Maddux gets insurance from Braves' bats

Selig postpones owners' meeting

Jackets' streak ends

Tankersley pitches Jackets to win

Astros struggling in last place

MLB: It's not the ball

19 Dodgers disciplined after brawl

Braves notes: Sanders returns to Braves lineup

Braves come up short

Braves notes: Reliever seeking answers

Business briefs: Nasdaq dives to six-month low
NEW YORK- The Nasdaq composite index fell nearly 200 points Tuesday, sinking to its lowest close since November.

Daily watering permitted

Expert: Speculative building lacks appeal
Columbia County's speculative building lacks curb appeal, a company hired to market the building told the development authority Tuesday.

United, US Airways OK merger
The world's biggest airline may get even bigger.

U-Save offers auto rental alternative

Business briefs: Indexes recover from early declines
NEW YORK - Buyers returned to the stock market Wednesday, helping the Nasdaq composite index snap a five-day losing streak.

U-Save offers auto rental alternative
A small but rapidly growing ``neighborhood'' car rental franchise that is taking on the industry's established powerhouse has come to Augusta.

Daily watering permitted
Steve Foushee was worried some of his newly planted red maple trees might wither under the city's current watering restrictions.

Business briefs: Indexes recover from early declines

Expert: Speculative building lacks appeal

Business briefs: Nasdaq dives to six-month low

United, US Airways OK merger

Harbin honest

Vote for education supporter in primary

Calling on Delta

Water shortage is 20 years old

Taxpayers pay tab

Popplewell Senate bid draws raves

Proposal doesn't represent all Baptists

Commissioner, engineer draw praise

Delta pricing is economic deterrent

Schools snub Asian American month

Harbin's record misrepresented

Why can't British couple immigrate?

Editor plays God, will pay dearly

Slave descendants well fed, wealthy

Dr. Craft's sentence was Draconian

In the know
PRICE CHECK: Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

Manicotti made easy
If you've invited guests to join you for a post-graduation dinner, today's recipe for cheesy manicotti is your ticket to a quick and delicious meal that will feed a crowd.

One day at a time
Less than three months after she lay comatose as a result of a near-fatal car accident, 13-year-old Lacie Lotspeich is rediscovering the simple pleasures of life.

In the know
TV TONIGHT: Fox airs the Essence Awards from 8 to 10 on WFXG-TV (Channel 54). Keysville, Ga., Mayor Emma Gresham was among the honorees at the event held April 14 at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

Woods cut streak continues

Westin: Golfer makes tournaments fun

Lindros returns to lineup

Program beneficial to all
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - The Edgefield County Board of Education has seven inmates and the Federal Correctional Institution to thank for their new building.

Group grants many wishes
Travis Hacker knows that dreams can come true. This year in Atlanta Travis became an Olympian - he won a gold medal in bowling at the 2000 Special Olympics. Early Tuesday, the 15-year-old from Augusta fulfilled another dream by taking his first trip to Disney World in Orlando. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

Authority considers name change
Augusta has a Doug Barnard Parkway, a Jessye Norman Amphitheater and a William B. Bell Auditorium, so how about a James Brown Arena?

Authority considers name change
There are Doug Barnard Parkway and the Jessye Norman Amphitheater. How about James Brown Arena? Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

One day at a time

Manicotti made easy

In the know

Water color changes concern residents
Rebecca DeRosa and her neighbors are wary of their water.

Suspect pleads guilty before trial opens
AIKEN -- Ending months of denial, Rebecca Christine Cowart bowed out of her trial on opening day Tuesday, taking responsibility for abusing and ultimately killing her 15-month-old daughter last year.

Slaying suspect charged

Program beneficial to all

Water color changes concern residents

Governor asks Amtrak for help

Miami: It's a vast NBA conspiracy

Special education bolster discussed

District 83 seat goes to Smith
AIKEN - Don Smith won the right to represent South Carolina House District 83 - at least until the November general election.

