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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

In Today's News - Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Quote of the Day
“We have our teeth into the jugular, and we need to keep it there.”
-- General David Petraeus, at the April, 2008 Congressional hearings

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
PRT, Military Leaders Brief Wasit Council on Progress
New Wing for Saedi School
Iraqi National Police Apply Pressure to Enemy in Southern Baghdad
Grants Help Rebuild an Iraqi Street
Iraqi Air Force celebrates 77th Anniversary (Baghdad)

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghans hit hard by rising food prices
Creating legal, profitable economy leads to Afghan success

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Carter, Rice Wage Truth War
Ex-Prosecutor: Arrest Confirms Israel Lied About Spying
Israel willing to give up Golan: Syrian minister
King of Jordan tells Bush timetables needed for Mideast talks
Abbas appeals for more US help in peace process

Fallen Heroes
DoD Identifies Army Casualties (Bayji)

Other Military News
Gen. Petraeus Picked to Head U.S. Central Command
Petraeus promotion keeps nation on its war course

Politics / Government
Trying to 'Close the Deal' - Obama confident despite Pa. loss
Clinton Narrows Delegate Gap But Obama Still Leads
McCain Disavows Obama Pastor Ad, Calls Remarks 'Elitist'
Obama Meeting Costs Class President His Office (Lord knows we don't want kids taking the initiative to learn on their own...)
Clinton says she can win White House
Victory helps Clinton's fund-raising
No more underdog in Democrat race
Video: Highlights of six-week brawl
Rezko Witness: Rove in on Talks to Remove U.S. Attorney
McCain visits "war on poverty" Kentucky coal town
Republicans block pay discrimination bill
Video: Clinton's big win may reshape race
Clinton's win still leaves her the underdog
Portait of a grim Tony Blair put up in halls of Parliament
Graham to Request Clemency for Pastor Jailed in Russia
West asks Russia to revoke move on Georgia regions

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Polygamist Abuse Call Bogus?
Gangster Video of Senile Grandmother Brandishing Gun Leads to Teen's Arrest
Former Olympic Ice Dancing Gold Medalist Slipped Date Rape Drug
Multiple People Found Dead in Chicago Home
Michigan Teen Gets 20-30 Years in 'Thrill Kill' Beheading
'That's So Raven' Star Orlando Brown Reported Missing
Moviegoer Says She Was Fined $400 for Text Message
"Mobsters without borders" are global threat: U.S
Thief of NY mayor's car gets 15 years in prison
Foster care could be wrenching for Texas sect children (But sexual abuse is just ducky?)
Court allows search and seizure in Virginia case
Study finds driving under the influence trends North

U.N. News
British Somalia draft eyes increased U.N. presence
Ten New Participants Sign on to UN Scheme to Slash Emissions
Beijing Games Focus of Talks as UN Official Meets Head of Olympic Committee

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Justice Dept looking at Google/Yahoo test
Web criminals fuel big rise in "trojans"
Google introduces brand-image ads for phones

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Girl, 15, to Have 16-Pound Facial Tumor Removed in Miami
Study: Frequent Masturbation May Stop Prostate Cancer
IN HEALTH: Never Satisfied — Sexual Arousal Syndrome
Aircraft Experts Modify Plane to Rescue Travelers Stranded on Pacific Island
Scientist: Forget Global Warming, Prepare for New Ice Age
U.S. environment scientists report political meddling
Microsoft links data on phones, PCs
IBM to unveil PCs for big data hubs
Video: The Wii Fit hits Europe
Babies of heavy mothers also fatter
More Health: Rise in hospital infection
Praise as good as cash to the brain
Study confirms heparin contaminant
Exercise may shield aging brain
CO2, methane up sharply in 2007
Sun cycles seen not key to recent global warming
Ministers to discuss Arctic claims in Greenland
Pine beetles may affect climate change
Radio telescopes capture black hole mid-belch
Papaya genome bares evolution's secrets
Embryonic stem cells coaxed into key heart cells
Apple buying microchip designer P.A. Semi
Cable companies pull out of Sprint joint venture
Apple profit rises on strong Mac, iPod sales
The Wii Fit hits Europe
Microsoft's Tellme launches BlackBerry voice search
Risk of depression dims hopes for anti-addiction pills
New Push to Send Bed Nets to Prevent Malaria Deaths in Africa Announced

