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Wednesday, November 9

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U.S. withdraws Chinese hotel terror threat warning

BEIJING (CNN) -- The U.S. Embassy Thursday withdrew an advisory telling Americans to be wary of a possible terror threat involving hotels in China.

The move came just hours after Beijing cast doubt on the warning issued a day earlier, calling the threat "a sham fabricated by some foreign citizen."

"The Chinese Ministry of Public Security informed the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on November 10 that Chinese security authorities have determined that the source of a reported threat against four- and five-star hotels in China is not credible," the embassy statement said. "The United States Government is not aware of any other information of any threat against hotels in China, including Hong Kong." (Posted 3:34 a.m.)

At least 28 dead in suicide bombing at Baghdad restaurant

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- At least 28 people died Thursday when a suicide bomber strapped with explosives detonated his bomb inside a central Baghdad restaurant, Iraqi police said. At least 24 others were wounded.

The blast occurred at the Qadduri restaurant about 9:40 a.m. (2:30 a.m. ET). (Updated 3:11 a.m.)

Palestinians, Chinese among dead at Amman hotels

AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) -- Four Palestinians, including the head of military intelligence, were among 57 people killed Wednesday in suicide bombings at three hotels in Amman, Jordan, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said.

Maj. Gen. Bashir Nafeh died in the blast at the Grand Hyatt, along with Col. Abed Allun; Jihad Fattouh, the brother of the Palestinian parliament speaker; and Mosab Khoma, Erakat said. The four were returning to Palestine from Cairo, Egypt, he said, adding that he condemned the attack in the strongest terms possible.

In addition, three Chinese were killed and one wounded in the attacks, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, which cited a press release on the Chinese Foreign Ministry's Web site. They were members of a delegation from China's University of National Defense and were staying at one of the hotels, according to the report, which did not specify the hotel.

Jordan has said there were no government officials among the casualties, and a White House spokesman said the administration knew of no U.S. casualties. (Updated 3:03 a.m.)

One of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists dead

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- One of Southeast Asia's most-wanted militants, accused of being a mastermind behind the 2002 and 2005 deadly Bali bombings, died Wednesday when he blew himself up during a shootout with police, the national police chief said.

Azahari Husin, a Malaysian in his late 40s, was believed to be the bomb expert for the Islamic terror network Jemaah Islamiyah, and to have written its bomb manual. Indonesian Police Chief Gen. Sutanto said Azahari's identity was confirmed through fingerprints.

A second body was found in the house and is believed to be a militant known as Armand. National Police spokesman Aryanto Budiharjo said about 30 bombs were found in the home.

Noordin Top, a Malaysian who also is highly sought after, is believed to have been Azahari's accomplice in the Bali explosions. The Oct. 1 bomb attacks at three crowded restaurants killed 22 people on the resort island, including at least two Australians. There were 88 Australians among the 202 victims of the Kuta nightclub bombings on Bali in October 2002. Officials believe Azahari and Top had begun creating their own terror network, by recruiting and training suicide bombers. (Updated 12:35 a.m.)

Miller retires from New York Times with 'mixed feelings'

NEW YORK (CNN) -- New York Times reporter Judith Miller has retired from the newspaper with "mixed feelings" amid criticism of her role in the investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's identity, the newspaper announced Wednesday.

Her retirement took effect immediately, according to a Times statement. In a letter to appear in the Times Thursday, Miller said she was leaving because she had "become the news" herself.

Miller was part of The New York Times team that was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for its reporting on the al Qaeda terrorist network. But her stories on Iraq's suspected weapons programs in the months before the 2003 invasion were widely criticized when no such programs were found after a U.S.-led army ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

And the 28-year Times veteran spent nearly three months in jail for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the 2003 exposure of CIA operative Valerie Plame, going free in September after receiving a waiver from her source that allowed her to testify. The source turned out to be Lewis "Scooter" Libby, chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

In a written statement Wednesday, Miller said, "I am very satisfied with this agreement" with the Times. A letter from her to the newspaper will appear in Thursday's paper, and is on her Web site

The Times supported her during her imprisonment, but in an October staff memo, Executive Editor Bill Keller wrote that Miller "seems to have misled" the paper's Washington bureau chief about the extent of her discussions with Bush administration officials about Plame and said he missed "significant alarm bells" about her involvement in the matter.

