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Monday, August 13, 2007

Minnesota Senator Julianne E. Ortman (right) thanks Navy Diver 1st Class Clarence Allen of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 for his efforts in the wake of the I-35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Aug. 11, 2007. Ortman thanked the unit's sailors for their overall search and recovery efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Andrew McKaskle

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In Today's News - Monday, August 13, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power."
-- Lao Tzu

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
U.S. military starts new Iraq offensive
Iraq political crisis summit set Daily Shock: Iraqi Cliff Diving
Iraq Contractors a Growing Concern
IRAQ: Council Votes to Expand U.N. Mission

Operation Enduring Freedom
Taliban Release 2 Female Korean Hostages - PHOTOS

Other Military News
Patriotic Rap Video Sparks Reaction
Russia said flying more missions near U.S. territory
Will Drones Work on Carriers?

Religion of Peace??
Hard-Line Muslim Meeting Draws 90,000 Followers, Calls For Islamic State

Homegrown Moonbats
DiCaprio brightens up on gloomy green outlook

Politics / Government
Rove to Resign at End of Month - VIDEO - TRANSCRIPT
Rove leaves more second-term blues for White House - Video
Study Says Lincoln Had Facial Defect
McCain takes once high-flying bid to S.Carolina
It's Official: Romney's Got Money
Hillary Clinton to Launch TV Ads in Iowa - UPDATE '08
House members tour Katrina-damaged areas
Ripken will be special U.S. sports envoy
Obama gets warning from voter
McCain calls Iowa poll 'meaningless'

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Texas Man Says Low-Down 'Varmint' Stole $10,000 Boots
3 Dead as Gunman Opens Fire in Missouri Church
Did Church Shootings Follow Alleged Sex Assault? - VIDEO
Mo. church shooting stuns community
Students Charged With Murder After Argument Over High School Football Teams
Clues Suggest Madeleine McCann Might Be Dead, Police Say
Man Who Allegedly Attacked Elie Wiesel Apologizes
Rape Suspect Mistakenly Freed by Cops Surrenders
Judge defers ruling on Noriega extradition
Agent says Simpson book to be published

U.N. News
Africans urge more U.N. peace support in Somalia

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Ruin People's Lives — for Just $20
Facebook Source Code Leaked Onto Internet
Half of Web time spent viewing content: study

Science / Medicine / Technology
Astronauts Make Spacewalk as Shuttle's Fate Hangs in Balance
Tricky Shuttle Spacewalk - VIDEO - PHOTOS
Chinese Toy Boss Kills Self After Massive Mattel Recall
Made-in-China Toothpaste for Luxury Hotels Recalled
New vaccine may help MS patients, study finds
Common vitamins no help for women's hearts: study
Microsoft says test shows vacant airwaves usable
Intact 2,000-year old Etruscan tomb discovered
Scan sees brain activity in 2nd vegetative patient
Scientists seek better tests for Lyme
Researchers develop bendable battery

Mother Nature
Hurricane Flossie Weakens to Category 3
Hawaii's Big Island on hurricane watch for Flossie
Tropical Depression Forms in Eastern Atlantic
More floods, deaths add to misery in S.Asia - Video

Woman Buys Fake Crack, Calls Cops to Help Get Refund
Report: Woman Slices Eggplant, Finds Name of God
Chicago Suburbs Rally to Save Skewered-Car Sculpture
Nose Jobs Turn Female Mice Into Sex Machines
Shop targets hunters with camo Bibles
Blind driver caught again
Italian town to pay residents to shed flab

Other News of Note
Death Hits WWE - Another wrestler dies
East German Border Guards Had 'Shoot-to-Kill' Orders to Stop Defections to West
Head of Chinese Toy Manufacturing Company Commits Suicide Amid Recall
Day Eight of Utah Mine Rescue With No Signs of Trapped Miners
Camera Shows No Life in Mine - PHOTOS - VIDEO
After Russia and Canada, U.S. ship headed for Arctic
Merv Griffin dies from cancer at 82

Fox News
Fed Finds Banks Tightening Mortgage Lending Standards
Pop Tarts: Angelina Jolie Drops Bisexual Behavior for Brad Pitt
Family of 5 Killed in Ferris Wheel Accident in South Korea
Christina Applegate's Divorce Finalized

Reuters: Top News
New York socialite Brooke Astor dead at 105
Russian train derailed after "bang" on track
Early elections loom as Polish PM ends coalition
Opposition edges ahead in slow S.Leone vote count - Video
Conrad Black, others, ordered to forfeit $16.9 mln
Americans know little about Latin America: poll
Van Halen singer back in band after 20 years
Cash infusions calm Wall Street - Video
Blackstone profit triples, stock pares gains
Euro hits 1-month low against dollar
DTE Energy shares decline
E*Trade shares fall on credit worries
Investors face biggest test in six years
China inflation not yet a global peril
US STOCKS-Cash infusions calm Wall St, but indexes dip
FTSE bounces back to black as miners rebound
Solid retail sales boost hopes for growth
Aegon to buy Merrill insurance units for $1.3 bln
CME says will lay off 380 staff after CBOT merger
Fed passes crisis test but cements academic image
Prudential's subprime exposure bears watching: Citi
Wall Street Journal July print ad rev down 7.2 pct

AP World News
Bonds says 2008 season likely his last
Pacman says he was an innocent bystander
Riley commits to 3 more years with Heat
Stocks reverse course, edge lower
Parker says snake in promo photo is real
Consumer retail spending up last month
Elvis pretenders welcomed at Graceland
Tiger wins PGA, is now 5 shy of Nicklaus
Univ. of Cal. president resigning in '08
DT: Sniping Security Cameras
MI5 Whistleblower Claims He is God
Op-ed: Stop the Madrassa
Ghost Recon 2 vs. Land Warrior
Sgt. Shaft: Tricare's Antiquated Policy
Kit Up!: Titanium Spork

