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The Attempted Assassination of Ronald Reagan

by Kristi Richardson & Mark Fisher

Talk about a small world! At about 2:30 in the afternoon of March 30, 1981, it became positively microscopic. Crouching on the sidewalk in front of the Washington Hilton, a young man who modeled himself on Robert DeNiro's not-so-right Travis Bickle character from the movie, Taxi Driver, drew a bead on the new president. Steadying his .22-caliber pistol in both hands, John Hinckley, Jr., began firing explosive "devastator" bullets at Ronald Reagan. In the ensuing pandemonium, the sixth slug found its mark.

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The Attempted Assassination of Ronald Reagan

by Kristi Richardson & Mark Fisher

Talk about a small world! At about 2:30 in the afternoon of March 30, 1981, it became positively microscopic. Crouching on the sidewalk in front of the Washington Hilton, a young man who modeled himself on Robert DeNiro's not-so-right Travis Bickle character from the movie, Taxi Driver, drew a bead on the new president. Steadying his .22-caliber pistol in both hands, John Hinckley, Jr., began firing explosive "devastator" bullets at Ronald Reagan. In the ensuing pandemonium, the sixth slug found its mark.

Study Confirms Link Between Pill, Breast Cancer

By Mike Wendling

CNSNews.com London Bureau Chief
March 25, 2002

London (CNSNews.com) - Women who take the contraceptive pill face an increased risk of breast cancer, according to one of the largest studies yet on the links between lifestyle and cancer.

The report, released over the weekend at the 3rd European Breast Cancer Conference in Barcelona, Spain, found that of the more than 100,000 women studied, those who used the pill at any point during their lives increased their chances of developing breast cancer by 26 percent.

Study Confirms Link Between Pill, Breast Cancer

By Mike Wendling

CNSNews.com London Bureau Chief
March 25, 2002

London (CNSNews.com) - Women who take the contraceptive pill face an increased risk of breast cancer, according to one of the largest studies yet on the links between lifestyle and cancer.

The report, released over the weekend at the 3rd European Breast Cancer Conference in Barcelona, Spain, found that of the more than 100,000 women studied, those who used the pill at any point during their lives increased their chances of developing breast cancer by 26 percent.

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From U.S., the ABC's of Jihad

By Joe Stephens and David B. Ottaway

Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, March 23, 2002

In the twilight of the Cold War, the United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings, part of covert attempts to spur resistance to the Soviet occupation.

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From U.S., the ABC's of Jihad

Violent Soviet-Era Textbooks Complicate Afghan Education Efforts

By Joe Stephens and David B. Ottaway
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, March 23, 2002

In the twilight of the Cold War, the United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings, part of covert attempts to spur resistance to the Soviet occupation.

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Coalition Seeks to Curb Drug Patent Extensions

By Ceci Connolly

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 25, 2002; Page A01

When the heartburn medicine Prilosec hit the market 12 years ago, doctors and patients couldn't get enough of it. By 2000, it was the best-selling drug in the world and generated an estimated $4.7 billion in U.S. sales for maker AstraZeneca.

But now the distinctive purple pill is giving the nation's governors, private companies -- and other people who pay the medical bills -- heartburn.

Tree Ring Study Shows Warm Cycles

Thu Mar 21, 2002

By PAUL RECER, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON - An unusually warm period a millennium ago may have been part of a natural planetary cycle, researchers say in a study of tree rings that scrutinizes the link between human activity and climate change.