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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

SMALL TALK — A U.S. Marine with Regimental Combat Team 6 talks with a group of children in their apartment complex while members of the Iraqi police and neighborhood watch give food bags to families in Fallujah, Iraq, Sept. 7, 2007. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samuel D. Corum

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In Today's News - Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Hostility toward America is a religious duty,
and we hope to be rewarded for it by God....
I am confident that Muslims will be able to end
the legend of the so-called superpower that is America."

-- Osama Bin Laden

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
'Unacceptable to the American People'
Dems rip Bush's plan to reduce troops
Bush to Detail Drawdown of 30,000 Troops - VIDEO

Operation Enduring Freedom
Japan's Abe quits amid Afghan battle

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
3 Arrested, Linked to Video Threat by Islamic Militants
U.S. officials confirm Israel strike on Syria
Afghan suspect transferred to Guantanamo: Pentagon

Other Military News
Military Wants to Bar Lisa Nowak From Contacting Rival
Russia Tests 'World's Most Powerful Non-Nuclear Bomb'

Worldwide Wackos
U.S. Officials Begin Crafting Iran Bombing Plan
U.S. calls meeting on Iran sanctions
U.S. may give North Korea $25 million in fuel oil
Castro claims Cuba helped save Reagan

Homegrown Moonbats
VIDEO: Ad Draws GOP Ire
Rosie O’Donnell: Shocking Revelations in New Book

Politics / Government
Romney Condemns Web War
Former Virginia Gov. Warner Plans to Seek Senate Seat
Putin Dissolves Government, Nominates New PM - VIDEO
Ex-Hooker Reveals Details of Alleged Affair With Sen. David Vitter
Romney challenges rivals' experience
Report: $40 Million Borrowed by Dirty Democratic Fundraiser Norman Hsu is Missing
Democratic 2008 contenders bicker over Iraq pullout - Video
Obama says he would withdraw from Iraq by end-2008 - Video
Raucous long goodbye for Tony Snow - Video
Irish PM Ahern testifies before corruption inquiry

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Son of Deported Activist Joins Protest

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
'Mystery Object' Sought in Madeleine Probe VIDEO
Texas Court Frees Man Convicted in Beheading 3 Children
Cops: Girl Found Hanged in Garage Was Sexually Abused
Winkler Calls Murder of Minister Husband 'Tragic Event'
Husband, Estranged Wife Found Dead, Child Injured After Dispute
Final Jury Pool Approved in Polygamist Jeffs' Trial
Colombia's smaller drug rings harder to catch
Accused teacher taught for years in N.M.
No hate crime charges in torture case

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
New York restaurant calorie labeling rule overturned
Big climate change did not kill Neanderthals
Nissan concept car aims at video generation
Sony unveils new Blu-ray recorders to fight HD DVD
New British foot and mouth case confirmed
UNICEF says child deaths down sharply since 1990
U.S. failed to boost produce inspections
Report: Number of U.S. deaths up in 2005
Ebola said depleting gorilla populations
Cassini in safe mode after Saturn flight

Mother Nature
Humberto Forms in Gulf - VIDEO - PHOTOS
8.4 Magnitude Quake Strikes Indonesia - VIDEO - PHOTOS
Species Extinctions Still Rising, Experts Warn
World's worst polluters
Global warming may cause crop decline
Warming impact like "nuclear war": report
Mauritius parakeet avoids fate of the dodo Video
Surfer rescues dog swept off Mich. pier

News from My Neck of the Woods
Ex-priest pleads guilty in fraud case

Man Sues Makers of Brut After Cologne Ignites
Fifth-Graders, Trying to Watch 'Star Wars,' Get Porn Instead
Woman Attacked With Sword in Argument Over Puppy
Texas Football Fan Nearly Castrated in Bar Fight in Oklahoma Bar
Skip work, make babies, governor says
Can't quit chocolate? Don't fret, it's no addiction
Shrinking kilogram bewilders physicists

Other News of Note
Oil Prices Hit $80 a Barrel for the First Time Ever

Fox News
American Life Expectancy Longer Than Ever
Pop Tarts: Britney Spears' Management: 'American Idol' Judges?
Kanye West Blames MTV for Britney Spears' VMA Performance
Doctor: Buffalo Bills Tight End May Walk Again

