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Stephen Hadley, President Bush's national security adviser, suggested that skipping the opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics would be a "cop-out." The better means of protesting China's crackdown in Tibet, he said during a broadcast interview Sunday, would be to practice the "quiet diplomacy" favored by the US.

A swarm of more than 600 earthquakes in 10 days off the Oregon Coast has baffled scientists. A magnitude 5.4 quake was the largest recorded. Geophysicists speculate the quakes could be the result of molten rock rumbling away from faults off the Oregon coast.

Catholic-school enrollment has dropped 14 percent since 2000, and 1,267 parochial schools have been closed nationwide, according to National Catholic Education Association data. The trend could come up as Pope Benedict XVI makes his first trip to the US this week.

As Philadelphia's City Council prepares to open a hearing Monday about drugs in the city's water supply, the water department revised downward for a second time the trace amounts of pharmaceuticals found in the drinking water.


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