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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

In Today's News - Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Quote of the Day
"Our strength lies not alone
in our proving grounds and our stockpiles,
but in our ideals, our goals,
and their universal appeal
to all men who are struggling to breathe free."
-- Adlai Stevenson

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Jobs needed or Iraq troop pullout at risk: U.S. general
Fight over Chemical Ali's execution
MND-B Soldiers discover cache (Taji)
Coalition Forces, ISF conduct Chaos Thunder Strike II (Kirkuk)
Coalition disrupts al-Qaeda in Iraq operations, 22 suspects detained

Operation Enduring Freedom
Commander: No spring offensive expected
Maternal Health Biggest Challenge Facing Afghan Women - UN Agency
Afghan Forces Kill Insurgents in Taliban Ambush

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Colombian rebels release four kidnapped tourists
Palestinians, Israel agree to resume peace talks - Video
Gaza humanitarian crisis worst in 40 years: report
More screening set for private planes

Troops on Trial
Four Marines Face Court-Martial for Alleged Rape in Japan
Ex-sailor convicted in terrorism case

Fallen Heroes
DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty

Other Military News
China accuses U.S. of military fear-mongering
Directive Updates, Clarifies Political Activity Rules

Religion of Peace??
U.K. Eyes Forced Marriages in Students' School Absences

Worldwide Wackos
Chavez's Smoking Laptop
Chavez: 'We Are Peace' as Troops Gather on Border
Experts: Venezuela Military Buildup Destabilizing Region
'Axis of Unity' Growing Threat for U.S.
Report: Venezuela Moves 10 Tank Battalions to Colombian Border
Chavez says he doesn't seek war
Chavez calls Colombia raid a 'war crime'
Iranian and Saudi foreign ministers meet in Cairo
Iran says will hold nuclear talks only with IAEA
Crossfire War - Iran Supplies Hamas with Missile Twice the Katyusha's Range

Politics / Government
Will Prolonged Primary Scar Dems?
Texas Caucus Results Blunt Clinton Primary Success
Bush Endorses McCain, Says He Understands 'Stakes'
Lincoln Offered to Buy Slaves for $400 Each to End War
Clinton hints at Obama as possible running mate - Video
In Democratic race, superdelegates to the rescue? - Video
Republican McCain trails Clinton and Obama: poll - Video
Obama and Clinton ready for long battle - Video
Obama to sharpen criticism of Clinton
Do-over in Michigan and Florida?
Kenya's peace deal faces test in parliament - Video

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Manhunt for Coed's Killer
Teen's Murder Shocks Auburn University Campus
Hometown Remembers Murdered Student Fondly
International Pedophilia Network Busted by Australian Police, FBI; 12 Americans Arrested
Calif. Middle School Assistant Principal Arrested for Allegedly Kidnapping, Sexually Assaulting Student
Florida Hitchhiker Asks Woman Where She'd Like to Die
British Teacher Faces Jail Time for Defamation After Exposing Pedophilia at Ethiopian Orphanage
Man Jumps to Death From Courthouse Hours After Child Molestation Conviction
2 Fla. Women Convicted of Keeping Haitian Teen as a Slave
Widow of 'Crocodile Hunter' Sued for Allegedly Unpaid Debt
First Date Their Last, Man Convicted of Suitor's Murder
Dogfighting Now Illegal in All 50 States (Good!)
L.A. Cops Arrest 2 in Freeway Shooting That Wounded Boy
Cops: Teen Steals Pills From Grandfather, Friend ODs
Rocker Scott Weiland pleads innocent in drug case
Panel advises against gun markings database
FBI had privacy violations in 2006 before reforms

U.N. News
West Congo violence catches out U.N. peacekeepers
In Northern Uganda, UN Refugee Head Vows to Do More for Displaced

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Yahoo buys time with Microsoft by board move

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
'Death Star' Gamma-Ray Gun Pointed Straight at Earth
House Votes to Expand Mental Health Coverage
Americans still overweight but more quit smoking: poll
Cemetery full, mayor tells locals not to die
Angela who? Vodafone search fails to identify Merkel
Cancer pill could affect women's fertility: report
Arthritis pill cuts heart attack risk: study
Test shows possibility to see what others do
Scientists find hibernating fish in Antarctic
Electronics greener, but long way to go: Greenpeace