"If I had known the details of Judy's entanglement with Libby, I'd have been more careful in how the paper articulated its defense, and perhaps more willing than I had been to support efforts aimed at exploring compromise," Keller wrote.

Libby resigned Oct. 28 after being indicted on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements to investigators looking into how Plame's identity was revealed. (Posted 9:10 p.m.)

Explosions in downtown Amman kill at least 57, wound more than 150

AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) -- Three apparent suicide attackers detonated nearly simultaneous explosions Wednesday night in and near hotels in downtown Amman, killing at least 57 people and wounding more than 150 others, the deputy prime minister of Jordan said.

The blasts occurred at the Radisson Hotel, the Days Inn Hotel and the Grand Hyatt Hotel, which are within a few hundred yards of each other. Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Muasher said the largest blast occurred during a wedding celebration at the Radisson and was set off by a suicide bomber wearing a belt packed with explosives.

The groom said the blast took place as he and his fiance were entering the wedding hall. He lost as many as 10 relatives, including his father, he said.

The blast inside the Grand Hyatt also appeared to have been caused by a bomber wearing an explosive belt, Muasher said. The Days Inn blast occurred when a car attempted to cross a security barrier, could not, and exploded outside the hotel.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. But Muasher said Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al Qaeda in Iraq and that country's most-wanted terrorist, is among the suspects. (Updated 3:03 a.m.)

Chalabi says he'd answer questions from Congress

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi said Wednesday he would answer U.S. lawmakers' questions about allegations he supplied the United States with faulty intelligence about Iraq's suspected weapons programs and passed U.S. secrets to Iran.

Chalabi, once a U.S.-backed exile leader who fell out of favor with Washington in 2004, denies both allegations and said he has had a warm welcome in Washington.

The U.S. government paid Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress millions of dollars to provide intelligence about Iraq that turned out to have been false.

The Pentagon flew Chalabi and hundreds of his U.S.-armed supporters to Iraq as Saddam Hussein's regime was collapsing in the face of a U.S.-led attack, and gave him a seat on the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council during the American occupation.

But he fell from favor with the Bush administration when U.S. intelligence officials accused him of leaking to Iran top-secret information about American code-breaking capabilities. (Posted 8:10 p.m.)

Feds: California men plotted to sneak missiles into U.S.

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Two California men have been indicted on charges they conspired to smuggle hand-held anti-aircraft missiles into the United States, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

The men -- Chao Tung Wu, 51, of La Puente, Calif., and Yi Qing Chen, 41, of Rosemead, Calif. -- already faced charges drug and counterfeiting charges. The new indictment charges them with conspiracy to import missiles designed to bring down aircraft, a charge carrying a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison.

Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles, said the charges are the first brought under a 2004 law that bars the importation of such weapons.

According to the indictment, Wu and Chen made arrangements with an undercover FBI agent to import several Chinese-made QW-2 missiles and launchers from an unidentified country.

"Wu, Chen and unindicted co-conspirators allegedly were to pay bribes to customs officials in other countries to ensure the shipment," prosecutors said. "One payment was to be a $2 million bribe to an official in a foreign country." The countries were not disclosed. (Posted 8:05 p.m.)

Annan postpones stop in Jordan

UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- In the wake of the terrorist bombings in Jordan, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who is currently traveling in the region and had planned on visiting Jordan Thursday, has decided to postpone that stop.

He might still go to Amman before heading home, said spokesman Stephane Dujarric. (Posted 6:01 p.m.)

Congressional leak probe suspended

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts said Wednesday that congressional leaders will not move forward at this time with a joint investigation into who leaked classified information about secret prisons to The Washington Post because the Justice Department is pursuing a separate investigation.

"We have to defer to Justice," Roberts, R-Kan., said Wednesday.

This puts the brakes on a congressional investigation that GOP leaders had asked for just the day before in a letter sent by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., to Roberts and his House counterpart. --From CNN's Ted Barrett and Ed Henry (Posted 5:10 p.m.)