Reuters: Top News
Stick-thin still in
Video: Strutting the catwalks
New spring styles take on serious tone
Slideshow: A fashion model's life
Wealthy households up 51 percent in four years
Schwimmer runs with comedy for directing debut
Stick-thin still in for models at NY fashion shows
Stocks near flat - Video
Dollar limps up from 15-year low as Fed awaited - Video
McDonald's raises annual dividend by 50 percent
Target to weigh options for credit-card assets
Nucor sees third-quarter profit below expectations
More Investing News...
U.S. Crude Stockpiles
Weekly supplies plummet
Analyst reaction: A "significant surprise"
Crisis in Credit
Home loan demand
Indexes near flat; $80 crude lifts energy
FTSE up as record crude boosts oils, BAE supports
Paulson says subprime woes will linger
Supply worries keep oil high despite OPEC increase
Home loan demand up as rates tumble
Broker stocks seen as tough trade during earnings
Citigroup: Subprime business "looks pretty good"
Countrywide's Mozilo has tight grip on job

AP World News
Serious story line for soap's Erica Kane
Belichick apologizes for videotape flap
Disgraced memoirist Frey writing a novel
Manager says Foxy Brown not pregnant
Mattel CEO pledges to improve toy safety
Kanye leading 50 in CD sales face-off
Stocks flat as dollar falls, oil soars
Beyonce, J.Lo make mag's `best dressed'
Pirates defeat Brewers, 7-4
Jon Stewart will host Academy Awards
Paulson: market turbulence may linger

CENTCOM: News Releases

Bold Quest 07 begins to test Coalition Combat ID - podcast
More about Bold Quest 07
New intelligence capability to aid in battlespace preparation for convoys - podcast
Empire Challenge 07 shows success of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance integration - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Soldiers lend medical hand to Madhariyah residents
1st CAV ingenuity supports medical treatment of Iraqis
Paratrooper's commitment pays off big in Adhamiyah
Marine Engineers provide 100 buildings for Coalition, Iraqi forces
Coalition airpower supports ground troops
15 suspects detained in operations targeting al-Qaeda in northern Iraq
One terrorist killed, 13 suspects detained as Coalition targets al-Qaeda in Iraq
Coalition Forces nab three suspected militants
MNF-I continues to welcome commitment of honor
Captives freed, kidnappers captured

Petraeus Explains Iraq’s Link to U.S. Security
Report to Congress on the Situation in Iraq (pdf)
Charts to Accompany Petraeus Testimony (pdf)

Stryker Troops Return to Families, 'Rear D'
Mattis to Lead U.S. Joint Forces Command
All Services Meet Recruiting Goals for August

Coalition Nabs Mortar Expert Near Syrian Border
Coalition Forces Target al Qaeda Networks

American, Afghan Women Discuss Future
Afghan Forces Thwart Attempted Taliban Ambush

Gates, Pace Vow to Pursue 9/11 Perpetrators
Troops in Afghanistan Hold Memorial Ceremony
Survivor Returns to Tell Story of Hope
Chaplain Returns to Minister to Pentagon
Pentagon Worker Recalls 9/11 in Her Own Way

Gates Hails Employers of Guardsmen, Reservists
Turbocam Earns Top Honor
Excavation Company Lightens Load for Aviation Unit
Freedom Awards Special Page

Baghdad Businesses Improve
Iraqis Manage Warehouse
Crews Install Solar Lights

Soldiers, Sailors Aid Community
Locals Turn in Munitions
Photos: Airmen Detonate Munitions

Troop Uses Heimlich Maneuver
Sailor Serves in Cambodia
Vet Helps Recruiters
Brother, Sister Rebuild Iraq

Walk Offers Chance to Reflect
Walkers Commemorate 9/11
Video: Freedom Walks
Support Groups Spread Word
Paramus Residents Walk
NCO Shares His View on Service - Story - Special

Coalition Forces Nab 15 Terrorists - Story

Troops, Local Council Work to Improve Business - Story
Strike Group Ready to Conduct Maritime Ops - Story
U.S. Soldiers, Sailors Aid Afghan Community - Story
Marines Deliver School Supplies to Children - Story

Workforce Learns How to Manage Warehouse
Marine Engineers Wrap Up Deployment in Anbar
Citizens Sweep Streets to Rid City of al Qaeda
Iraqi Crews Install Solar Lights on Roadways
Renovated School Features Internet Room

Troops Hold Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony
Team Works to Improve Road in Titin Valley

Children to Benefit from New Classrooms
Navy Program Fosters Good Will with Residents