CENTCOM: News Releases

Unified Endeavor 2007 prepares soldiers for Iraq deployment
More about the Mission Rehearsal Exercise program
Noble Resolve 07-2 aims at making communication easier - podcast
Newsmaker Profile: Col. L. Ross Roberts - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Training base helping to build future of Iraq
Al Basrah oil terminal renovation project nears completion
Marne Soldier’s re-enlistment holds special significance
Eye health class teaches Iraqis new skills, promotes wellness
Task Force Lightning Soldiers killed
Rashid residents provide tip, three suspects detained
Tomahawks discover car bomb in southern Baghdad
Desert Rogues uncover two cache sites
MND-B Soldier attacked during combat operations
Coalition tips lead Coalition Forces to underground caches

TOP NEWS: Bush Calls for 'Seamless' Health Care System to Care for Wounded Warriors

War on Terror
Coalition Soldiers Rescue Iraqi Toddler from 25-foot Well
Afghan Officials, Citizens Gather For Opening of District Center
Afghans Provide Aid to Villagers
U.S., Iraqi Partnership Yields Results

Face of Defense
After Surviving Sniper's Bullet, Soldier Looks to Future
Marines, Sailor Earn Medals
Marine Follows Dream of Flying
Working Dog Finds Explosives

America Supports You
New Partnership Results in Home for Wounded Soldier
Support Groups Receive Grants
Group Takes Action for Troops

U.N. Votes to Expand Role in Iraq - Story

Army Chief of Staff Visits Deployed Troops - Story
Coalition Soldiers Rescue 2-year-old from Well - Story
Training Base Helps Build Future of Iraq - Story

Predators Soar to Record Number of Sorties
Military Working Dogs Get New Kennel Facility
Army Logistics Begins New Chapter in Iraq
U.S. Soldiers Help Iraqis Open New Date Plant
Security Forces Airmen Step Outside the Wire
U.S. Marines Clean Up Historic Cemetery
Iraqis Sign Up to be Police Officers
Iraqi Soldiers Host Luncheon for Troops

District Center Opens, Despite Tragedy
Afghan Villagers Benefit from Humanitarian Visit
Local Afghan 'Cop' Show a Big Success
Program Connects Volunteers with Mission


Renewal In Iraq
Iraq: Security, Stability
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
War on Terror Reconstruction Report
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

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

Today in History
- Spanish conquerors capture Mexico City from the Aztecs.
1651 - Litchfield, CT is founded.
1704 - The English defeat the French at Battle of Blenheim.
1876 - The US-Hawaii Reciprocity Treaty is ratified.
1906 - Black Soldiers raid Brownsville, TX.
1907 - New York City sees the debut of the taxi cab.
1939 - The 'City of San Francisco', a dirigible, crashes in the Humboldt river in Nevada, killing 24. Sabotage is the suspected cause.
1945 - 35 Jews sacrifice their lives to blow up a Nazi rubber plant in Silesia.
1946 - Britain transfers illegal immigrants (bound for Palestine) to Cyprus.
1953 - President Eisenhower establishes the Government Contract Compliance Committee.
1960 - Central African Republic & Chad proclaim independence from France
1961 - In East Germany, construction on the Berlin Wall begins.
1977 - The Space Shuttle performs its first test glide.
1989 - The STS-28 Space Shuttle lands.

1422 - William Caxton, the first English printer (Histories of Troy)
1655 - Johann Christoph Denner, inventor (clarinet)
1814 - Anders Jonas Ångström, physicist, founder of spectroscopy
1818 - Lucy Stone, women's rights pioneer
1819 - Sir George Gabriel Stokes, physicist/mathematician (Spectroscope)
1860 - Annie Oakley, frontierswoman (Buffalo Bill's Wild West)
1888 - John Logie Baird, the "father of TV"
1899 - Alfred Hitchcock, director (Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window)
1902 - Felix Wankel, inventor (Wankel rotary-piston engine)
1918 - Frederick Sanger, chemist, Nobel Prize winner (1958, 1980)
1927 - Fidel Castro Ruz, Cuban leader (1959- )
1942 - Robert L. Stewart, Brigadier General US Army/astronaut (STS 41B, 51J)
1963 - Pamela Jean Stein, Playboy playmate (Nov, 1987)

1988 - Otto E. Passman, (Rep-LA, 1947-77)
1991 - Jack Ryan, inventor (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels)

Reported Missing in Action
Gollahon, Gene R., USN (OH); F8D shot down on "Black Friday" in the beginning of Rolling Thunder, KIA, body not recovered

Mellor, Fredric M., USAF (RI); RF101C shot down on "Black Friday" in the beginning of Rolling Thunder; radio contact indicated he ejected and was injured, no further contact

Thomas, Harry E., USN (CA); A4C shot down on "Black Friday" in the beginning of Rolling Thunder, remains returned - ID'd October, 11996

Devers, David Ronald, Sr., US Army (OH); DIC, remains recovered December, 1969, ID'd January, 1970

O'Neil, John Joseph, Jr., US Army (RI); DIC, remains recovered December, 1969, ID'd October, 1970

Goodermote, Wayne K., USN (NY); RA5C shot down (backseater to Hyatt), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998

Hyatt, Leo G., USN (NH); RA5C shot down (pilot); released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive as of 1998

Hansen, Lester A., US Army (CO); UH1C shot down (pilot)

Gauntt, William A., USAF (TX); RF4C shot down (pilot); released by PRG March, 1973

Townsend, Francis W., USAF (TX); RF4C shot down (systems officer); listed as POW as of 1973

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