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Monday, February 25, 2008

Dog saved by Marine coming to Calif.

Associated Press Writer
Fri Feb 22, 8:52 AM ET

SAN DIEGO - It began with a simple act of kindness to save an abused, injured dog from becoming one more victim in the Iraq war.

But what followed for Marine Maj. Brian Dennis and the mutt was a tale of friendship and loyalty that spanned miles and overcame long odds — one set to take a turn Friday with the anticipated arrival here of the Marine's best friend.

"This dog who had been through a lifetime of fighting, war, abuse ... is going to live the good life," Dennis told his family in an e-mail from Iraq.

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C-130 Hercules aircraft stand by for missions at an air base in Southwest Asia. These aircraft move coalition forces and equipment throughout the areas of responsibility in Iraq and Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Patrick Dixon)

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In Today's News - Monday, February 25, 2008

Quote of the Day
"I always consider the settlement of America
with reverence and wonder,
as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence,
for the illumination of the ignorant
and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind
all over the earth."

-- John Adams

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Homicide Bomber Kills Dozens of Shiite Pilgrims - VIDEO
Roadside blast kills 3 Shiite pilgrims
Iraq fears clash between Turkish troops, Peshmerga - Video
In Step with a 'Living' Iraqi Legend in Northern Iraq
Paratroopers capture Special Groups facilitator in Sha'ab

Operation Enduring Freedom
Powerful blast rocks Afghanistan's Kandahar

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Indonesia court hears Bali bombers case review
Roadside blast kills 13 in NW Pakistan
Palestinian blockade protesters form chain in Gaza

Other Military News
Pentagon seeks stronger defense ties with Indonesia

Religion of Peace??
Pakistan Blocks YouTube for 'Blasphemous' Content

Worldwide Wackos
Music to Kim Jong Il's Ears
Raul Castro Named President by Cuban Parliament
Cuba's Raul Castro faces tough reforms challenge - Video
Cuba power transfer met with a yawn in Miami
Israeli PM calls for new sanctions against Iran
Gaddafi's son says talking to Islamist rebels

Politics / Government
Nader announces run for president
Mad Money
Dems seek investigation into McCain funding
McCain Grabs 38 Delegates in U.S. Territories Contests
Farrakhan Praises: Obama is 'Hope of Entire World'
Governors to push Congress, Bush for more
Obama hits Clinton on NAFTA support
Midwestern governors pick new leaders
States with later primaries may count
Clinton assures donors after losses
Governors hope for federal cash
Blunt Iowa senator pursues ministries
Clinton, Obama sharpen their attacks - Video
Ex-CEO takes over as South Korean president
Kosovo marks first week of independence
Former DA Agreed to Open Secret JFK Docs for Movie
Musharraf Dismisses 'Graceful' Exit Suggestion
Manila security forces support Arroyo amid rallies

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Lone survivor holds key to slaying of 5
NIU mourn 5 slain at campus memorial
NYPD trio set for trial in groom's death

U.N. News
U.N. Bugs Out, Calls Insects Answer to Food Shortages

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
China bird flu victim ate sick chickens: officials
Tests of new AIDS gel show promise for women
Energy storage nears its day in the sun
Pioneer to stop making 42-inch plasma panels: report
Microsoft gets another shot at Open XML standard

Mother Nature
Missing Family Dog Returns 3 Weeks After Tornado
Skier Survives After Being Buried by Avalanche
Los Angeles Tap Water Judged Tastiest in World
Powerful Magnitude 7.3 Earthquake Hits Indonesia

Other News of Note
Passenger Dies Aboard U.S. Flight
Dead woman's cousin blames jet equipment
Airliners Collide at D.C. Airport Before Takeoff

Fox News
'No Country for Old Men' Wins Best Picture Oscar - WINNERS - Unscripted Oscar Moments - REDCARPET REWIND

