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KOSOVO - As the U.N. organizes, the Kosovo Liberation Army has taken sweeping political control in Kosovo, establishing an elaborate network to govern in the absence of a strong international police presence.

TAX CUTS - Republicans in the Senate turned aside a Democratic plan to limit the size of their proposed tax cut, even as centrists from both parties laid out a middle ground on which a compromise could eventually be forged.

CANYON DEATHS - With the death toll up to 19, and Swiss rescue workers still searching the rapids for two missing tourists, the river disaster in this pristine Swiss resort town on Tuesday is already raising questions about the inherent dangers of the adventure sport known as "canyoning."

COLOMBIA - A new Anti-Narcotics Battalion is being trained and supplied by the U.S. to give the Colombian military the upper hand in battling the twin plagues of drugs and guerrillas.

NEW YORK POWER PROBLEMS - The power distribution cables in upper Manhattan were among the most trouble-plagued in Consolidated Edison's system for years before seven of them failed on July 6, plunging Washington Heights into the city's worst blackout in 22 years, company documents show.

GORE - Vice President Al Gore believes his potent weapon in the presidential race is his knowledge of public policy issues. He has staked out positions on scores of topics and suggests that his opponents, both Democratic and Republican, have been vague and therefore undeserving.

CANCER RESEARCH - Using a precise molecular recipe, scientists have succeeded in turning normal human cells into cancer cells in the laboratory, a task that sounded simple but which eluded molecular biologists for more than 15 years.

FRENCH TORTURE - France, a country that has proudly enshrined human rights since 1789, was ordered by the European Court of Human Rights to pay the equivalent of $100,000 to a convicted Dutch-Moroccan drug dealer for violating his rights with police "torture" to make him confess.

MANAGED CARE - A survey shows widespread discontent among doctors and nurses about the quality of health care under managed care plans. Many doctors said some of their patients had been denied coverage for a health service they needed, from a prescription drug to a hospital stay.

NYSE - Skeptics are predicting the demise of the New York Stock Exchange. Its trading floor is no match, they say, for the new computer-driven systems that attract trading that traditionally has been done on the exchange and its archrival, the Nasdaq market.

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