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The Senate failed to proceed on a vote Monday for a nonbinding resolution against a troop surge in Iraq. A 49-to-47 vote was 11 short of the 60 needed to go ahead with debate, and left the measure's status uncertain. Democrats have vowed to find a way to force President Bush to change course in the war. GOP lawmakers say they welcome the debate, but want equal consideration for an alternative measure.

In a ruling considered favorable to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the defendant in the CIA leak trial, the judge Tuesday paved the way for testimony by New York Times reporter David Sanger. Defense attorneys believe testimony by Sanger about a 2003 conversation with Libby could rebut evidence that he schemed to leak the identity of CIA analyst Valerie Plame.

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission Monday, signaling his intent to enter the 2008 presidential race formally as a Republican candidate.

The latest statistics show teen suicides on the rise after a decade of decline, according to the journal Pediatrics. Data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cited in the publication, indicate the rate for Americans under 20 increased 18 percent from 2003 to 2004. Some mental health experts believe that funding cuts in school-based prevention programs may be partly to blame.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D) said Monday that he'd seek counseling for his "problems with alcohol," but indicated that getting treatment would not affect his duties. The announcement followed his recent apology for having an affair with the wife of his campaign manager.

US Navy Capt. Lisa Nowak, a NASA astronaut who flew on a shuttle mission to the International Space Station last July, was granted bail Tuesday in Orlando, Fla., a day after being arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping. The episode allegedly involves a female rival in a love triangle.

James Sherley, a stem-cell scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, began a hunger strike on the Cambridge, Mass., campus Monday, claiming he'll continue it until he is given tenure. MIT would not comment on the specific reasons why the African-American professor was not tenured but denied that racism was involved.

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