Morning Buzz: May 2, 2007

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This morning's top stories:

  • Making good on his promise to do so, President Bush vetoed an emergency supplemental spending bill for the war in Iraq yesterday evening that contained a provision to begin withdrawal of troops this fall. After vetoing the bill, Bush gave a nationally televised address in which he repeated his refrain that setting a date for withdrawal spells defeat. He is set to meet with congressional leaders today.
  • A father-son team claims to have completed a 27-year project to decode a musical melody contained in a series of symbols in a Scottish church south of Edinburgh.
  • As though Duke University was lacking in bad publicity after the lacrosse fiasco, 34 of its first-year business school students have been accused of cheating on a final exam.
  • Iraqi officials continue to investigate reports that the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, commonly known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, has been killed. Insurgent coalitions dispute the claim.
  • An exotic beetle known as the emerald ash borer, which destroys ash trees, whose wood is commonly used for baseball bats, could spread through the United States in the next 20 years, warns the Department of Agriculture.