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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A practice pallet is released from the back of a C-17 Globemaster III during an airdrop training mission Aug. 13 over the Pacific. C-17s from the 535th Airlift Squadron of Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, took part in a four-ship, multi-element airdrop training mission to maintain currency and proficiency. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo - Story

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In Today's News - Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Quote of the Day
"God's promises have come true...On one side, it's corrupt powers of the criminal U.S. and Britain and the Zionists .... with modern bombs and planes. And on the other side is a group of pious youth relying on God."
-- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,
on the Hezbollah "victory" against Israel last summer

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Levin to Iraq: 'Count Us Out of Your Civil War' - Dem heads overseas to deliver strong message
Death Toll Soars in 'Ethnic Cleansing' Attacks
Iraqis dig for bodies after bombs kill 200
Petraeus prepares troop reduction plan

Operation Enduring Freedom
U.S.-Led Troops in Major Battle With Afghan Militants

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Jury Begins Deliberations in Padilla Terror Trial
NYPD warns of homegrown terror threat

Fallen Heroes
Officials Identify Missing Pilot from Vietnam War

Other Military News
Rumsfeld resigned before election, letter shows
Experts invited by Georgia say plane from Russia
Army suicides highest in 26 years

Religion of Peace??
Hamas TV's Children's Show Star Says She Would Be Proud to Be a Martyr

Worldwide Wackos
Venezuela's Chavez Seeking to Change Constitution to Allow Perpetual Re-Election
U.S. to Label Iran Revolutionary Guard ‘Terrorists’ - VIDEO Fined for Arranging U.S.-Cuba Trips

Politics / Government
Vladimir Putin Strips for Fishing Trip With Prince Albert - PHOTOS
John Edwards Pulling Staff out of Nevada
Huckabee sees 2008 lift from Iowa poll finish
U.S. urges Syria to allow dissident to travel abroad
Romney answers questions on wealth
9/11 health worries follow Giuliani
Obama says Bush not solely to blame

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Mary Winkler Free After Serving Two Months for Killing Preacher Husband
Texas Hospital Security Guard Uses Stun Gun to Stop Father From Leaving With Newborn
Six Italian Men Shot Dead in Germany in Apparent Mafia Feud
Indiana Girl's Body Missing Since 1980 Found in Unmarked Grave
Report: Impotence Claim May Have Been Motive for Slaying of Chicago Dermatologist
Vick 'Considering Guilty Plea' on Dogfighting Charges
Vick, attorneys confer as pressure rises
Optometrist Arrested in 'Made-for-TV Movie' Slaying
Ex-NBA Ref Pleads Guilty in Betting Scandal - VIDEO
'Duct tape bandit' charged in robbery
Fla. shootings worsen year for police

Adventures in Political Correctness
Bishop: Just Call God 'Allah'
SPEAKOUT: Proposed Name Change for God

U.N. News
Darfur rebel leader can be treated abroad, UN says

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Man Who Posted Hate Crime Video Surrenders in Russia

Science / Medicine / Technology
Giant Star Blazes Trail Through Time, Space
Parents say wary after China product recall - Video
Chinese officials to visit U.S. for safety talks - Video
Ripped Glove Forces End to Spacewalk - PHOTOS - VIDEO
Researchers link gestational diabetes to cancer
Abortion pill poses no risk for later pregnancy
AIDS virus is a "double hit" to the brain: study
Eye-catching new Taser sparks controversy

Mother Nature
Tropical Storm Forms Near Texas - PHOTOS - TRACKER
Texans Prepare for Tropical Storm Erin, Hawaii Dodges Hurricane
Earthquake felt in downtown Lima, Peru: eyewitness
Storm Erin takes aim at Texas as Dean strengthens
Zoo shows Rare Persian leopard triplets
Many headless walruses found in Alaska
Group launches plan to save 189 birds
Reggie the gator briefly flees new home

News from My Neck of the Woods
Offerman suspended after bat assault

Lawn Mower Explodes in Georgia Garage, Sparking Blaze That Destroys Home
South Carolina Inmate Hits Michael Vick With '$63,000,000,000 Billion Dollar' Lawsuit Alleging Al Qaeda Ties
Fake dentist's 29-year career?
Lottery winner still in shock

Other News of Note
Questions Surround Methods at Utah Mine
On Day 10, Rescue Efforts Fail to Reach Trapped Utah Coal Miners
Mine Rescuers Running Out of Options - PHOTOS - VIDEO
Dow Closes Below 13,000 on Renewed Credit Jitters

Fox News
Pop Tarts: 'Fully Loaded': Lindsay Lohan Held at Gunpoint

Reuters: Top News
S&P erases gains for year as mortgage lender sinks - Video
New crime gangs threatening Colombia: commission
New ad tactics can weather economic woes: BBDO
Films grapple with evil at NY festival
Oscar group re-elects Ganis
Italian gigs chronicled on new Pearl Jam DVD
Oil rises on Tropical Storm Erin
Airline shares down as oil price weighs
NetApp revenue outlook tops Street
Yen hits 5-month high against dollar
Barnes & Noble chairman boosts stake
Short-term gain, long-term pain for dollar?
Measured steps after import scares
Amgen to slash up to 14 percent of jobs
Hasbro intensifies testing after Mattel recalls
Fed's Poole says no need for emergency rate cut
Whole Foods looking into botched release of documents
Take Two gets Wells notice from SEC staff
Countrywide plunges on bankruptcy fear

