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Rice still not on list to testify to 9/11 panel

WASHINGTON, D.C.The federal panel reviewing the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks disclosed its witness list yesterday for its two-day hearing on counterterrorism next week. But the list omits one invited official: national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. She has repeatedly declined on the advice of the White House, citing separation of power concerns. Commission officials haven't ruled out a possible subpoena. (AP)

Nuclear plants weak on antiterror training

Nuclear weapons plants have eliminated or reduced antiterror training for guards, leaving the government unable to guarantee an adequate defense, the Energy Department's inspector general said yesterday. One plant has reduced training hours by 40 percent, and some plants conduct tactical training only in classrooms. (AP)

Officials seek to save antismoking TV ads

An edgy ad campaign aimed at getting kids to stop smoking could be forced off the air because tobacco companies are refusing to keep footing the bill. Former top federal health officials gathered yesterday to urge the companies to keep paying for the "truth" ad campaign run by the Washington-based American Legacy Foundation. (AP)

NEW YORK

WTC bomb memorial to include fragment

NEW YORK -- A design for a temporary memorial to the six victims killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing will include a piece of the original memorial destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey received final approval for the design last week from the victims' family members, a spokesman said yesterday. (AP)

NEVADA

Clinton staff cleared in defamation lawsuit

LAS VEGAS -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing two former advisers to Bill Clinton of defaming Gennifer Flowers when they suggested that the audiotapes she used to try to prove she and Clinton had an affair had been doctored. US District Judge Philip M. Pro saw no "clear and convincing evidence" that James Carville and George Stephanopoulos acted with malice. (AP)

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