RESIGNED. JOHN ASHCROFT, 62, embattled U.S. Attorney General; after a tenure characterized by controversy; in Washington. Mistrusted by Democrats, in part for his staunch religious conservatism, Ashcroft was criticized by civil libertarians after Sept. 11 for the Patriot Act, legislation they felt gave too much power to law enforce-ment. White House counsel Alberto Gonzales has been nominated to replace him.

UNDERGOING TREATMENT.ELIZABETH EDWARDS, 55, wife of former Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards; for breast cancer, diagnosed definitively a day after the election; in Washington. After four months of chemotherapy, Edwards is scheduled to undergo a lumpectomy...

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