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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Airmen at Forward Operating Base Hero in Kandahar, Afghanistan, stand in line to receive their Thanksgiving lunch. Several high-ranking servicemen and women took time to serve meals to the younger airmen and soldiers to show gratitude to them for the sacrifices they made to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mike Andriacco

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In Today's News - Saturday, November 24, 2007

Quote of the Day
It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

-- Charles M. Province

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

U.S. to reduce Iraq troop levels by 5,000
U.S. blames Shiites in new Iraq violence
Iraqi government reopens landmark street
101st Drops Iron Hammer on Insurgents
Troops Detain 7 in Raids on al Qaida Media Network

Operation Enduring Freedom
Taliban Weapons Smuggling Operations Disrupted

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Hamas 'Shocked' by Arab Support for Peace Summit
Syria welcome at peace talks: Olmert
Political crisis deepens in Lebanon

Fallen Heroes
DoD Identifies Army Casualty (Baghdad)

Supporting Our Heroes
Bush extends thanks to troops overseas
President Wishes Bagram Airman Happy Thanksgiving
America Supports You: 130,000-Plus Send Troops Text Messages of Thanks

Other Military News
Japan to test PAC-3 missile defense in Tokyo: report

Worldwide Wackos
Iranian Official Confirms Production of Nuclear Fuel Pellets
Iran: No smoking gun but strong evidence

Politics / Government
Romney Wants Judge Out
Giuliani Says Fred Thompson Has No Record
CAMPAIGN CARL: Cameron's Blog From the Trail
Australian Opposition Party Topples Top Bush Ally
Ecuador Leader Vows to Avoid U.S. After Airport Snub
Australia set for gradual change under Rudd - Video
Russian police block anti-Putin march - Video
Retired U.S. commander speaks out for Democrats
British-U.S. link seen hurting U.K. ties with Russia
Pakistani media challenges emergency rule
Bolivia approves constitutional draft amid clashes
Romney: Judge he appointed should resign
Social Security to become key issue
Obama touts health care plan
Kasparov jailed after anti-Putin protest

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Illegal Immigrant Rescues Boy, 9, in Arizona Desert

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Feds Join Stacy Peterson Search
Law Would Require Cars to Stop For National Anthem (Thailand)
Official: Natalee Holloway Is Dead - PHOTOS - VIDEO
Texas Man Shoots Teen, 15, in Road Rage Incident
Cops Arrest The Bachelor' Winner Mary Delgado for Allegedly Assaulting Fiance
Couple Suspected of Murder Planned 'Wild Sex' Romp Day After Roommate Was Found Dead
Report: Wrestler, Reality Star Hogan's Wife Files for Divorce
Report: Neighbor Told Police He Saw Drew Peterson, 2nd Man, Loading Barrel Into SUV
Ex-Boyfriend: Murder Suspect 'Out of Touch With Reality'
Female Prisoner Forced to Have Sex With Men for Food
Canadian man dies after being Tasered
Dennis Rodman sued again in Las Vegas
Dog's best friend: Willie Nelson

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Italian Buys Texas Town on eBay
Report: Vanity Fair Sued Over Neo-Nazi Interview
Romantic Affair Ends Between L.A. Mayor, TV Reporter
Negotiations to resume Sunday in Broadway strike
Web bidding help drives live auctions

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Station Astronauts Spacewalk to Finish Docking Port
FDA staff urge psych warnings for two flu drugs
WHO fails to reach deal on sharing bird flu virus
Astronauts finish station work for European lab
EU agrees public funding for satellite project
Benefon networking application on Nokia devices
Interactive Web videos clicking with bands

Mother Nature
Wildfires Torch Canyons Along California Coast - STORY - VIDEO
Fast-Moving Wildfire Destroys Malibu Homes - Thousand forced to flee smoke, flames - PHOTOS - VIDEO
Malibu wildfires partly contained
Teen Girls Hunted by Sharks Off Australia
Crew Stays Calm as Ship Hits Iceberg - PICS - VIDEO
Quake hits off coast of Indonesia's Sumatra
Typhoon rains kill six in Philippines
Shipwrecked Antarctica vacationers begin trek home
Doomed ship defies Antarctica odds

News from My Neck of the Woods
Monkey meat at center of NYC court case

Marilyn Manson Accused of Buying Child's Skeleton, Human Skin Masks
Patriotism law seeks to halt cars for anthem
"Porno-prof" teacher suspended

Fox News
FOXBusiness: A New Kind of Football Rivalry
Fashion Show Sparks China to Ban Panda Images
Britney's 'Blackout' Drops Out

Eunice Kennedy Shriver hospitalized in Boston
Malaysia police fire tear gas to halt protestors
Christian school president resigns amid scandal
Needs of dying children wins heart of actress
Italy's Fo chooses strong women for a book for his wife
Rare exhibit of early Christian art in Bible Belt
Bono and The Edge give surprise London set
Housing, dollar and oil on stocks' radar - Video
Wall St. lifted higher by retailers and banks
Dollar reverses fall after euro hits record - Video
Oil rises on dollar gains and colder weather
Gold momentum builds in choppy trade
Fannie and Freddie pullback would devastate economy
Bank investors prepare flood of ballot measures
FTSE up 1.7 percent; M&A lifts miners, oils weigh
Freddie to raise $5 bln in preferred stock sale: report
EADS says weak dollar threatens Airbus
NatWest 3 bankers set for rearraignment in Texas
Shopping crowds swell, but are they buying?
A first-hand look at U.S. corporate cultures
E*Trade may be in talks with other brokers

