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President Bush sent Congress his $2.4 trillion budget, seeking large increases in military and homeland security spending. Other programs, however, would be tightened in an attempt to cut a deficit projected to top $521 billion this year. The homeland security budget would go up 10 percent. On the other hand, a 7 percent boost in military spending would not include money to keep troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The budget is expected to set off an intense battle in Congress as Democrats and Republicans push to convince voters whose plan is better.

The "Mydoom" computer virus is expected to attack Micro-soft's website Tuesday, two days after crippling that of a Utah software company, SCO Group, with hundreds of thousands of access requests. The virus, which spread last week by e-mail to computers worldwide, is thought to be targeting SCO and Microsoft because of their threats to sue users of the Linux operating system in an intellectual property dispute. In building an army of zombie PCs in just six days, MyDoom underscores a digital security threat for corporations and governments, and experts predict such viruses will only become more sophisticated. Each company has offered a $250,000 reward for tips that lead to the arrest of those involved.

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The New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers Sunday night on a 41-yard field goal with four second left in the game to win the 38th Super Bowl. The 32-29 victory in Houston's Reliant Stadium was the Patriots' second in three years. But celebrations in Boston were marred when the driver of an SUV backed into a crowd, killing one person and injuring several others.

Two Arizona prison inmates surrendered Sunday after releasing their last captive and climbing down from a guard tower, ending the longest such hostage standoff in decades. Corrections officials did not say what led to the surrender, but one of the inmates - in a radio interview - said the seizure of the hostages Jan. 18 was the result of a botched escape attempt. The final hostage, a female corrections officer, allegedly was sexually assaulted and is receiving medical care.

Tens of thousands of Michigan residents were told it's safe to resume drinking tap water after tests determined 39,000 gallons of toxic chemicals that spilled in the St. Clair River in Ontario Sunday did not contaminate the water. The leak was contained at an Imperial Oil plant near the border, and the company described the chemicals as low-toxicity solvents found in nail polish and paint. An investigation of the spill is under way.


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