Mother Nature
Pop Tarts: Christina Ricci Sexually Harassed on Set by Chimpanzee
Grizzly Bear That Appeared in Will Ferrell Film Kills Trainer in California
Balloon Flight Priest's Chances of Survival Fading - VIDEO
Australian Hospital Forced to Close After It Is Overrun by Poisonous Spiders
Desperate Search for Missing Cruise Ship Passenger
Experts say sex abstinence program doesn't work

'Basic Instinct' Director Paul Verhoeven: Jesus Was Son of Mary and Roman Rapist
Penis theft panic hits city..
Billionaire to set up magazine for snobs
I don't know nothin' 'bout writin' musicals...
Dogs "rescue" girl abandoned by mother
Elvis' secret visit revealed, 50 years on
Video: Elephant kills 3 in temple rampage
Jell-O snack packs splatter over highway in Florida

Other News of Note
FOXBusiness: Wal-Mart Limits Rice Stock for Sam's Club
Focus on 2008 harvest: FAO
U.S. athletes divided on politicizing Games
Seven detained at torch relay in Australia - Video

Fox News
Elizabeth Hurley: Modeling Bikinis Is 'Hell'
'Idol': One CD Axed, Another Remains
Too Old? 'Harry Potter' Star Emma Watson Replaces Scarlett Johansson in Role

Haitians may look to flee food crisis
Tina Fey takes onfilm world
"Sex and the City" filming spectacle
Eastwood, Allen showing at Cannes
Harry Potter star searches for love
Blog: Motherhood motivates Kidman
Tech sector's gains lift Wall St. - Video
Brown, Zuma call for Zimbabwe election results - Video
Shakeout seen
The battle against pricing predators
Global Finance:Suddenly sinkable
Small Business:In a tight fix
Apple profit rises but margins a letdown
Starbucks slashes outlook, blames housing meltdown
Amazon's pricing means lower margins, share drop
Microsoft CEO willing to walk away from Yahoo bid
Circuit City advised Blockbuster can't finance bid
Qualcomm profit up, 2008 view disappoints some
Liberty Mutual to buy Safeco for $6.2 billion
Lehman names financial firms M&A co-heads
Berlusconi sees Italian bid for Alitalia in weeks - Video
Anna Nicole Smith's mother sues lawyer, Web sites
Alicia Keys scraps two shows on new tour
Smashing Pumpkins honored in L.A.
Spike Lee to be honored at Silverdocs film fest
Mariah Carey has monster No. 1 on chart
Video: Gandhi opera
Financial worries top concern for women: poll
Praise as good as cash to brain: study
Lovers too poor to wed catch breeze on Nile bridges
Natural wonders await tourists to Yemeni islands
Faithful await display of Catholic mystic's body
Video: Indians prefer to pump iron
Goodell to meet ex-Patriots assistant over spying
Canucks new GM says starting with clean slate
Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen traded to Vikings
Oscar De La Hoya says not looking past Steve Forbes
Trevor Immelman overwhelmed by celebrity status

AP World News
Star Jones files for divorce from Al Reynolds
Titans agree to swap Pacman to Dallas
Bull market in gold means big bucks for old dental work
Delta, Northwest report combined $10.5B loss on fuel costs
Marlee Matlin is eliminated from `Dancing With the Stars'
Toyota takes 1Q world sales lead from General Motors
Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks win NHL playoff series

News Blaze
PHOTOS: Cougars Provide Backpacks to Iraqi Orphans
Iraqi National Police Apply Pressure to Enemy Activity in Southern Baghdad
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos
U.S. Mission in Colombia Impresses Civic Leaders

General Petraeus is nominated to take over CENTCOM
ISAF breaks ground on Panjwayi road project
Town hall opens in Jurf as Sahkr
Well pumps clean water for Zambraniya, Bayjia
Women's sewing center opens
ISF, Coalition troops conduct joint operation

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Navy flag officer nominated for deputy commander slot
USJFCOM names its joint junior officer for fourth quarter 2007 - podcast
Task Force Ramadi gets fuel flowing

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Suicide bomber kills 2 wounds 6 in Mosul
MND-B Soldier attacked by small-arms fire (Baghdad)
Coalition forces target al-Qaeda in Iraq networks; one killed, five detained (Mosul)

Gates Moves to Speed Delivery of Combat Assets
Army Reservists Re-enlist to Mark 100th Anniversary

Commander Touts Iraqi Progress
Programs Aid Wasit Farmers
Fish Farms Make Comeback in Babil
Iraqi, Coalition Forces Detain Six

Forces Detain Two Suspects

DoD, VA Leaders Chart New Ways to Help Wounded
Voluntary Safety Programs Result in Real Gains

