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Thursday, October 25, 2007

In Today's News - Thursday, October 25, 2007

Quote of the Day
"We believe that liberty is the design of nature;
we believe that liberty is the direction of history.
We believe that human fulfillment and excellence come
in the responsible exercise of liberty.
And we believe that freedom --
the freedom we prize -- is not for us alone,
it is the right and the capacity of all mankind."

-- George W. Bush

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Rice won't discuss Maliki corruption probe
Turkey's patience running out after rebel attack - Video

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Report: Militants Using Google Earth to Target Israel
Cutting Palestinian forces poses challenge for PM
N.Y. cop died from drugs not Ground Zero air: examiner
Al-Qaida anger at Jazeera on Laden tape (Oh, the irony)

Troops (and Contractors) on Trial
Japan won't arrest Marines over alleged rape: report
Senator wants probe of Blackwater's tax practices

Supporting Our Heroes - or not
Laura Bush Visits U.S. Troops on Mideast Trip
Arrest in Hero's Grave Desecration

Other Military News
Navy Fires Sub Commander Over Safety Issue

Worldwide Wackos
U.S. slaps new sanctions on Iran - Video
Pentagon chief calls planning for Iran strike "routine"
U.S. envoy predicts end to N.Korea nuclear threat

Politics / Government
Before Arrest, Larry Craig Had Hired Lawyer for Media Lawsuit
FOX News Poll: Voters Unhappy With Bush and Congress
White House Defends Editing of Climate Testimony
House OKs Children's Health Bill Despite Veto Threat
Student Tries to Force Candidate Off Campus
Sponsors of Armenian 'Genocide' Bill to Delay Vote
Impact of Proposed Sharpton Boycott Likely Minimal
Giuliani's police chief could be problem
Edwards raps Clinton, Romney on Iran
Dems accuse Rice of blunders in Iraq
Conflict deepens over kids' health bill
Clinton uses birthday to raise funds

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Illinois Sex Offender Tries to Castrate Himself
Property Owner Sued Copperfield Over Sale of Island Where Alleged Rape Occurred
FBI, Scotland Yard Compare Notes on 'Whitey' Bulger
Italian mobsters in widespread decline
Britney Spears avoids hit-and-run trial
Suspected cannibal refuses to make plea
'Lost' actor Daniel Dae Kim arrested

Adventures in Political Correctness
DNA Discoverer Retires in Wake of Race Remarks

U.N. News
Ban proposes bigger UN budget to meet challenges (Talk about throwing good money after bad!)

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Space-Station Welcomes Astronauts
Many U.S. TB patients also HIV infected: report
Some women at long-term cervical cancer risk: study
Gene switch altered sex orientation of worms
Cold spot could be relic of Big Bang: scientists
Microsoft sees progress in getting Windows on XO
Activision poised to score with "Guitar Hero 3"
Parkinson's tie to impulsiveness studied
Astronauts begin space construction job
Report connects red hair to Neanderthals

Mother Nature
Firefighters Battle to GainControl; Bush Offers Aid
Suspected Wildfire Arsonist Killed Fleeing Cops
PHOTOS: Today's Images
YOUR BLOG: Comment on Southern California Wildfires
Weary Firefighters Finally Catch a Break
PHOTO ESSAY: Bush Inspects Devastated Area
Hollywood Under Fire: David Justice's Digs Burn Down, Sean Penn Loses Trailer
California Officials Offer $150,000 Reward to Find Arson Suspects in Deadly Wildfire
Wildfire Evacuees Look Forward to Recovery After 'Carnival' Relief Stay
Charred bodies found in path of California fires - Video
U.S. sponsors postpone push for Armenian genocide bill
Democrats worry Bush setting up war with Iran - Video
House defies Bush, backs new kids health bill
4 charred bodies in Calif. migrant camp
As Calif. fires burned, copters grounded
Report: Primates in danger of extinction

Weird America? - Poll: Nearly half of Americans say ESP is real
Michael Jackson Admits Drug Use in Testimony
Lock of "Che's" hair sold at Dallas auction
They sound more like zombies than sleepwalkers... - Video
Dead man loses fingers despite carrying ID - Video

