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Friday, August 17, 2007

U.S. Army soldiers hook up a humvee to tow it away after a simulated improvised explosive device detonation, during IED recognition training at Ali Air Base, Iraq, Aug. 15, 2007. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert Valenca

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In Today's News - Friday, August 17, 2007

Quote of the Day
"I do believe that each of us who has had the blessing ...
of being born in a free country
ought to find some way to repay our country."

-- Marine Gen. Peter Pace,
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Town Hall Yongsan, South Korea
Aug. 16, 2007

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
General: Quick strikes planned in Iraq

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Hezbollah Video Game Replays Last Year's War - VIDEO

Welcome Home!!
Fighter Wing Returns from Duty in Iraq - Story

Fallen Heroes
Marine Helicopter Crash Over Arizona Kills 4 People

Other Military News
Mystery Marine Poet Revealed
Putin revives Russia's long-haul bomber flights - Video
Debris Found as Navy Ends Search
Humvee May Get Armor Boost

Worldwide Wackos
Castro: Cuba not cashing U.S. Guantanamo rent checks

Politics / Government
Jenna Bush Gets Engaged
Obama: Fundraising 'Original Sin' of Politics
Tony Snow to Step Down Before End of Bush Presidency - Rep. Dennis Hastert Will Not Seek Re-Election
Padilla case seen as a tainted victory for Bush
Obama campaign working to introduce candidate
Edwards to end investments with lenders
AP Interview: Thompson defends lobbying
Giuliani: I'll discuss my family my way

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
County cracks down on illegal immigrants
US: Census won't deter immigration raids

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Wanted: Guns and Ammo
Report: Dirty Ref to Implicate Other Officials
Cops: Indiana Neighbors Shot Each Other to Death Over Dispute
Arizona Sheriff Outraged Over Doctored Photo Showing Him in Ku Klux Klan Robe
Wife of Michigan Sheriff's Deputy Charged With Prostitution
Michael Vick Co-Defendants Enter Guilty Pleas in Dogfighting Case
Pennsylvania Teen Stabs Cheerleader Girlfriend to Death
Missouri Man Jailed for Taping 16-Year-Old Stepdaughter
Orphans Studied in '39 Stuttering Experiment Win $925G
Seagal says FBI probe ruined career
Tocchet sentenced to probation for sports gambling
Mass. doc who shot husband not indicted
Man asks officer wearing badge for meth

U.N. News
Texan oilman pleads guilty in oil-for-food case

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
American Airlines sues Google over search words - Video
'Daily Show' to air reports from Iraq DT: Gov't Sloppy, Not Bloggers

Science / Medicine / Technology
Toys 'R' Us Pulls Bibs
Recall List of Mattel Toys
Study: Substance in Marijuana Clears Facial Dermatitis
FDA Warns Nursing Moms of Painkiller Risk
Shuttle Repairs Nixed - PHOTOS - VIDEO
NASA eyes hurricane, may bring shuttle back early
Breast cancer vaccine looks safe, study shows
Doctor's advice may boost car seat use
Japan atom plant may need 1 year to restart: IAEA
Australian scientists call for ocean network probe
FDA takes caution on approving new drugs
Tiny N.J. baby ready to return home

Mother Nature
Dean Upgraded to Category 4 - TRACKER - PHOTOS
Alaska's Pavlof Volcano Erupting Molten Lava
Hungry Survivors Loot Market After Peru Quake Kills 500
Naked TV news stripped of subsidy, carries on - Video
Diver is young fisherman's catch of the day - Video
Typhoon Sepat hammers Taiwan, causes power outages
Arctic sea ice shrinks to record low
Texas soaked by Erin, braces for Dean

Arkansas Law Allows Any Age to Marry If Parents Agree (Geeez...)
Inmate's New Suit Names Bonds, Selig and Aaron's Bat (This is the nut who's suing Michael Vick)
'They Forgot She Was There'

Other News of Note
Cave-In Kills 3 Utah Mine Rescuers, Injures 6 Others
Search For Miners Suspended - PHOTOS - VIDEO
Hundreds mourn death of entertainer Merv Griffin
Dogs' role uncertain in death of LA man