Army tanks bound for Iraq damaged in Texas train wreck

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A train crash this week near Fort Hood, Texas, damaged 11 Army tanks being sent to Iraq as part of the deployment of the 4th Infantry Division, a division spokesman said.

The M1A2 tanks were on flatbed train cars for the first leg of the journey to Iraq when the crash occurred Monday night, he said. The cars broke loose from the rest of the train and rolled down an incline, hitting some idling locomotives. No one was injured in the crash, he said.

The tanks will be replaced by 11 others from other units, the spokesman said. --From CNN Pentagon Producer Larry Shaughnessy (Posted 4:42 p.m.)

Man convicted for rape based on 32-year-old DNA evidence

NEW YORK (CNN) -- New DNA evidence in the rape of a woman in her apartment 32 years ago led to a guilty verdict Wednesday.

After less than two hours of deliberation, Fletcher Anderson Worrell was convicted of first degree rape and robbery in the June 1973 attack on Kathleen Ham, now 58.

DNA taken from a pair of undergarments Ham wore on the night of the attack matched to Worrell. Such DNA technology did not exist during his first trial in 1974, which resulted in a hung jury. (Posted 4:24 p.m.)

Lawmakers spar with execs from Exxon, Chevron over high prices, record profits, consumer pain

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) -- CEOs from the nation's biggest oil companies sparred with lawmakers Wednesday at a Senate hearing into this year's jump in oil prices and record industry profits.

The contentious hearing came as consumers face a jump of 50 percent or more in home heating bills this winter and gasoline prices that are 20 percent higher that a year ago. At the same time, oil company profits have soared. As a result, there have been suggestions in Congress about instituting a windfall-profits tax, with the money to be distributed to lower-income consumers to help them with energy costs.

"To my constituents, today's hearing is about shared sacrifices in tough times versus oil company greed," said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. "Working people struggle with high gas prices and your sacrifices appear to be nothing."

"In the midst of pain, in the midst of suffering, the public sees headlines about record profits," Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, pointed out.

But other senators, some reluctantly, opposed taking measures against the industry. "It's not terribly fun defending you, but I do," said Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho. --By CNN/Money Senior Writer Chris Isidore (Posted 3:17 p.m.)

Unrest simmers in France for 14th straight night

PARIS (CNN) -- Unrest simmered again in France for the 14th straight night, when vandals pushed a car into a school courtyard in Toulouse and set it on fire.

Local officials in the southwestern city said it was one of four cars that had been torched so far Wednesday night. Firefighters put out the blazing car in the kindergarten courtyard around 7 p.m. (1 p.m. ET) and told CNN no one was injured.

Local officials said the city elected not to impose restrictions on the movement of young people there as it was authorized to do by the government Tuesday after nightly rioting raged in several cities across the country for nearly two weeks. (Posted 2:42 p.m.)

At least 5 dead in dual Baghdad car bombs

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Two car bombs exploded near a northeastern Baghdad police station Wednesday evening, killing at least five Iraqi civilians and wounding 25 others, the U.S. military said.

The blasts went off just before 8 p.m. near the Al Shab police station and the next-door Al Sharoofi Mosque in the Adhamiya district. Neither building was damaged, the military said. (Posted 1:56 p.m.)

Assembly chairman's brother disappears in Kirkuk

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- The brother of Hachim al-Hasani, the chairman of Iraq's National Assembly, disappeared while driving in his car in the northern city of Kirkuk, al-Hasani's press office said Wednesday.

Hatem al-Hasani, in his 40s and a car dealer, vanished Tuesday afternoon, according to the press office, which said he had been escorted by personal security. The office had no further information about his disappearance. (Posted 1:54 p.m.)

N.J. man pleads guilty on Patriot Act charge

NEWARK, N.J. (CNN) -- A New Jersey man accused of shining a hand-held laser into the cockpit of an aircraft last December pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of interfering with pilots of a passenger aircraft.

