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The White House has unveiled 300 recommendations for the worst-case scenario in the event that bird virus mutates and causes a flu pandemic in human beings. But Frances Townsend, the President's advisor on homeland security, said federal officials won't be able to offer the kind of aid expected after hurricanes or other localized disasters. Gardiner Harris covers public health for the New York Times.
- Reporter's Notebook: Mexico Gets an Earful about Its New Drug Law
Mexico's President Vicente Fox says he'll sign a bill permitting possession of drugs and narcotics, the very substances sold by the drug cartels he's been fighting during five years in office. US officials call the retreat a threat to law enforcement and public health in this country. Lynn Walker, who is in Mexico City for the Copley News Service, says Mexican lawmakers are reassuring their critics with plans to clarify their intentions.
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