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Friday, May 02, 2008

In Today's News - Friday, May 2, 2008

Quote of the Day
"We were going to put Congress
in charge of serving dinner tonight,
but we were afraid
nothing would ever get passed."
-- Bob Hope

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
U.S. Military Blames Al Qaeda in Iraq for Wedding Blast
Iraqi Police Regional Training Center Opens in Diyala Province
National Police Takes Lead in Combined Cordon, Search Operation
Iraqi Special Operations Forces Capture Special Groups Commander
Sons of Iraq Help Secure Fuhail Village

Operation Enduring Freedom
Gates says U.S. could eye expanded Afghanistan role

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Somali Al Qaeda Militants Vow Revenge on U.S.
World powers urge Arabs to honor Palestinian pledges
U.S. ponders Guantanamo closure as Bush term ends

Fallen Heroes
DoD Identifies Army Casualties (Baghdad)

Other Military News
Bush: $70B for Wars
Cleared Widow: Marine Wasn't Murdered
Pilot Breaks Own World Record for Hours in F-16
China Builds Secret Nuclear Submarine Base VIDEO

Worldwide Wackos
World Powers Agree on Incentives for Iran Over Nukes
Chavez best hope for Colombia's Betancourt: husband
Cubans buy first computers in latest change

Politics / Government
McCain: Iraq War Not About Oil
Dems Battle Over Guam - BRIEFING BOOK: Guam
It’s Official: Clinton Wins Pa. by 12 Delegates
Obama tries to ride past "rough couple of weeks"
Obama, Clinton battle for military votes
U.S. to seek new missile site if Polish talks fail
Video: Clinton, Obama and their strategies
White House hopefuls battle over gas tax holiday - Video
Bill Clinton has 1,000 pledges to aid world's poor
Hillary Clinton on a Charm Offensive?
Bush predicts the economy is going to 'come on'
GOP uses Obama to boost Republican candidates
White House Press Briefing by Tony Fratto
Ohio attorney general admits to affair with employee
AP Newsbreak: Evangelicals say faith is now too political
London Mayor Voted Out, Among Many Labour Defeats

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Cops: Man Took Faithful for a Ride
Death of 'D.C. Madam' Becomes Rich Ground for Conspiracy Theory
Chicago Suburb Ends Humorous Stop-Sign Campaign
Texas Cops Bust Man Trying to Cash $360 Billion Check
Expert: Mystery Girl Photo That of Missing Chicago Girl
Adopted Man Finds Biological Father on Death Row
Air Force Suspends Training Jet Following 2nd Fatal Crash
Teen's Disappearance Linked to Murder of Senior Citizen
Report: NFL Star Marvin Harrison Linked to Shooting
Police: Slain Wisconsin Student Apparently Dialed 911; Help Not Sent
Ohio Teen Hiding in Bed Foils Intruders With Text Message
Is Mystery Girl Photo That of Missing Chicago Girl?
Slain Wis. Student Apparently Dialed 911; Help Not Sent
Hunt for More Dungeons at 'House of Horror' - PHOTOS
Uma Thurman stalker suspect says trial humiliating

U.N. News
U.N.'s World Food Program Cried Poverty While Sitting on Cash Stockpile of More Than $1.22 Billion
VIDEO: FOX News Special Report — Hunger in Haiti

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Arizona State University Cuts Cheerleading Squad After Racy Photos Surface on Blog
FOXBusiness: Microsoft Ups Yahoo Bid
Pope left off Time's list of influential people
Older Japanese go online in search of love
Yahoo still in talks with other partners: sources
Cablevision submits $650 mln bid for Newsday: source

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Earth's Interior a Lot Like Chunky Peanut Butter
Shuttle tank delays push back Hubble mission
Night club drug could ease depression: scientists
Researchers find gene defect that boosts glucose using Wii Fit to boost Mom's Day sales - Video
Lego's latest brick trick: a virtual world
GTA 4 poised to dominate Xbox Live
Apple's iTunes sells movies on DVD release date
Doctors to reassess antibiotics for 'chronic Lyme' disease
Bristol-Myers to sell ConvaTec unit for $4.1 bln

