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11/27/2002

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Thieves Steal 30,000 Identities by Computer

An identity-theft ring that relied on a low-level employee of a Long Island software company stole the credit histories of more than 30,000 people and used them to empty bank accounts, take out false loans and run up charges on credit cards.

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A brief look at the stories making headlines in the Russian-language press

Bush Signs Off on Homeland Security

President Bush signed legislation Monday creating a Department of Homeland Security and nominated former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge as its secretary.

Militant's Gaza Home Destroyed

Israeli troops blew up the family home of a suspected Hamas militant in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and engaged in a firefight with Palestinian gunmen, the army and Palestinian hospital officials said.

Haider Rethinks Threat to Quit

Throwing Austrian politics into fresh turmoil, rightist Jorg Haider announced Tuesday he would stay on as a provincial governor and Freedom Party member.

Bush Unveils Plan for 'Duty-Free' World

U.S. President George W. Bush's administration was to propose a plan on Tuesday to eliminate all tariffs on industrial and consumer goods by 2015.

U.S. GDP Grows 4%, Defying Forecasts

The U.S. economy, stuck in low gear in the spring, lurched ahead at a brisk 4 percent annual rate in the summer, a stronger performance than the government had expected.

New Aid Agency to Get $5Bln

The fund, dubbed the Millennium Challenge Account, will receive annual funding of $5 billion a year by 2006.

Snack Makers Cash In on Hip-Hop

With bags featuring rappers and fresh fashions, potato chip companies aim to translate street cool into profits.

Strikes Cripple French Air, Rail Traffic

French public sector strikes crippled air traffic and sparked rush hour rail logjams Tuesday, a day after the conservative government dealt firmly with road blockades by truckers.

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