Foreign stars and mavericks grab Oscar glory - Video
Oscar red carpet is bright in year of somber films
Joan Rivers goes online for Oscar red carpet
Coen brothers' Oscars seal Hollywood's approval
Oscar clips "Butterfly" wings
Economy to skirt recession, but growth said to crawl
U.S. recovery may take longer than usual: Greenspan
Loans make up most of collateral posted at Fed: report
SocGen chief says "resignation no longer on table"
Gold Fields says jobs at risk as power crisis bites
Global steel prices: the sky is the limit
Annual UK house price growth at 22-month low
Ohio on front line in U.S. housing meltdown
Global stocks, dollar rise on Ambac rescue hopes
Oil rises above $99 on Iran warnings, Turkish raids
Munich Re eyes $5 billion net in tough 2008
Roche outlook and stock buoyed by Avastin approval
Xstrata production data boosts profit hopes
Spanish builder ACS year profit rises 24 percent
China's Baosteel price rise exceeds forecast
Unicom shares dive in HK amid share issue talk
Talk of bond insurer rescue spurs late stock rally - Video

AP World News
Oscars become Coen country with 4 wins
Tiger wins Match Play for world sweep
Top economists see signs of recession
Fraser, former UAW president, dies at 91
Few fashion faux pas on Oscar red carpet
Creole craftsman helps rebuild N.O.
Angelina Jolie shows off baby bump
Boy Scouts plan 100th anniversary
Brown University gives students a break

News Blaze
PHOTOS: Hard Work Earns Paratroopers Awards
PHOTOS: Around Old Adhamiya
Employment Agency Helps Adhamiyans Find Jobs
Bloodhound 17 Nabs 16 Caches in 10 Weeks
PHOTOS: MPs Meet With Furat Commandant
PHOTOS: IPs Prepare for Graduation Day
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

CENTCOM: News Releases
Feb. 22 Statement from Multi-National Force - Iraq commending cease-fire extension
Successful operations target top Taliban leader
Civilians targeted in northern Iraq
Coalition forces identify terrorist killed in Feb. 17 operation

SOCJFCOM continues to ready warfighters for global operations - podcast
More about SOCJFCOM
Phase one of Multinational Experiment 5 wraps up
More about Multinational Experiment 5
Joint Knowledge Online extends cultural awareness training for U.S. Forces Korea - podcast
Newsmaker Profile: Director of Joint Training Army Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Coalition forces target Baghdad, Diyala terrorist networks; one killed, four detained
Coalition forces disrupt terrorist operations; three killed, 25 detained
1 Iraqi killed, 17 wounded in grenade attacks (Rashid)
MND-B Soldiers detain 2 suspected Special Groups criminals (Saba al-Bour)
Coalition forces discover disguised truck-bomb (Mosul)
MND-B Soldiers detain suspected Special Groups criminal (Saab al Bour)

Nature of Conflict in Afghanistan Changing

USS Lake Erie Crew Members Describe Shooting Down Satellite
Partnership Helps Army Reserve, Private Sector Recruit Young Talent

Troops Kill Four, Capture Dozens, Seize Weapons
Security Gains Boost Iraqis' Confidence in Future
Multinational Force Hails Cease-Fire Extension

Forces Kill Insurgents, Destroy Enemy Infrastructure
Initiative Seeks District-by-District Police Reform
Medically Retired Soldier Wants to Return to Iraq