Mother Nature
Storms Across Central U.S. Kill 7 - PHOTOS
Storms kill 7, injure 13 in northern Arkansas - Video
Climate change warms Arctic, cools Antarctica
Rain and snow spell relief for Great Lakes
U.S. closes most of West Coast to salmon fishing
Small ethanol plants key to efficiency: Canada
Weigh climate change, UK property investors urged
How do baby birdies learn to sing? By babbling
Chilean volcano belches ash, forces evacuation
Major Arctic sea ice melt is expected this summer

News from My Neck of the Woods
New York Congressman Arrested on DWI Charge

Virginia Man Killed In Civil War Cannonball Blast
Doctor: Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Was Natural Transsexual
Indian Babies Dropped 50 Feet for Good Luck in Bizarre Ritual
Tea with Greenspan a bargain at $11,000
Official suspended for surfing porn at work
Will cards for inmates solve crimes?
Just in time for Mothers Day!
Video: And Finally... Tongue Dyed
Ohio judge to decide man's fate for sharing snack cake
Man stuck in machinery uses big toe to call 911

Other News of Note
Toyota recalls 90,000 Highlanders over seat belts
China condemns Dalai Lama ahead of planned talks
President Bush calls on China for substantive dialogue, address Tibetan Concerns
Two Tibetan Biddhist Nuns Detained in Protest

Fox News
FOXSexpert: The Ins and Outs of All-Over Shaving
Madonna Nightmare on Film

Mugabe to contest Zimbabwe run-off, MDC cries foul - Video
Hollywood actors and studios extend labor talks again
Lindsay Lohan mug shot launches drunk driving ad
Profits, data could extend Wall Street gains
Hollywood actors and studios extend labor talks again
Philip Morris USA ups Marlboro and other brand prices
Rice cartel "going nowhere"
Global Finance: Under pressure
Personal Finance: Play it smart
Global Finance: An emerging love
Commentary: Sell in May, go away?
Ford to offer union buyouts at two U.S. plants
Job cuts in April less severe than feared - Video
Berkshire net off 64 percent on derivatives, insurance
Fed backs credit card reforms
UAL/US Air merger could mean major capacity cuts
When diamonds become girls' worst friends
Carly Simon stays silent about who was so vain
It may be dull, but Ottawa named top place to live
Tom Cruise tells Oprah he's happily married
"Idol" slide continues after judge mix-up - Video
Video: Mariah married?
Pistons crush Sixers to advance
Wizards' Songaila suspended one game for hitting LeBron
Zito's colts need some luck at the Kentucky Derby - Video
Sockless De La Hoya makes weight on the limit
Center Backlund signs contract with Calgary Flames

AP World News
It's senior year as 'HSM3' begins filming in Salt Lake City
James' triple-double helps Cavs beat Wiz to end series
Lawyer: Clemens 'pummeled' with unpleasant publicity
After scandal, students are leaving Oral Roberts University
Yankees catcher Posada sidelined for at least 5 weeks
'American Idol' top boss: Paula Abdul isn't going anywhere
Winner of Barbaro Stakes breaks down on Oaks day
Fed OKs plan to rein in unfair, deceptive credit cards
PR experts give good reviews to Cruise on Winfrey's show
Economy shows resilience; jobless rate falls as dollar rises
AP source: Sampson to become Bucks assistant
Zimbabwe opposition willing to share power with ruling party

News Blaze
Mol's Must-See Sporting Events
SA visits Warhorse Soldiers for Promotion Ceremony During NTC Training
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

Sons of Iraq help secure Fuhail village
Poultry means prosperity in Hawr Rajab

Druid's Dance exercise yields major training milestone
USJFCOM signs agreement with Old Dominion University Research Foundation
Learn more about CRADAs - podcast
Joint Knowledge Online earns prestigious award for distance learning
Learn more about Joint Knowledge Online
Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution
Interoperability assessment begins - podcast
Learn more about JSIC

Multi-National Force - Iraq
MND-B soldiers kill criminals, protect the Iraqi people (Baghdad)
Peace, prosperity, poultry in Hawr Rajab
Medical supply delivered to Basra hospital
ISF capture criminal bomb-makers (West Rashid) (Baghdad)
Iraqi date palm crops sprayed for pest control
Australian wheat heading for Iraq
Muqtada Sadr says Iraq truce still stands (L.A. Times)