Other News of Note
Students Strap On Empty Holsters to Protest Gun Restrictions on Campus
Catholic School Bans Harry Potter Books
Boy Found Near Death in Halloween Spider Web Display
Students Wear Empty Holsters to Protest Gun Laws

Fox News
Pop Tarts: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Poor Parents?
Chauffeur: Dark Car Was Blocking Diana's Mercedes
Vietnam Celebrity Booted From Show Over Sex Video

Reuters: Top News
Ex-Philippine President Estrada girds for freedom - Video
Colombia says top guerilla leader, 18 more killed
Britney's diaries for sale, reports Life and Style
Photo marathon brings a little Brazil to Canada
Earnings, oil help lift global stocks
Gold rises to 28-year high
Oil tops $91 on supply worries
Dollar pinned near all-time low vs euro
Wall Street hit by write-downs, earnings - Video
Economists smile as greenback drops
Bank mergers reach new scale
M&A Today: Read the latest deal news
Earnings, write-downs hit Wall St; Microsoft up late
FTSE up 1.5 pct on Vodafone, miners; US data mixed
Microsoft shares jump on forecast - Video
Vonage says settles patent dispute with Verizon
Bank of America quits wholesale mortgage business
Oracle says no to BEA's $8.2 bln pricetag
BP to pay $373 million to settle charges
Facebook seeks extra financing: report

AP World News
Violin case music to boy's safety
Red Sox lead Rockies 2-1 in Game 2
Potter 1st edition sells for nearly $41K
Coors Field has brought Denver long way
Lindsay's father hopes for 'redemption'
Stocks moderately lower on housing data
Star Wars' Yoda gets his own stamp
Slight boost reported for new home sales
Teen's ticket hinges on GPS vs. radar

CENTCOM: News Releases

Command focusing on improving joint fires at the brigade combat team and below - More about JFIIT
Command leadership completes Transformation Advisory Group meeting
Command moves forward with Joint Urban Fires Prototype - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Soldiers help celebrate Sadr City school renovation
Violence, casualties down in Iraq
Shiites work against extremists, generals say
Paratroopers aid volunteers wounded fighting insurgents
Media Advisory: MND-N Transfer of Authority (Tikrit)
Citizen’s tip leads to Iraqi National Police discovery of 52 rockets (Baghdad)
Coalition forces degrade al-Qaeda in Iraq network; 3 terrorists killed, 11 detained
Iraqi Special Operations Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain two terrorist leaders
Terrorist mortar attack against civilians in Diyala Province
Air weapons team destroys explosives (Arab Jabour)
Attack aviation crews engage roadside bombers (Baghdad)
One MNC-I Soldier attacked, five wounded (Baghdad)
Coalition Forces attacked (Tikrit)

Bush: Military Assets Available for Fire Aid
Firefighters Hopeful as Santa Ana Winds Subside
Army National Guard Troops Attack Wildfires by Air, Land
Bush Calls Wildfires Major Disaster
Photo Essay: Army Supplies Equipment
Photo Essay: Schwarzenegger Gives Update
Photo Essay: Squadron Helps Firefighters
Photo Essay: Fire at Camp Pendleton
Photo Essay: Troops Help Fight Wildfires
Photo Essay: Military Aids Evacuees

More Soldiers, New Firearms, Better Procedures, Make Iraqi Army Stronger
Forces Disrupt Terrorist Networks

First Lady Thanks Troops for Sacrifices
Chairman Supports All-Volunteer Force
Photo Essay: Chairman Visits Fort Riley
Chairman Reaches Out to Ground-Force Troops
Vice Chairman Receives Executive of Year Award

Gates Calls U.S. Offers to Russia on Proposed Missile Defense System for Europe Sufficient
Gates: NATO Nations Must Step Up Afghanistan Contributions, Eliminate Restrictions on Forces
NATO Response Force Needs Allies’ Support
NATO-Russia Relationship Dominates Talks

Three Militants Caught in Afghanistan Operations
Afghans, Americans Provide Local Medical Care

Coalition Works to Rebuild Country

Airman Helps Afghans
Airborne Buddies Are Friends for Life
Airborne Ranger Gets 'Dirty Jobs' Done
Retiree Trains for Run

Literacy Group Reaches Out to Military Families
'Above and Beyond’ Awards Voting Begins (Don't forget to vote for Patty!)