Soldier From Philippines Becomes U.S. Citizen

America Supports You: Festival Queens Undertake ‘Operation Rhinestone’

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
1014 - King Brian Boru of Ireland beats Danes at Battle of Clontarf
1154 - Damascus surrenders to sultan Nur ad-Din van Aleppo
1348 - 1st English order of knighthood founded (Order of the Garter)
1500 - Pedro Álvarez Cabral lands & annexes Brazil (Terra da Vera Cruz)
1504 - King Maximilian I routes troops to Bavaria
1616 - Netherlands buys De Briel/Vlissingen/Fort Rammekens from England
1633 - Sweden & Protestant German monarchy form Union of Heilbronn
1661 - English king Charles II crowned in London
1662 - Connecticut chartered as an English colony
1723 - Cornelis Steenoven elected archbishop of Utrecht
1789 - President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York
1795 - William Hastings acquitted in England of high treason
1798 - Dutch emperor accepts new Constitution
1826 - Missolonghi captured by Turks
1838 - English steamship "Great Western" docks in New York, NY
1851 - Canada issues its 1st postage stamps
1860 - Democratic convention in Charleston, SC, divided over slavery
1861 - Arkansas troops seize Fort Smith; Battle of San Antonio, TX
1864 - Battle of Cane River, LA (Red River Expedition, Monett's Ferry)
1867 - Queen Victoria & Napoleon III turn down plans for a channel tunnel
1871 - Blossom Rock in San Francisco Bay blown up
1878 - 1st Dutch test drive of steam tram
1883 - John Heemskerk Azn forms Dutch government
1891 - Jews are expelled from Moscow, Russia
1896 - Vitascope system of movie projection 1st demonstrated (Koster & Bial's Music Hall, NYC)
1900 - 1st known occurrence of word "hillbillie" (New York Journal)
1908 - Denmark, Germany, England, France, Netherlands & Sweden signs North Sea accord
1915 - ACA becomes National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA)
1918 - Battle of Zeebrugge ends; Dover Patrol overthrows Germany U-boat in East Sea; National Urban League forms
1919 - Major leagues open a reduced 140-game season
1920 - Turkish Grand National Assembly 1st meets, in Ankara
1938 - Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia demand self government
1939 - Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st homerun
1940 - Dance hall fires kills 198 (Natchez, MS)
1941 - Greece's Army surrenders to Nazis; RAF brings Greek King George II to Egypt
1942 - 4-day allied bombing on Rostock begins; Luftwaffe bombs Exeter
1943 - British & US offensive directed at Tunis/Bizerta
1945 - Concentration camp Flossenburg liberated
1948 - KSTP TV channel 5 in St Paul-Minneapolis MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
1949 - Courtesy mail boxes for motorists started in San Francisco; Chinese Red army conquerors Nanjing; Netherlands annexes Elten & Tudderen
1950 - 1st major league day game completed under lights (Phillies 6, Braves 5); Nationalist China evacuates Hainan Island
1952 - Oil pipeline from Kirkuk to Banias completed
1953 - General Charles P. Cabell, USAF, becomes deputy director of CIA
1954 - Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers; NBA adopts the 24-second shot clock rule
1956 - US Supreme court ends race segregation on buses
1958 - Gil Hodges hits his 300th homerun & Pee Wee Reese plays in 2,000th game
1959 - 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
1962 - New York Mets win their 1st game ever, after going 0-9, beat Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1; Ranger 4, 1st US satellite to reach Moon, launched from Cape Canaveral
1965 - Launch of 1st Soviet communications satellite
1967 - Soyuz 1 launched; Vladimir Komarov becomes 1st in-flight casualty when its parachute lines became tangled and the parachutes failed to open properly upon return to Earth
1968 - United Methodist Church forms; 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 pence)
1969 - Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death for killing Bobby Kennedy
1971 - Soyuz 10 launched; soft docked with Salyut 1
1972 - Apollo 16 astronauts explore Moon surface
1977 - Dr Allen Bussey completes 20,302 yo-yo loops; Military workers kill 300-500 students in Addis Ababa
1980 - Soviet sub catches fire off Japan, 9 die
1984 - AIDS virus identified (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
1985 - Coca-Cola announced it is changing its secret flavor formula
1987 - 28 construction workers killed in an apartment building collapse in Bridgeport, CT
1988 - Federal smoking ban during domestic airline flights of 2 hours or less
1989 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays his last game as a Los Angeles Laker; Students in Beijing China announce class boycotts
1991 - USSR grants republics right to secede under certain conditions
1992 - Marion Berry (former mayor of Washington, DC) is released from prison; McDonald's opens its 1st fast-food restaurant in China
1993 - Eritrea votes to secede from Ethiopia
1994 - Army shoots to death 23-40 fishermen in Gonaives, Haiti; Libertarian party nominates Howard Stern for Governor of New York
1995 - President Bill Clinton declares a national day of mourning for Oklahoma City bombing victims

