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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

In Today's News - Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Quote of the Day
We Few
Beloved heritage is ours
To fondly cherish evermore.
By God's own hand sweet Freedom's flower
Was planted at our nation's door.

Warm blood of men enriched the soil
In hope it blossom-filled would thrive.
Though tyrants sent fierce weeds to foil
And hamper growth, it still survived.

The blooms will wither not nor die;
Some men will crave the fragrant air.
Unyielding Resolve reigns on high
With Duty calling those who care.

Much-needed care cannot be sloughed;
A few must bear the load for all.
From sun-soaked shores to windswept bluffs
We few will answer Duty's call.

-- Former POW Colonel Howard John Hill, USAF

News of Note
'Tis the Season
Child Writes to Santa, Asks for Molestation to End
FOX News Poll: Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?
Man Arrested for Truckloads of Stolen Christmas Decor
Technology helps Santa make magic, scientist says
Video: And Finally... Holiday Gift Guide.

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraqi Shoe-Thrower 'Suffering Broken Bones' - VIDEO
Shoe-thrower expected to appear before Iraqi judge
Chavez: Shoe Toss 'Funny,' 'Courageous' - PHOTOS
Odierno: Troops out of Iraqi cities by summer
Iraqi pilots fly night missions
Women's Newspaper 'Tackles' Issues in Southern Iraq

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
U.S. General Tells Hidden Story of 9-11 Mastermind
U.S. plot suspects had no intent to kill: attorneys
Police find explosives in Paris store after warning - Video

Politics / Government
Blago Chaos in Illinois House
Ill. Speaker, AG Have Stormy Past with Blagojevich
White House Nears Bailout Decision
URGENT: Obama to Tap Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary
Education Secretary Pick Praised as 'Reformer'
Kennedy and Cuomo Openly Vying for Clinton's Seat
Impeachment query opens against Illinois governor
Houston mayor may pursue Senate seat in 2010
Obama names education chief, focuses on economy
Rep. Becerra says won't take Obama trade job
Video: Illinois Governor arrested
AP source: Donor to Commerce nominee being probed
Ill. parties clash over potential special election

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
$2.7 Billion Mexico Border Fence Now at 500 Miles

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Case Closed in Adam Walsh Slaying - PHOTOS
Murder of Adam Walsh: A 27-Year Mystery Solved- VIDEO
Twisted Life of Serial Killer Ottis Elwood Toole
Former Hit Man for Boston Mob Gets Movie Deal
Caylee Anthony Judge Denies Defense Access to Evidence, Will Reconsider Second Autopsy
Police Officer Seen Shoving Bicyclist on YouTube Indicted
Caylee's Grandparents 'Devastated' as Investigators Find More Bones
No Access to Evidence for Anthony Lawyers - PHOTOS
Police: 1981 Murder of Son of America's Most Wanted Anchor John Walsh Is Solved
Guard Fatally Shoots Ex, Self at Pa. Weapons Plant
Va. Cops Hunt Suspect Who Shot Officer, Neighbors
Father of Ore. Bank Bomb Suspect Arrested - PHOTOS
FBI Establishes Hot Line for Alleged Madoff Victims
Madoff tries to stay out of jail as probe widens
Dennis Quaid and his wife settle with hospital
SoCal grandmother held captive 26 hours in own car

Adventures in Political Correctness
Student Says School Persecuted Him for Being Conservative
UK Woolworths Won't Sell Lightsabers: Jedi Weapon Looks Like Gun

U.N. News
U.N. council allows Somali anti-piracy fight on land

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Australian Couple Defaults on Home, Notified on Facebook
Oprah Winfrey makes TV movie deal with HBO

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Scientists Brand AP Story 'Hysteria'
Study: Colonoscopies Less Effective in Fighting Cancer
Phoenix probe sheds new light on Mars weather
"Death map" shows heat a big hazard to Americans
Researchers find short-armed raptor in Argentina
Archeologists in Peru unearth ancient Wari city - Video
Mobile phone market to shrink in 2009
Wireless companies warn of U.S. inauguration delays
Sony, Fox Sports offer 3-D college football event
U.S. cable companies giving free equipment for digital move
Microsoft issuing emergency fix for browser flaw

Mother Nature
Mekong Valley a Treasure Trove of New Species
Arctic ice volume lowest ever as globe warms: U.N.
Luxury downturn hits U.S. beaver trappers
In "eat local" movement, Cuba is years ahead
Calif. near impact report on Monterey desalination
EU agrees to cut pollution from lorries
Video: Protests over Australia climate plan
No respite as wintry storms spread over nation