David Banach, 39, of Parsippany, N.J., could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison for the offense, a violation of the Patriot Act. However, prosecutors expect Banach (pronounced: Ba-NOSH) get a term of only 18 to 24 months. (Posted 12:59 p.m.)

British Parliament votes down proposed anti-terror laws; big defeat for Blair

LONDON (CNN) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has suffered his first major parliamentary defeat, losing a key vote on new anti-terror laws Wednesday.

The House of Commons voted 322 to 291 against a measure to allow authorities to hold terror suspects for up to 90 days without charge. It was the first vote against the government since Blair and his Labor Party came to power in May 1997.

CNN's Robin Oakley said Blair had invested his full political weight in getting the law passed, adding to the political drama. But many members of his own party joined the opposition in Britain's lower house of parliament to reject the measure.

The Commons later approved an amended measure to allow suspects to be held for up to 28 days without charge, but that may yet face a challenge. (Posted 12:40 p.m.)

Joe DiMaggio's first Yankee uniform to hit Sotheby's auction block

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Attention sports fans-- Joe Dimaggio's first major league uniform is going up for sale. The baseball legend's 1936 New York Yankees home uniform will hit the auction block at Sotheby's New York on December 10.

Both the jersey and pants of the pin-striped No. 9 uniform will be auctioned.

As a 21-year-old rookie, "Joltin' Joe," as he was known, helped lead the Yankees to the first of four consecutive World Series titles in the uniform. It is the only year that he wore No. 9. In the years to follow, he wore No. 5.

The Yankee Clipper's weathered uniform is expected to sell for an estimated $600,000, according to Lee Dunbar, director of Sotheby's Collectibles Department. --From CNN News Assistant Katy Byron (Posted 12:39 p.m.)

Big oil execs spar with lawmakers over record profits

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) -- CEOs from the nation's biggest oil companies sparred with lawmakers Wednesday at a Senate hearing into this year's jump in oil prices and record industry profits.

The contentious hearing comes as consumers face a jump of 50 percent or more in home heating bills this winter and gasoline prices are 20 percent higher than a year ago.

In their opening remarks, Exxon Mobil CEO Lee Raymond and Chevron CEO David O'Reilly said their companies and others in the industry invest billions in developing new sources of energy no matter the market price of oil or the level of the industry's profits. "Since 2002...we invested what we earned," O'Reilly said.

Several executives said that the industry faces costs of between $18 billion to $30 billion to repair damages from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. --By Chris Isidore, CNN/Money staff writer (Posted 12:112 p.m.)

Prosecutors seek to try Tennessee school shooting suspect as adult

JACKSBORO, Tenn (CNN) -- Prosecutors said Wednesday they want to try a 15-year-old suspect in a deadly shooting at a northeastern Tennessee school as an adult.

Paul Phillips, district attorney general for Campbell County, said the youth -- whose name has not yet been released -- will face a count of first-degree murder among other charges.

The suspect was detained after Tuesday's shooting at Campbell County Comprehensive High School in Jacksboro. Assistant principal Ken Bruce died after being shot about 2 p.m. Tuesday. Two other administrators were wounded.(Posted 12:10 p.m.)

Yates to receive new trial in deaths of 5 children

(CNN) -- Andrea Yates, the Texas woman convicted of drowning her five children, will receive a new trial on capital murder charges after a Texas appeals court Wednesday refused to consider a lower court's decision that overturned her convictions.

"It's a good day," attorney George Parnham said. "The whole issue of mental health, specifically women's mental health, has been championed in this decision."

Parnham said a new trial is a mixed blessing because Yates will have to relive the horror of her children's deaths, but he added, "She needs to be found not guilty by reason of insanity." (Posted 11:11 a.m.)

Small plane crashes in Virginia; 2 dead

(CNN) -- A small plane crashed Wednesday morning near Leesburg, Va., killing the two people aboard, according to FAA spokesman Greg Martin.

He said the Piper PA-28 was on a training flight when it went down around 10 a.m. Kraig Troxell of the Loudon County Sheriff's Office said a witness reported that the single-engine plane crashed into a wooded area shortly after taking off from Leesburg Airport. (Posted 11:09 a.m.)

