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updated 3/7/2005 9:01:51 PM ET 2005-03-08T02:01:51
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Not quite business as usual — 367 days after being convicted of lying to the feds, five months of confinement in prison and a weekend talkin' cappuccino and lemons with reporters, Martha Stewart returned to work today .  The lifestyle icon, at one time inspiring enough fear to make a chicken lay pre-colored Easter eggs was today, showing a little post lock-up love. (That egg part wasn't true, but it sounds like she could do that right?)  Addressing her employees at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, she referred to them as her heroes, and she promised shared credit in all future company endeavors.  Stewart also spoke of the "tremendous privilege" she had in meeting such a cross-section of people during her time at Alderson — waxing poetic about the challenges facing an ever-broadening definition of the American family.  Is it superficial?  Now why would putting your dish soap detergent in decorative Italian glass bottles so they gently reflect the light while sitting on a window-sill, be called superficial?… Move over Martha.  There's a new corporate misfit in town.  Hundreds of miles away in Chicago, the CEO of the aerospace giant Boeing was forced to resign after a scandalous affair with a female executive became public.

Rules of engagement — He spent his career as an Italian secret agent.  Tonight, his name is secret no more.  Intelligence officer Nicola Calipari was buried in Rome today as a national hero for saving the life of a journalist by securing her release from captivity in Iraq.  He apparently shielded Giuliana Sgrena’s body with his as the vehicle they were traveling in came under fire from Americans soldiers in Baghdad.  The former hostage now claims that she may have been targeted, but the White House calls that “absurd.”  The U.S. military faces another embarrassing "friendly fire" incident in Iraq.  The Bulgarian government says American troops probably shot and killed one of its soldiers on Friday in Southern Iraq.  A Bulgarian soldier was shot to death by machine gun fire.  Bulgaria's President has since complained about the lack of co-ordination among coalition troops...In other news from Iraq, insurgent attacks killed at least 33-people today and wounded dozens more.  These deaths were the result of car bombs, roadside bombs and small arms fire.

Cars and car crashes — Are you a hatchback or a convertible?  A sedan or a jalopy? Has someone described you as Jeep-y?  Or, maybe you are just having a “fat” day and you're feeling like a heap?  Cars are as varied as our personalities.  So, if you’re still searching for the perfect ride, there’s; the new list is out for 2005’s best cars .  But there’s cause for caution .  Results from a crash test have been released, ultimately with the common sense conclusion: as more gas guzzling triple wide, SUVs cruise down the roads, if there's an accident, a small car is toast .  One thing those cars may not have in common — great gas mileage.  They still varies wildly among the most popular American cars while gas prices are consistently going up .  The latest gas price hikes will make you want to rush to the nearest karaoke bar for a heartfelt rendition of “These boots were made for walking”.

Extreme interrogation — It was a question that arose in the days after the 9/11 attacks and has lingered ever since.  Are Americans willing to give up some degree of liberty for the sake of national security?  And will that willingness remain when the strategies become more extreme? It is called rendition.  Terror suspects are taken out of the U.S to countries where tougher interrogation tactics are legal.  This is a CIA tactic in place before 9/11.  But after the attacks, President Bush gave the agency the power to execute renditions without case-by-case approval from the White House.  Stories from former detainees are now raising another question:  Is this a useful tool in the war on terror or another route to unnecessary torture?  Our correspondent Andrea Mitchell reports .

Medical videogames — Video games aren't just for kids anymore.  Some doctors are getting in on the X-box action.  Surgeons are now using video games to improve their speed, skill and efficiency — with very positive results.  Scared yet? Don't be.  Surgeons are using video games to improve their speed, skill and efficiency — with very positive results.  Think a video version of Operation.  Dr. James Rosser is the Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery at New York's Beth Israel Hospital. He is also a gamer. Since discovering Pong in college, Dr. Rosser's addiction to video games has grown, as has his prowess as an endoscopic surgeon. And that, he says, is no coincidence.  

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