Group considered for pharmacy plan
ATLANTA - A St. Louis-based company with experience managing large public-sector pharmacy-benefit plans could go to work for Georgia in that capacity as early as August.

Weather ascribed to growth
ATLANTA - Miles of heat-absorbing asphalt, concrete and rooftops are toying with this city's weather forecasts, and other cities experiencing growth surges could see the same phenomenon, according to a University of Georgia researcher.

Teen-agers will stay in custody
AIKEN - Two boys accused of telling classmates they would blow up their school appeared Wednesday for a third time in Aiken County Family Court, where a judge again ruled they are too dangerous to go home.

Jury acquits suspect on four of five charges
Convicted rapist Roosevelt Palmer beat almost all criminal charges Tuesday - all but one.

Meeting facilities examined
The heads of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center and the Augusta Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau met Wednesday morning to discuss a sudden lack of open dates for bookings at the arena.

Shrimp season begins

Police put churches on patrols
Police say Columbia County church members should take notice.

Correction

Back-flow water valve requirement proposed
More than 56,000 Augusta households likely will be asked to follow industries and apartment complexes in adding water pollution prevention devices to their taps.

Inmates construct new office
EDGEFIELD - The Edgefield County Board of Education has seven inmates and the Federal Correctional Institution to thank for its new building.

Special education bolster discussed
To attract more special education teachers to Richmond County schools, officials say they may need to boost teachers' salary.

Panel approves proposal for Evans Town Center
After more than a month of work by a five-member committee of residents, an amended version of the Evans Town Center plan is ready to go before Columbia County commissioners in two weeks.

Sweating could be dangerous
Sweat beads on Nita Peterson's forehead as she pedals on the virtual reality bike exerciser at Health Central. Some people might be surprised by what she is losing in that sweat - calcium.

Sheriff takes steps to prevent escapes
Richmond County Sheriff Charlie Webster met with county jail officials Tuesday and made it known the personnel problems that led to Sunday's escape of an inmate will be remedied quickly.

Anticipation grows as tax vote nears
Fifty-four days- that's how long members of Columbia County's Chamber of Commerce have before they find out whether voters are ``penny wise'' - that is, whether they support passage of the next special purpose local-option sales tax.

Board approves new school start times

Conflicts threaten coliseum's profits
An increase in sporting events and concerts at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center is causing some convention organizers to choose other locales for their meetings and conferences.

Conflicts threaten coliseum's profits
An increase in sporting events and concerts at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center is causing some convention organizers to choose other locales for their meetings and conferences.

Pilot whale rescue proves futile
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Volunteers and state wildlife specialists worked for hours Tuesday to prevent a sick whale from beaching itself on rocks.

Shrimp season begins
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The commercial shrimping season will open at 7 a.m. today in Georgia and South Carolina territorial waters.

Father's gifts land student in trouble
SAVANNAH - Brian Agnew is a Jenkins High School junior, Eagle Scout and honors student. And his parents couldn't be more proud.

Group grants many wishes

Correction
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said the new hours for Columbia County middle and high schools next year will be from 7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. and elementary school times will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Augusta Aviation Commission member resigns

Mother tells jury her side in abuse trial
AIKEN - Rebecca Christine Cowart blamed her former boyfriend for the fatal blow that killed her daughter, telling jurors Wednesday in teary-eyed testimony that Michael Smith was an abusive boyfriend who turned his anger toward the toddler.

Panel approves proposal for Evans Town Center

Anticipation grows as tax vote nears
Fifty-four days- that's how long members of Columbia County's Chamber of Commerce have before they find out whether voters are ``penny wise'' - that is, whether they support passage of the next special purpose local-option sales tax.

Sheriff takes steps to prevent escapes

Diving team finds corpse in quarry
EDGEFIELD - Divers found a badly decomposed body anchored to the bottom of an Edgefield County rock quarry Wednesday.

