- The Washington Times - Monday, March 4, 2002

DNA samples taken from Afghan detainees
U.S. military officials yesterday confirmed that DNA samples are being taken from suspected al Qaeda and Taliban members being held in Afghanistan.
The New York Times reported yesterday that U.S. authorities are considering creating a databank of terrorism suspects' DNA by analyzing blood samples from detainees being held in Afghanistan and Cuba.
The move was prompted by U.S. frustration at prisoners obstructing American attempts to identify captured al Qaeda and Taliban fighters, federal authorities said.

Columbia's astronauts latch onto telescope
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Space shuttle Columbia's astronauts latched onto the Hubble Space Telescope yesterday and watched in relief as its 40-foot-long solar wings neatly rolled up like window shades.
The crew will replace the electricity-producing wings with a smaller yet stronger pair, beginning today with the first of five demanding spacewalks to overhaul the telescope.

Tail end of storm whips Michigan areas
MARQUETTE, Mich. Snow fell on parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula yesterday, the tail end of a storm blamed for 14 deaths along its track from Texas, where the midday temperature in Dallas was 28.
"It's brutally cold, and we're expecting cold weather to linger," said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Smith near Marquette. "Wind chills are expected to drop to 30 below zero."
The storm had whipped across northern Texas early Saturday with sleet, snow and freezing rain that contributed to more than 500 traffic accidents and about 100 canceled flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Early success can beat smoking habit
For a habitual smoker, not smoking for two weeks is tough enough, but a study suggests that if you can beat the habit for two years, you are much more likely to have long-term success, Scripps Howard News Service reports.
Relapse rates for smokers trying to quit have been estimated to range from 60 percent to 90 percent within the first year. The study is one of the few that has looked at long-term relapse rates.
"Former cigarette smokers who remain abstinent for at least two years have a risk of relapse of 2 percent to 4 percent during each year within the second through sixth years, but this risk decreases to less than 1 percent after 10 years of abstinence," said Elizabeth Krall, a professor at the Boston University School of Medicine and lead author of the study.

Palm Beach County 'meanest' to homeless
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. The streets of Palm Beach County can be a mean place for the homeless, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.
The group has placed the county on a list of a dozen "meanest" places in the nation, saying Palm Beach follows a national trend of criminalizing homelessness and poverty.
The coalition did not rank the entries but did report that Atlanta, San Francisco and New York were the "absolute meanest" cities for the homeless. Also listed was Baltimore. California was listed as the meanest state.

Kids' drawings help diagnose migraines
CHICAGO Children who drew images of their headaches helped doctors better diagnose and treat migraines, showing that pictures sometimes speak louder than words, a study says.
In nearly nine of 10 cases, pediatric neurologists who analyzed the pictures came to the same diagnoses as a doctor who did regular clinical analysis, the study found.
An accurate diagnosis is critical, because treatment differs depending on the cause of the headache, said Dr. Carl Stafstrom, a University of Wisconsin neurologist whose study appears this month in the Pediatrics journal.

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