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Saturday, May 24, 2008

In Today's News - Saturday, May 24, 2008

Quote of the Day
"Aviation is proof, that given the will,
we have the capacity to achieve the impossible."

-- Captain Eddie Rickenbacker

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Al Qaeda On the Ropes?
Coalition Forces, Iraqi Officials Preplan Improvements in Fallujah
Government of Iraq Making Progress
More Iraq US troop cuts 'likely'
US: Mosul attacks down 85 percent
Group critices U.S. military for child detentions
Death penalty over Iraq killing
French Iraq recruiters are jailed
Iraqi PM leads offensive in Mosul

Operation Enduring Freedom
ON THE SCENE: FOX News' Jon Scott Drops Into Kabul

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Tony Blair's Jet Comes Within Minutes of Being Shot Down by Israeli Fighter Planes
Colombian Government: FARC Rebel Leader Dead
Epic "Che" looks at guerrilla's life
Guantanamo phone report was in error, U.S. says
Abbas fears Olmert probe may hold up peace talks
US residents in military brigs? Govt says it's war

Fallen Heroes
Veterans' Burials Nonstop at National Cemeteries
'Miracle' Marine Who Lost Final Battle Remembered
Bush asks for 'moment of remembrance' for veterans
Controversial Memorial Day 120,000 flag display starts to take shape Saturday

Politics / Government
McCain May Drop Clues at BBQ
McCain Fundraiser Moved Amid Protest Threats
Clinton Apologizes for Invoking RFK Assassination - VIDEO
Analysis: Clinton's latest off-key remark
Dems Make Their Cases in Puerto Rico
Northern California City Files for Bankruptcy Protection
Jenna 'Offers' Bush Family Ranch for Ellen DeGeneres' Wedding
Obama empathizes with Clinton over Kennedy comment - Video
Clinton draws rebuke over RFK remark Video
U.S. should focus on stemming gun flow, Mexico says
Obama says Clinton "stirring up" Florida controversy
Cindy McCain releases 2006 taxes, made $6 million
Video: McCain: "excellent health"
Republican primary in Idaho. Full coverage of the 2008 election
Obama's political team out-organized Clinton
Obama criticizes McCain on veterans' benefits

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Prosecutors ask for 33 months in jail for Weiss
Video: Folsom Police Run Sucessful DUI Checkpoint

U.N. News
U.N. chief visits quake epicenter as toll leaps - Video
"No time to lose" for cyclone-hit Myanmar - Video
Lebanon's General Suleiman set to become president

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Online Sleuths Find Bizarre Images on Google Maps
Parents Post Infant Son on eBay for $1.60, Lose Custody
Pictures of the week
Reuters News Quiz
NBC Universal a top Weather Channel bidder: source
Facebook IPO speculating

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Sick and Tired of Wireless Internet
German Couple Loses Custody of 7-Month-Old Son After Posting Him on eBay for $1.60
Ice-sampling probe set for Sunday landing on Mars - Video
Space station crew may face another bumpy re-entry
Scientists discover "frogamander" fossil
Yahoo buy not a strategy in itself: Microsoft CEO
Tech execs plan for economic troubles
Goldman adds Apple to Americas conviction buy list
Rock acts ringing up sales via video games
Verizon seeks deal on cell phone cancellation fees
Mars spacecraft faces riskiest part of mission

Mother Nature
Several Tornadoes Touch Down in Okla., Latest in Series Blamed for at Least 2 Deaths - VIDEO - PHOTOS
Tornadoes rake Okla. as Midwest tallies damage
Underfunded Wildlife Refuges Become Breeding Ground for Drugs, Prostitution
Shark Kills Surfer Off Mexico's Pacific Coast
Scuba Divers Rescued After 20-Hour Drift at Sea - VIDEO
Crews Struggle to Contain Calif. Fire - PHOTOS - BLOG
At least six killed in Colombian earthquake
China Quake Death Toll Could Reach 80,000 or More
Colombia's top FARC commander is dead, govt says
"No time to lose" for cyclone-hit Myanmar - Video
Leaders told battle to stem global warming slowing
Calif. wildfire grows despite effort, calmer winds

