The UN Security Council will vote this week on a revised Iraq resolution, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said. While there's room for diplomacy, there is "not much room and not much time," he added. US and British officials are reworking the proposed ultimatum after it became clear it would not pass in present form, and UN chief Kofi Annan warned that US military action without the world body's consent would violate its charter. Meanwhile, US defense officials said they suspended surveillance flights over Iraq after the latter's government launched fighter jets over a U-2 mission.

The Senate entered another day of highly charged debate over a bill to ban so-called "partial birth abortions." Sen. Rick Santorum (R) of Pa. said the procedure is "never medically necessary," while Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) of California called the legislation "an attempt to outlaw all abortions." The measure is expected to pass this week and move to the House. President Bush has promised to sign it. Opponents are vowing a court challenge.

A costly four-day strike by Broadway musicians is over, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced after summoning their union and show producers to an all-night bargaining session. The new contract calls for a minimum of 18 musicians at shows, a sticking point in earlier talks. The walkout closed 18 musicals and cost theaters and related businesses $11.8 million in lost revenues.

In the first space launch since the Columbia disaster, a Boeing Delta 4 rocket successfully took off Monday from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The rocket carried into orbit a $200 million Air Force satellite that will transmit secure data for the White House, US embassies, and, potentially, military officials and battlefield commanders.

ImClone Systems founder Samuel Waksal will pay an $800,000 fine and may never again head a publicly traded company, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced in a partial settlement of civil charges from an insider-trading scandal. Waksal pleaded guilty to related criminal charges and will be sentenced in May.

The Police, The Clash, and Elvis Costello and the Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday night at a ceremony in New York. Other honorees included AC/DC and The Righteous Brothers.

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