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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Welcome Home, First Team!

THANKS & WELCOME HOME - Vice President Richard B. Cheney speaks to 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers during a welcome home rally on Fort Hood, Texas’s Cooper Field Feb. 26, 2008. "You amassed a superb record,” Cheney told the troops. “I’m here to say ‘thanks’ and ‘welcome home.’” U.S. Army photo by Spc. Alexis Harrison - Story

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In Today's News - Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Quote of the Day
"I'm confident the American people understand
that when it comes to our security,
if we need to act, we will act,
and we really don't need
the United Nations' approval to do so.
When it comes to our security,
we really don't need anybody's permission."

-- President George W. Bush, March 6, 2003

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraq condemns Turkish incursion and wants troops out
Senate advances bill to cut Iraq funding
Citizens’ Tips Lead Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers to 11 Weapon Caches
Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Work Together to Clear Village of AQI
Coalition Forces Kill Seven Terrorists in Iraq

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Serbian Rioters Try to Attack U.S. Consulate - PHOTOS
Gaza and Israel plight could wreck Mideast talks: U.N
Moussaoui challenges court secrecy rules
Expert details White House e-mail risks

Fallen Heroes
DoD Identifies Army Casualty (Baghdad)
DoD Identifies Army Casualty (Baghdad)

Other Military News
Army Stressed Out - Top brass pushes cutting combat tours
Pentagon's 'Crusher' Robot Vehicle Nearly Ready to Go
Casey: Obama's shortages claim plausible

Worldwide Wackos
Musical diplomacy as New York Phil plays Pyongyang - Video
Iran's upbeat conservatives not all behind president

Politics / Government
Dems Collide in Ohio - Obama, Clinton clash on universal healthcare
IRS Probes Church Over Obama Speech
McCain Apologizes for Shock Jock's Remarks
Judgment Day
Former Rivals Now Buddies: Sen. Dodd Endorses Obama
Report: Did Shady Billionaire Bankroll Obama Mansion?
Flowers Sale: My Love Tapes of Bill
Bush: Economy not in recession
Clinton fights for Ohio - Video
Blog: (No) thanks for your support...
Reuters Full Coverage: Results, profiles, polls
McCain disavows comments about Obama
Sen. John Warner Hospitalized With Heart Condition
Mayor Loses Pants, Job
Book focuses on women in Balkan wars - Video
Rice demands action as Kenya talks stall
Kosovo warns Serbia as riots continue - Video
Czech PM: Prague doesn't want return to Russian sway

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Study finds immigrants commit less California crime

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Japanese Businessman Plotted With Hit Men to Kill Wife on California Vacation, Prosecutor Says Florida Mom Arrested After 16-Month-Old Baby Tests Positive for Cocaine
Virginia's Ferrum College on Lockdown After Security Alert
Teacher's Aide Quits After Drug Party for Kids - VIDEO
2 Stabbed While Watching Horror Movie at California Theater
'Law and Order' Wife Killer Allegedly Hired Hit Men
Cops: Man Kills 4-Year-Old Girl in Calif.; 2 Others Critical
Lunsford's Father Claims Sheriff Botched Search
Strip Mall Killer Says 'I'm Losing It' in 911 Call - LISTEN
U.S. targets 100 U.S. taxpayers in Liechtenstein case
Hair analysis offers new crime-fighting clues
Father testifies about slain 10-year-old
Polygamist leader faces Ariz. charges
Sex-change inmate says treatment stopped

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
The 'Shock Ads' You'll Never See
Pakistan may be behind YouTube outage
iTunes grows to No. 2 U.S. music retailer
Pakistan lifts curbs on YouTube

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Scientists Predict When World Will End
Norovirus Sickens More Than 100 Passengers on Mexican Cruise
Study doubts effectiveness of antidepressant drugs - Video
Drug-resistant TB seen at record levels globally
Scientists pinpoint why some people become addicts
YouTube outage might have been caused by Pakistan
Google, SingTel and others to build submarine cable

Mother Nature
Wicked Storms Wash Up Shipwrecks, Ghost Forests
Big Storms Hit in North, South; Thousands Without Power
Power Returns to South Florida - VIDEO - PHOTOS
Strong Quake Rattles England
Wildfires flare up in Texas, New Mexico
Marshals looking for suspect find gators

Outrage on the Court
Michael Jackson's Neverland Foreclosed; Auction Date Set - FORECLOSURE NOTICE(pdf)
FOXSexpert: 'Orgasmatron' Promises Women Instant Satisfaction
Northwest Plane Makes 'Smelly' Emergency Landing
‘Too Pretty’ Coeds Escorted From Northwest Flight
Misidentified St. Louis Man Buried By Wrong Family
Soccer player in trouble over Hitler garb
Horse racing bet makes man birthday millionaire
EU court: 'Parmesan' is protected name
Don't sit on that toilet!
It's Clinton, not Obama. No, it's Obama!

