commander aims for night landing
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- The crew of the first space shuttle to be commanded by a woman headed for an uncommon night landing Tuesday after a short trip into orbit to drop off the world's most powerful X-ray telescope.

First female commander makes 'beautiful' landing

FDA approves drug against recommendation of advisory panel

Regulators want hands-off policy to cable Internet access

Heavy water in safer SRS area

Cyber cheats

'Free' PCs may ultimately prove costly

Scientists turn normal cell cancerous

First female shuttle commander aims for night landing

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