Arena might get new name

Sporting awareness
Jean Daniel (left) and Tammy Stout, of the Greater Augusta Sports Council, unveiled a T-shirt Wednesday promoting SportsJam 2000. SportsJam 2000 is a two-part sports and fitness awareness campaign that includes a June 17 health fair.

Arena might get new name
Augusta has a Doug Barnard Parkway, a Jessye Norman Amphitheater and a William B. Bell Auditorium, so how about a James Brown Arena?

Man leads agencies on chase
A man who authorities say was smoking marijuana and speeding led police on a five-hour manhunt through rural Burke and Jenkins counties Wednesday.

Board approves new school start times
Despite objections from some parents, Columbia County schools will have new start times next year with middle and high school pupils riding the same buses.

Educational programs OK'd
ATLANTA - Georgia's attorney general told the state school superintendent Wednesday not to fret over the legality of educational programs operated by other state agencies.

Proposed site for cell tower irks residents
AIKEN - The proposed site for a giant telecommunications tower near Aiken's historic horse district has many residents stamping their hooves.

Governor asks Amtrak for help
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes asked directors of the nation's passenger-rail carrier Wednesday to help underwrite Georgia's ambitious $1.5 billion plan to run a network of rail lines across the state.

Across the area: Fire scorches six acres at rest area
The Center Volunteer Fire Department responded to a brush fire at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the rest area on the westbound side of Interstate 20 in Aiken County.

Sporting awareness

Twin beat odds by surviving birth
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - Given the slim odds that their mare Skippa Supreme would give birth to surviving twins, Jim Walker and his wife, Suzanne, might as well have won the lottery.

Sweating could be dangerous

13 children go on dream trip
Travis Hacker knows that dreams can come true. This year in Atlanta, Travis became an Olympian - he won a gold medal in bowling at the 2000 Special Olympics.

Man leads agencies on chase

Jury acquits suspect on four of five charges

Across the area: Police relieve jailer after recent escape

Conflicts threaten coliseum's profits

Diving team finds corpse in quarry

Augusta Aviation Commission member resigns
Rodger Giles has resigned from the Augusta Aviation Commission.

Father's gifts land student in trouble

Slaying suspect charged
ST. MARYS, Ga. - A suspect in the slashing and beating death of a 14-year-old St. Marys girl was denied bond Tuesday after he was formally charged with murder.

Proposed site for cell tower irks residents

Governor announces initiative
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes unveiled an initiative Tuesday aimed at making Georgia a national leader in research, prevention and treatment of cancer.

Suspect pleads guilty before trial opens

Across the area: Fire scorches six acres at rest area

Meeting facilities examined

District 83 seat goes to Smith

Back-flow water valve requirement proposed

Governor announces initiative

Group considered for pharmacy plan

Conflicts threaten coliseum's profits

Twin beat odds by surviving birth

Authority considers name change

Mother tells jury her side in abuse trial

Pilot whale rescue proves futile

Anticipation grows as tax vote nears

13 children go on dream trip

Linemen responsible for Stallions' success

Across the area: Police relieve jailer after recent escape
The Richmond County jail employee who was responsible for the inmate who escaped last Sunday has been relieved of duty without pay.

Teen-agers will stay in custody

Report: Kruger discusses Hawks' job

Pacers trounce Knicks; take 1-0 lead

Miami: It's a vast NBA conspiracy

NFL notes: Testaverde passes first major rehab test

Man claims he watched Lewis fight

Trial of NFL player begins

Mrs. Margaret Dion
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Margaret Howie Dion, 77, of West 10th Street, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000.

Mr. Frank Lock Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. Frank Ray Lock Jr., 61, of East Rollingwood Road, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Mandy Hoose
Mrs. Mandy F. Hoose, 78, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at Beverly Manor Convalescent Care.

Thomas Kelleher Jr.
Mr. Thomas F. Kelleher Jr., retired assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, retired vice president of MasterCard and adjunct professor at George Washington University, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at his residence. Mr. Kelleher was 71.

