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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Two Japan Self-Defense Force P-3C Orion aircraft fly over U.S. Navy ships and Japan Self-Defense Force ships during the conclusion of exercise Annualex in the Philippine Sea Nov. 16, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Kyle D. Gahlau

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In Today's News - Thursday, November 22, 2007

Quote of the Day
"A hero is someone
who has given his or her life
to something bigger than oneself."

-- Joseph Campbell

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Sunnis, Shiites in Firefight With Al Qaeda in Iraq
Extremists attack pro-US Sunnis
Mortars hit Baghdad Green Zone
Baghdad Dining Facilities Set to Serve Up Thanksgiving Feast
CF, Concerned Local Citizens remove caches, unexploded ordnance from Arab Jabour
Iraqi Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain two extremists, uncover large weapons cache (Balad)
Two al-Qaeda members killed in attack at Hawr Rajab
Coalition forces target al-Qaeda propaganda, foreign terrorist networks; one killed, 10 detained
Coalition Forces Train Iraqi Recon Platoon in Diyala
‘Awakening’ in Iraq Signals Citizens' Rise Against al Qaida

Operation Enduring Freedom
Karzai says Taliban make contact for Afghan peace

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Ex-Professor Picks Jail Over Hamas Betrayal
Opposition vote boycott deepens Lebanon crisis
Egypt talks with Abbas and Abdullah ahead of peace meet - Video
Arabs urged to back Mideast conference
Bus bomb kills at least 5 in south Russia

Other Military News
U.S. Aircraft Carrier Refused Entry to Hong Kong for Scheduled Thanksgiving Visit
China Reverses, OKs U.S. Aircraft Carrier to Enter Hong Kong for Thanksgiving Hours After Sailors Left
U.S. gives Russia new missile proposals

Worldwide Wackos
Iran Issues Warning Against Attack on Nuclear Facilities
U.S. and EU allies to urge more Iran sanctions
Iran a driving force for Mideast meeting
Colombia ends mediation over too much Chavez talk

Politics / Government
Registered Sex Offender Mayor Banned From City Hall
'Campaign Carl' Cameron's '08 Trail Web Log
Congressman Accuses 2 Chicago Cops of Racial Profiling
Mitt: Killer Release Was Mistake - Murderer 'why we need death penalty'
Pakistan's Musharraf Cleared to Rule as President
Commonwealth suspends Pakistan over emergency rule
Clinton wins surprise support from former French first lady
Australia's Howard behind in polls on election eve
Ex-agent: Chicago JFK Plot Foiled
Sharif to try again to return from exile

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
'I Did Not Kill Meredith' - American suspect claims police abuse
Alabama Man Questioned in Wife's Diving Death
Investigators: Drew Peterson's Pension in Jeopardy
YouTube Video Shows Man Tasered After Refusing to Sign Ticket
Dennis Quaid's Twins Among Three Newborns Given Drug Overdose
Police Offer Reward for Capture of Dog Rape Suspect (Dude...sick!)
Pro Wrestler 'Hardbody Harrison' Convicted of Holding 8 Women as Sex Slaves
Three Young Men Re-Arrested in Natalee Holloway Disappearance
Natalee Holloway's Dad to Search Aruba Waters - PHOTOS
Gymnastics Coach Accused of Raping Teenage Student
Friend, Ex-Girlfriend Set to Testify Against Barry Bonds
Boy George in court charged with false imprisonment
Crime ring run by jailed drug lord smashed: Brazil
Atty: Letter says cop's wife sighted
DNA links Ivorian to Brit slain in Italy
Sony ordered to pay $5M in logo dispute

Adventures in Political Correctness
Seattle Schools' Thanksgiving 'Myths' Stir Controversy

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Parents must watch kids online, Toronto police say

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Lack of toilets is fatal, global association says
CDC report shows upswing in exercise by adults
Researchers find mirror fools phantom limb pain
Russia planning new space launch center: report
Ecuador wants cell phones for the poor
Samsung to invest $2.2 billion on LCD expansion

Mother Nature
Water runs dry in rural Tennessee town
Bangladesh struggles to cope with cyclone
Earthquake hits near Aceh, no reports of damage
Bus Buried in Landslide - Rescuers Scour Rocks and Debris for Survivors
China: Hopes dim for 27 in bus in rubble
Church raises $1M for hurricane recovery

News from My Neck of the Woods
Balmy weather for NY Thanksgiving parade
Report: NY may have fewer murders in '07

Now That's a Knife: Swiss Army Knife Sets Record for Tools
Arizona Girl Falls Off Wall, Lands on Cactus, Gets Bitten by Dogs While Playing (Geeeeez, talk about a bad day!)
Swedish Women Go Topless to Protest Swim Wear Rules
Worker Crushed When 747 Landing Gear Collapses
Cops: Man Tried to Have Sex With a Fence
Two-Faced Cat in Arizona Still Alive, Doing Well
Cookies go for a lot of dough - Video
Thousands protest over ant aphrodisiac scheme - Video
New world toilet association launches

Other News of Note
New Holiday Tradition: Turkey,Football and a Trip to the Mall
PHOTOS: Nation Celebrates Thanksgiving

Fox News
FOX Business: 'I Refuse to Be a 'Doomsday Diva'
Arizona Man Dies as Skydivers Try to Break Record
Julia Roberts-Tom Hanks 'War': Trouble?
Pop Tarts: Did Britney Have a Bedroom Buddy at 14?