Man Found Hanging From Tree Along Nevada Highway
Missouri Moves to Dump Old Law Banning Margarine
Man dies after retirement party hijinks
Nude models brave cold to protest low pay
Man who snatched wig will have toupee
Peru traffickers hide cocaine in smelly bird dung
Absolute leader's name dropped from anthem
Toilet-maker pledges to repair smoking bidets
Police: Armed burglars demand man's eggbeater

Fox News
No More Failures?
FOMC Cuts Rates to Lowest Level on Record
FOXBusiness: Dow Closes Up Nearly 360 Points
FOXBusiness: Consumer Prices Plunge at a Record Rate
Ski Resort Tower Collapse Traps 12 in Gondola
Exclusive: Hilary Duff 'Absolutely Did Not Say' She Was a Virgin

Some 30 Russian tourists die in Israel bus crash
Greek PM vows to fight corruption after 11-day protest - Video
Emerging SE Asia haunted by culture of corruption - Video
Yale says its endowment lost 25 percent since June
What is quantitative easing?
Federal Reserve policy statement
Factbox: Recent Fed comments
Timeline: Rate changes since 1994
Wall Street rallies on Fed's rate cut - Video
Auto rescue being worked on quickly: Paulson
Jobs won't deliver Macworld keynote
Nikkei rises 1.3 percent on Fed rate cut
Morgan Stanley's earnings
Minimizing exposure
Obama spurs EU on economy
Great debt engine slips into reverse
And the band played on
Bold Fed still needs fiscal help
Honda shares dive ahead of possible profit warning
Wanted: Super-human technocrat to run New York Fed
GE says industrial profit could rise 5 percent in '09
Bristol-Myers to cut another 10 percent of workforce
Ford CEO expects lots of interest in Volvo
NAB in talks to buy GE's Australian mortgage unit
Satyam bows to investors, drops deal for builders
Downturn spurs "survival panic" for some - Video
Argentine wine exports seen growing despite crisis
EU plans museum of European history
London animal refuge bursting with abandoned pets
Sole-searching in China after shoe attack on Bush
Video: Death among the ruins
Six Giants and Vikings, seven Jets named in Pro Bowl squad
Orioles sign free agent shortstop Izturis
PGA Tour player award is phenomenal, says Harrington
Beijing a success after initial protests
YEARENDER-Cycling-Spain take the year's honors

Associated Press
Source: Ill. gov nixed job for Jackson Jr.'s wife
SEC chairman says agency failed to probe Madoff
Russian warships causing no ripples in Pentagon
Nation's first face transplant done in Cleveland
Strange dark energy acts as galactic diet enforcer
Marilyn Monroe pics sold for $150,000
Cake request for 3-year-old Hitler namesake denied
Peyton and Eli Manning: QB brothers in Pro Bowl
Document: Actor Peter Falk has Alzheimer's
SIPC chief: Madoff falsified books to hide losses
Stocks surge after Fed cuts rates to record lows
Rafael Furcal near 3-year deal to return to Braves
More than 130 A-list actors oppose strike vote
Harrington voted PGA Tour player of the year

DBE Personnel and American Troops Ground Smuggling Operations
PHOTOS: Infantry Soldiers earn Bronze Star Medals
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

Iraqi bomb experts gain independence
General cites 'monumental' changes during time in Iraq
New plant means fresh water for Sadr City

USJFCOM fires unit helps training center improve joint training for Army units
More about Joint Fires Integration and Interoperability Team
U.S. Joint Forces Command clarifies Joint Operating Environment 2008
Command releases report examining the future - Read the report
USJFCOM, NATO reach historic first for simulation federation
Multinational conference focuses on joint solutions

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Basra Receives Boost in Clean Water
Department of Border Enforcement, Coalition Forces Ground Smuggling Operations
Mail Team Keeps Morale High Over Holidays
Tip leads MND-B Soldiers to weapons cache
IA, MND-B Soldiers confiscate weapons in Karadah
1 NP, 2 civilians killed, 13 wounded in IED attack
Coalition forces transfer 39 high-value detainees to Iraqi authorities
Iraqi Army achieves milestone at Bayji National Ammo Depot

Recruiting Still Challenging Despite Low Job Market
Secretary's Article Addresses Need for U.S. to Maintain Conventional Dominance
Chairman Hits the Road With USO Tour - Photos
Bush Cites 'Good Progress' in Afghanistan
Bush, Maliki Sign Security Pact