Fox News
Every Single Starbucks in U.S. Closing for Three Hours - VIDEO: Time to Teach Baristas How to Make Coffee
FOXBusiness: Foreclosures Up 57 Percent in Past Year
Valerie Bertinelli About Divorce From Eddie Van Halen: 'I Wasn't An Angel Either'
Northwest Airlines Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Tokyo After Burning Odor Detected
Naomi Campbell Hospitalized in Brazil for Cyst Removal

Stagflation fears
Home prices plunge at record rate: S&P
Spoiled pets seen despite econ. woes
Pet pampering seen at high 2008 despite econ fears
Japanese move to green beat at Paris shows
IBM board authorizes $15 billion share buyback
Weak confidence, PPI jump stoke U.S. stagflation fear
MBIA unit's "Aaa" rating affirmed by Moody's
UAW strikes American Axle as talks collapse
Is fair value accounting really fair?
Fear of recession could help drive one
Home prices plunge at record rate in 2007: S&P
Oil steadies over $99, eye on OPEC meeting
Google falls 8 percent on ad fears
Stocks gain with IBM buyback, energy and MBIA
Home-building shares soar on Lennar buyout rumor
Expected loan losses drag down bank earnings
Regional Feds split over steep rate cut need: Fed
Dollar falls to record lows versus euro
Target profit down, cautious on first half '08
Macy's quarterly profit tops view
Commodity conundrum

AP World News
Study: Contaminent levels high in parks
Anderson seeks to annul 2-month marriage
Clemens decision may come by end of week
Yao out for season with left foot injury
Maxim apologizes for Black Crowes review
Clemens mum on steroids at Astros' camp
Confidence plunges, inflation rate soars

News Blaze
'Coalition vs. Iraqi National Police Soccer Game' B-Roll Available
PHOTO: MND-B leaders discuss economic growth for Fira Shia Market
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
U.S. Army Doctors Begin Lifesaving Procedures on 8-Month-Old Iraqi Baby
Baghdad Governor Opens Bridge
Suicide bomber kills 9 at Iraqi Army checkpoint
Weapons cache destroyed in Arab Jabour
MND-B Soldiers capture special groups leader (Baghdad)
Iraqi Police find more than 500 munitions in cache (Jurf as Sakhr)

Cheney Hails Troops' Efforts in Iraq as 'Historic'
Fourteen DoD Civilians Get Global War on Terror Medal
Gates Looks to Expand Relationship with India - Photos
Forces Must Prepare to Fight Regional Extremist Networks

Commissaries Remove Two Soups
VA Raises Limit on Free Health Care

Tenth Rotation of Salvadoran Soldiers Begins Duties
Troops Celebrate African-American Contributions
Coalition Forces Kill Seven Terrorists

General Discusses Upcoming Marine Deployment
Conflict Likely to See More Taliban Terror Killings
Airmen Mentor Afghan Army Logistics Troops

Marine Gives Gift of Life

Billboards Build Gratitude 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

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
1266 - Battle of Benevento
1531 - Earthquake in Lisbon, Portugal, kills 20,000
1590 - Mauritius of Nassaus sails to Breda
1616 - Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo
1797 - Bank of England issues 1st £1-note
1804 - Vice-Admiral William Bligh ends siege of Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad
1815 - Napoleon & 1,200 leave Elba to start 100-day re-conquest of France
1832 - Polish constitution abolished/replaced by Czar Nicholas I
1848 - Marx & Engels publish "The Communist Manifesto"; 2nd French Republic forms
1852 - British frigate Birkenhead sinks off South Africa-458 die
1862 - Battle of Woodburn, KY
1863 - Lincoln signs National Currency Act
1869 - 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states
1870 - 1st NYC subway line opens (pneumatic powered)
1881 - Natal British troops under General-Major Colley occupy Majuba Hill
1884 - British & Portuguese treaty signed in Congo by Leopold II
1885 - Congress of Berlin, gives Congo to Belgium & Nigeria to England
1895 - Michael Owens of Toledo, OH, patents a glass-blowing machine
1916 - Germans sink French transport ship Provence II, killing 930; Russian troops conquer Kermansjah, Persia
1919 - Acadia National Park established (as Lafayette National Park), Maine; Congress established Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
1923 - Italian nationalist & fascists merge (blue-shirts & black-shirts)
1924 - Trial against Hitler in Munich begins
1925 - Jihad-Saint war against Turkish government
1933 - Golden Gate Bridge ground-breaking ceremony held at Crissy Field
1935 - Germany began Luftwaffe operation, under Reichsmarshall H. Goering; New York Yankees release Babe Ruth, he signs with Boston Braves; RADAR-Radio Detection & Ranging 1st demonstrated (Robert Watson-Watt)
1936 - Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche's "Volkswagen"; Military coup in Japan
1938 - 1st passenger ship equipped with radar
1940 - US Air Defense Command established at Mitchell Field, Long Island NY
1941 - Utrecht & Zaandam strike against raid on Jews; Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory
1942 - WWII Navy flier Don Mason sends message "Sighted sub sank same"; German battle cruiser Gneisenau deactivated by bomb; Werner Heisenberger informs Nazis about uranium project "Wunderwaffen"
1943 - German assault moves to Beja North Tunisia
1944 - 1st female US navy captain, Sue Dauser of nurse corps, appointed
1945 - Very heavy bombing on Berlin by 8th US Air Force
1949 - USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight
1951 - Bread rationing in Czechoslovakia
1952 - PM Winston Churchill announces that Britain has its own atomic bomb; Netherlands-Indonesian Unity conference
1953 - Allen W. Dulles, promoted from deputy to 5th director of CIA
1954 - 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy, MA; Michigan Representative Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock & roll) records
1955 - 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed - G.F. Smith
1960 - Soviet premier Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia
1962 - US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation
1965 - Dutch Government of Marijnen falls; W. Germany ceases military aid to Tanzania
1972 - Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek WV, kills 125
1977 - 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)
1979 - Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US
1980 - Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for the 1st time; Military coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
1981 - 3 Anglican missionaries detained in Iran since August 1980 are released
1984 - Last US marines in multinational peace-keeping force in Lebanon leave Beirut; Pak Awang (84) marries 80th spouse
1986 - Former Philippines President Ferdinand E Marcos flees in defeat
1987 - NASA launches GEOS-H; Tower Commission probes Iran-Contra affair
1990 - USSR agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czechoslovakia by July, 1991
1991 - Kuwaiti resistance leaders declare they have control of their capital
1993 - World Trade Center bombed, 7 die
1998 - Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)

