- The Pentagon said air combat missions were still under way in the Iraqi-Kuwait theater and would continue "until we receive orders to the contrary" from President Bush.

- President Bush will ask Congress for up to $56 billion in additional spending to help pay for the war with Iraq, much of which will be covered by foreign contributions, administration and congressional sources said.

- CBS News reporter Bob Simon and his three-man crew, who disappeared near the Kuwaiti border last month, have been held in Baghdad for two weeks, CNN reported Friday. Their fates will be decided by Saddam Hussein himself, reliable sources have told the network.

- American troops in the Persian Gulf have surprised commanders by getting into a lot less trouble than they did back home. One reason is the absence of that ol' devil alcohol.