Fox News
Fed Action Helps Dow Close Wild Week Above 13,000
172 Trapped After Flood in Chinese Coal Mine
Princeton Tops U.S. News College Rankings — Again
Pop Tarts: Bare Britney Spears Gets Airbrushed Amid Criss Angel Rumors
Princeton Tops U.S. News College Rankings
Stocks Boosted by Fed Discount Rate Cut
5 Killed in Alaskan Plane Crash, 4 Survive

Reuters: Top News
Nile boat sinks, passengers scramble to bank
3M says filters in patent suit no longer on market - Video
Wealthy still not asking the price
Director Frank Oz looks at death -- and laughs
Elvis "tribute" hopefuls vie for title
After Fed's rescue, volatile days ahead
Oil jumps on Fed discount rate cut - Video
Dollar falls after Fed action ends week of active trading
E*Trade to continue changing mix in loan portfolio
Blockbuster CFO, COO sell large chunks of shares
DealZone: No brotherly love for KBW
M&A Today: Read the latest headlines
Shop Talk: Beauty's next mogul
DealTalk: Mark McSherry
Buyout slowdown may hurt markets
US STOCKS-Wall St soars after Fed's discount rate cut
Fed move helps FTSE notch up biggest gain in 4 yrs
Proud Countrywide may have to bow to Wall St banks
Fed cuts discount rate, signals growth concern
GM CEO says consumers holding up despite turbulence
Hide now, buy later, wealth managers say
Fed joins fight against financial fireball
Cisco sees growth as more hospitals go high-tech

AP World News
McNabb impressive in return to Eagles
Jordin Sparks signs with Jive Records
Lindsay Lohan's parents settle divorce
Dentist buys Elvis Presley's crown
Daily Shock: Jumbo Low Pass
Feds Face Tough Questions in Spy Case
Op-ed: A Father Passes
Review: Nicole Kidman's Latest Flop
Discounts: Last Chance for Summer Fun
Movie Review: Superbad

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
Juvenile detainees gain second chance through Dar Al-Hikmah
Marines keep dangers 'outside the wire'
U.S., Iraqi troops care for citizens
Kirkuk courthouses ease judicial procedures
Extremists destroy one school, rig a second
U.S. Army engineers aid injured Iraqi Soldiers
MND-B aircrews respond to checkpoint attack, kill four insurgents
Gunfight ends with release of hostages, two insurgents dead
Weapons recovered, suspect seized in raid
Roadside bomb targets MND-B troops

Soto Cano Task Force Responds to Earthquake
Officials to Make ‘Needs Assessment’ in Peru

Petraeus: Iraqis Need to Demonstrate Progress
More MRAP Vehicles Shipped to Middle East
Odierno Details 'Quick Strike' Operations in Iraq - Video

Minneapolis Bridge Operations Continue

Coalition Forces Exert Pressure on al Qaeda
U.S. Military Works to Improve Iraqi Forces

Coalition Forces Nab 11 Suspected Insurgents
Town Hall Yongsan, South KoreaAug. 16, 2007
Travels with Pace Special
South Korea Honors Pace - Story

Troops Care for Citizens - Story
Engineers Improve Power Grid - Story
Multinational Corps Iraq Tops Retention Goal Six Weeks Early
Coalition Forces Train Iraqi Marines in North Persian Gulf

No Mountain Too High for Provincial Reconstruction Team
Photo Essay: Panjshir PRT
Team Aids Remote Village
Engineers Build Roads, Bridges
Afghans Focus on Environment

‘Biggest Losers’ Strut Their Stuff
Twin Sisters Support Brother
Vietnam Vet Gets Purple Heart
Sailor Reunites with Family

Group Gives Soldier Jeep Keys - Story
Support Group Offers Prayer
Dallas Cowboys Visit Wounded
U.S. Marine Shares His Story - Story - Special
Afghans, Iraqis Appreciate Troops - Story - Special

BLOGGERS' ROUNDTABLE withU.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch
Operations Have Terrorists on Run - Story

Afghan, Coalition Forces Repel Ambush Attacks in Helmand Province - Story

Substation Expansion Provides More Power - Story
U.S., Iraqi Troops Provide Medical Assistance - Story
No Mountain Too High for Reconstruction Team - Story - Photos

Marines Keep Dangers 'Outside the Wire'
Multinational Corps Iraq Tops Retention Goal
Iraqis Assume Responsibility for Courthouses
Residents of Hababiyah Hail Cavalry Troops
Citizens Help Turn Tide Against Insurgents
Al Basrah Oil Terminal Project Nears Completion

