Milestones Feb. 14, 2005

CONFIRMED. ALBERTO GONZALES, 49, as the U.S.'s first Hispanic Attorney General; by a 60 to 36 vote in the Senate, with the opposition coming from Democrats who objected that as White House counsel Gonzales helped write U.S. policies that appeared to permit the torture of some foreign prisoners; in Washington.

DIED. ZURAB ZHVANIA, 41, influential, reform-minded Prime Minister of Georgia and close ally of President Mikhail Saakashvili; of carbon monoxide poisoning, apparently from a space heater in the apartment of a political acquaintance, who also died; in Tbilisi, Georgia. The bizarre event was a shock--but not unheard of in Georgia, where...

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