Ms. Loretta Myrick
PEORIA, Ill. - Ms. Loretta Myrick, 44, of Phelps Street, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, in Clarkston, Ga.

Mr. Earl Yon
NEW HOLLAND - Mr. Earl Yon, 76, of Poplar Springs Road, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Lewis Stanley
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Lewis Travis ``Jake'' Stanley, 78, of Waynesboro Highway, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at Screven County Hospital.

Mr. Howell Marchant Jr.
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Howell W. ``Jimmy'' Marchant Jr., 66, of Elizabeth Street, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Margie Gill
Mrs. Margie Morrison Gill, 45, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Donnie Dent
Mr. Donnie Carmen Dent, 53, of Elizabeth Drive, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000.

Mrs. Lou Jones
Mrs. Lou Eloise Jones, of Railroad Road, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Louis Butler
AIKEN - Mr. Louis M. Butler, 64, of Eastwood Court, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Lurlean Daniel
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Lurlean Kent Daniel, 89, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000.

Mr. Lawrence Brown
HODGES, S.C. - Mr. Lawrence Dayton ``L.D.'' Brown, of Morgan Road, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Nancy Wende
WILMINGTON, Del. - Mrs. Nancy Mitchell Wende died Tuesday, December 21, 1999.

Mrs. Sarah Crawford
Mrs. Sarah Dyches Crawford, 81, of Martinez, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at Countryside Manor.

Mr. Jessie Young Sr.
Mr. Jessie Paul Young Sr., 83, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Margaret Clements
Mrs. Margaret Louise Clements died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Mandy Hoose
Mrs. Mandy F. Hoose, 78, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at Beverly Manor Convalescent Care.

Mrs. Myrtle Boswell
Mrs. Myrtle Spivey Boswell, 81, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Maebelle Suchanek
Mrs. Maebelle A. Suchanek, of Martinez, died Monday, May 22, 2000.

Lavaciette Houston
Lavaciette Tirnice Houston, of McElmurray Drive, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Mattie Green
Mrs. Mattie Green, 90, of 15th Avenue, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Vada Trotter
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Mrs. Vada Mae Trotter, 81, of Baldwin Street, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at National Health Care, Laurens.

Mrs. Christine Crump
BEECH ISLAND - Mrs. Christine Weaver Crump, 68, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at Anderson Area Medical Center, Anderson.

Mr. Theodore Sanders
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Theodore F. ``Buster'' Sanders, 88, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000.

Mr. John Butler
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. John Clifton Butler, 53, of Plum Street, died Saturday, May 20, 2000.

Mr. Randy Zanders
Mr. Randy Leon Zanders, 41, of Taylor Circle, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Bennie Lee Sinclair,
60, state poet laureate

Mrs. Mary Gooding
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Smiley ``Chic'' Gooding, 69, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Mr. Caswa Chatman
SPARTA, Ga. - Mr. Caswa Moneik Chatman, 22, died Sunday, May 21, 2000 at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Douglas Watson
Mr. Douglas S. Watson, 82, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Harold Ross
BELVEDERE - Mr. Harold C. Ross, 87, of Hampton Circle, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at his residence.

Mrs. Jensie Durden
COLUMBIA - Mrs. Jensie Durden, 95, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at Brian Center Nursing Home, St. Andrews.

Mr. Robert Porter
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Robert Adlai ``Bob'' Porter, 77, of Walnut Street, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Christine Crump
BEECH ISLAND - Mrs. Christine Weaver Crump, 68, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at Anderson Area Medical Center, Anderson.

Mrs. Lurlean Daniel
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Lurlean Kent Daniel, 89, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000.

