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Bush says he regrets 'bring 'em on' remark

Washington, D.C.

In a round-table interview with newspaper reporters, President Bush -- who not long ago declined to identify any mistakes he had made in his first term -- expressed misgivings for two of his most well-known expressions: "Bring 'em on," in reference to Iraqis attacking US troops, and his pledge to get Osama bin Laden "dead or alive." Bush said Thursday: "Sometimes, words have consequences you don't intend them to mean. 'Bring 'em on' is the classic example, when I was really trying to rally the troops. . . . Some interpreted it to be defiance in the face of danger. That certainly wasn't the case." (AP)

President extends ban on Cuba uprising suits
President Bush notified Congress yesterday that he would maintain a ban on lawsuits by US citizens whose property was taken during the Cuban revolution. Bush said in a letter that the action was "necessary to the national interests of the United States and will expedite a transition to democracy in Cuba." (AP)

Older charts cited in fatal sub crash
The undersea mountain into which the San Francisco, a nuclear-powered attack submarine crashed last Saturday, killing a sailor and injuring about 60 others, was not on the older navigation charts used by the Navy, although a satellite image taken in 1999 shows the undersea mountain rising to perhaps within 100 feet below the surface, The New York Times reported today. But the navigation charts provided to the Navy were not updated to show the obstruction, the Defense Department acknowledged, in part because the agency that creates the charts has not had the resources to use the satellite data systematically, according to the Times.

Hawaii

Lasers reported aimed at commercial planes
HONOLULU -- The FBI and police are reportedly investigating three incidents in which powerful laser beams were aimed at commercial planes headed into Honolulu International Airport over the past two weeks. The FBI said the incidents were not related to terrorism. The pilots said they were tracked with green laser pointers, a source close to the investigation told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Police said they have no suspects. (AP)

GEORGIA

King's widow moves after home burglaries
ATLANTA -- The widow of Martin Luther King Jr. moved from the home she bought with her late husband in 1965 after a series of burglaries, including one by a man who later confessed to killing several women in the neighborhood, her oldest son said yesterday. Coretta Scott King, 77, moved in June to a condo in Atlanta, Martin Luther King III said. (AP)

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