Saddam attorney reiterates call for more security

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- After an attack on his colleagues a day earlier left one dead and another wounded, Saddam Hussein defense attorney Khalil al-Dulaimi on Wednesday reiterated his demand for a solution to protect the defense team from attacks and insisted the team would not participate in the trial until that solution is found.

A source close to Saddam's defense team told CNN that al-Dulaimi sent a letter to the tribunal after the slaying of fellow defense attorney Sadoon al-Janabi last month. Defense attorneys did not appear in court during the questioning of a former Iraqi intelligence officer a few days later.

Al-Dulaimi reiterated his demand after gunmen opened fire Tuesday on a vehicle carrying two other attorneys. Adil Muhammed, who was representing former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yusef Ramadan, was killed, and Thamir Mahmoud was wounded. It wasn't clear who Mahmoud represented. (Posted 10:22 p.m.)

U.S. ends major Husayba ops; Iraqis bury civilian dead

HUSAYBA, Iraq (CNN) -- Major U.S. Marine sweeps ended Monday inside Husayba, near the Syrian border, but their eastward push continued as they battled to take out insurgents that have used the area for a base -- and a conduit into and out of Syria.

Marines and the Iraqi army remained in the town, conducting "back clearing" -- returning to areas already swept to conduct patrols, execute fresh searches and talk with residents.

And the Iraqi army went on graveyard duty, helping Iraqi civilians bury their dead -- four families decimated by U.S. airstrikes on their homes in southern Husayba.

Col. Stephen Davis, commander of Regimental Combat Team 2, said that the southern part of the town had been the most heavily fortified section -- some of the fiercest house-to-house combat took place there -- and the residents admitted that their neighborhoods had been a haven for the insurgents. (Posted 9:49 a.m.)

New Jersey spruce selected for Rockefeller Center Christmas tree

From CNN News Assistant Katy Byron

NEW YORK (CNN) -- This year's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree grew up and will be cut down in Wayne, New Jersey on Wednesday morning, according to Rubenstein Associates, the event's planners.

The Norway spruce is 74 feet tall, its branches fan out 42 feet from its trunk, and it weighs nine tons. Wayne is approximately one hour from the tree's new home in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center.

Arnold Raquet owns the land where evergreen grew.

After the tree is cut down, a large crane will lift it onto the flatbed of a truck which will transport the spruce to Manhattan, according to a press release. (Posted 8:55 a.m.)

Syria invites U.N. investigator to Damascus to discuss probe cooperation

(CNN) -- Syria has extended an invitation for a United Nations investigator to visit Damascus to discuss the country's cooperation into an investigation of the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister early this year, the Syrian foreign ministry said Wednesday.

The official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that a message was sent Tuesday to German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, who is heading the U.N. probe into the Feb. 14 death of Rafik Hariri.

A report issued last month by Mehlis found evidence that Syrian and pro-Syrian Lebanese officials were involved in Hariri's death. A veteran Lebanese politician who had become a critic of Syria's military occupation of Lebanon, Hariri was killed, along with 20 other people, in a powerful car bomb. Hariri's death touched off protests that eventually led to Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon after a decades-long occupation. (Posted 7:25 a.m.)

At least 5 dead in India passenger train crash

NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- At least five people were killed and 20 injured Wednesday when a passenger train was struck from behind by a cargo train as it was leaving a station in eastern India, officials said.

Train 619 had just departed from Barwadi station in the Latehar district, Jharkhand state, when it was struck, said Dinesh Kumar, secretary to the general manager of Eastern Railway. It was headed for Chopan, he said. The cargo train was scheduled to stop outside of the station, but failed to do so, he said.

The collision caused four cars of the passenger train to derail, with some of the cars lying on top of one another. (Posted 6:44 a.m.)

Roadside bomb kills U.S. Marine

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- A U.S. Marine died Wednesday from wounds he received earlier in the week in a roadside bomb attack in Anbar province west of Baghdad, a military statement said.

The Marine -- assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) -- was fatally wounded on Nov. 7 near Camp Korean Village during combat operations.

