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By a 5-to-4 margin, the Supreme Court Tuesday ruled thatconvicted Florida death-row inmate Gary Lawrence lost his opportunity to challenge his murder conviction in federal court. His petition did not override the state's one-year filing deadline, the justices determined.

Kraft Foods Inc., the world's second-largest food andbeverage maker, said Tuesday it may cut up to 8,000 jobs, or 9 percent of its workforce, in an effort to cut costs and revive slumping sales. The company eliminated 5,500 jobs in 2004.

Rescuers of three climbers on Oregon's Mt. Hood credited their success Monday to a radio transmitter, which helped locate the climbers, and the body warmth of a black Labrador retriever that lay across them during the cold night. The dog had been clipped to a rope that the trio of climbers (two women and a man) used before they slid 500 feet down the mountain. All are OK, this after three other climbers lost their lives near the summit in December.

JetBlue Airways said Monday that it would introduce acustomer bill of rights in an effort to rebuild the carrier's tarnished image, which suffered from numerous delays and cancellations days after a weather-induced travel meltdown on Feb. 14. Based on preliminary reports, passengers inconvenienced in the future by the airline could receive from $25 to round-trip tickets.

Looking to cut costs, media rivals Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. said Monday they've decided to merge. For the deal to be approved, Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin said the combined operation must be better for consumers, with more choices and affordable prices.

Forty-four years after President Kennedy's assassination, previously unseen footage of his Dallas motorcade was released Monday to coincide with Presidents' Day. The silent 8mm film, donated to a Dallas museum that is devoted to JFK's presidency, was taken by an amateur photographer shortly before the fatal gunshots. The footage is expected to be closely scrutinized by conspiracy theorists.

After more than 80 years as the University of Illinois mascot, theschool will retire Chief Illiniwek at Wednesday night's men's basketball game on the Champaign-Urbana campus. Pressure from the National Collegiate Athletic Association for members to drop controversial American Indian symbols drove the decision.

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