Saddam Hussein Execution This Weekend?

Crawford, Texas (AP) -- The Bush administration is preparing for the execution of Saddam Hussein as early as this weekend.

A senior administration official says it's based on information U.S. officials in Baghdad are receiving from the Iraqi government.

President Bush was briefed Thursday on Iraq by military and diplomatic advisers at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Meantime, the Pentagon says there's concern about the potential for violence that could accompany Saddam's execution.

Iraq's highest court said this week that the former president should be hanged within 30 days for the killing of 148 Shiites in 1982.

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