Since the start of the war, 2,058 U.S. troops have died in Iraq. (Posted 6:09 a.m.)

7 killed, 4 injured in Baquba car bomb

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Seven Iraqis, four of them police officers, were killed and another four people injured Wednesday when a suicide car bomb targeting an Iraqi police patrol detonated in Baquba, according to a CNN stringer at the site of the blast.

Baquba is about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Baghdad. It has been the site of repeated sectarian violence and attacks aimed at Iraqi security forces.

In northwestern Baghdad, a driver for an Education Ministry official was gunned down in the Shula neighborhood Wednesday morning by gunmen, Iraqi police said.

Earlier Wednesday, a Coalition Forces air strike in western Iraq destroyed what was believed to be an al Qaeda in Iraq terrorist weapons cache in the village of al Bu Hardan near al Qaim, the military said.

A terrorist mortar cell was thought to be using the targeted building and had been seen moving mortars and other small weapons into it.

Rioting dampened, but not extinguished, by curfew

PARIS (CNN) -- Violence flared in parts of France for a 13th consecutive night, but the rioting early Wednesday appeared dampened from that of previous days -- a possible sign that emergency measures have helped restore calm.

Fewer than 600 vehicles were burned overnight, French state radio reported -- a marked decrease from Saturday, when more than 1,400 were burned.

In addition, there were fewer clashes between police and rioters. But rioting still flared violently in many areas. Lyon's subway system -- the second largest subway system in the country -- had to be shut down after a gasoline bomb was thrown in a train station, according to French media reports.

A number of cities had established curfews in an effort to quell the violence, and some banned the sale of gasoline to minors, as the majority of the rioters were thought to be youth. The curfews will allow police to jail rioters for up to two months. (posted 1:55 a.m.)

Democrats keep governorships in Va., N.J.; Bloomberg wins in NYC

(CNN) -- Democrats kept their grip on the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey in Tuesday's off-year elections, while New York City's Republican mayor, Michael Bloomberg, easily secured a second term in the Democratic-dominated Big Apple.

Meanwhile, in California, votes were still being counted in a statewide special election called by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to push four initiatives he insisted were necessary to reform state government -- a political gamble with implications for his re-election bid next year.

Also Tuesday, two states voted on gay rights ballot measures, to mixed results. In Texas, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was overwhelmingly approved. But in Maine, a measure that would have repealed a state law outlawing discrimination against gay men and lesbians was defeated. (Posted 1:50 a.m.)

Bush officials: Stronger campaign planned against Democratic criticisms

Senior administration officials are working on what they call a "campaign-style" strategy to respond to stepped-up Democratic criticism that the Bush administration twisted intelligence in making the case for war in Iraq.

"You're going to see heavy and direct engagement from this administration," according to a senior administration official, who said there would be "an increased presence and willingness to be more aggressive in responding to Democrats."

The examination into the intelligence used by the Bush administration to justify invading Iraq has intensified, on the heels of the Oct. 28 indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, who resigned the day he was indicted. Democrats have pointed at declassified information they say shows the White House was "deceptive" in pre-war statements.

Libby is charged with with obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statements to federal agents investigating who revealed to reporters the identity of CIA undercover agent Valerie Plame, whose husband had publicly challenged a key element of the administration's case for war. (Posted 10:15 p.m.)

CNN projects Corzine winner of New Jersey governor's race

BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CNN) -- CNN projects Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Corzine will win the New Jersey governor's race over Republican businessman Doug Forrester.

With the projected win, Corzine will make the unconventional move from the Capitol in Washington to the statehouse in Trenton. Forrester, the GOP's unsuccessful U.S. Senate candidate in 2002, gave Corzine a tough fight in the solidly Democratic state. (Posted 9:58 p.m.)

CNN projects Kaine winner of Virginia governor's race

RICHMOND, Va. (CNN) -- CNN on Tuesday night projected that Democratic Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine will win the Virginia governor's race over Republican Jerry Kilgore, the state's former attorney general.

Recent polls showed a neck-and-neck race between the men. Gov. Mark Warner, a Democrat, was barred by state law from seeking a second term. (Posted 9:20 p.m.)

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