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Lincoln Memorial closed during scare

Authorities closed the Lincoln Memorial for hours yesterday after finding suspicious containers and a note reading, "Do you know what anthrax is?" and "Do you know what a bomb is?" The scare began about noon when a visitor to the memorial discovered the note in a plastic document holder near the steps of the memorial. After evacuating the area, US Park Police found a travelers' coffee mug near the note on the steps and a Gatorade bottle in a women's restroom, said Wayne Benson, a battalion chief with the District of Columbia fire department. None of the objects was found to be a threat, Benson said. The memorial was reopened less than three hours later. (AP)

Court rebuffs Times in leak investigation
The Supreme Court ruled against The New York Times yesterday, refusing to block the government from reviewing telephone records of two Times reporters in a leak investigation concerning a terrorism-funding probe. The one-sentence order came in a First Amendment battle that involves stories written in 2001 by Times reporters Judith Miller and Philip Shenon. The stories revealed the government's plans to freeze the assets of two Islamic charities . US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is trying to track down the reporters' confidential sources for the stories. (AP)


In popularity poll, Kerry came up last
NEW HAVEN -- Senator John F. Kerry ranked last in a poll released yesterday that scores the popularity of national leaders. Americans have the warmest feelings about former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, Republican Senator John McCain, and Democratic Senator Barack Obama, the poll by Quinnipiac University indicated. The university's survey, done the week after the Nov. 7 election, asked voters to rate their feelings for 20 leaders on a scale of 0 to 100. Kerry, the 2004 Democratic nominee who was criticized before the election for suggesting that students who don't study could end up stuck in Iraq, came in last at 39.6. Giuliani, a Republican, scored the highest at 64.2. (AP)

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