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

Ansbach Aschaffenburg Berlin Berlin-Tempelhof Berlin/Schonefeld Bremerhaven
Darmstadt Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main Freiburg/Breisgau Garmisch
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Geilenkirchen Gelnhausen Giessen Kitzingen
Hanau Am Main Heidelberg Mainz Mannheim Nurnberg Stuttgart Trier
Wiesbaden Wurzburg


Agana Agana Heights Agat Andersen AFB Asan Barrigada

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Kadena Air Base Okinawa Tokyo Yokohama

National Hurricane Center

Today in History
1415 - At the Battle of Agincourt, the Welsh longbow defeats the armored knight.
1671 - Giovanni Cassini discovers Iapetus, a satellite of Saturn.
1760 - George III ascends the British throne.
1764 - John Adams marries Abigail Smith - their marriage lasts 54 years.
1812 - The U.S. frigate United States captures the British vessel Macedonian.
1854 - The Light Brigade makes its charges (Battle of Balaklava-Crimean War)
1870 - Postcards are first used in the U.S.
1900 - The British annex Transvaal.
1903 - The Senate begins investigating the Teapot Dome scandals of the Harding administration.
1915 - Attorney James L. Curtis is named minister of Liberia.
1918 - The Canadian steamship Princess Sophia hits a reef off Alaska, killing 398.
1924 - The "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip makes its first appearance.
1929 - Former Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall is convicted of accepting a $100,000 bribe.
1930 - The first scheduled transcontinental air service begins.
1935 - Hurricane-produced floods kill 2,000 in Haiti.
1944 - The Japanese navy is defeated at the battle of Leyte Gulf.
1945 - The Japanese surrender Taiwan to General Chiang Kai-shek.
1951 - Peace talks aimed at ending the Korean War resume in Panmunjom.
1960 - In NYC, the first electronic wrist watch is placed on sale.
1962 - Uganda becomes the 110th member of the U.N.; Stevenson demands that Soviet ambassador Zorin give an answer regarding Cuban missle bases, saying that "I am prepared to wait for my answer until hell freezes over."
1971 - Roy Disney dedicates Walt Disney World; The U.N. General Assembly admits China, and expels Taiwan.
1975 - The U.S.S.R.'s Venera-10 lands on Venus.
1978 - The Israeli Cabinet approves, "in principle," a draft compromise peace.
1983 - The U.S. invades Grenada.
1985 - The Kosmos-1700 communications satellite is placed in geostationary orbit.
1986 - The International Red Cross is ousted from South Africa.
1990 - The NY Daily News goes on strike (through March, 1991).

- Baron Grenville, British PM (1806-07)
1825 - Johann Strauss (the younger), composer (Waltz King)
1838 - Georges Bizet, composer (Carmen)
1869 - John Heisman, pioneering football coach/trophy namesake
1877 - Henry Norris Russell, astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram)
1909 - Philleo Nash, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67)
1935 - Russell "Rusty" L. Schweickart, astronaut (Apollo 9)
1967 - Julia Roberts, actress (Mystic Pizza, Pretty Woman)

1400 - Geofrey Chaucer, author
1892 - Caroline Harrison, Preident Benjamin Harrison's wife
1986 - Forrest Tucker, actor (O'Rourke-F Troop, Dusty Trail)
1987 - Cecil Brown, news correspondant (CBS)

Reported Missing in Action
Green, Robert B., USAF (TX); C47 shot down

Levan, Alvin L., USN (PA); suffered a seizure and fell overboard from PCF-87, Killed, body not recovered

Horinek, Ramon A., USAF (KS); F105D shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Kromenhoek, Jeffrey M., USN (IA); A4E shot down, presumed KIA

Smith, Richard Eugene, USAF (MS); F105D shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Thompson, Benjamin A., US Army (AL); swept away in current while crossing a river, Killed, body not recovered

Also listed in the POW/MIA database for today are the names of more than 80 civilians, lost when the Glomar Java Sea, a civilian oil-drilling vessel, went down in a typhoon. (There is evidence to suggest the Glomar Java Sea was attacked prior to the typhoon, and that some survivors were captured and held by the Vietnamese).

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