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Bush Chooses Fielding
For White House Counsel

By Jim Rutenberg

President Bush has chosen Fred F. Fielding as the new chief White House lawyer, adding to his team a longtime Washington legal hand and veteran of the post.

Fielding forged his skills in politically charged episodes like Watergate and the air traffic controllers’ strike in 1981.

White House officials said Bush would announce as early as Tuesday that Fielding would return as White House counsel, succeeding Harriet E. Miers, who announced her resignation last week. The officials insisted on anonymity to discuss an unannounced personnel decision.

Fielding’s agreement to take the job surprised some of his closest friends. The friends said last week, when his name surfaced as a contender for the position, that they would be surprised if he would give up a successful corporate practice for another stint of what promises to be heavy partisan battle at age 67.

Fielding was deputy counsel to President Richard M. Nixon under John W. Dean III and was White House counsel for the first five years of Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

Yahoo Introduces Mobile
Search Software

By Miguel Helft

After falling behind Google in Internet search and advertising, Yahoo is trying to remain No.1 in the battle to deliver information and online services to mobile phones.

Yahoo’s latest weapon is software that will let users find information like weather, news, stock quotes and sports scores more quickly on their cell phones. The software, called Go for Mobile 2.0, was unveiled Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, just as Google announced a partnership to put its own mobile software on Samsung cell phones.

Internet services on mobile phones remain a tiny market today, especially in the United States. But industry analysts and Internet companies believe they will eventually outgrow the market for computer-based Internet services as the capabilities of cell phones and the bandwidth of wireless networks expand rapidly.

“We view the mobile Internet today as entering an era where the PC-based Internet was in ‘96 or ‘97,” said Steve Boom, Yahoo’s senior vice president for broadband and mobile. “It is just on the cusp of taking off.”

Second Church Official Resigns In Poland

By Craig S. Smith and Ian Fisher

The Catholic Church in Poland was in turmoil Monday as a second prelate stepped down because of his Communist-era secret police ties, after Sunday’s resignation of this city’s archbishop over similar allegations.

Questions spread about just how broad and deep a stain secret-police collaboration has left on a church long regarded as a beacon of faith and freedom. Many people also have asked how or why the Vatican could have invited the storm by appointing a man to such a sensitive post despite knowing that he had a clouded past.

“The people responsible for the procedure of appointing such candidates applied the traditional way of doing it, which means it was without an investigation and was based on their confidence in the truthfulness of the candidate,” said the Rev. Dariusz Kowalczyk, head of the Jesuits in Warsaw.

In short, church officials from Warsaw to Rome suggested that the archbishop, Stanislaw Wielgus, alone was to blame.