Mother Nature
Man-Made Flood Rushes Through Grand Canyon - VIDEO

Fla. Man Accused of Threatening Wife With Voodoo
NASCAR Fan Takes Posthumous Spin Around Track
Actor: Opera House Shrank My Genitals
Burglars done in by doughnuts
'Elvis' shows up at Kentucky court drunk

Other News of Note
Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Florida After Passengers Fall Sick

Fox News
FOXBusiness: OPEC Holds Oil Production Steady
Cops: Pittsburgh-Area House Explosion Kills 1
Pop Tarts: Jenna Jameson Gets Kinky for the Camera Dressed as Bettie Page
Report: Big Breasts Win Verdict for Model
'American Idol' Doesn't Mention David Hernandez's Stripper Past, but Simon Mutters Off-Camera
Patrick Swayze Diagnosed With Pancreatic Cancer

Racial inequality persists in U.S.: report
Older Canadians plan for death, not life, survey finds
Service sector slump wears on; Fed sounds grim
Ambac raising at least $1.5 bln of new capital
Greenspan says credit recovery hinges on U.S. housing
Fed must act to stem crisis, Pianalto says
EADS says no jobs relocated to U.S. in tanker plan
Buffett world's richest man, Slim second: Forbes
Fed report says U.S. growth slowed in early 2008
Citigroup sells, closes some U.S. branches
Global stocks rally, ignore oil and dollar records
Ambac shares resume trading, fall sharply on plan
Oil pauses after surge to near $105 on stocks and OPEC - Video
Dollar near record low vs euro on recession fears - Video
Gold hits lifetime peak as dollar sinks, oil rises - Video
Saks, Neiman profits up, but say sales slowing
Stocks jump on data, commodities; Thornburg sinks
Costco, BJ's quarterly profits rise
Tyson, Smithfield shares rise after big beef deal

AP World News
1888 photo depicts Helen Keller, teacher
Is America ready for a gay 'Idol'?
Celtics top Pistons to snag playoff spot
Edwards penalized 100 points by NASCAR
Keillor puts St. Paul house on market
Former champion mushes to Iditarod lead
Stocks edge higher on Ambac, Fed data
Fed: Economy has weakened
No production boost from OPEC

News Blaze
Support Our Troops, Read Their Stories
PHOTOS: MND-B MPs taking care of 'All' on battlefield
PHOTOS: Gen. Petraeus Visits Western Baghdad, Interacts With Local Citizens
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Wants to Solve Name Issue

CENTCOM: News Releases
Feb. 22 Statement from Multi-National Force - Iraq commending cease-fire extension
Successful operations target top Taliban leader
Civilians targeted in northern Iraq
Coalition forces identify terrorist killed in Feb. 17 operation

Targeting school revising courses to prepare students - podcast
More about Joint Targeting School
SOCJFCOM continues to ready warfighters for global operations - podcast
More about SOCJFCOM
Phase one of Multinational Experiment 5 wraps up
More about Multinational Experiment 5

Multi-National Force-Iraq
4 bodies found in mass grave south of Samarra
MND-B Soldiers detain 3 alleged cell members (Baghdad)

China’s Veiled Military Growth Concerns Gates
Transcript: Gates, Mullen Briefing
Partnerships Underscore Success, Chairman Says
Odierno Calls for 'Dwell Time'
Soldiers Still in Tight Rotation
Iraq Progress Won't Be Derailed
Transcript: Odierno Pentagon Briefing

Korean War Veteran Honored

Coalition Focuses on Al Qaeda
Forces Use Stability Gains to Grow - Video
Transcript: Dubik Pentagon Briefing
Local Leaders Tour School

Coalition Disrupts Al Qaeda Operations

Commander Foresees Growth of Special Forces

Bagram Hosts Women’s History Month Celebration

Congressional Caucus Embraces Program

Marine Looks Back on Long Journey to Corps

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

Baler Radar Site Catanduanes Radar Site Manila

South Korea
Cheju Upper/Radar Chonju Chunchon Inch'on Kunsan Masan Mokp'o
Osan Pusan Seoul Suwon Taegu Taejon Tonghae Radar Site Ulsan Yosu

