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July 30, 2001 – News from Iraq this day had Saddam Hussein flexing his antagonism as reports came in of another Iraqi surface-to-air missile was fired at an American aircraft near the border of Saudi Arabia. It was becoming clearly evident that Hussein was becoming more aggressive in recent days. An AWACS Radar plane with a crew of 25 was flying over Saudi Arabia when it sighted an Iraqi anti-aircraft missile being fired into Saudi airspace. Sources suggested it had to fired from a point exactly on the border between Iraq and Saudi Arabia which signified that it was moving missile launch sites around. Sources also agreed this was an attempt to escalate the border tensions between the U.S. and Iraq.
From Capitol Hill came news of interest to the Auto industry. Scientists claimed the current crop of gas guzzlers could be lot less thirsty if new controls were set in place for gas emissions and fuel economy. Tests showed new potential emissions standards would lower pollution from new cars by a whopping 25-30%. Detroit shrugged and handed the issue off to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, saying to the effect; “you want it, make it a law”. They also indicated that any requirements would have to come with tax breaks to the auto makers. So much for the art of gentle persuasion.
And the Code Red Computer virus was making the rounds this day. Experts had issued a warning saying the virus, which had already infected some 300,000 computers and disrupted government websites the previous week was expected to be busy infecting computers this week beginning tomorrow (July 31) at 8:00 pm Eastern time. They went on to say that a small number of users who were infected would then be passing the virus on to thousands or millions of others without knowing it, thousands of miles away. Personal computers weren’t expected to be at risk, however computers who used the Internet were and infected servers could slow down the entire system.
And that’s a little of what went on, this July 30th 2001 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup: Late Edition.