Gates Works to Change Mental Health Question - Special - Video
Gates Asks Senior NCOs to Encourage Troops to Seek Mental Health Care
Look Out for, Communicate Troops’ Needs, Gates Tells Senior NCOs
Gates Tours Restoration and Resilience Center
DoD Changes Security Clearance Question on Mental Health - Video
Private Investors Sought to Back Regenerative Medicine
Mullen: Troops Must Be Mentally Fit
Panel Evaluates Care of Wounded

Gates: 'What's the Endgame?' in Iraq - Special
Marines Say Osprey Performs Well
Soldiers Help Iraqi Children
Military Condemns Suicide Bombings
Coalition Forces Kill Three, Capture 55

Gates Salutes Military's Homefront Power
Gates Applauds Efforts at Red River Army Depot
Gates Views Massive Expansion Effort at Fort Bliss - Photos
Mullen Asks Nations to Unite to Fight Extremists

Troops to Get More Choices for Death Benefits
Bikers Gather for Motorcycle Safety Event - Photos
First 100 Days of Combat Focus of Army Handbooks
Guard Ready to Help Storm-Lashed Missouri
Fort Bragg Housing 'Appalling,' Gates Says
U.S. Strikes Al-Qaida Target in Somalia

Gates: Command Restructuring Worth Considering
Joint U.K., U.S. Training Prepares Troops to Deploy
Coaltion Captures Three Insurgent Fighters in Khowst

Sailor to Meet Bone Marrow Recipient
Chaplain Meets the Pope

Bank of America, Fisher House Help Troops
America Supports You: Organization, Football Legend Partner for Troops

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
1345 - "Quaden Maendach" in Gent: Battles between volders & weavers
1497 - John Cabot departs to North-America
1536 - King Henry VIII accuses Anna Boleyn of adultery & incest
1595 - King Philip II names Albrecht of Austria land guardian of Netherlands
1598 - France & Spain sign Peace of Vervins
1668 - 1st peace of Aken ends French-Spanish War in The Netherlands; Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends War of Devolution
1670 - King Charles II charters Hudson Bay Company
1703 - Portugal signs treaty with England to become a Great Covenant
1776 - France & Spain agree to donate arms to American rebels
1780 - William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris
1808 - Uprising against French occupation begins in Madrid
1833 - Czar Nicolas bans public sale of serfs
1863 - Stonewall Jackson attacks Chancellorsville, VA, and is wounded by his own men; South defeats North
1865 - President Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis
1878 - US stops minting 20¢ coin
1885 - Congo Free State established by King Leopold II of Belgium
1887 - Hannibal W. Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film
1889 - Abyssinian emperor Menelik II/Italy signs Treaty of Wichale
1890 - Territory of Oklahoma created
1902 - The 1st science fiction film, "A Trip To The Moon", is released
1907 - Belgium Jules baron de Trooz forms Belgian Government
1911 - French troops occupy Fès El Bali, Morocco
1916 - US President Wilson signs Harrison Drug Act
1919 - 1st US air passenger service starts
1920 - 1st game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis
1921 - Beginning of 3rd anti-German revolt in Upper-Silesia
1924 - Netherlands refuses to recognize USSR
1926 - US military intervenes in Nicaragua
1927 - International Economic Conference (52 countries including USSR) opens
1933 - In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions
1934 - Nazi-Germany begins People's court
1936 - Emperor Haile Selassie & family flee Abyssinia
1941 - FCC approves regular scheduled commercial TV broadcasts to begin July 1; Martin Bormann succeeds Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy; Nazi-occupied Netherlands layoff Jewish journalists
1942 - Japanese troops occupy Mandalay Burma
1943 - German troops vacate Jefna, Tunisia
1945 - Allies occupy Wismar; Dutch Queen Wilhelmina & Princess Juliana reach Gilze-Rijen; German Army in Italy surrenders; Russia takes Berlin; General Weidling surrenders; Yugoslav troops occupy Trieste
1946 - Prisoners revolt at Alcatraz - 5 die
1949 - Bolivian state of siege proclaimed
1950 - Dutch 1st Chamber accept Laws on immigration; Dutch PM Malan recognizes South Africa, but not China People's Republic
1952 - 1st scheduled jet airliner passenger service begins with a BOAC Comet
1953 - Feisal II installed as king of Iraq; Hussein I installed as king of Jordan
1955 - India poses discrimination "onaanraakbaren" punishable
1956 - US Lab detects high-temperature microwave radiation from Venus; US Methodist church disallows race separation
1965 - Early Bird satellite goes into commercial service
1968 - Israeli television begins transmitting
1969 - British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves on maiden voyage to New York
1972 - Electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine - 126 die (Kellogg, Idaho); Lieutenant General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
1974 - Former Vice President Spiro Agnew is disbarred
1975 - Apple records closes down
1980 - Joseph Doherty & 3 other IRA men arrested for murder; Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa
1982 - Falklands War: Argentine cruiser General Belgrano sunk by British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men
1983 - 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga, CA
1990 - South Africa & African National Congress open talks to end apartheid
1992 - Yugoslav Army seize Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic
1994 - Bus crashes into a tree at Gdansk, Poland, killing 30; Dr. Kevokian found innocent on assisting suicides
1995 - Serb missiles exploded in the heart of Zagreb, killing six
1997 - Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders

