President Bush plans to veto a contentious bill Wednesday that would have eased restraints on federally funded embryonic stem-cell research. Bush will also issue an executive order directing the Health and Human Services Department to conduct further research into other types of cells that possess similar regenerative traits. This will be the second time that Bush, who will have issued only three vetoes, will veto a bill dealing with stem-cells.
Wildfires are threatening thousands of acres and hundreds of homes in western Colorado. Officials have already forced the evacuation of 90 homes and advised that at least 110 more be evacuated. The blaze is about 160 miles west of Denver, near the site of a 1994 fire that killed 14 firefighters. Below, a helicopter passes over flaming trees on Tuesday in efforts to fight a fire near New Castle, Colo., on Tuesday.
The Homeland Security Department experienced more than 800 hacker break-ins, virus outbreaks, and other computer security problems during fiscal years 2005 and 2006, senior officials acknowledged to Congress on Tuesday. The HSD is the lead US agency for combating cyberthreats.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is scheduled to arrive in London on Sunday, two days before British Prime Minister Tony Blair is set to leave office. The two will meet privately to discuss a transatlantic alliance to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The alliance, which environmental groups say is largely symbolic, was announced last summer when Blair visited Long Beach, Calif.