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Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf said he believes the United States has a better chance than the former Soviet Union of winning a war in Afghanistan.

Schwarzkopf also told about 1,000 people during a speech Friday that the country will fare better than it did in Vietnam.

Schwarzkopf, former commander of the allied forces in Operation Desert Storm, said the Soviets failed in Afghanistan because they thought they could win quickly and use conventional weapons and tactics. But he said the Taliban lack the broad local support enjoyed by the rebel forces that fought the Russians. And the U.S. military has the same high public support it had during the Gulf War.

Odyssey's maneuver delays
first photos from Mars

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- NASA has slowed the process of bringing the Mars Odyssey into a tighter orbit around Mars, delaying the unmanned probe's first snapshots of the Red Planet.

Odyssey had been expected to take its first image of Mars on Sunday, but that was pushed back to Tuesday because the initial atmosphere-skimming maneuver was being extended.

"We're just being conservative," said mission manager David Spencer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "We've added a couple steps."

Despite the delay, the $297 million mission "couldn't be going better," Spencer said.

Odyssey, on a mission to study the mineral makeup of Mars' surface and look for deposits of frozen water, reached the planet on Tuesday.

The probe began a process called aerobraking on Friday, using friction with the Martian atmosphere to slow down and drop lower. It passed within 98 miles of the surface for about seven minutes. The process was repeated at lower altitudes Saturday and Sunday.

The limiting factor on how aggressively aerobraking can be conducted is heating of Odyssey's winglike solar array due to friction. Damage from too much heat could reduce its ability to provide power.

New churches put on hold
in suburb of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There's a new commandment in effect in part of Los Angeles County: Thou shalt not build any new churches.

The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday imposed the 45-day moratorium in the unincorporated community of Rowland Heights, a multiethnic suburb about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

The action was taken because residents complained of a flurry of church construction over the last five to seven years. Critics warn that the county could be violating a law signed last year by then-President Bill Clinton that prohibits any local land-use and zoning regulations that place substantial burdens on the exercise of religions.

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