Army Engineers Work to Connect Afghanistan
Team Crosses Mountain, Brings Aid to Village
Airmen Teach Afghans Hand-to-Hand Combat
Army Chief of Staff Visits Deployed Troops

Airmen Ensure Troops in the Field Get Supplies

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
1787 - In Budapest, Jews are granted permission to pray in groups.
1846 - The U.S. acquires Los Angeles.
1863 - Federal batteries and ships bombard Fort Sumter, in South Carolina.
1870 - In Washington state, the first ascent of Mt. Rainier occurs.
1877 - Asaph Hall discovers the Martian moon Phobos.
1940 - F.D.R. and Canada's P.M. William M. King agree to a joint defense commission.
1942 - U.S. bombers stage their first independent raid on Europe, attacking Rouen, France.
1948 - Alger Hiss denies being a Communist agent.
1955 - Hurricane Diane, following hurricane Connie floods the Connecticut River, killing 190 and doing $1.8 billion worth of damage.
1958 - The world's first Lunar probe, the U.S.'s Thor-Able, explodes at T+77 seconds.
1959 - A 7.1 earthquake strikes Yellowstone National Park.
1960 - Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy trial opens in Moscow; Gabon gains independence from France.
1961 - The Kennedy administration establishes the Alliance for Progress.
1962 - East German border guards shoot and kill Peter Fechter, 18, during his attempt to cross the Berlin Wall into the western sector.
1966 - Pioneer 7 is launched into a solar orbit.
1969 - Hurricane Camille claims more than 250 lives.
1970 - The U.S.S.R. launches Venera 7 for a soft landing on Venus.
1978 - The Eagle II makes the first manned balloon crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.

1786 - Davy Crockett, American frontiersman/adventurer/politician (killed at the Alamo)
1844 - King Menelik II of Ethiopia (1896-1913)
1870 - Frederick Russell, developer of the first successful typhoid fever vaccine
1876 - Eric Drummond, first Secretary-General of the League of Nations (1919-33)
1900 - Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News)
1905 - John Hay Whitney, publisher (NY Herald Tribune 1961-67)
1914 - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., son of F.D.R. (Rep-NY, 1949-55)
1929 - Francis Gary Powers, USAF vet, American U-2 pilot (shot down / captured by U.S.S.R. in the 1959 U-2 incident)
1952 - Kathryn C. Thornton, Ph.D. / astronaut (STS 33, sk: 49)

1850 - Jos‚ Francisco de San Martin South American revolutionary hero, dies
1987 - Rudolph Hess Nazi, dies at 93, after 46 years in Spandau Prison
1988 - Franklin D Roosevelt Jr (Rep-D-NY, 1949-55), dies on 74th birthday
1988 - Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq pres of Pakistan (1978-88), dies at 63 in plane crash

Reported Missing in Action
Brand, Joseph William, USAF (IL); F105F shot down (pilot), remains returned by SRV September, 1977

Kemp, Freddie, US Army (NY); fell while crossing river, presumed Killed

Singer, Donald Maurice, USAF (PA); F105F shot down (electronic warfare officer), remains returned by SRV September, 1977

Dion, Laurent N., USN (RI); RA5C shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Hom, Charles David, USN (CA); RA5C shot down(w/Dion), KIA, body not recovered

Gartley, Markham L., USN (ME); F4B shot down (pilot), released September, 1972

Hoffson, Arthur T., USAF (TX); F4D shot down (navigator / bombadier, w/Powell), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Mayhew, William J., USN (WV); F4B shot down (w/Gartley) - records show remains were returned, but was released alive March, 1973

Powell, William E., USAF (TX); F4D shot down (pilot, w/Mayhew), remains returned December, 1985

Loepke, Malcolm "Buck," US Army; helicopter shot down by North Korea, held for 180 days (captured with three others; not noted in PMSEA) **Korean War Vet**

Wellons, Phillip Rogerson, USAF (NC); F4E shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Pitzen, John R., USN (IA); F4J shot down (pilot, w/Pender), remains recovered November, 1994 - ID'd March, 1996

Pender, Orland J., USN (RI); F4J shot down (radio intercept officer, w/Pitzen), remains recovered November, 1994 - ID'd March, 1996

Raebel, Dale V., USN (SD); A7A shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998

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