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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

An electromagnetic railgun is fired at 10.64 megajoules with a muzzle velocity of 2,520 meters per second at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, Va., Jan. 31, 2008. U.S. Navy photo

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In Today's News - Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Quote of the Day
"Nothing is more difficult,
and therefore more precious,
than to be able to decide."

-- Napoleon Bonaparte

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Mass grave found north of Baghdad: police
U.S. Soldiers Partner With Iraqis to Build Outpost in Troubled Area
‘Soccer for Peace’ Brings Fun of Soccer to Iraqi Children
Soldiers Bring Gifts to Iraqi School Children

Operation Enduring Freedom
U.N.: Opium Growth Expected to Rise in Afghanistan
Pakistan Taliban declare ceasefire: spokesman
Rice urges allies to share Afghan combat burden
Rice: NATO-led Afghan mission 'bumpy'

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Feds want rendition lawsuit dismissed
U.S. acknowledges use of waterboarding

Fallen Heroes
DoD Identifies Army Casualty (Baghdad)
DoD Identifies Army Casualty (Scania)
DoD Identifies Army Casualty (Mosul)
DoD Identifies Army Casualty (Muqdadiyah)
DoD Identifies Navy Casualties

Other Military News
Top officer calls U.S. forces 'stressed'

Homegrown Moonbats
Willie Nelson: I Question Official Sept. 11 Story

Politics / Government
McCain Emerges as Front-Runner While Democrats Spin Super Tuesday Wins
Watch Candidates Deliver Super Tuesday Speeches
SCORECARD: Super Tuesday, Race-by-Race
MASSACHUSETTS: Romney, Clinton Clean Up
NEW YORK: Clinton, McCain Win Delegate Bonanza
NEW JERSEY: McCain, Hillary Win Garden State
ILLINOIS: Obama, McCain Take Land of Lincoln
MISSOURI: McCain Wins, Obama 'Apparent' Winner
ARKANSAS: Clinton Wins, Huckabee Takes Home State
MINNESOTA: Obama, Romney Win Caucuses
NORTH DAKOTA: Obama, Romney Win in the Plains
OKLAHOMA: Hillary, McCain Pick Up Big Wins
KANSAS: Obama Wins State's Caucus
CALIFORNIA: Clinton, McCain Collect Major Win
Many Indonesians cheer Obama in Democrat race
Analysts' view on Super Tuesday results - Video
Kenya talks resume as regional ministers arrive - Video
France sends defense minister to Chad to meet Deby - Video
Italy dissolves parliament, election looms

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Fence could change border town landscape

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Florida Moves to Dissolve Sex Offender Village
Police: Suspect in Shooting Deaths Had Sex With Corpse
Wife Killer Flirted in Jail With Mom Who Murdered Kids
John Ritter's Family Taking $67 Million Lawsuit to Trial
Texas Woman Who Fled Police Sentenced to 28 Years for Crash That Killed Her Baby
Court: Woman Entitled to One New Breast Implant, Not Two
Report: Underworld Tip Leads Divers to Search for Madeleine McCann's Body in Reservoir
Dismembered Remains Identified as Missing Pennsylvania Woman
Holloway's Anguished Mother: Tape Confession Means Natalee Could Have Been Saved
Police: Woman survived store shootings
Charges in Kan. deaths of ex-wife, girl
Texas woman gets 28 years in fatal crash
'Mafia cop' pleads guilty in tax case
Atty: County to deny shooting claims
Key witness testifies in ex-cop's trial
Kids who kill offer little warning

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Google planning China online music tie-up: report
Microsoft could raise Yahoo bid, some analysts say - Video

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
FOXSexpert: Five Reasons Men Stop Having Sex
Sarkozy, Bruni win damages over Ryanair ad
Scientists create three-parent embryos
Japanese study clears mobiles of brain cancer risk
NASA clears space shuttle for liftoff Thursday
Study links marijuana smoking to gum disease
Apple unveils iPhone, iPod touch with more memory

Mother Nature
Winter Tornadoes Blast Southern States, Killing 26 - PHOTOS
Deaths, Looting Blamed on Tornadoes in South
Ohio braces for flooding

Ohio Boy, 4, Gets Stuck in Family's Washing Machine
Man returns from the dead, suspected of fraud
Beer gets seatbelt. Child doesn't

Fox News
Anonymous Donor Mails $5M Donation to University

Mardi Gras revelers party in scarred New Orleans
New York fashion elites split over red carpets
Top 10 romantic hotels for couples
Striking writers to debate labor deal on Saturday
Britney Spears said drugged and controlled by manager - Video
BHP raises Rio bid; no immediate Chinese riposte
Time Warner sets lower 2008 profit growth target
Wachovia accused of aiding telemarketing fraud
Justice Dept seeks change on futures exchanges: report
U.S. prosecutors eye U.S. ties to SocGen case: report
Recovery for SIVs unlikely given Basel II rules-panel
NY professor sees junk bond defaults at 4.64 percent: report
Oil falls below $88 on U.S. recession fears
Banks lead European stocks lower; BHP tumbles
Xstrata shares climb on persistent Vale bid talk
Yen gains as Asian stocks plummet
Gold bounces from two-week low, platinum off peak
Japan stocks slump on U.S. economic woes
Toll Brothers sees fall in home-building revenue
Global stock slide deepens on pervasive economic gloom
Wall Street skids about 3 percent on recession sign - Video