1729 - Catherine II (the Great), Empress of Russia (1762-96)
1810 - Leo XIII, 257th Roman Catholic pope (1878-1903)
1821 - Abram Sanders Piatt, Union Brigadier General
1844 - Elijah McCoy, Black inventor, held over 50 patents including a lubricator for steam engines ("the Real McCoy")
1849 - Fürst Bernhard HM von Bülow, German chancellor/Prussian PM (1900-09)
1918 - Frederick Archibauld Warner, diplomat
1930 - Morris Courtright, manned spaceflight pioneer and Arizona State legislator
1935 - Faisal II, King of Iraq (1939-58)/son of Ghasi I; Hussain ibn Talal, King of Jordan (1952-99)
1938 - Constantine Bereng Seeiso, King Moshushoe II of Lesotho
1940 - Sari van Heemskerck Pillis-Duvekot, Dutch MP (VVD)
1941 - Jules Wijdenbosch, premier of Suriname
1947 - Bill Lowery (Representative-CA); Jo Ann Pflug Atlanta GA, actress (MASH, Candid Camera, Rituals)
1954 - Bulelani T Ngcuka South African attorney/leader (UDF)

1250 - Toeransa, sultan of Egypt, murdered
1459 - Pierozzi Antoninus, Italian archbishop of Florence/saint, dies
1488 - Jacob van Horne, Burgundy statesman
1818 - Herman W. Daendels, Governor-General of Guinea (1815-18), dies at 55
1849 - David H. Chassé, Baron/General (fought Napoleon at Waterloo), dies at 84
1945 - Martin Bormann, propoganda minister for Hitler
1957 - Joseph McCarthy Communist-hunting senator (WI), dies at 47
1968 - Donald L. Hall, airplane designer (Spirit of St Louis), dies at 69
1969 - Franz von Papen, German chancellor (1932), dies at 89
1972 - J. Edgar Hoover, head of FBI (1924-72)/cross dresser, dies at 77
1985 - Milton S. Eisenhower, US diplomat, dies at 85
1990 - Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 49
1992 - Wilbur Mills (Representative-AR)/involved with Fanne Foxe, dies at 82

Reported Missing in Action
Wood, Walter S., USN (NC); A4E shot down, KIA/BNR

Englander, Lawrence J., US Army SF (CA)

Mascari, Phillip L., USAF (NJ); O2A disappeared on mission

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1H was shot down (one passenger made it back to US lines):
Crowson, Frederick H. (FL); crew, released by PRG February, 1973 (injured) - retired as a CSM - alive as of 1998

Griffin, Rodney L. (MO); passenger

Maslowski, Daniel L. (IL); crew, released by PRG February, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive as of 1998

Price, Bunyan D., Jr. (NC); passenger

Richardson, Dale W. (WI); passenger, died in Cambodia September, 1970 - remains returned July, 1989

Varnado, Michael B. (LA); passenger, died in Cambodia September, 1970 - remaisn returned July, 1989

Young, Robert M. (PA); passenger, reportedly DIC due to lack of medical care September, 1972

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1H was shot down:
Berkson, Joseph Mike (IL); remains recovered July, 1972

Jesse, William Clifton (OK); remains recovered July, 1972

Morgan, Charles Vernon (KY); remains recovered July, 1972

Petrilla, John Joseph, Jr. (PA); remains recovered July, 1972

Porterfield, Dale Kyette (CA) remains recovered July, 1972

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