Mrs. Carol Burroughs
Mrs. Carol Burroughs, 82, of Sibley Road, died Saturday, May 20, 2000 at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Lurlean Daniel

Mrs. Carol Burroughs

Mrs. Margaret Clements

Mrs. Mary Gooding

Mrs. Mandy Hoose

Mr. Theodore Sanders

Mrs. Christine Crump

Mr. Earl Yon

Mrs. Margaret Dion

Mrs. Vada Trotter

Mr. Donnie Dent

Mrs. Nancy Wende

Bennie Lee Sinclair,

Mrs. Christine Crump

Mrs. Mandy Hoose

Lavaciette Houston

Mr. Jessie Young Sr.

Mr. John Butler

Mr. Randy Zanders

Mrs. Maebelle Suchanek

Mr. Douglas Watson

Mrs. Lou Jones

Mr. Harold Ross

Ms. Loretta Myrick

Mr. Lewis Stanley

Mrs. Margie Gill

Mr. Caswa Chatman

Disbarring Clinton
President Clinton was jarringly reminded again of his sca

Taiwan's new president begins new chapter for sovereign state
TAIPEI, Taiwan - A hotel employee clarifies the present reality of two Chinas: ''I want independence, but independence would bring disaster.''

Taxpayers pay tab
In the May 17 news story, ``School board reviews the budget,'' the writer says that ``Taxpayers pay 30.2 percent of the budget.'' Bill Lee, Augusta

Harbin honest
I am so disgusted reading all the negative comments on Georgia state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans. I know him personally and he is an honest, caring man. Wyoma L. Allen, North Augusta

Dr. Craft's sentence was Draconian
At his sentencing hearing, Dr. Robert Bruce Craft was given 20 years in prison and another 20 years on parole on charges of child molestation and exploitation. (Augusta Chronicle, May 19). Geoff King, Langley

Proposal doesn't represent all Baptists
I agree wholeheartedly with your editorial of May 23 entitled ``Backward Baptists.'' My concern is that you and other rationally minded persons may assume that this ridiculous recommendation to disallow women pastors reflects the thinking of all Baptists. Kathy and Earl Williams, Evans

Schools snub Asian American month
President Clinton has proclaimed May as Asian Pacific American Heritage month. This follows the trend to set up specific months to honor and educate Americans on the ethnic heritage of its diverse people. Richard Hudson, Augusta

Disbarring Clinton
President Clinton was jarringly reminded again of his sca

Slave descendants well fed, wealthy
It's interesting that the African-Americans (as in National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) in this country who are descendants of slaves have become multi-millionaires, millions have homes, nice cars and are well-fed. James V. Parker, North Augusta

Calling on Delta
For 66 years, Delta Air Lines served Augusta, and Augusta served Delta Air Lines. Certainly, no one can take the discontinuation of that relationship lightly. And we don't.

Popplewell Senate bid draws raves
The political climate of Columbia County is beginning to change from a simmer to a boil, as it has historically done for decades. As I observe the different races, I feel compelled to comment on the 24th District Senate race. Finally, there is a fresh, forward thinker emerging on a very stale political scene, Mike Popplewell. Bill Holden, Martinez

Vote for education supporter in primary
I am encouraging the voters in District 114 to vote for Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, in the upcoming Republican primary. Ms. Lee Tatum, Augusta

Delta pricing is economic deterrent
Let's get this straight. Again Delta Airlines tells us the Augusta market is too weak for it to support. ... One might wonder if, in truth, is trying to make it so by overpricing the Augusta market. Lionel Solursh, Augusta

Ideas to save water for gardens
While Richard A. Hood's May 18 letter, ``Love water curbs or go to Mexico,'' made some good points, he really missed the point. Elizabeth Braun, Augusta

Educator, visionary
The miracle of the John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School is that it exists at all. That existence can be traced to the efforts of its founder and principal, Beverly Barnhart, who, by all accounts, is a miracle worker.

