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In his first appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee since his Nov. 9 swearing-in, Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Wednesday he didn't think it "appropriate for me to pass definitive judgment" on the legality of waterboarding, a controversal interrogation technique. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D) of Vermont accused Mukasey of ducking questions.

An appeals court in Cincinnati Wednesday ruled against accused Nazi guard John Demjanjuk, saying a US immigration judge had the authority to order the retired Ohio autoworker deported to his native Ukraine.

NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Daniel Tani conducted a riskier-than-usual spacewalk Wednesday to fix one of two equipment failures that have crippled the International Space Station's power system and threatened to stall construction.

The House voted Tuesday to extend for 15 days an expiring antiterror surveillance law, which the Senate must now take up. The main issue is whether telecommunications companies that participated in President Bush's warrantless domestic spying program should be retroactively immune to lawsuits.

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