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November 29, 2001

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Washington, D.C.: Troop e-mail site set up

Want to send a message of holiday cheer to an unknown soldier in the armed forces who is spending the holidays away from home? Or how about sending a simple thank-you?

The U.S. Department of Defense on Wednesday announced a new e-mail site enabling the public to send messages to those serving in the U.S. military.

The messages are addressed to "any service member." But the site does allow the sender to choose which branch of the military gets their message. There is no limit on the number of messages any person can send.

To send a message to a member of the U.S. armed forces, log on to http://anyservicemember.Navy.mil. The message can go to any branch of the military, despite the Navy Web address.

Washington, D.C.: Afghan diplomats readied

The Bush administration is preparing to rapidly send U.S. diplomats back to Afghanistan for the first time since the Soviet Union withdrew its troops from the country in 1989, senior U.S. officials disclosed Wednesday.

The decision to return an American diplomatic presence to Afghanistan as soon as possible reflects Washington's desire to be a player in the regional competition for influence as the battered country attempts to construct a new government.

A senior State Department official said the move could come "within days," and that U.S. diplomats will be sent to the cities of Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad, Herat and possibly even the recently liberated northern city of Kunduz, in addition to the capital, Kabul.

Virginia: Lottery winner to stay in U.S.

Powerball's newest millionaire says he will not return to his native Pakistan with his winnings.

Ihsan Khan was the sole winner of a $55 million Powerball drawing Nov. 7. He opted for the lump-sum payout, which comes to nearly $32.5 million.

D.C. Lottery spokesman Bob Hainey said that when Khan claimed his prize earlier this month, he told lottery officials he felt more secure returning to Pakistan with the money. But since then, he has decided to stay in Arlington, Va.

Khan says he does not know where the story of his returning to Pakistan came from. Instead, the former taxi driver says he will stay in the Washington area and use the money to pay for his three sons' education and set up a foundation in his mother's memory.

Washington, D.C.: Anthrax mailed to Chile does not match U.S. strain

Anthrax found in a letter mailed to Chile is not from the same as the strain discovered in letters received in the United States, investigators said Wednesday.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said further tests were needed to determine whether the anthrax specimen they tested came from the letter mailed to a Chilean doctor or if it was contaminated by the Chilean lab that performed the initial tests.

But at this point in the investigation, it appears that the Chilean letter is not related to the bioterrorism attacks in the United States, CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said.

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