News from My Neck of the Woods
Unmarked Chopper Patrols New York City From Above
'Telectroscope' Connects New York, London in Real-Time
New York on Alert After Toad Venom Aphrodisiac Kills Man
Canadian scales Everest 2 years after aborted try

Florida Police Say 7-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Shoots Sleeping Mom Twice
Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In
Minor Leaguer Traded for 10 Baseball Bats in Texas
Car thief held after stand-off with boars
Mystery deepens as 4th severed foot found
Warning issued over unlicensed sex drugs
Shrine workers may keep their underwear on
Guy loses lawsuit over fly in bottle of water
Slideshow: Chinese fish therapy
Video: Tiger and dalmatian in love
Video: Blackie, a pig in the city
Lady Dead For 42 Years Finally Found: Mummified In Front Of Her TV
Road Workers Whistle; Woman Performs Strip Tease

Other News of Note
Alabama Parents Claim School Racism Saying Classes Are Segregated
South Africa Struggles to Quell Anti-Foreigner Violence
Thousands march against South Africa violence
AP IMPACT: What makes up the price of gas?

Fox News
Teen Actor in Upcoming 'Potter' Film Killed in Brawl
3 Dead, 3 Injured in California Chopper Crash
FOXBusiness: Gas Stunts Holiday Travel - GAS TRACKER
Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson Continue to Fuel Lesbian Rumors
Pop Tarts: Maxim 'Hot 100': Marisa Miller 'Embarrassed' to Be Number One

Airlines increase U.S. round-trip fares by up to $60
Lakers crush Spurs to take control of West finals
D-Back hurler Davis wins on return from cancer surgery
Big Oil as a defensive play
Home builders find unexpected saviors
Mortgage woes far from over
T. Boone's stake
Personal Finance: Inflation investing
Global Finance: Supporting the euro
Buffett sees "long, deep" U.S. recession
BAE says UK should hear corruption case
Fiat in cooperation talks with Chrysler: report
China to issue 3G licenses, merge telecoms majors
InBev working on $46 bln Anheuser bid: source
EADS calls on more state support: report
Telus plays waiting game till BCE court drama ends
Suez in exclusive talks with Eni over Distrigas
Critics cool at Cannes
Factbox: Films in competition
"Synecdoche" defies convention
Blog: Madonna hits town at Cannes
Next week: Earnings at a glance
French Open: Henin exit opens door
China's "Hawaii" lures tourists
World’s top celebrity owned resorts
Africa's "Miami" boasts Art Deco trove
French classroom film lifts gloom as Cannes closes
Companies may cry "uncle" on oil
French classroom film lifts gloom as Cannes closes
"Indiana Jones" unearths more gold at box office - Video
Idol's David Cook tops iTunes download charts - Video
Sinatra still the chairman with hit album
Asian art records tumble at Christie's HK auction
Denmark's Prince Joachim marries for second time
Tasers give jolt to Tupperware party format
Calderon to tackle Acapulco stink
Wealthy should be taxed more: global poll
Mickelson regains control at Colonial
Lakers crush Spurs to take control of West finals
Henin getting ready to start her new life
Patrick hailed as savior of open-wheel racing
D-Back hurler Davis wins on return from cancer surgery

Associated Press
Robbie Knievel jumps 24 trucks in Ohio
Samuelsson, Red Wings beat Penguins in Cup opener
Mets snap five-game losing streak
Teen actor in upcoming 'Harry Potter' film killed
AP engages pastors, parishoners about racism in US
Mets manager focused on winning, not speculation
Energy fears looming, new survivalists prepare
Ky. museum to get Clooney's 'Leatherheads' uniform
Eastwood's 'Changeling' goes for gold at Cannes festival
Celtics need to win road game to get past Pistons
Tech tops financials in S&P; energy on the rise
Bryant, Lakers roll to 101-71 victory over Spurs