Sailor Shares Insights

Capitals Host 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

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
1095 - Council of Rockingham - bishop Anselmus vs King William II Rufus
1358 - Dalmatië flees Venice
1497 - Italians troops reconquer Taranto on France
1502 - Austrian emperor Maximilian I reformats government machine
1540 - Francisco Vásquez de Coronado searches for 7 cities of Cibola México
1570 - Pius V excommunicates Elizabeth, absolves her subjects from allegiance
1605 - Portuguese garrison on Ambon surrenders to Admiral Van der Haghen
1623 - Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria becomes monarch of Palts
1634 - Irish captain Walter Devereaux kills duke Wallenstein
1643 - Dutch US colonists kill Algonquin-Indians
1667 - Abraham Crijnssens fleet reach Fort Willoughby on Suriname River
1746 - Cumberlands troops occupy Aberdeen
1791 - 1st Bank of US chartered
1793 - 1st cabinet meeting (At George Washington's home)
1799 - 1st federal forestry legislation authorizes purchase of timber land
1799 - Congress passes 1st federal quarantine legislation
1803 - 1,800 sovereign German states unite into 60 states
1804 - Jefferson nominated for President at Democratic-Republican caucus
1836 - Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm
1837 - 1st US electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport
1839 - Seminoles & Black allies shipped from Tampa Bay FL, to the West
1859 - First use of "insanity plea" to prove innocence
1862 - Congress establishes the US Bureau of Engraving & Printing; Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by President Abraham Lincoln
1863 - Congress creates national banking system, comptroller of currency
1868 - Andrew Johnson impeached for violation of the Tenure of Office act
1870 - Hiram Revels, Mississippi, is sworn in as 1st Black member of Congress (Senator)
1875 - Kiowa Indians under Lone Wolf (Guipago) surrender at Ft Sill
1879 - Congress passed 1st Timberland Protection Act
1885 - US Congress condemns barbed wire around government grounds
1896 - Italian government decides to attack governor Baratieri of Eritrea
1901 - US Steel Corp organizes under directorship of J.P. Morgan
1905 - Netherlands Workers van Vakverenigingen, (NVV) political party forms
1907 - US proclaims protectorate over Dominican Republic
1913 - 16th Amendment ratified, authorizing income tax
1916 - German troops conquer Fort Douaumont near Verdun
1919 - Oregon is 1st state to tax gasoline (1¢ per gallon); League of Nations set up by Paris Treaty
1921 - Georgian SSR proclaimed
1925 - Glacier Bay National Monument established in Alaska
1926 - Francisco Franco becomes General of Spain; Kwo-Min-Tang (Guomindang) declares war on government/warlords
1927 - Gdansk & Polish accord concerning traffic through Polish corridor
1930 - Check photographing device patented
1932 - Immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship
1933 - 1st genuine aircraft carrier christened, USS Ranger
1938 - British Lord Halifax becomes Foreign Minister
1939 - 1st Anderson bomb shelter in Britain erected in an Islington garden
1941 - February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
1943 - Vietminh forms Indo Chinese Democratic Front
1944 - US 1st Army completes invasion plan
1945 - US aircraft carriers attack Tokyo
1948 - Communists seize Czechoslovakia/C. Gottwald becomes premier
1949 - WAC Corporal rocket achieves height of 400k (record)
1951 - 1st Pan American Games open (Buenos Aires Argentina)
1952 - 6th Winter Olympics games close at Oslo, Norway
1954 - Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier
1956 - Khrushchev denounces Stalin at 20th Soviet Party Conference
1957 - Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport
1962 - India Congress Party wins elections; Robert Kennedy visits Netherlands
1964 - Austrian chancellor Alfons Gorbach resigns
1966 - Syrian military coup under Hafiz al-Assad
1968 - Makarios re-elected President of Cyprus
1969 - Mariner 6 launched for fly-by of Mars
1974 - Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) begin tandem bicycle ride a record 18,020 miles around the world, completed on August 27, 1975
1977 - Oil tanker explosion west of Honolulu spills 31 million gallons; Soyuz 24 returns to Earth
1979 - Soyuz 32 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
1980 - Coup ousts PM Henck Arron of Suriname
1984 - Oil fire in Cubatao Brazil kills 500
1986 - Corazon Aquino becomes President of Philippines; Former Philippines President Ferdinand E. Marcos flees in defeat; Thousands of Egyptian military police riot, destroy 2 luxury hotel
1986 - Iran conquerors Iraq peninsula Fao
1987 - US Supreme Court upholds (5-4) affirmative action
1988 - South Korea adopts constitution
1990 - Nicaraguans vote out Sandinistas
1991 - US barracks in Dhahran Saudi Arabia hit by SCUD missile - 28 are killed
1994 - Israeli extremist Baruch Goldstein massacres 30 Palestinians in Hebron; Peruvian Yak-40 crashes into mountain near Tingo Maria, kills 31
1995 - Bomb attack on train in Assam India (27 soldiers killed); Moslem fundamentalists shoot 20 Shiite mosque goers dead
1998 - Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich

