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Congress avoids China Olympics issue

Despite an outcry over China's human rights record, Congress moved yesterday to avoid confrontation with the Beijing government about its bid to stage the Olympics and to continue normal trade relations.

House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Texas Republican, said it was unlikely the House would take up a resolution opposing China's hosting of the Olympics in 2008.

He said he believed the International Olympic Committee, which meets Friday in Moscow to choose the 2008 site, would not be influenced by a House vote against China.

Big dust storm covering Mars

Whipped by 100 mph winds, a monster dust storm is fast covering the face of Mars and could soon smother the entire planet in fine red sandy particles, scientists said.

First spotted barely a month ago in images from the Mars Global Surveyor, the storm already has covered more than 40 million square miles and is growing day by day.

Judge orders Smith to pay legal fees

HOUSTON — A judge has ordered former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith to pay $541,000 in legal fees to her stepson, whom she accused of blocking her from collecting half of her wealthy husband's estate.

Probate Judge Mike Wood also reduced to $10 million a jury's $35.2 million damage judgment against stepson E. Pierce Marshall's brother, J. Howard Marshall III, for bringing a baseless lawsuit.

The judge ordered Miss Smith and J. Howard Marshall III to pay $1.2 million to the estate for the temporary administrator's fees.

The ruling supports a jury's finding that Miss Smith and J. Howard Marshall III are not entitled to anything from the estate of oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II.

U.S. considering China bill for plane

The Pentagon and State Department are sifting through a $1 million bill sent by China for expenses related to the crippled Navy EP-3 surveillance plane held on Hainan Island for three months, a Pentagon spokesman said yesterday.

The plane was returned to the United States last week after China allowed it to be dismantled and flown off the island aboard a giant cargo plane. Beijing then sent Washington a bill for expenses it says it incurred relating to the U.S. plane.

The plane made an emergency landing on Hainan on April 1 after a midair collision with a Chinese fighter jet.

Fugitive couple caught in Florida Keys

LONG KEY, Fla. — A couple convicted of duping thousands of people in an international pyramid scheme have been arrested in the Florida Keys.

U.S. marshals seized hundreds of dollars, gold coins and weapons from the couple's home late Monday. Martha Crowe, 51, and David Crowe, 56, were taken to Miami for booking.

Court requires appeal in death row cases

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Supreme Court says it will automatically review death row cases even if the condemned inmate doesn't want anyone to try to save his or her life.

The rule adopted Monday is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation. The court raised the idea in December 1999, ruling that a defendant's right to waive appeals won't keep the court from reviewing all death row cases.

Doctor arrested in daughter's death

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A doctor who told authorities his 14-month-old daughter fell out a window to her death was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Dr. Dennis Tison's daughter, Isabel, died of head injuries at a hospital Jan. 12. He was arrested Monday on suspicion of murder and child abuse and was being held without bail.

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