Why can't British couple immigrate?
I recently talked to a gentleman from England. This man and his wife are self-sufficient and want to come to South Carolina to live the rest of their lives. They're in their mid-70s. Juanita Scott, Jackson

Commissioner, engineer draw praise
Despite all of the things government does wrong, occasionally a few people in government have the common sense to do the right thing for the right reason. Columbia County Commissioner Frank Spears and county Engineer Jim Leeper are two such individuals.Kevin Huffman, Martinez

Editor plays God, will pay dearly
I am responding to the editorial on May 23, titled, ``Backward Baptists?'' It displayed a socialist indoctrination and promoted a feminazi logic. Who are you to judge the Bible and its creator? R.E. Sutherland, Aiken

Water shortage is 20 years old
My parents have lived at the corner of Brown Road and Old Waynesboro Road for more than 20 years. Ever since I can remember there have been problems with them not having enough water. Laura Efird, Ft. Lewis, Wash.

Taiwan's new president begins new chapter for sovereign state
TAIPEI, Taiwan - A hotel employee clarifies the present reality of two Chinas: ''I want independence, but independence would bring disaster.''

Harbin's record misrepresented
State Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Martinez, has excellently represented the needs and issues facing Columbia County residents. Bob Hust, Evans

Boy Scouts discriminate at own peril
The Augusta Chronicle letter writers are quick to point out that, as a private organization, the Boy Scouts have the right to discriminate. This is apparently one of those many despised family values taught by local churches. Michael Ledo, Windsor

Montoya listed as one of Indy favorites

Overtime: Stanford blitzes VCU for title

Races different as night and day

Racing facts: Indianapolis 500

Little Al makes comeback

New faces are everywhere at Thurmond

Overtime: Golden Bear is honored by the Memorial

Petty name will survive, family says

Astronauts float into space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space shuttle Atlantis' astronauts floated into the international space station Monday night to replace dying batteries, filling the complex with voices for the first time in a year.

Critics say French Internet bill will trigger exodus
PARIS (AP) - It's called the Liberty of Communication Act, but critics say the French government-sponsored legislation would instead encourage the Internet's first mass emigration.

Turtles mandate changes
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Shrimp trawlers operating along the southeast Atlantic Coast from New Hanover County to Georgia will have to use giant escape hatches in their nets through June 2 to accommodate leatherback sea turtles migrating north.

Microsoft, DOJ head back to court
Associated Press Writer

Research rules get tougher
WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are proposing fines of up to $250,000 for scientists who violate medical research rules - and fines of $1 million for rule-breaking universities or hospitals - amid criticism that the government hasn't done enough to protect thousands of patients involved in clinical trials.

Cancer drugs show hazards as well as promise
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drugs designed to stop tumors by cutting off their blood supply have shown modest benefit in tests against three kinds of cancer, but have also raised concerns about possible dangerous side effects.

Coalition urges warnings on Internet medical treatment
NEW YORK -- As more doctors and therapists go online, a health-care coalition is urging them to warn patients about the limits of getting help on the Internet.

Ecologists object to closing of agency
MOSCOW (AP) - Already weak environmental protection in the world's largest country may disappear altogether since President Vladimir Putin abolished Russia's main environmental watchdog agency, ecological groups warned Tuesday.

Air good aboard space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Atlantis' astronauts assured everyone back home Wednesday that they are breathing easy aboard the international space station, thanks to improved ventilation and small fans.

Government proposes fines for research violations
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials are proposing fines of up to $250,000 for scientists who violate medical research rules - and fines of $1 million for rule-breaking universities or hospitals - amid criticism that the government hasn't done enough to protect thousands of patients involved in clinical trials.

Gates e-mails once again turn up in court
WASHINGTON - While arguing Wednesday for their proposal to break up Microsoft Corp., attorneys for the Justice Department revealed two new e-mails by company chairman Bill Gates which, they contend, show Microsoft's continuing efforts to dominate the software market.

Research rules get tougher

Cancer drugs show hazards as well as promise

Critics say French Internet bill will trigger exodus

Turtles mandate changes

Microsoft, DOJ head back to court

Air good aboard space station

Ecologists object to closing of agency

Gates e-mails once again turn up in court

Government proposes fines for research violations