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Hackers target U.S., Chinese Web sites
Pro-China hackers invaded two U.S. government Web sites over the weekend, forcing the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human services to shut down their sites temporarily, the New York Times reported yesterday.
The break-ins came one day after Chinese state media warned that Chinese hackers were planning massive attacks on U.S. sites.
They were seen as part of an escalating "cyber-war" following the midair collision between a U.S. spy plane and a Chinese fighter jet off the southern coast of China on April 1.
Hackers also have posted pro-U.S. sentiments on Chinese sites.

Rock guitarist confirms reports of cancer

LOS ANGELES — Rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen, leader of the veteran band that shares his last name, has confirmed he is battling cancer.
In a statement posted on the groups Web site (https://www.van-halen.com), the 46-year-old Dutch-born musician broke his silence on the matter, ending a year of speculation about his health.
"I was examined by three oncologists and three head-and-neck surgeons at Cedars Sinai just before spring break, and I was told that Im healthier than ever and beating cancer," Mr. Van Halen said. "Although its hard to say when, theres a good chance I will be cancer-free in the near future."

Ex-sub commander asked to tell his story

HONOLULU — The former commander of the Navy submarine that sank a Japanese fishing boat deserves to be "rewarded" with a movie or book deal, his attorney said.
Attorney Charles Gittins said Cmdr. Scott Waddle has made a series of recent high-profile media appearances "because he was asked to tell his story."
"It would be an appropriate way for Scott to be rewarded for what has been an incredibly difficult time," Mr. Gittins said.
Cmdr. Waddle, skipper of the USS Greenville, was given a letter of reprimand for the submarines fatal collision with a Japanese fishing vessel. He will retire by Oct. 1.

'West Wing' cast gets White House tour

White House officials led the cast of "The West Wing" on a tour of the real thing yesterday and mugged with the actors in a mock news briefing.
Notably absent was President Bush and the man who plays a Democratic president on the television show, Martin Sheen — a real-life Bush critic who in February called Mr. Bush a "moron."
Mr. Bushs chief of staff, Andrew Card, led the tour of White House offices. Mr. Cards deputies, Josh Bolten and Joe Hagin, posed for photos with Bradley Whitford, a deputy chief of staff on the show, and Richard Schiff, who plays communications director Toby Ziegler.
Rob Lowe, another star of the show and a Democratic activist, arrived several hours later for a separate tour courtesy of Mr. Bolten. He marveled at the history of the building.

Rescued doctor arrives in Denver

DENVER — A physician airlifted from the South Pole in an unprecedented winter rescue for treatment of a potentially life-threatening gall bladder ailment arrived happy and upbeat yesterday.
"I want a shower and a shave," Dr. Ronald S. Shemenski said, shrugging and smiling after arriving at Denver International Airport. "You keep seeing the same shirt on TV."
Dr. Shemenski, who passed a gallstone while at the bottom of the Earth, had traveled from the 24-hour darkness of the Antarctic winter to a sunny Rocky Mountain spring after his rescue from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station by the daring crew of a twin-engine plane.

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