Cost of Thanksgiving soaring: Merrill Lynch - Video
Award-winning Canadian writer links past and present
Early Elizabeth I portrait fetches $5.3 million
Gold holds steady in thin trade, resistance at $805
HK shares gain ground but Sinotrans in flat debut
Dollar marks Thanksgiving with new record lows - Video
Oil eases below $97 a barrel, weak dollar supports
Drug stocks stage biggest daily gains in 4-1/2 years
China takes on private equity
Yen bolstered by mutal fund slowdown
United Airlines looking for a merger: report
Luxury shops to suffer less than many this holiday
N.Rock loans from BoE may top 26 billion pounds: data
Web deals woo shoppers from Thanksgiving table
BHP-Rio deal and China to spur metals, mining M&A
Daimler hurt by dollar but sees no U.S. recession

AP World News
Stores usher in holiday shopping season
Booty, No. 11 USC beat No. 7 Arizona St.
Manning's 3 TDs lift Colts over Falcons
Season's eating: Food gifts more popular
Cyrus hopes Tenn. can get 'Hannah' film
Cowboys beat Jets for best start ever
Stores lure shoppers before Black Friday
Bitten to sell 'Project Runway' dress
Favre-led Packers beat Lions 37-26
Senior dancers strut at Miami Heat games
French rail workers vote down strike
Angels, Hunter agree on $90 million deal
NHL-worst Capitals fire Hanlon
Paris Hilton visits Shanghai

CENTCOM: News Releases

Multi-National Force-Iraq
New Courthouse Opens in Salman Pak: 'Rule of Law' in Action
Iraqi Security Forces detain 81 suspected extremists, confiscate weapons caches

Vice Chairman, USO Show Visit Troops in Afghanistan

Public Sends Thanks Via Text Message
Group ‘Adopts’ Troops to Show Gratitude
Group Builds Home for Wounded Warrior

Advisors Focusing on Sustaining Forces

'Awakening' Signals Local Rise Against al Qaeda
Coalition Troops Kill 4 Terrorists, Detain 4
Army Corps Road Projects Have Impact in Town

Turkey Meal to Replace Rations for Many Troops
Gates Revisits Past at Missouri Base - Photos

Iraq Shapes Supply Soldier

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
1809 - Peregrine Williamson of Baltimore patents a steel pen.
1842 - Mount St. Helens (Washington) erupts.
1906 - International Radio Telecommunications Com adopts "SOS" as new call for help
1910 - Arthur Knight patents steel shaft golf clubs.
1923 - President Coolidge pardons WWI German spy Lothar Witzke, who was sentenced to death.
1924 - England orders the Egyptians out of Sudan.
1935 - The China Clipper (flying boat) takes off from Alameda, CA, carrying 100,000 pieces of mail on the first trans-Pacific airmail flight.
1943 - FDR, Churchill and Chiang Kai-shek meet to discuss ways to defeat Japan.
1950 - 79 die in a train crash in Richmond Hills, NY.
1967 - The U.N. Security Council passes a resolution that Israel must give back occupied land.
1975 - Juan Carlos is proclaimed King of Spain.
1977 - Regular Concorde passenger service between NY and Europe begins.
1980 - A Georgia tanker at Pilottown, LA, spills 1.3 million gallons of oil after an anchor chain causes a leak.
1989 - Conjunction of Venus, Mars, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn and the Moon; The U.S.' 63rd manned space mission, STS 33 (Discovery 9), launches into orbit; Eastern Airlines pilots and flight attendants end their strike, but most are not rehired.
1990 - George H.W. Bush visits U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia during Thanksgiving; Margaret Thatcher announces her resignation as British Prime Minister.

1835 - Frank C. Armstrong, Confederate Brigadier General (Cavalry Commander under Forrest)
1868 - John Nance Garner, 32nd VP (1933-41)
1890 - Charles de Gaulle, President of France (1958-69)
1898 - Wiley Post, aviator/parachutist
1918 - Claiborne Pell (Sen-RI)
1930 - Owen K. Garriott, astronaut (Skylab 3, STS-9)
1940 - Terry Gilliam, comedy writer-animator (Monty Python)
1942 - Guion S. Bluford, Jr., Colonel USAF / astronaut (STS 8, STS 61A, STS 39)

1718 - Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, English pirate
1825 - Ann Bailey, pioneer
1871 - Oscar J. Dunn (Lt Governor - LA)
1896 - George Washington Gale Ferris, inventor (Ferris wheel)
1963 - C.S.Lewis, English novelist. ("The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"); John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. President, assassinated in Dallas, Texas
1980 - Mae West, actress

Reported Missing in Action
Douglas, Thomas E., USMC (OH); UH34D shot down (passenger)

Miller, Richard A., USMC (NY); UH34D shot down

Pirker, Victor J., USMC (MT); UH34D shot down

Visconti, Francis E., USMC (NY);UH34D shot down (pilot)

Winkler, John Anthony, USN (VA); KIA, body not recovered

Crecca, Joseph, USAF (NJ); F4C shot down (w/Wilson), released by DRV February, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998

Wilson, Gordon S., USAF (IN); F4C shot down (pilot, w/Crecca), remains returned April, 1986

Bedinger, Henry J., USN (PA); F4J shot down, released March, 1973 - retired as a Commander - alive and well as of 1998

Collins, Richard F., USN (CA); A6A shot down (pilot, w/Quinn)

Deuter, Richard C., USN (IL); A6A shot down

Quinn, Michael E., USN (MN); A6A shot down (bombardier/navigator, w/Collins)

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