1361 - Wenceslas of Bohemia, Holy Roman Catholic German emperor (1378-1400)
1802 - Victor Hugo France, author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables)
1837 - Charles Woeste, Belgian count/minister of Justice
1841 - Evelyn Baring Earl Cromer, English Consul-General (Egypt)
1842 - Camille Flammarion, Mars researcher & popularizer of astronomy
1845 - Alexander III, Russian tsar (1881-94)
1846 - William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody
1852 - John Harvey Kellogg, surgeon, inspired flaked cereal industry
1861 - Ferdinand I, 1st tsar of modern Bulgaria (1908-18)
1866 - Herbert Henry Dow. pioneer in US chemical industry (Dow Chemical)
1869 - Nadezjda K. Krupskaj,a Russian revolutionary/wife of Lenin
1876 - Agustin P. Justo y Rolon, President of Argentina (1931-38)
1882 - Walter Lucht German artillery general (WWI/WWII)
1896 - Andrei A. Zjdanov, Russian politician (against kosmopolitism)
1911 - Josef Smrkovsky, Czechoslovakia MP chairman
1916 - Jackie Gleason, comedian (Ralph Kramden-Honeymooners)
1917 - Robert Taft, Jr. (Senator-OH)
1918 - Otis R. Bowen, US Secretary of Health & Human Services (1985-89)
1924 - Noboru Takeshita, Japanese PM (1987-89)
1926 - Konstantin P. Feoktistov Voronezh, cosmonaut (Voskhod 1)
1928 - Anatoli Vassilyevich Filipchenko, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 16); Antoine "Fats" Domino, rhythm & blues pianist/singer (Blueberry Hill)
1931 - Robert D. Novak, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak)
1932 - Johnny Cash, country singer (I Walk The Line, Folsom Prison Blues)
1958 - Susan J. Helms, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 54, 64, 78)

- Godfried III with the Hump, duke of Netherlands-Lutherian, murdered
1154 - Rogier II Guiscard, King of Sicily (1101-54), dies at 60
1577 - Erik XIV Wasa, King of Sweden (1560-69), dies at 43
1686 - Godefroi L Earl d'estrades, French diplomat/marshal, dies at about 78
1726 - Maximilian II M. Emanuel, elect of Bavaria/governor of Netherlands, dies
1871 - Charles Niellon, Belgian brigade general, dies at 76
1901 - Chi-hsui, during Boxer Rebellion in China, beheaded
1903 - Richard J. Gatling, US inventor (Gatling Gun), dies at 84
1931 - Otto Wallach, German chemist (Nobel 1910), dies at 83
1961 - Mohammed V ibn Yusuf, sultan/King of Morocco, dies at 51
1965 - Jimmie Lee Jackson civil rights activist, dies of injuries
1969 - Levi Eshkol [Sjkolnik], Israeli premier, dies; Golda Meir takes over 3/17
1981 - Munabi, assistant to Ugandan President Obote, murdered
1990 - Maurine Stuart Zen, teacher (head of Cambridge Buddhist Association)
1997 - Giuseppe 'Nuccio' Bertone, car Designer, dies at 82

Reported Missing in Action
Newton, Donald S., US Army (CA); disappeared while on patrol (wi/Wills)

Wills, Francis D., US Army (MD); disappeared while on patrol (w/Newton)

Harrison, Larry G., US Army (NC); OH6A shot down (w/Swanson)

Swanson, Jon E., US Army (CO); OH6A shot down (w/Harrison)

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