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Troops Test Possible Chemical Weapons Agents

U.S. troops test materials believed to be chemical agents found inside 55-gallon drums near Basra. Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says first reports of chemical weapons often are incorrect. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Washington Post reporter Rick Atkinson, traveling with the unit that found the material.

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As special correspondent and guest host of NPR's news programs, Melissa Block brings her signature combination of warmth and incisive reporting. Her work over the decades has earned her journalism's highest honors, and has made her one of NPR's most familiar and beloved voices.