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■ United States

Female president OK: poll

More than six in 10 voters say they believe the US is ready for a female president, a poll found. The poll, conducted by the Siena College Research Institute and sponsored by Hearst Newspapers, also found that 81 percent of people surveyed would vote for a woman for president and 53 percent think New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton should try for the job. Other polls have identified the former first lady as the voters' favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination. On the Republican side, 42 percent of voters said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice should run for the White House and 33 percent named North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole.

■ Dominican Rep.

Businessman charged in US

A powerful Dominican Republic businessman was arraigned in New York on Tuesday on charges he headed a cocaine-trafficking group that had imported tons of the illegal drug into the US since 2003. Quirino Ernesto Paulino Castillo, also known as "El Don," appeared in Manhattan federal court after his extradition from the Dominican Republic, the first under a newly adopted criminal code there. Paulino Castillo, a wealthy landowner who was a key fund-raiser for former president Hipolito Mejia, was indicted on five counts of drug smuggling and money laundering.

■ United States

Atlanta subway to get TVs

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority says it will be the first subway system in North America to have its rail cars equipped with televisions. By spring, 115 MARTA cars will each have five 38cm televisions aboard for passengers to watch while traveling. Each television will be tuned to news programming from Atlanta's ABC affiliate, WSB-TV. Eventually, all the authority's 300 rail cars will have televisions. Audio for the newscasts will be available through any FM radio, and as the rules state on placards throughout the subway cars, all audio devices must be used with headphones.

■ United States

FBI warns of bogus e-mails

The FBI warned on Tuesday that a computer virus is being spread through unsolicited e-mails that purport to come from the FBI. The e-mails appear to come from an address. They tell recipients that they have accessed illegal Web sites and that their Internet use has been monitored by the FBI's "Internet Fraud Complaint Center," the FBI said. The messages then direct recipients to open an attachment and answer questions. The computer virus is in the attachment. "Recipients of this or similar solicitations should know that the FBI does not engage in the practice of sending unsolicited e-mails to the public in this manner," the FBI said in a statement.

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