BLOGGERS' ROUNDTABLE with U.S. Army Col. Michael X. Garrett
Coalition Helps Rebuild Iraq - Story


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
490 BC - The Athenians secure victory in the second Persian invasion of Greece at Marathon.
1609 - Henry Hudson discovers the Hudson River.
1649 - Drogheda, Ireland falls to Puritan troops; the inhabitants are massacred.
1758 - Charles Messier observes the Crab Nebula.
1776 - Nathan Hale leaves the Harlem Heights Camp (127th St) on an espionage mission.
1814 - Near Baltimore, the Battle of North Point is fought.
1857 - The Central America sinks off Cape Romain, SC, killing 423.
1901 - Arabs attack Gedara, Palestine.
1918 - U.S. forces launch an attack on German-occupied St. Mihiel, France.
1923 - Britain takes over Southern Rhodesia from the British South Africa Co.
1934 - Lithouania, Estonia, and Latvia sign the Baltic Pact.
1938 - Adolph Hitler demands self-determination for Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia
1941 - The USS Bear becomes the first American vessel to capture a German ship (the Busko) in WWII.
1949 - In New Jersey, the Hercules Co. power plant explodes, killing 51 and injuring 200 in the worst explosion since WWII.
1953 - Jacqueline Bouvier marries John F. Kennedy; Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Secretary of the U.S.S.R's Communist Party.
1959 - "Bonanza" premiers; the U.S.S.R. launches Luna-2, the first spacecraft to impact on the Moon.
1961 - NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes the X-15 to 34,840 m.
1965 - Hurricane Betsy strikes Florida and Louisiana, killing 75.
1966 - "The Monkees," premiers on NBC; Gemini XI is launched for a 71-hour flight.
1970 - The USSR launches Luna-16, which will return samples from the lunar Sea of Fertility.
1978 - "Taxi" premiers on ABC.
1980 - A military coup occurs in Turkey.
1983 - The U.S.S.R. vetoes a U.N. resolution deploring its shoot-down of a Korean civilian airliner.
1986 - In Beirut, U.S. professor Joseph Cicippio is kidnapped and held hostage.
1988 - Gilbert, the strongest hurricane ever (160 mph), devastates Jamaica.
1990 - The U.S., France, England, the U.S.S.R., East Germany, and West Germany sign an agreement allowing the two Germanys to merge.
1991 - The space shuttle STS-48 (Discovery 14) is launched.

- Frederick Philipse III, land owner (Bronx, Westchester, Putnam)
1818 - Richard Jordan Gatling, inventor (hand-cranked machine gun)
1852 - H.H. Asquith, British PM (1908-16)
1871 - Prince Friedrich (Romania)
1888 - Maurice Chevalier, singer / actor ("Gigi" - "Thank Heaven for Little Girls")
1892 - Alfred A. Knopf, publisher (1966 Alexander Hamilton Medal)
1913 - Jesse Owens, track star (spoiled Hitler's 1936 Olympics by winning four gold medals)
1924 - Howard Curtis Nelson (Rep-UT)
1931 - George Jones, country singer (He Stopped Loving Her Today)
1940 - Stephen J. Solarz (Rep-NY)
1944 - Barry White (Love's Theme)

- William Boyd, cowboy (Hopalong Cassidy)
1988 - Alan Bible (Sen-NV, 1954-74); Lauris Norstad, NATO commander/CEO Corning Fiberglass

Reported Missing in Action
Green, Gerald, USN (CO); F8E shot down (pilot); KIA, body not recovered

Sprague, Stanley G., USAF (SD);A1E shot down (pilot), remains returned September, 1990

Waggoner, Robert F., USAF (CO); F105D shot down (pilot), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Hawthorne, Richard William, USMC (NY); RF4B shot down (pilot, w/Hawthorne), presumed KIA, body not recovered

Kane, Richard Raymond, USMC (NJ); RF4B shot down (aircrew, w/Hawthorne)

Maxwell, Samuel C., USAF (NE); F105D shot down (pilot), remains returned June, 1989 - ID'd October, 1989

Shark, Earl E., US Army (CA); disappeared after being wounded in firefight - DIC September, 1968

McMurray, Frederick C., USAF (ID); F4E shot down (navigator, w/Zuberbuhler), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel (decorations include Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with V, Purple Heart, POW medal) - alive and well as of 1998

Zuberbuhler, Rudolph U., USAF (ID); F4E shot down (pilot, w/McMurray), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive as of 1998

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