America pardons nation's debt
The U.S. plans to cancel a $391 million debt owed by Liberia and ask Congress for $200 million to aid the struggling nation this year. That helps, but Liberia still owes $3.7 billion to other lenders.
Facility to protect agriculture
The Norwegian government will construct a seed vault, to be completed in 2008 on the Arctic island of Svalbard, that would preserve the world's agriculture in case of a global climate crisis.
Gates Rings In
Microsoft unveils new phone
This spring Microsoft will launch Windows Mobile 6, a new operating system for wireless technologies that promises to display phone e-mail as clearly as its desktop counterparts.
The Flipper Patrol
Marine mammals on guard
The Navy wants to recruit trained dolphins and sea lions for guard duty at a base on Puget Sound, close to Seattle, where they would detect terrorist swimmers and scuba divers.
Bring on the Beads
The Big Easy awaits Mardi Gras
Hard-luck New Orleans, just hit by a tornado that destroyed several dozen homes, could use a party. Some 80% of the city's hotel space is booked for Mardi Gras, which wraps on Feb. 20.