U.S. Forces In and Around Baghdad
* U.S. forces went deeper into the center of Baghdad yesterday after first entering the capital of Iraq over the weekend.
American troops raided two palaces built by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and went into several areas of the city. Iraqi troops fired on some American soldiers, and soldiers on both sides were hurt and killed.
On the 19th day of the war, U.S. forces also were coming very close to circling the city of 5 million people.
The United States and Britain launched the war against Iraq to rid the country of weapons of mass destruction. No chemical weapons have been found. But U.S. weapons experts were looking at a storage site that may have been used for such weapons.
Iraqi forces have not used chemical weapons, as U.S. officials had feared. Some commanders are letting their soldiers take off the bulky, hot suits they have been wearing to protect them from chemical attack.
Meanwhile, President Bush flew to Northern Ireland to meet with British Prime Minister Tony Blair to talk about Iraq after the war. Blair wants the United Nations to have a big role in helping set up a new government in Iraq. The president has objected to that.
Play (Snow) Ball!
* Several teams across the country called off baseball games yesterday because of snow.
That's right, snowed out!
As much as a foot of wet, heavy snow buried parts of Nebraska, and six inches of snow was possible in the New York City area.
"Snow is not uncommon for April, but these amounts are uncommon," said Miles Schumacher, a weather service meteorologist in Des Moines, Iowa.
The bad weather even affected parts of Maryland. In far-western Garrett County, freezing rain knocked down power lines.
Three major league teams called off their home openers. The Chicago Cubs were scheduled to play the Montreal Expos, the Cleveland Indians were to host the White Sox, and the New York Yankees were set to play the Minnesota Twins.
-- From staff and wire reports