Today's Developments, 10/26

Military Action:

• On the Muslim day of prayer, U.S. planes hit Kabul again at midday after an intense night of bombing. A Red Cross compound was reportedly hit for a second time this month.

• Britain said it would commit 200 special forces for possible ground ops in Afghanistan. Another 400 were on standby in Britain.

• A senior U.S. military officer insists the campaign in Afghanistan is not "getting bogged down."


• A former Afghan guerilla leader was executed by the Talibam after being accused of spying for the United States and Britain.

• Anti-U.S. protesters demonstrated peacefully in Pakistan by tens of thousands of people. They marched in Karachi to protest strikes on Afghanistan. 

The Anthrax Scare:

• A union threatens to sue the U.S. Postal Service under an environmental law, to force the closure of a New York mail site contaminated with anthrax. 

 • A Florida postal workers union official is calling for the closure of postal facilities in all states where anthrax has been found. 

 • Supreme Court officials said there's no evidence that the court building has been contaminated with anthrax. But anthrax was found today on a filter at a warehouse that screens mail headed to the court. 

 • The mayor of Washington and the U.S. postmaster general have joined mourners at the funeral of one of the two Washington postal workers killed by anthrax. President Bush says they died in the front line in the war on terror. 

  • Some conflicting reports about how many people didn't go to work today at a New York City mail processing center. It remains open even though the anthrax bacteria was found on several machines. 

• Sources say a second worker at the State Department's main mail center hasn't contracted anthrax. The worker had been tested for flu-like symptoms. 

•  The White House says the anthrax sent to Capitol Hill could have been produced by any PhD microbiologist in a well-equipped lab.

The Home Front:

• President Bush signed a new anti-terrorism law, promising vigorous enforcement. He said the measure gives police and the FBI weapons they need to fight the "modern terrorist." 

• Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered federal prosecutors to use new anti-terrorism powers to track down terrorists by intercepting their Internet and telephone communications and financial transactions

• Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld insisted the United States "will get" Usama bin Laden, wherever he might be. 

• Round-the-clock cleanup efforts at the World Trade Center site will be scaled back as winter approaches, but officials said they still expected to have the debris cleared within a year.

• First lady Laura Bush is encouraging some college students who lost their fathers in the terror attacks to keep going to school. 

• The air around the World Trade Center is showing evidence of poisonous chemicals and metals.

• World Trade Center: City officials say 4,167 are missing and 454 bodies have been identified. 

 • Wall Street extended its rally with stocks moving higher even as investors showed some wariness about making big commitments. Blue chips rose sharply while the rest of the market was up only modestly.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.