AP World News
Asian stocks sink after Dow's plunge
Beatles guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi dies
Shaq may be traded to the Suns
New Orleans faithful head to churches
Calif torn between commute, surf break
Obituaries in the news
No resolution in dispute over Mo. church

CENTCOM: News Releases

Newsmaker Profile: Director of Joint Training Army Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya - podcast
Joint fires team, Army training center leaps forward with joint integrated training
Learn more about the Joint Fires Integration and Interoperability Team
Joint Deployment Training Center revs up for the future - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Coalition, Iraqi Army Bring the Heat, Fuel Iraqi Fires
Iraqi SWAT detains 28 suspects, kills seven terrorists in operations targeting AQI (Salman Pak)

Gates Urges More NATO Forces in Afghanistan
Al Qaeda Remains Dangerous, Intel Chief Tells Senate
Defense Department Cites Urgent Need for Supplemental Funds
Bush Delivers $515.4 Billion Defense Budget Request to Congress - Video

Families Return After Security Gains
Coalition Captures 8 Suspects

Wounded Marine to Redeploy to Iraq

Guard Expands Partnership Program to Pacific
DoD Stocks Shelves with Newest Smallpox Vaccine

Soldier Chooses Military Service as Way of Life

Valentines for Vets

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
0337 - St Julius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1189 - Riots of Lynn in Norfolk spread to Norwich, England
1508 - Maximilian I crowned Holy Roman Emperor
1577 - King Henri de Bourbon of Navarra becomes leader of Huguenots
1626 - Huguenot rebels & the French sign Peace of La Rochelle
1693 - Royal charter granted College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
1716 - England & Netherlands renew alliance
1778 - France recognizes US, signs treaty of aid in Paris - 1st US treaty; England declares war on France
1788 - Massachusetts becomes 6th state to ratify constitution
1815 - NJ issues 1st US railroad charter (John Stevens)
1819 - Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds freeport harbor Singapore
1820 - 86 free black colonists sail from New York NY to Sierra Leone, Africa
1832 - 1st appearance of cholera at Edinburgh, Scotland; US ship destroys Sumatran village in retaliation for piracy
1836 - HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reach Diemen's Land (Tasmania)
1840 - Waitangi Day; treaty signed between Britain & Maoris of New Zealand
1861 - English Admiral Robert Ritzroy issues 1st storm warnings for ships; 1st meeting of Provisional Congress of Confederate States of America
1862 - Victory for General Ulysses S Grant in Tennessee, capturing Fort Henry, and ten days later Fort Donelson; Grant earns the nickname "Unconditional Surrender" Grant; Naval Engagement at Tennessee River - USS Conestoga vs CSS Appleton Belle
1864 - Skirmish at Barnett's Ford, Virginia
1865 - 2nd day of battle at Dabney's Mills (Hatcher's Run)
1869 - "Harper's Weekly" publishes 1st picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers
1899 - Spanish-American War ends, peace treaty ratified by Senate
1900 - Battle at Vaalkrans, South-Africa (Boers vs British army)
1904 - Russian-Japanese war began
1911 - Great fire destroys downtown Constantinople/Istanbul Turkey
1918 - Britain grants women (30 & over) the vote
1920 - Saarland administrated by League of Nations
1922 - US, UK, France, Italy & Japan sign Washington naval arms limitation
1932 - Fascist coup in the Memel territory
1933 - 20th Amendment goes into effect; Presidential term begins in Jan not March; President von Hindenburg & von Papen end Prussian parliament
1935 - Board game "Monopoly" goes on sale for the 1st time; 1st election to allow women to vote in Turkey
1937 - K. Elizabeth Ohi becomes 1st Japanese-US female lawyer
1939 - Spanish government flees to France
1941 - Battle of Beda Fomm Italian 10th army destroyed; British troops conquer Bengazi, Libya
1943 - 1st Spitfire in action above Darwin, Australia, Mu Ki-46 shot down; Singer Frank Sinatra debuts on radio's "Your Hit Parade"
1945 - 8th Air Force bombs Magdeburg/Chemnitz; Russian Red Army crosses the river Oder
1948 - 1st radio-controlled airplane flown
1951 - "Broker Special" train crashes in Woodbridge NJ, killing 84; Radio commentator Paul Harvey arrested for trying to sneak into the Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago IL
1953 - US controls on wages & some consumer goods are lifted
1956 - French premier Guy Mollet pelted with tomatoes in Algiers; University of Alabama refuses admission to Autherine Lucy (because he's Black)
1959 - Fidel Castro is interviewed by Edward R. Murrow; US 1st successful Titan intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)
1964 - France & Great-Britain sign accord over building channel tunnel
1968 - Former President Dwight Eisenhower shoots a hole-in-one; Dutch 2nd Chamber condemns US bombing of North Vietnam
1971 - 1st time a golf ball is hit on the Moon (by Alan Shepard)
1974 - US House of Representatives begins determining grounds for impeachment of Nixon
1978 - Muriel, wife of late Hubert Humphrey (Senator-MN) takes his office
1979 - Supreme court of Lahore affirms death sentence against premier Bhutto
1984 - Muslim militiamen take over West Beirut from Lebanese army
1987 - No-smoking rules take effect in federal buildings
1989 - Lech Walesa begins negotiating with the Polish government
1995 - Darryl Strawberry suspended from baseball for 60 days