Today in History
0254 - St. Lucius I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1461 - Henry VI deposed by Duke of York during War of the Roses
1496 - English King Henry VII hires John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) to explore
1528 - Utrecht Governor Maarten van Rossum plunders The Hague; Smoking tobacco introduced in Europe by Francisco Fernandes
1616 - Copernicus' "de Revolutionibus" placed on Catholic Forbidden index
1623 - 1st American temperance law enacted, Virginia
1651 - South Sea dike in Amsterdam breaks after storm
1684 - Emperor Leopold I, Poland & Venice sign Heilig Covenant of Linz
1746 - Jakobijnse troops leave Aberdeen
1766 - Don Antonio de Ulloa takes possession of Louisiana Terr from French
1770 - Blanche Kelso Bruce sworn in as a US Senator (Mississippi); Boston Massacre, British troops kill 5 in crowd; Crispus Attackus becomes 1st Black to die for American freedom
1783 - King Stanislaus Augustus Poniatowski grants rights to Jews of Kovno
1795 - Amsterdam celebrates Revolution on the Dam; Square of Revolution; Treaty of Basel-Prussia ends war with France
1820 - Dutch city of Leeuwarden forbids Jews to go to synagogues on Sundays
1821 - Monroe is 1st President inaugurated on March 5th, because 4th was Sun
1836 - Mexico attacks Alamo; Samuel Colt manufactures 1st pistol, 34-caliber "Texas" model
1845 - Congress appropriates $30,000 to ship camels to western US
1849 - Zachary Taylor sworn in as 12th President
1856 - Georgia becomes 1st state to regulate railroads
1862 - Union troops under Brigadier-General Wright occupy Fernandina, FL
1868 - Stapler patented in England by C.H. Gould; US Senate organizes to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson
1872 - George Westinghouse, Jr., patents triple air brake for trains
1877 - Rutherford B. Hayes inaugurated as 19th US President
1894 - Seattle authorizes 1st municipal employment office in US
1896 - Italian Governor of Eritrea, General Baldissera, reaches Massawa; Italian premier Crispi resigns
1897 - American Negro Academy forms
1900 - American Hall of Fame is founded
1903 - Definitive treaty for construction of Baghdad railway drawn
1907 - 1st radio broadcast of a musical composition aired
1908 - 1st ascent of Mount Erebus, Antarctica
1912 - Spanish steamer Principe de Asturias sinks northeast of Spain, 500 die
1924 - King Hussein of Hedzjaz appoints himself kalif
1927 - 1,000 US Marines land in China to protect American property
1931 - Gandhi & British viceroy Lord Irwin sign pact
1933 - FDR proclaims 10-day bank holiday; Germany's Nazi Party wins majority in parliament (43.9%-17.2M votes)
1934 - Mother-in-law's day 1st celebrated (Amarillo, TX)
1936 - Spitfire makes its 1st flight (Eastleigh Aerodrome in Southampton)
1942 - Bosnia Tito establishes 3rd Proletarit Brigade in Bosnia; Japanese troop march into Batavia
1943 - Anti fascist strikes in Italy; RAF bombs Essen Germany
1945 - Allies bombs The Hague, Netherlands; Generals Eisenhower, Patton & Patch meet in Luneville; US 7th Army Corps captures Cologne
1946 - Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech (Fulton, MO)
1948 - US rocket flies record 4800 KPH to 126k height
1953 - Josef Stalin's death announced
1956 - "King Kong" 1st televised
1957 - Eamon de Valera's Fianna Fail-party wins election in Ireland; Sergeant Bilko satirizes Elvis Presley (Elvin Pelvin)
1958 - Explorer 2 fails to reach Earth orbit
1959 - Iran & US sign economic & military treaty
1960 - Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army
1966 - 75 MPH air currents cause BOAC 707 crash above Mount Fuji - 124 die
1968 - US launches Solar Explorer 2 to study the Sun
1969 - Gustav Heinemann elected President of West-Germany
1970 - 3 SDS Weathermen terrorist group bomb 18 West 11th St in New York, NY; Nuclear non-proliferation treaty goes into effect
1978 - Landsat 3 launched from Vandenberg AFB, California
1979 - Voyager I's closest approach to Jupiter (172,000 miles)
1980 - Earth satellites record gamma rays from remnants of supernova N-49
1982 - Russian spacecraft Venera 14 lands on Venus sends back data
1983 - Bob Hawke (Labour) defeats Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser (Conservative)
1984 - Supreme Court rules 5-4) that city may use public money for Nativity scene; US accuses Iraq of using poison gas
1991 - Iraq repeals its annexation of Kuwait
1993 - Fokker 100 crashes at Skopje, Macedonia - 81 die
1994 - Largest milkshake (1,955 gallons of chocolate-Nelspruit South Africa)
1995 - Estonia Centrumlinkse Coalition party wins parliamentary election; Graves of czar Nicholas & family found in St Petersburg

