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THE WAY THINGS USED TO BE ...

Amid the chaos, confusion, and rubble in New York's Manhattan borough after the terrorist attacks, souvenir-buying might have been the last thing on minds of visitors to the city and residents alike. But it wasn't. Pharmacies and stores that cater to tourists reported a run on their postcard racks. The hottest seller: scenes of the landmark that until Tuesday morning dominated the Big Apple's skyline - the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

THIS WON'T GO UNREWARDED

In disputed Kashmir, Muslims and Hindus are assumed to coexist uneasily at best, right? How, then, to explain the tale of Ghulam Qadir? The Muslim shepherd, searching for a missing sheep, crawled into a small cave, where he discovered an ancient (and long-forgotten) Hindu shrine. So, did he trash it? No. He called it to the attention of authorities and, in gratitude for his efforts, will receive 10 percent of the cash offerings expected to be left there over the next five years as the site becomes a new destination for religious pilgrims.

Huge support for Bush in terror aftermath, poll finds

Almost 80 percent of Americans expressed confidence in President Bush's ability to handle the current situation following terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, an instant CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll found. Forty-five percent of respondents said they were "very confident" while 33 percent said they're "somewhat confident." Eleven percent said they weren't "too confident." The poll had a margin of error plus or minus four percentage points. Other findings from the survey conducted Tuesday night:

• 94% support military retaliation if the US identifies those responsible; 3% opposed it.

• 86% said the attacks represent an act of war.

• 52% said it's "very likely" the government will identify and punish the people responsible; 36% said it's somewhat likely.

• 66% said they'd be willing to surrender some civil liberties in order for the government to crack down on terrorism.

- Reuters

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