1536 - Toyotomi Hideyoshi, 2nd of three unifiers of Japan in 16th century
1665 - Anne Stuart, Queen of England (1702-14)
1756 - Aaron Burr, 3rd US Vice-President (1801-05), dueler
1797 - Joseph Maria von Radowitz, Prussian minister of Foreign affairs
1818 - William Maxwell Evarts (Union)
1830 - Marcellus Monroe Crocker, Union Brigadier General
1832 - John Brown Gordon, Confedearte Major General
1833 - James Ewell Brown "JEB" Stuart, Confederate Major General
1834 - William Dorsey Pender, Confederate Major General
1890 - Anton Hermann Fokker, aviation pioneer
1893 - Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan, President of UN General Assembly (1962-63)
1895 - George Herman (Babe) Ruth, baseball great (Yankees)
1905 - Wladislaw Gomulka, premier of Poland
1908 - General Edward Lansdale, model for "Quiet American" & "Ugly American"
1908 - Amintore Fanfani, premier of Italy
1911 - Ronald Reagan, actor / 40th President (R) (1981-89)
1912 - Eva Braun, mistress of Adolf Hitler
1913 - Mary Nicol Leakey, palaeontologist
1915 - Derk Roemers, Dutch politician (Social-Democrat)
1920 - James H. Scheuer (Representative-NY)
1933 - Walter E. Fauntroy (Representative-DC)
1940 - Tom Brokaw, news anchor (NBC Nightly News)
1951 - Maria Christina Belgian princess/daughter of Leopold III
1961 - Yuri Ivanovich Onufriyenko, Russian major/cosmonaut (Mir, Soyuz TM-23)

0743 - Hisham ibn 'Abd al-Malik, 10th Moslem caliph, dies at about 52
0891 - Photius, Byzantine theologist/patriarch of Constantinople/saint
1685 - Charles II, King of England/Scotland/Ireland (1660-85), dies at 54
1695 - Ahmed II, 21st sultan of Turkey (1691-95), dies
1699 - Jozef Ferdinand of Bavaria, heir of Spanish king Carlos II
1785 - Iman Willem Falck, Dutch governor of Ceylon (1765-83), dies at 48
1865 - John Pegram, US Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 33
1881 - Pieter Mijer, Governor-General of Netherlands Indies (1866-72), dies at 68
1899 - Georg Leo earl von Caprivi, German chancellor, dies at 67
1917 - Edouard A. Drumont, French anti-semite journalist, dies at 72
1923 - Edward E. Barnard, US astronomer (5th moon Jupiter), dies at 65
1943 - HA Seyffardt, Dutch Lieutenant-General/NSB "minister", dies at 71
1945 - Jan and Paul Bos, Dutch resistance fighters, executed
1948 - Robert Brasillach, French author/Nazi collaborator, dies at 38
1952 - George VI, King of Britain (1936-52), dies at 56 (succeeded by daughter, Elizabeth II)
1963 - Mohammed ibn al-Chattabi Abd el-Krim, Morocco opposition leader
1964 - Sophocles Venizelos, premier of Greece (1944, 50-51), dies at 69
1973 - Ira S. Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar), dies at 74
1991 - Marten Levendig, Dutch TV correspondent to Moscow
1996 - Ronald Fletcher, broadcaster, dies at 85
1998 - Nazim al-Kudsi, Syrian PM (1949, 1950-51)/President (1961-63)

Reported Missing in Action
The following USAF personnel reported MIA when their HH3E was shot down:
Hall, Donald J. (OK);

Heiskell, Lucius L. (TN);

Kibbey, Richard A. (KY);

Wood, Patrick H. (MO)

The following USN personnel reported MIA when their P3B was shot down:
Burnett, Donald F. (AL)

Chapa, Armando, Jr. (CA)

Farris, William F. (IL)

Gallager, Donald L. (WI)

Huss, Roy A. (WI)

Jones, Thomas P. (NY)

McKay, Homer E. (TX)

Newman, James C., Jr. (TN)

Thompson, Mevin C. (GA)

Travis, Lynn M. (AR)

Also reported MIA this day in 1968:
Hyland, Charles K., Civilian (Australia); released by PRG November, 1968

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1H was shot down:
Briggs, Ronald D. (PA)

Christiansen, Eugene (CA)

O'Hara, Robert Charles (IA)

Padgett, David E. (IN)

Parsons, Donald E. (IL)

Stanley, Charles I. (OH)

Also reported MIA this day in 1969:
Parker, David W., US Army (GA); drowned

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