Talking Points: Jul. 17, 2006

• Terrorists Thwarted Rail tunnels were the target The FBI said last week it had foiled al-Qaeda loyalists' plans to bomb tunnels linking New Jersey and New York. Three alleged plotters were nabbed with the aid of intel agencies in six countries. Five suspects are still at large.

• Discovery's Mission Is the shuttle worth preserving? Discovery left July 4 for a 12-day trip to the International Space Station. Critics say the pricey shuttle does little for science. They want it grounded for good, freeing funds for unmanned missions to Mars, Venus and beyond.

• The Korean Cloner Hwang is down...

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