1324 - David II Bruce, king of Scotland (1331..71)
1326 - Louis I [the Great], King of Hungary (1342-82), Poland (1370-82)
1512 - Gerardus Mercator, geographer/mapmaker
1578 - Charles d'Albert duke of Luynes premier of France/Governor of Picardië
1585 - Johan Georg I elector of Saxon (1611-56) (Peace of Prague)
1658 - Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac French colonial governor of America
1746 - Jacob Wallenberg Swedish writer/naval chaplain
1825 - John Dunovant, Confederate Brigadier General; Joseph Albert, German photographer (albertotype)
1871 - Maria do Carmo Geronimo, Brazilian lives to be at least 126
1897 - Mei-ling Soong, Madame Chiang Kai-shek
1909 - Sutan Sjahrir, premier of Indonesia (1945-47)
1918 - Halsey S. Colchester, British SAS/spy (MI6)/priest
1920 - Delbert L. Latta (Representative-OH)
1921 - Berkley Bedell (Representative-Democrat-IA, 1975- )
1935 - Philip K. Chapman, astronaut (Apollo 14 support)
1940 - Mary Rose Oakar (Representative)
1953 - Russel D. Feingold (Senator-WI); Valery Grigoriyevich Korzun Russian Colonel/cosmonaut (TM-24)
1957 - Tim Holden (Representative-PA)
1962 - Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., astronaut (STS 85, sk-99)

0254 - St. Lucius I, Pope (253-54)
1291 - Sa'ad al'Da'ulah, Jewish grand vizier of Persia, assassinated
1574 - Philip of Saint-Aldegonde, Flemish viceroy Holland/Zealand/Utrecht
1576 - Don Luís de Requesens y Zuñiga, viceroy of Netherlands (1573-76), dies at 70
1605 - Clement VIII [Ippolito Aldofireini], Pope (1592-1605), dies at 69
1625 - James I (VI), King of England (1603-25)/poet/author, dies at 58
1644 - Louise Juliana, Countess of Nassau, dies at 73
1770 - Crispus Attuks slave, is 1st of 5 killed during Boston Massacre
1827 - Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist (made 1st battery), dies at 82
1904 - Alfred von Waldersee, Prussian field marshal/chief-staff, dies at 71
1932 - Takuma Dan Japanese baron/financier/industrial, murdered
1941 - Ludwig Quidde, German historian/politician (Nobel 1927), dies at 82
1944 - Max Jacob, French writer, dies in Nazi concentration camp at 67
1953 - Josef V. Stalin, Soviet leader responsible for at least 11 million murders, dies at 73
1963 - Patsy Cline, country singer (Crazy, I Fall To Pieces), dies in a plane crash at 30
1967 - Mohammed H. Mossadeq, Premier of Persia (1951-53)
1982 - John Belushi, comedian (Sat Night Live), dies of drug overdose at 33
1991 - August de Schryver, Belgian politician/founder (CVP), dies at 92
1993 - Peter Bierdrager, Dutch Fokker's-test pilot, dies in air crash
1994 - Abdullah Al-Sallal, President of Yemen (1962-67)
1995 - Peter John Norton, naval diplomat/artist, dies at 82
1996 - Khundaqar Mushtaq Amhed President of Bangladesh (1975); Nicolas Cotoner y Cotoner Spanish courtier, dies at 90

Reported Missing in Action
Hessom, Robert C., USN (CA); A1H shot down - remains ID'd October, 1994

Rosenbach, Robert P., USAFR (MO); F100D shot down - remains listed as recovered on some lists

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1H was shot down:
Hatley, Joel C. (NC); crew chief, remains returned January, 1990 - ID'd September, 1990

King, Michael E. (GA); door gunner, remains returned January, 1990 - ID'd September, 1990

Moreira, Ralph A., Jr. (PA); pilot, remains returned January, 1990 - ID'd September, 1990

Nelson, David L. (WA); aircraft commander, remains returned January, 1990 - ID'd September, 1990 - ID disputed

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