- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 17, 2001

Congress removes sanctions on Pakistan
Congress lifted the last remaining economic sanctions against Pakistan yesterday in a vote that came as Secretary of State Colin L. Powell visited that country.
The voice vote in the House came after the Senate approved the legislation on Oct. 4. President Bush must sign the bill before it takes effect.
Mr. Bush last month dropped sanctions imposed on Pakistan and India after they tested nuclear weapons in 1998. Those sanctions barred economic and military assistance. Legislative action was needed to remove the last sanction, which barred all foreign aid to Pakistan because of the 1999 military coup that brought to power Pakistan's current president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

EPA renews approval of bioengineered corn
The U.S. government yesterday renewed its approval of genetically modified corn, saying it found no evidence of health or environmental risks, but the decision was immediately denounced by critics of bioengineered foods.
The Environmental Protection Agency decided that corn modified with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) which produces a protein toxic to certain insects can be used for another seven years before the next review.
Matt Rand, spokesman for the Genetically Engineered Food Alert coalition, said the EPA failed to conduct adequate testing on potential allergic reactions to Bt corn, and that coalition members would now conduct their own studies.

Females on night-shift face greater cancer risk
Breast cancer risk increases by 8 percent to 60 percent for women who work the night shift for many years, according to two studies that suggest the bright light at night diminishes the body's supply of melatonin and increases estrogen levels.
Researchers said the fact that two independent studies, using different methods, found roughly the same results suggest strongly that working the graveyard shift for long periods of time may lower the body's resistance to breast cancer and, perhaps, to other types of cancer.
Both studies appear today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Trade center section brought down
NEW YORK A section of facade from the south tower of the World Trade Center was brought down with a thud and a cloud of dust yesterday as cleanup of the disaster site entered its sixth week.
The number of people still listed as missing at the trade center dropped to 4,613, with 456 bodies recovered and 404 of those identified.

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