News Blaze
PHOTOS: Comanche Troop Soldiers maintain 24-hour presence in Abu T
PHOTOS: Comanche Troop maintains security in Abu T'shir
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos
Armed Bandits Force Tens of Thousands of Central Africans to Flee Homes
Tibetans Under Lockdown Hold Prayer Ceremonies for Earthquake Victims

Petraeus appears before Armed Services Committee
Odierno speaks to Senate at confirmation hearing
Troops, State Dept. aid Iraqi mill owner
First class graduates from Ashraf police academy
Iraqis turn in weapons at 'amnesty drop'
Iraqi soldiers, police clear Karadah

Task Force Ramadi helps free enterprise take hold in Iraq
Command unveils new command and control vision - podcast
Joint fires team helps Army improves force protection training
SOCJFCOM completes in-residence JSOTF training course - podcast
USJFCOM helps define new conditions for individual augmentee training

Multi-National Force - Iraq
With Water Flowing, Soldiers Solving Traffic Flow Problems
National Guard Soldiers Attend Combat Lifesaver Class
MND-SE holds memorial for fallen Marine (Fallujah)
MND-N Soldiers host driver training course for Iraqi Army Soldiers (FOB Dagger)
ISF, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers seize multiple munitions caches in southern Baghdad
U.S., Iraqi ophthalmologists administer eye care to locals (Camp Mittica)
Iraqi Security Forces seize weapons cache (Baghdad)
National Police seize weapons cache (Baghdad)

Burma Lets Aid Workers In, Refuses U.S. Military Help
Chairman Challenges Naval Academy Grads to be Accountable Leaders
Bush: Commanders Will Get Resources - Story - Photos
Bush Praises 82nd Paratroopers, Families, Veterans at Fort Bragg
Bush Honors 82nd Airborne Division Soldiers’ Courage, Sacrifice
Petraeus Shares Central Command Challenges

USS Boxer Crew to Spend Memorial Day Weekend Providing Aid to El Salvador
Military to Integrate Gaming Into Training

Iraqi Security Forces Grow Strong
New Anbar Government Center Opens
Troops in Iraq Kill Six, Detain 54


U.S. Soldiers Train Afghan Border Patrol

Bush Urges Americans to Honor Holiday's Meaning
Arlington ‘Flags In’ Tribute Begins Commemoration
Commentary: Memorial Day vs. Veterans Day
Mullen to Troops: Remember Cost of Freedom
Families See Progress at Pentagon Memorial
Comrades, Loved Ones Contemplate Sacrifice


Army Psychiatrist Calls Efforts to Reduce Mental Health Care Stigma a 'Total Team Effort'
New Program Offers ‘Care for Caregivers’


Wounded Warrior Leads Medical Battalion


Challenge Coins Thank Vets, Help Nonprofit Groups
Chrysler Supports MacArthur Memorial
Judd Rocks Walter Reed - Photos