1464 - Johanna van Valois, Queen of France
1551 - Boris Godunov, Tsar of Muscovy (1598-1605) in Time of Troubles
1564 - William Shakespeare, bard (Hamlet, MacBeth, Julius Cæsar)
1598 - Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp, naval commander
1697 - George Baron Anson, British Admiral/explorer
1791 - James Buchanan, (Federalist/Democrat), 15th US President (1857-61)
1803 - Jules J. baron d'Anethan, Belgian minister of Justice
1804 - Guillaume Nerenburger, Belgian General (Triangulatie of Belgium)
1813 - Stephen Arnold Douglas [Little Giant], US Senator (Lincoln debates)
1818 - John Gill Shorter, Confederate Governor
1823 - Abdül-Medjid 31st sultan of Turkey (1839-61)
1828 - Albert, King of Saxon (1873-1902)
1861 - Edmund Henry Hynman 1st viscount Allenby of Megiddo/Fieldmarshal
1897 - Lester Bowles Pearson (L) 14th Canadian PM (1963-68) (Nobel 1957); Lucius du Bignon Clay, US General (WWII) / Governor (West Germany)
1899 - Vladimir Nabokov, Russian novelist (Lolita, Ada)
1908 - Herbert Telley British actuary
1909 - Thomas Padmore senior civil servant
1914 - Andrew Martin Lord-Lieutenant (Lechestershire England)
1917 - Jacob Kistemaker, nuclear physicist (ultra centrifuge)
1926 - Virgil I [Gus] Grissom, astronaut (Liberty Bell 7, Gemini 3)
1928 - Shirley Temple Black, child actress (Heidi)/ambassador (UN)
1930 - Michael Bowen, Roman Catholic Archbishop (Southwark)
1935 - David Evans MP
1938 - Steven D. Symms (Senator-R-ID)
1941 - Hal Daub (Representative-R-NE)
1953 - Fred Upton (Representative-R-MI)
1981 - Gabriella Windsor, daughter of English prince Michael

0034 - Christ crucified, according to Isaac Newton
0303 - George, knight of Cappadocië / saint / patron of England, beheaded
0871 - Ethelred I, King of Wessex / brother of Alfred the Great
0997 - Vojtech "Adalbert" of Prague, 2nd bishop of Prague/apostle, at 40
1014 - Brian Boru king of Ireland, in battle at 87; Sweyn Forkbeard, Viking King of England (1013-14)
1016 - Aethelbred II "the Unready," King of England (979-1016)
1616 - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Spanish writer (Don Quixote), at 69; William Shakespeare, English author (Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet), on his 52nd birthday
1625 - Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange, at 57
1838 - John W. Janssens, Governor-General of Cape Colony/Dutch-Indies, at 75
1865 - James Dearing, Confederate Brigadier-General, at 24
1918 - Percy Thomson Dean, Lieutenant-commander, killed at Zeebrugge
1942 - Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, President of Argentina (1922-28), at 73
1955 - Robert H. Woltjer, classical/AR-First-Member of parliament, at 76
1960 - Cornelis Jan Bakkerr, Dutch/US nuclear physicist
1971 - William Tubman, President of Liberia (1944-71), at 76
1985 - Sam J. Ervin, Jr (Senator-D-NC), at 88
1988 - Arthur Michael Lord Ramsey, archbishop of Canterbury
1995 - Howard Cosell, sportscaster (Monday Night Football), at 77; John Stennis (Senator-D-MS), at 93

Reported Missing in Action
Dyczkowski, Robert R., USAF (NY); F105D disappeared while on mission

Goss, Bernard Joseph, USAF (NY); F105D shot down - remains returned August, 1978

Eads, Dennis K., US Army (IL); AH1G crashed (pilot, w/Murphy)

Gomez, Robert A., USAF (FL); F4D shot down (pilot, w/Lucki)

Lucki, Aubin E., USAF (UT); F4D shot down (bombardier / navigator, w/Gomez)

Little, Danny L., US Army SF (TX); KIA / BNR

Murphy, Larron D., US Army (GA); AH1G crashed (aircraft commander, w/Eads)

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