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The nation's service sector contracted in January for the first time in almost five years, the Institute for Supply Management reported Tuesday. The trade group said its index of service-sector business activity, which includes banking, restaurants, and construction, declined to 44.6 in January from a revised reading of 54.4 in December. A reading below 50 indicates contraction.

A US district judge in Los Angeles ruled Monday that the Navy is not exempt from complying with both the National Environmental Policy Act and a court injunction that created a 12-nautical-mile, no-sonar zone off the coast of southern California. The decision was hailed by environmentalists as a legal victory to protect whales from potential harm from sonar tests during antisubmarine exercises.

New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens arrived Tuesday on Capitol Hill to give private, sworn testimony to congressional lawyers about whether he used performance-enhancing drugs. His appearance came one day after teammate and workout partner Andy Pettite (l. above) gave a deposition to committee staff. Both players' private interviews are in preparation for a Feb. 13 public session.


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