General News Archive - July 01, 2005

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Faced with jail for one of itsreporters, Time magazine agreed on Thursday to hand over hisnotebooks to a grand jury probing the leak of a covert CIAoperative's name, in a move that raises questions about pressfreedom in America.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A federal judge strippedCalifornia of control of its prison health care system onThursday, describing it as "broken" and needing an outsideauthority to bring it back in line.

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush said on Thursday hewanted answers on whether Iranian President-elect MahmoudAhmadinejad was a leader in the 1979 U.S. Embassy siege as someformer hostages have said but Iranians have denied.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A free trade agreement with CentralAmerica was headed toward a bruising battle next month in theU.S. House of Representatives after winning approval onThursday in the Ways and Means committee.

By Catherine Bremer MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A set of new Mexican postage stampsfeaturing a black comic-book figure with thick lips and a flatnose has set off a fresh controversy with the United Stateswhere civil rights activists want the stamps banned.

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats on Friday failed tostop the Energy Department from studying the feasibility of a"bunker buster" nuclear bomb the Bush administration isconsidering.

By David Brunnstrom KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. forces remain unable to locate asmall U.S. reconnaissance team that a Special Forces unit wasgoing to support when their helicopter was shot down, killingall 16 troops aboard, the U.S. military said on Friday. While U.S.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The manufacturers of Snickers and Marschocolate bars announced a product recall in Australia's NewSouth Wales state on Friday after a threat to contaminate thechocolate snack bars. Masterfoods Australia New Zealand, an umbrella managementorganization for privately held U.S.

By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - A team of deep-sea divers hasdiscovered the wreck of a U.S. submarine sunk by a Japaneseminelayer 60 years ago in the Gulf of Thailand during theclosing stages of World War II. The U.S.S.

By David Brunnstrom KABUL (Reuters) - A large U.S. force searched on Friday fora U.S. reconnaissance team that went missing shortly before ahelicopter coming to help them was shot down in easternAfghanistan, killing all aboard, the U.S. military said. U.S.