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
1626 - Peter Minuit buys Manhattan for trinkets worth approximately $24.
1689 - English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion for Protestants.
1818 - General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola, FL.
1830 - "Mary Had A Little Lamb" is written; The first passenger rail service in begins in the U.S.
1846 - General Zachary Taylor captures Monterrey in Mexican War.
1854 - Anthony Burns, slave, is arrested in Boston by U.S. Deputy Marshals; the first Black college (Lincoln University, PA) forms.
1856 - In Kansas, the Pottawatomie Massacre occurs.
1861 - Federal troops occupy Alexandria, VA; Major General Benjamin Butler declares slaves to be "contraband of war."
1883 - The Brooklyn Bridge opens.
1900 - Britain annexes the Orange Free State.
1916 - U.S. pilot William Thaw shoots down a German Fokker.
1921 - Northern Ireland's first parliament is elected.
1922 - Russia and Italy sign a trade agreement.
1931 - Ironically, B&O Railroad installs the first air-conditioned train.
1936 - Dutch bishops forbid membership of the Nazi party.
1940 - The Dutch army demobilizes; German tanks reach Atrecht, France; Hitler affirms General von Rundsted's "Stopbevel."
1941 - The Bismarck sinks the British battle cruiser HMS Hood, 1,416 are killed; 3 survive.
1943 - Admiral Dönitz stops a U-boat in in the Atlantic Ocean; U-441 shoots a Sunderland seaplane down over the Gulf of Biskaje.
1951 - Racial segregation in Washington, DC restaurants is ruled to be illegal.
1954 - The first rocket attains an altitude of 150 miles.
1957 - Anti-American riots breakout in Taipei, Taiwan.
1958 - UP and International News Service merge, becoming United Press International.
1959 - The first house with a built-in bomb shelter is exhibited in PA.
1961 - 27 Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, MS; Explorer-12 failes to reach Earth orbit.
1965 - The Supreme Court declares that a federal law allowing the post office to intercept communist propaganda is unconstitutional.
1975 - Soyuz 18B carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 4.
1976 - The Concorde flies to Washington; the first commercial SST flight to North America.
1980 - Iran rejects a call by the World Court to release U.S. hostages.
1981 - Hostage situation ends at Central Bank in Barcelona, Spain.
1983 - Supreme Court rules the government can deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminated against students.
1989 - French war criminal Paul Touvier is arrested in a monastery in Nice.
1993 - Eritrea achieves independence from Ethiopia after 30 years of civil war.
1993 - A Kurd rebellion kills 33 soldiers and 5 citizens in Turkey.

0015 - Julius Caesar Germanicus, Roman commandant
1650 - John Churchill, first duke of Marlborough / English general strategist
1738 - King George III of Great-Britain
1743 - Jean-Paul Marat, French revolutionist
1753 - Oliver Cromwell, African-American Revolutionary war hero, served with Washington
1811 - Confederate Brigadier General Charles Clark
1816 - Emanuel Leutze, painter - Washington Crossing the Delaware; Union Brevet Major General Robert Seaman Granger
1819 - Victoria Alexandrine, Queen of Great Britain
1854 - Louis Mountbatten, WWI Admiral
1904 - Kenneth Buckley, British Rear-Admiral
1909 - Wilbur Mills (Representative-AR)
1918 - Coleman A. Young, civil rights leader, Mayor of Detroit
1933 - Tony Mullett, Director-General, National Criminal Intelligence Service
1943 - Gary Burghoff, actor (Radar-MASH)
1951 - Ronald A. Parise, Ph.D. /astronaut (STS 35, STS 67)

1153 - David I, King of Scotland
1543 - Nicolas Copernicus, astronomer
1861 - Elmer Ellsworth, US warrior (Chicago Zouaves), shot
1879 - William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist
1941 - Lancelot Holland, British Vice-Admiral, in battle
1959 - John Foster Dulles, U.S. Secretary of State
1981 - Jaime Roldós Aguilera President of Ecuador, in a plane crash
1986 - Stephen D. Thorne Lieutenant, Commander USN/astronaut, in a plane crash
1993 - Milton O. Thompson astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15)

Reported Missing in Action
Rucker, Emmett, Jr., USAF (TX) ; UC123B shot down (w/Shanks), KIA/BNR

Shanks, James Lee, USAF (NY); UC123B shot down (w/Rucker), KIA/BNR

Manske, Charles J., USAF (TX); F100D shot down, KIA/BNR

Montez, Anastacio, US Army SF (TX); KIA/BNR

Beeler, Carroll R., USN (TX) F8J shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive and well in 1998

Henn, John R., Jr., US Army (MA); AH1G crashed

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