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The New York Times

KANSAS CREATIONISTS - The Kansas Board of Education voted to delete virtually any mention of evolution from the state's science curriculum, in one of the most far-reaching efforts by creationists in recent years to challenge the teaching of evolution in schools.

LA GUNMAN - Buford O'Neal Furrow Jr., a white supremacist suspected in the shooting of five people at a Jewish community center in Los Angeles, turned himself in to the F.B.I., saying he wanted the attack to send a message to the nation, law-enforcement officials said.

JAPAN'S JOB WOES - After 10 years of serious decline in Japan's economic prospects, the longtime ideal of lifetime employment is becoming an unattainable dream for all but a shrinking core of workers.

TORNADO - A rare tornado struck downtown Salt Lake City without warning, churning through the area around the Mormon Church's historic Salt Lake Temple as pedestrians were crowding the streets for the lunch hour.

PAROLE CONCERNS - Midnight raids of parolees by police reflect a concern that the parole system fails to monitor released inmates. But the aggressiveness of the efforts in New York City have alarmed civil libertarians who say parolees are becoming targets of illegal searches and harassment.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE - Lamar Alexander is trying hard to stay positive while he runs out of money, but his bitter belief that the Republican Party's whole nominating process is being short-circuited by big money and big media has become a consuming preoccupation.

ECLIPSE - Despite the best efforts of the Druids who performed sundances barefoot among magic stones for the past several days, rain clouds, so often the spoiler of England's summer, eclipsed the eclipse in England Wednesday.

KASHMIR - Sadly, alarmingly, endlessly, there is trouble in paradise. The Vale of Kashmir has become a place haunted by senseless murder and hideous torture.

ALCOA MOVES - In the second consolidation shock to hit the aluminum industry in two days, Alcoa Inc., the largest producer, said it wanted to buy Reynolds Metals Co., a troubled competitor that is nonetheless the third largest player.

RULES OF PEACE - Overriding objections from a number of countries that contribute peacekeeping troops to the U.N., Secretary-General Kofi Annan has ordered that all forces operating under U.N. command abide by international laws protecting civilians and governing the conduct of soldiers in war.

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