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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (Nov. 27, 2007) Sailors aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) heave in a mooring line as the ship prepares to depart Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a six-month deployment. With more than 200 officers and Sailors, the Crommelin deployed to Naval Forces Southern Command area of responsibility to engage in monitoring, detection and counter-narcotics activities. Frigates fulfill a protection of shipping mission as anti-submarine warfare combatants for amphibious expeditionary forces, underway replenishment groups and merchant convoys. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James E. Foehl

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In Today's News - Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Quote of the Day
"I have seen the face of terror, I have felt the stinging cold of fear.
I have lived the times most would say are best forgotten.
But at least I can say I am proud of what I was -- a Soldier."

-- Author unknown.

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Female bomber wounds US troops, Iraqis
First Military Police Company in Balad Sets Up Iraqi Police for Success
‘Baghdad Day’ Celebrated at Zawra Park After Four-Year Lull
Gates Asks Congress Not to Derail Iraq Progress

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghans: NATO airstrikes kill 14 workers

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Nukes for Sale - 3 Nabbed trying to sell radio active material
Saudi Arabia arrests 200, foils oil attack(I wonder how many of those were part of the "rehabilitated" 1500 they released...)
Peace doubts linger
Bush to launch talks at White House
Full Coverage: Mideast Conference
Musharraf quits army - Video
Despite risks, troubles stay at home
Bush vows to stay connected on Mideast
Twin blasts kill 17 in Sri Lanka capital, rebels blamed - Video

Troops (and Contractors) on Trial
Witnesses testify in Blackwater lawsuit

Other Military News
Air Force Staff Sergeant Fights to Regain Her Family

Religion of Peace??
An 'Insult' to Islam - Teacher who named teddy bear for a boy named 'Muhammad' charged with inciting hatred

Worldwide Wackos
150,000 Witness North Korea Execution of Factory Boss Whose Crime Was Making International Phone Calls
Ahmadinejad Says Annapolis Summit Was 'Failure,' Israel is Doomed
Chavez: The rock star of politics
Chavez in tight Venezuela vote to expand powers

Politics / Government
Bill Clinton: I 'Opposed Iraq' From the Start - VIDEO (Hmmm....not exactly what he's said in the past...)
Musharraf Steps Down as Pakistan's Army Chief - PHOTOS
Slideshow: Musharraf passes army baton
Bush economic adviser Hubbard resigns
Giuliani dogged by abortion issue
Putin says will prevent foreign meddling
Fireworks likely at Republican debate in Florida
Big powers warn Serbs, Albanians on Kosovo peace
Deep Throat a fixture in Nixon files

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Drew Peterson Called In Sick on Night of Wife's Disappearance
Ex-Cop's Shady Sick Leave? - VIDEO
PHOTO ESSAY: The Search for Stacy Peterson
PHOTO ESSAY: Former Police Sergeant's Scandal
Police Identify Person Believed to Have Helped Ex-Cop Drew Peterson Move Large Barrel
Man Charged With Disorderly Conduct, Forgery After Trying to Deposit $1M Bill
Search for Missing Mom Intensifies After Prayer Group Finds Body of Different Woman
Judge Sentences 'Papa Pilgrim' to 14 Years in Prison for Family Abuse
Kanye West, Evel Knievel, Settle Lawsuit Over Video
Florida Litter Crew Finds Garbage Bags Stuffed With 60 Pounds of Pot on I-4
2 Florida Deputies Struck, Killed by Fellow Deputy's Car
Police Find Wanted Man's Car in Missing Kansas Teen Case
American Student's Blood Found in Apartment Where British Roommate Meredith Kercher Slain
Scientists to Meet Over Madeleine DNA Evidence
Judge Books Entire Courtroom After Cell Phone Rings
O.J. Simpson Arraigned in Las Vegas
O.J. Simpson pleads not guilty
Justices skeptical of Maine tobacco law
Barry Bonds perjury case is transferred

Adventures in Political Correctness
One Little, Two Little...

U.N. News
Power Lunch in New York

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
No love on offer but Greek e-site will find parking

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Not Quite So Fat? Obesity Rates in U.S. Leveling Off
Discovery to make nature-themed games
Alzheimer's, high blood pressure linked in study
Study maps brain abnormalities in autistic children
Britain's toads in a hole due to deadly fungus
"Teenage" galaxies give hints of early Milky Way
Vodafone, Telefonica bank on mobile ads
Nintendo and NTT to promote Wii Web access
U.S. evangelicals strive to change attitudes on AIDS
Wider nutrition labeling systems headed to stores in U.S.
Tests: No passengers got TB from lawyer
Venus has frequent bursts of lightning

Mother Nature
VIDEO: 6-Year-Old Boy Sleeps With 20-Foot Python (Not exactly a great idea... adults are supposed to use caution handling snakes that big!)
British Woman Mauled to Death by Pack of Wild Dogs
Rats wipe out seabirds on Alaska island

Danish Train Riders Shiver as Couple Have Sex in Waiting Room
Exploding Cell Phone May Have Killed Man
Cock crows too early for town
Bible swiped from church during service
All I want for Christmas is a funky hairdo - Video

Other News of Note
French President: Fiery Riots 'Unacceptable' - PHOTOS (Wow, now that's taking a stern stance, eh? Maybe if they don't stop, he'll send them a stern letter...a la U.N....)
Sarkozy vows tough line on rioters - Video
4th-graders losing ground on literacy

