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NATO accused the Yugoslav authorities of deliberate "identity elimination"
of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

"The Yugoslav forces, so we are learning, are destroying the archives of
the Kosovar people: property deeds, marriage licenses, birth certificates,
financial and other records," Shea said at the news conference.

"This is a kind of Orwellian scenario of attempting to deprive a people of
a sense of past and a sense of community on which it depends and to rewrite
history," he said, comparing it to a vicious regime described in the novel
"1984" by English author George Orwell.


PHOENIX (AP) -- Free only six days, a young Mexican gray wolf was found
dead along a highway near the Arizona-New Mexico line.

The 10-month-old wolf, found Sunday by a motorist, was set free March 15
along with another female pup and two adults, federal officials said Monday.

Hans Stuart, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, said the wolf was found along Highway 191, 16 miles north of the
ranching community of Clifton.

He said officials did not know how the wolf died. The body was sent to
Oregon for lab tests, results of which should be available in about three
weeks, Stuart said.

The dead wolf was found just two miles from the acclimation pen where she
and the rest of the family group had spent two months before being released
in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The three other wolves will
remain free, Stuart said.

In all, five Mexican gray wolves, including a pair released in December,
are free.

Mexican gray wolves are native to Arizona, New Mexico and northern Mexico
but were shot, poisoned and trapped to near extinction by the 1970s.

Federal and state officials began releasing wolves into the wild last year,
but so far, the program has been off to a rocky start.

Of the original 11 released early last year, five were found shot to death,
a sixth is missing and presumed dead, and the others had to be recaptured.


BROOKLINE, Massachusetts (CNN) -- The success of in vitro fertilization has
brought widespread hope for couples having difficulty conceiving.

It has resulted in tens of thousands of children born since the procedure
began on a wide scale in the mid-1980s.

But it also has left physicians grappling with a new dilemma: what to do
with thousands of human embryos languishing in clinics after the procedure
yields a successful pregnancy.

Doctors at fertility clinics typically take several human embryos from each
couple to help them conceive a child. So at clinics around the country, an
estimated 25,000 human embryos -- never used, no longer needed -- remain in
storage after a couple's successful conception. Each is much smaller than
the head of a pin, but present enormous questions of conscience.

Each, after all, is a potential human life. The couples that donated them
either conceived with another embryo or gave up trying, but no one wants to
just throw away the embryos.

At Boston IVF Center alone, more than 4,000 embryos remain in storage. The
clinic has not destroyed any of them so far. Some doctors say they don't
have the authority to do so in any case.

"We all started that way. As little cells. Invisible to the naked eye," Dr.
Michael Alper said. "If those are the instructions and the wishes of the
couple, we need to work with the couple to exercise their wishes.

"It's couple's decision. It's not our decision."

For Tim and Nancy McCabe, one of the thousands of couples who now face that
question, options include using another embryo to have another child with
them for themselves. Or they may donate one to another couple, a so-called
"pre-birth adoption."

The McCabes conceived their son Liam, now 15 months old, through the
procedure. They still have three embryos in storage.

"Everybody I've met, they all felt the same, the same way," Tim McCabe
said. "Once you've had success, and then knowing you have those eggs there,
I don't think anybody could just say, sure, dispose of them."

But some couples can't be found to make that decision -- a fact likely to
make the dilemma more complicated, and more common, as more embryos remain
in cold storage.

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