Local Contractor Rebuilds Water Facility
Officials Cite Progress in East Baghdad
Coalition, Iraqis Kill Three, Capture 31


Airmen Combat Explosive Threats
Forces Capture Taliban Commanders


Military Housing Allowance Rates Set for 2009
Command Works to Reduce Caregiver Fatigue
Guantanamo Detainees to Transfer


Guard Responds to Neighbor's Call for Help


Army Releases New Field Training Manual
Marines Tackle Sludge and Swamps
Naval Aviators Conduct Carrier Landings
Airmen Donate School Supplies to Ecuador


Siblings Serve Together

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
0882 - John VIII ends his reign as Catholic Pope; Marinus I begins his
1431 - King Henry VI of England crowned king of France
1538 - King François I orders renewed pursuit of Protestants
1577 - Danzig surrenders to troops of Polish king István Báthory
1617 - Spanish viceroy Hernando Arias de Saavedra founds provinces Río de la Plata (Argentina)/Guaira (Paraguay)
1631 - Mount Vesuvius, Italy erupts, destroys 6 villages & kills 4,000
1653 - Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of England, Scotland & Ireland
1659 - General Monck demands free parliamentary election in Scotland
1689 - English Parliament adopts Bill of Rights after Glorious Revolution
1740 - Prussian Libya falls to Silezie
1761 - Russian army occupies Kolberg
1773 - Boston Tea Party
1809 - Napoleon Bonaparte divorces Empress Josephine by the French Senate
1811 - Most violent & prolonged quakes in US begins in Midwest region; 8.0 earthquake shakes New Madrid MO
1817 - Leaders of Molukkas uprising hanged in Ambon
1824 - Great North Holland Canal opens
1835 - Fire consumes over 600 buildings in New York NY
1838 - Boers beat Zulu chieftain Dingaan in South Africa
1857 - Earthquake in Naples, Italy
1858 - Dutch government decides to vacate Schokland Island
1862 - Kingdom of Nepal accepts its constitution
1864 - Battle of Nashville ends after 4400 casualities
1880 - Republic of South-Africa forms
1884 - Great Britain recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
1897 - 1st submarine with an internal combustion engine demonstrated
1900 - Boer army under General Kritzinger take Cape colony
1905 - "Variety", covering all phases of show business, 1st published
1907 - Great White Fleet sails from Hampton Downs on its World Cruise
1909 - US pressure forces Nicaraguan President José Santos Zelaya from office
1912 - 1st US postage stamp picturing an airplane, 20¢ parcel post, issued; Austria-Hungary engage in conflict with Serbia
1913 - Charlie Chaplin began his film career at Keystone for $150 a week
1914 - French offensive in Artois (Pétain)
1915 - Albert Einstein publishes his "General Theory of Relativity"
1920 - Over 180,000 die when 8.6 earthquake destroys 15,000² miles (Kansu China)
1930 - Golfer Bobby Jones wins James E Sullivan Award
1931 - German SPD begins Eiserne Front against fascism
1932 - Heavy earthquake ravages Kansu China, 70,000 killed
1940 - British air raid on Mannheim
1941 - Sarawak occupied by the Japanese
1942 - Hitler orders combat against partisans in Russia & Balkan
1943 - "Tamiami Champion" trains collide, kills 73 & injures 200
1944 - Battle of the Bulge begins in Belgium; German V-2 strikes Antwerp bioscope (638 kill); US 2nd Infantry division occupies "Heartbreak Crossroads," Wahlerscheid
1949 - Sukarno becomes President of Indonesia; Mokammed Hatta becomes premier
1950 - Truman proclaims state of emergency against "Communist imperialism"
1953 - 1st White House Press Conference (President Eisenhower & 161 reporters); Charles E. Yeager flies over 2,575 kph (1,650 mph) in Bell X-1A (first man to fly at nearly two and one-half times the speed of sound)
1960 - 134 die as United DC-8 & TWA Super Constellation collide over Staten Island, New York NY
1962 - Constitutional Monarchical Hindu State of Nepál adopts new constitution
1965 - Gemini 6 returns to Earth; Pioneer 6 launched into solar orbit; Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, becomes King of Tonga
1969 - British House of Commons votes 343-185 abolishing the death penalty
1970 - 1st successful landing on Venus (USSR)
1971 - Bangladesh (East Pakistan) declares independence from Pakistan
1973 - US kidnap victim Paul Getty III freed
1976 - Government halts swine flu vaccination program following reports of paralysis; Andrew Young named Ambassador & Chief US Delegate to UN; Liberian tanker stranded at Nantucket, 180,000 barrels oil in sea
1978 - Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of China People's Republic
1980 - President-elect Reagan announces Alexander Haig as Secretary of State
1981 - Dutch Van Agt's 2nd government falls
1983 - Riverside CA judge denies cerebral palsy victim Elizabeth Bouviato request to starve herself to death in a county hospital
1988 - Political cult leader Lyndon LaRouche convicted of tax, mail fraud
1990 - Reverend Jean-Betrand Aristide elected President of Haiti
1991 - UN reverses ruling that Zionism is racism by 111-25 (13 abstain) vote
1992 - Israel orders deportation of 415 Palestinians after escalating terrorist activity
1997 - President Clinton names his Labrador retriever, "Buddy"