AP World News
Poe fan takes credit for grave legend
Mary-Kate in film clinch with Kingsley
Heidi Klum star of new Jordache ads
Gifford to return for 'Live' anniversary
Petraeus to Propose Troop Cuts
Blue Angels Avoid San Fran Ban
Def Tech: LUH Takes More Hits
Historic Newsreel: V-J Day
Op-ed: A Green Light for the NSA
Daily Shock: Sniper Shot in the Hand
World's Largest Veteran Job Board
The Web's Best Equipment Guide
Top 5 New Shooters

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
Citizens help turn tide against insurgents
Troops go the distance to care for wounded Iraqi girl
Iraqi, U.S. Forces build on residents’ stand against terrorism
Coalition Forces train Iraqi Marines in Persian Gulf
Attack helicopters prevent rocket attack
Five VBIEDs detonate in western Nineveh province
MND-CS provides humanitarian aid to Diwaniyah residents
Iraqi Army, U.S. Special Forces detain 3 Al-Qaeda in Iraq high-level leaders
Iraqi Special Operations Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain rogue JAM brigade leader, three cell mem
Iraqi Army, U.S. Special Forces detain Shi’a extremist leader

TOP NEWS: Phantom Strike Makes Progress - Video
PACE: AFRICOM to Benefit from Horn of Africa
AFGHANISTAN: Engineers Build Roads, Bridges
IRAQ: Officer Hails Success of ID System
MILITARY NEWS: Comfort Stops in Ecuador

Coalition Forces Train Iraqi Marines in North Persian Gulf
Task Force Works to Reinvigorate Economy
Citizens Help Fight Insurgents
Oil Terminal Nears Completion
Coalition Soldiers Rescue Iraqi Toddler from 25-foot Well

Team Aids Remote Village
U.S. Airmen Teach Afghan Police

Face of Defense
Sailor Reunites with Family
Sergeant Loves to Train Soldiers
After Surviving Sniper's Bullet, Soldier Looks to Future
Marines, Sailor Earn Medals

America Supports You
Support Group Offers Prayer
Dallas Cowboys Visit Wounded
Partnership Builds New Home
Support Groups Receive Grants

BLOGGERS' ROUNDTABLE with U.S. Army Col. Tracy O. Smith
Surge Efforts, Iraqi GovernmentIndependence Spur Economic Growth - Story

Operation Phantom Strike Builds on Security Progress, Intelligence - Story - Video

Residents of Hababiyah Hail Cavalry Troops - Story
Army Engineers Work to Connect Afghanistan - Story
Team Crosses Mountain, Brings Aid to Village - Story
After 16 Months in Iraq, Sailors Return to States - Story

Citizens Help Turn Tide Against Insurgents
Al Basrah Oil Terminal Project Nears Completion
Training Base Helps Build Future of Iraq
Coalition Soldiers Rescue 2-year-old from Well
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

Airmen Teach Afghans Hand-to-Hand Combat
Army Chief of Staff Visits Deployed Troops
District Center Opens, Despite Tragedy
Afghan Villagers Benefit from Humanitarian Visit

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
1057 - Macbeth, King of Scotland, is slain by the son of King Duncan.
1519 - Panama City is founded.
1620 - The Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims.
1748 - The United Lutheran Church of the U.S. is organized.
1858 - Regular mail wervice to the Pacific coast begins.
1863 - The Submarine HL Hunley arrives in Charleston on railroad cars.
1864 - The CSS Tallahassee captures six Yankee schooners off the coast of New England.
1870 - The Transcontinental Railway is completed.
1893 - The U.S.'s exclusive rights end in the Bering Sea.
1901 - 30 tons of nitro destroy Arch Rock, seen as a danger to San Francisco Bay shipping.
1914 - The Panama Canal opens.
1918 - "The Sinking of the Lusitania" - the first full length cartoon - debuts; the U.S. and Russia sever diplomatic ties.
1945 - South Korea is liberated from Japanese rule; U.S. wartime gasoline and oil rationing ends.
1947 - India becomes independent, with its Islamic area becoming Pakistan.
1948 - Republic of Korea (South Korea) proclaimed (National Day)
1957 - USAF Capt Joe B Jordan reaches 31,513 m in F-104 jet fighter
1960 - The Congo (Brazzaville) gains independence from France ; a UFO is sighted by three California patrolmen
1970 - Patricia Palinkas becomes the first female professional football player (Orlando).
1971 - Bahrain gains independence from Britain.
1974 - South Korean President Park Chung-Hee escapes assassination.
1978 - The House of Representatives approves a 39-month extension for the ERA.
1979 - Andrew Young resigns as ambassador to the U.N.
1986 - President Reagan decides to support a replacement for the Challenger Space Shuttle.

1688 - King Frederick-William I of Prussia (1713-1740)
1769 - Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor (1804-13, 1814-15), resident of Elba
1888 - T.E. Lawrence Tremadoc (a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia), soldier/writer
1892 - Louis-Victor due de Broglie, physicist, Nobel Prize winner (1929)
1947 - Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter, Jr., USN/astronaut (STS 33)
1950 - Princess Anne of England

1935 - Wiley Post & Will Rogers killed in plane crash in Alaska
1975 - Sheikh Mujibur Rahiman of Bangladesh killed in a military coup
1991 - Marietta Tree (UN Comm of Human Rights), dies at 74

Reported Missing in Action
Hicks, Terrin D., USAF (MD); RF4C shot down (pilot), reported Killed

Shanahan, Joseph F., USAF (IA); RF4C shot down (navigator) released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive as of 1998

Becker, James C., US Army (TX); UH1H shot down during extraction mission (pilot); KIA, body not recovered

Schmidt, Peter A., US Army (WI); UH1H shot down during extraction mission (door gunner); KIA, body not recovered

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