AP World News
Retailers post robust start to holidays
Missouri beats Kansas 36-28
West Virginia beats UConn for BCS berth
No. 19 Tennessee holds off Wildcats
Boston College handles Miami, 28-14
Orgeron fired after 3 years at Ole Miss
Nebraska fires Callahan
Arkansas tops LSU; title picture muddled

CENTCOM: News Releases

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Seeds of Commerce Planted in Former al-Qaida Sanctuary
Another Overhead Line Project Turned Over to Ministry of Electricity
Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain two in separate operations (Balad)
Coalition forces rescue kidnap victim; disrupt foreign terrorist facilitators, al-Qaeda financiers
Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain four in overnight operations
Criminals attack market (Baghdad)
Iraqi Emergency Response Unit detains 5 extremists in Daghgharah

Vice Chairman, USO Show Visit Troops in Afghanistan
Furloughs Loom Without Supplemental

Advisors Focusing on Sustaining Forces

Troops Raid al Qaeda Media Network
'Awakening' Signals Local Rise Against al Qaeda

Turkey Meal to Replace Rations for Many Troops

Marines Deliver Water to Bangladesh

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
1759 - Mt. Vesuvius erupts.
1859 - Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species."
1863 - In Tennessee, the Battle for Lookout Mountain begins.
1871 - The National Rifle Association is organized.
1874 - Joseph F. Glidden patents barbed wire.
1896 - Vermont enacts the first U.S. absentee voting law.
1903 - Clyde Coleman patents the automobile electric starter.
1930 - Miss Ruth Nichols becomes the first woman pilot on a transcontinental air flight (Mineola, NY to CA), in a Lockheed-Vega (it takes 7 days).
1944 - U.S. bombers based on Saipan first attack Tokyo.
1947 - The Un-American Activities Committee finds the "Hollywood 10" in contempt because of their refusal to reveal whether they are Communists.
1949 - Britain nationalizes its steel and iron industry.
1954 - The first U.S. Presidential airplane is christened.
1958 - Mali becomes an autonomous state within the French Community.
1963 - In the first live murder on TV, Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald.
1964 - The rebellion ends in Zaire.
1966 - In NYC, 400 die of respiratory failure and heart attack as a result of killer smog.
1969 - Apollo-12 returns to Earth.
1971 - Prisoners revolt in Rahway State Prison, NJ.
1983 - The PLO exchanges 6 Israeli prisoners for 4,500 Palestinians and Lebanese.
1989 - The Communist Party resigns in Czechoslovakia.
1991 - The U.S.' 75th manned space mission, "STS 44" (Atlantis 10), is launched.
1992 - A Chinese air crash kills 141.

1784 - Zachary Taylor (Whig) 12th U.S. President (Mar 5,1849-July 9,1850)
1864 - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, painter (At the Moulin Rouge)
1868 - Scott Joplin, entertainer/composer (The Entertainer)
1888 - Dale Carnegie, author (How to Win Friends and Influence People)
1921 - John V. Lindsay (Mayor-NY, 1965-73)
1925 - William F. Buckley, Jr., conservative curmudgeon (Firing Line)
1935 - Ron Dellums, (Rep-CA)
1942 - Marlin Fitzwater, press secretary (George Bush)
1946 - Ted Bundy, serial murderer

1962 - James J. Kilroy, tank inspector (Kilroy was here)
1963 - Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK's assassin, shot dead by Jack Ruby

Reported Missing in Action
Cody, Howard Rudolph, USAF (MS); B26 shot down, KIA, body not recovered

The following US Army SF personnel reported missing after their patrol was ambushed:
Camacho, Issac (Ike), (TX); escaped - retired as a Captain - alive as of 1998

McClure, Claude Donald (TN); released in Cambodia November, 1965

Roraback, Kenneth M., (NY); Executed September, 1965 - on DIC list

Smith, George E. (Smitty), (WV); released in Cambodia November, 1965

Foley, Brendan P., USAF (NY); RF4C shot down (pilot, w/Mayerick)

Mayerick, Ronald M., USAF (NJ); RF4C shot down (manned camera / technical equipment, w/Foley)

Comer, Howard B., Jr., US Army (FL); UH1H crashed (pilot)

White, James B., USAF (FL); F105D disappeared while on mission over Laos

The following USAF personnel lost when their C130A was shot down:
Balamonti, Michael D., (NY); navigator, remains returned November, 1993 - ID'd October, 1995

Brown, Earl C., (NC); remains returned November, 1993 - ID'd October, 1995

DeWispelaere, Rexford J., (NY); remains returned November, 1993 - ID'd October, 1995

Fellenz, Charles R., (WI); remains returned November, 1993 - ID'd October, 1995

Ganley, Richard O., (NH); remais returned November, 1993 - ID'd October, 1995

Grewell, Larry I., (WA); remains returned November, 1993 - ID'd October, 1995

Matthes, Peter R., (OH); co-pilot, remains returned November, 1993 - ID'd October, 1995 (brother does not accept ID)

Wright, Donald L., (MD); remains returned November, 1993 - ID'd October, 1995

McIntosh, Ian, US Army (Canada); OH6A shot down (observer), Killed, body not recovered

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