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US officials say the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif is likely to fall to the Northern Alliance, a battlefield victory in the war on terrorism that could change the lives of some ex-patriots who've been waiting for the Taliban to be driven out of their country. Majeed Mansouri was interpreter for General Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Northern Alliance leader who was killed by suicide bombers just before September 11. Khushal Arsala is the nephew and former comrade-in-arms of Pashtun resistance leader Abdul Haq, who was executed by the Taliban two weeks ago. They speak with us about the war, life in California and their plans to help rebuild their homeland.
  • Newsmaker: Energy Giant Enron's Trouble Lead to Dynegy Merger - Enron is the Texas energy giant that Governor Davis railed against most at the height of the California energy crisis. Lately, Enron itself has seen financial hard times. Now there are reports that it may merge with Dynegy. Wall Street Journal's Jonathan Friedland details the company's alleged financial slight of hand and humiliating defeat.
  • Reporter's Notebook: Bus Riders Union Extends Olive Branch to MTA-or Did They? - Today's Los Angeles Times reports that the Bus Riders Union has made peace with the Metropolitan Transit Authority, after a 5-year dispute over a consent decree in which the MTA agreed to put more buses in service. But union advisor Eric Mann says his comments, taken out of context, were an attempt to avert an MTA appeal.

Dynegy

Enron

The Wall Street Journal

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Bus Riders Union

Labor/Community Strategy Center

Metropolitan Transit Authority

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Frances Anderton

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