SELECTED. Tony Snow, 50, as White House press secretary; in Washington. A conservative commentator for Fox News, Snow has occasionally criticized President George W. Bush's Administration and once called Bush "something of an embarrassment." Analysts say he could bring fresh perspective to a notoriously insular White House, at a time when Bush's popularity rating is near an all-time low.

RELEASED. Xiang Xiang, 4, 83-kg giant panda; into the wild, marking the first time a panda bred in captivity was freed; in a forest in Sichuan province, China, as a swath of bamboo shoots, the animal's favorite food, were...

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