1485 - Catherine of Aragon, Spanish princess/1st wife of Henry VIII
1622 - Kurt S. Adeler, Danish admiral/ship builder
1742 - Gebhard Leberecht Fürst Blücher von Wahlstatt, German fieldmarshal
1809 - Peter P. van Bosse, Dutch attorney/liberal minister of Finance
1812 - William Grose, Union Brevet Major General
1819 - Robert Selden Garnett, Confederate Brigadier-General
1825 - Henry Heth, Confederate Major General
1828 - John Beatty, Union Brigadier-General
1830 - John Frederick Hartranft, Union Brevet Major General
1851 - Theodoor H. de Meester, Dutch premier (1905-08)
1857 - Edward Emerson, astronomer (Jupiter's 5th satellite)
1863 - Ralph Adams Cram, US gothic architect (Cathedral of St John the Divine NYC)
1888 - Alphonse Juin, French marshal
1906 - John Morrison, politician/landowner; Lord Margadale, English Conservative parliament leader/large landowner
1907 - Ray C. Bliss, Ohio State Republican Chairman
1909 - Henricus Verbunt, civil servant/resistance fighter
1941 - Lesley Stahl, White House correspondent (CBS-TV)
1955 - Carol M. Browner, US Administrator (EPA)

0714 - Pippin II of Héristal, Duke/prince of France
0875 - Ado of Vienne, French archbishop of Vienne, dies at about 75
0882 - John VIII, Italian Pope (872-82), dies
0999 - Adelheid the Saint, German empress of Otto I/saint, dies at about 68
1404 - Albrecht of Bavaria, duke of Bavaria, dies at about 74
1670 - Dorothy, 1st English marquis of Halifax, dies
1672 - John II Casimir Vasa, cardinal/king of Poland (1648-68), dies at 63
1774 - François Quesnay, French personal physician of Louis XIV, dies at 80
1858 - Richard Bright, British Dr. (Bright's disease/nephritis), dies at 69
1859 - Wilhelm Grimm, writer (Grimm's Fairy Tales), dies at 73
1916 - Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, powerful Russian monk, murdered at 45
1920 - Ma Mua-Ming-Hsin the Benovelent, Chinese muslim rebel (holy war)
1922 - Gabriel Narutowicz, 1st President of Poland (December 7-16, 1922), assassinated
1944 - Glenn Miller, USAF veteran, jazz composer/orchestra leader (Danny boy), dies at 40 when his plane disappears on the way to entertain US troops
1945 - Fumimaro Konu Japanese prince/PM (1937-39, 40-41), commits harakiri
1949 - Traitsjo Kostov Bulgarian communist vice-premier, executed
1980 - Harland "Colonel" Sanders, founder Kentucky Fried Chicken, dies at 90
1983 - Kusan Sunim, founded Milae Sa temple/Bulsung Sa Zen in Korea, dies at 74
1985 - Paul Castellano, Organized-crime chief, shot dead at a New York, NY restaurant
1987 - Albert P. Morano (Representative-CT, 1951-59), dies at 79
1993 - Bentri Seddik, Algerian court judge, murdered at 46; Kakuei Tanaka premier of Japan (1972-74), dies at 75; Ratu Penaia Ganilau President of Fiji (1987-93), dies at 75
1996 - Jean-Pierre Levy, resistance leader, dies at 85

Reported Missing in Action
Wickhamm, David W. II, USN (WV);A4C shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Hill, Howard J., USAF (IL); F4D shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive as of 1998

Low, James Frederick, USAF (CA); F4D shot down, released August, 1968

Buckley, Victor P., USN (VA); RF8G shot down, KIA, body not recovered

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