Fox News
FOXBusiness: Existing Home Sales Fall for Eighth Month
'SNL' Rehired Chevy Chase 'For Scale'
Helio Castroneves Tops Melanie Brown to Capture 'Dancing With the Stars' Trophy

Market rallies
Kohn says Fed needs to be "nimble"
Fed policy-makers' recent comments
Blog: Market rally - Is it for real?
Oil falls more than 2 percent
Brown Shoe profit slightly up
Dollar Tree quarterly profit rises but shares fall
Coal company shares up on UBS research note
Dollar gains, but market sentiment still bearish
Discovery sees Planet Green growth
Beckham making his $250 million
US STOCKS-Wall St surges for 2nd day on rate cut hopes
FTSE surges as banks lead; Fed rate cut hopes boost
Home sales at record low
U.S. may dodge recession, but slow growth to hit hard
Banks scramble for cash as Fed's Kohn notes risks
Bear Stearns to cut 650 jobs globally
Chrysler could cut more jobs if needed, CEO says
Citigroup spurns Bank America overture: report

AP World News
Stocks jump as rate cut hopes increase
Usher and wife welcome baby boy
Family, friends, teammates mourn Taylor
LeBron lifts Cavs over Celtics in OT
Cyber Monday online sales jump 21 percent
Oral Roberts University gets $70M pledge

CENTCOM: News Releases

USJFCOM readies for Joint Task Force Senior Medical Leadership Seminar - podcast
USJFCOM garners cutting edge technology award - podcast
New USJFCOM super computer will enhance command efforts - podcast
Command continues preparations for multinational effort
More about Multinational Experiment 5

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Hunting for Heritage
Twelve detained as Coalition forces target al-Qaeda terrorist operations
Iraqi Special Operations Forces, U.S. Special Forces disrupt Baghdad terrorist cell
UPDATE: Coalition forces positively identify terrorists killed in recent raids (Baghdad)
Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain terrorist cell leader, two others in separate oper
Iraqi Police find massive weapons cache in southern Ninevah

Gates: U.S. Must Strengthen National Power
Diplomatic Pressure Way to Deal With Iran

Iraqis Show Success in Targeting
Troops Visit Southern Baghdad Schools
Time Critical for Medevac Crews
Troops Continue to Pressure al Qaeda
Troops Detain 32, Kill Suspected Terrorist

Officials Open School, Health Clinic

Defense Officials Explain Recoupment Policy
Troops Want Iraq Service to Be Meaningful
Unit in Task Force First to Receive New MRAPs

Experience Lends Lessons to Bangladesh Relief
Marines Provide Disaster Relief in Bangladesh

HP Employees to Help Local Military Families
Operation Life Transformed Helps Vets, Caregivers

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
1520 - Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing the Pacific Ocean.
1795 - The U.S. pays $800,000 and a frigate as tribute to Algiers and Tunis.
1853 - Olympia is established as the capital of Washington Territory.
1861 - The Confederate congress officially admits Missouri to the CSA.
1871 - The Ku Klux Klan trials begin in a South Carolina Federal District Court.
1895 - America's first auto race starts; 6 cars start out on the 55-mile course; the winner averages 7 MPH.
1908 - 154 men die in a coal mine explosion in Marianna, PA.
1919 - The American-born Lady Astor is elected as the first female member of the British Parliament.
1922 - In NYC, Captain Cyril Turner of the RAF gives the first skywriting exhibition; he spells out "Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200" - 47,000 do.
1929 - Admiral Richard E. Byrd first flies to the South Pole.
1942 - In Boston, MA, nearly 500 die in a fire that destroys the Coconut Grove nightclub.
1943 - FDR, Churchill and Stalin meet at Tehran to map out their strategy.
1958 - Chad, the Congo, and Mauritania become autonomous within the French Community.
1964 - Mariner-4 is launched; it will be the first probe to fly by Mars.
1966 - A coup in Burundi overthrows the monarchy; a republic is declared.
1979 - An Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes in Antarctica killing 257
1983 - The 9th Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 6-is launched
1986 - The Reagan administration exceeds the SALT-II arms limitations for the first time.
1987 - A South African Airways Boeing 747 crashes into the Indian Ocean, killing 159.

- John Bunyan, English cleric/author (Pilgrim's Progress)
1785 - Achille-Charles duc de Broglie, French PM (1835-36)
1810 - William Froude, English engineer, naval architect
1820 - Friedrich Engels, German social philosopher; Marx's collaborator
1936 - Gary Hart (Sen-CO)

- Shinran, founder of Japan's True Pure Land Buddhist sect
1939 - James A. Naismith, creator of basketball
1971 - Wasfi Tal, Jordan's PM, assassinated
1987 - Choh Hao Li, bio-chemist professor (isolated growth hormones)

Reported Missing in Action
Reynolds, Jon A., USAF (DE); released by DRV February, 1973 – retired as a Brigadier General - alive and well as of 1998

Rutledge, Howard E., USN (CA); F8E shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 – deceased in 1984

Hoeffs, John H., US Army (CA); Killed while swimming when a wave swept him out to sea, body not recovered

Smith, Ronald E., US Army SF (IN); KIA, body not recovered

Earnest, Charles M., USN (AL); A6A shot down (pilot), KIA, body not recovered

Harvey, Jack R., USAF (ME); F4D shot down (w/Jones)

Jones, Bobby M., USAF (GA); F4D shot down (w/Harvey)

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