1635 - Walraad the Elder, Dutch field marshall/earl of Nassau-Usingen
1643 - Ahmed II, 21st sultan of Turkey (1691-95)
1778 - José Francisco de San Martín, liberated Argentina, Chile & Perú
1794 - Gerrit Schimmelpenninck, Dutch earl of Nijenhuis/Peckedam
1807 - George Alfred Trenholm, Secretary Treasurer (Confederacy)
1808 - James Bowen, Union Major General
1809 - George Washington Cullom, Union Brevet Major General
1815 - Robert Hall Chilton, Confederate Brigadier General
1833 - Clement Anselm Evans, Confederate Brigadier General
1881 - William Foster, Communist Presidential candidate (1924,28,32)
1888 - John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59)
1896 - John J. McClellan (Senator-AR)
1906 - Howard Zahniser, Father of the Wilderness Act
1910 - Millicent Fenwick (Representative-NJ 1975-82)
1923 - Roger Parker Lord Justice of Appeal
1928 Keith Williamson, British RAF marshal
1931 - Edward Kellett-Bowman, British MEP; J.R. Stephenson, Lieutenant-Colonel/Secretary (MCC)
1932 - Laurence New, Major-General
1937 - Bob Schieffer Austin, newscaster (CBS Weekend News)
1940 - Billy Packer Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
1941 - Stewart Sutherland, Principal/Vice-Chancellor (Edinburgh University)
1947 - Lewis Moonie, British MP
1950 - Anthony Lloyd, British MP
1952 - James A. Barcia (Representative-D-MI)

1247 - Hendrik IV, Duke of Limburg/earl of Bergen (1226-47)
1601 - Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, executed for treason against Elizabeth
1634 - Albrecht von Wallenstein German Duke, murdered at 50; Van Friedland/Mecklenburg General-Admiral, dies at 50
1713 - Frederik I, King of Prussia (1701-13), dies at 55
1826 - Piotr A. von der Pahlen, military governor of St. Petersburg, dies at 60
1899 - Paul Julius von Reuter, founder of the news agency (Reuters)
1915 - George Mimot, physician (Nobel-1934)
1960 - Everhardus J. van Romondt, Dutch Antillean minister, dies at 51
1968 - Camille Huysmans Belgian premier (1946-47), dies at 96
1969 - Jan Zajic, Czechoslovakian student, self incinerates
1975 - Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, dies in Chicago at 77
1978 - Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr., retired Air Force General, dies at 58
1983 - John Cowles, Sr., US publisher, dies at 84
1993 - Jean G.H. "Sjeng" Tans, Dutch PM (Social Democrat, 1965-69)
1994 - Yann Piat, French MP (FN/PR), murdered at 44

Reported Missing in Action
Causey, John Bernard, USAF (IL); RB66C shot down

Hart, Joseph L., USAF (WY); A1E shot down

Brellenthin, Michael, USMC (FL); KIA in ground action, body not recovered

Ridgeway, Ronald L., USMC (TX); captured in same ground action where Brellenthin was killed - released by DRV March, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Sabog, Mateo, US Army (HI); initially reported AWOL when he failed to report to duty stateside upon return from tour in Vietnam. Later changed to MIA, then located stateside in 1996

Morgan, William J., US Army (LA); UH1H shot down

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