December 23, 2003 Government officials announce that a cow slaughtered in Washington state appears to have been infected with the so-called mad cow disease. If confirmed, it would be the first-ever case of this cattle-wasting disease in the United States. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman says the risks to human health are minimal. NPR's Corey Flintoff reports.
December 15, 2003 The U.S. State Department says everything "went fine" in Secretary of State Colin Powell's cancer surgery Monday. Powell is said to be in good condition after having a cancerous prostate gland removed. A spokesman says Powell is expected to make a full recovery. Hear NPR's Corey Flintoff.
August 16, 2003 The overall economic impact of the big blackout will be sporadic, and not entirely negative, analysts predict. Most businesses and industries can make up the lost production. NPR's Corey Flintoff reports.
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August 16, 2003 Power has returned through most of the U.S. Northeast and Midwest and southern Canada -- the region affected by a blackout that directly affected at least 50 million people. Officials hope lighter demand over the weekend will help stabilize the system. Assorted problems with water and trash persist in some areas. Engineers are still trying to pinpoint the cause of the failure. NPR's Corey Flintoff reports.
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