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So far, Iraq's Saddam Hussein has rejected all suggestions that he avert war by going into voluntary exile. But maybe that's because he hasn't yet heard the offer being extended by Soveria Mannelli, a town of 3,500 people in southern Italy. Calling its gesture "the only possible serious thing," Mayor Mario Caligiuri said the town is reserving a newly renovated building for Hussein and his family and will provide round-the-clock security ... by its three-man police force.

How 'bout calling it 'Provo'?

Then there's Moab, Utah, which is asking President Bush to find another acronym for a powerful new explosive device likely to be used against Iraqi targets. MOAB (for massive ordnance air burst) could negate years of costly effort to promote the town as a magnet for outdoor recreation, worried residents say. They don't want tourists to think of their town as a bomb, or vice versa.

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Ranking the best players currently in pro basketball

Hoops fans eagerly await the annual postseason college playoffs known as "March Madness." Yet, playing in the tournament is no guarantee of future greatness in the National Basketball Association. In fact, six of the players rated in a new Sporting News survey as the NBA's best didn't even attend college, including four of the top 10. To obtain its rankings, the weekly polled the general managers of NBA teams. Its top 10 players:

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1. Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers
2. Kobe Bryant, Lakers (no college)
3. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
4. Tracy McGrady, Orlando Magic (no college)
5. Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves (no college)
6. Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets
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8. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (no college)
9. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
10. Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers


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