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Saturday, April 12, 2008

A U.S. Navy plane director positions an F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft, left, onto a catapult as an EA-6B Prowler aircraft, right, takes off from the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, which is under way in the Pacific Ocean, April 5, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Spike Call

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In Today's News - Saturday, April 12, 2008

Quote of the Day
A right is not what someone gives you;
it's what no one can take from you.

-- Ramsey Clark

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Chevron, Total seek oil deal in Iraq
Bush defends halt in troop withdrawals
US GIs in Iraq suffer worst week of '08
Gates Sees Fewer Troops in Iraq in '09
Soldiers Weed Out Sadr City Terrorists
Humanitarian Aid Drops Provide Food, Water for Hundreds
Weapons Find in Janabi Village Thwarts Future Attacks

Operation Enduring Freedom
Detained opium, arms traffickers identified

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah
Nine monks arrested for Tibet bombing: report - Video
Kashmir Gunfights Leave Two Militants Dead

Troops on Trial
Marine Capture Shocks Villagers - VIDEO - PHOTOS
Wife Refused Pleas - HOUSLEY BLOG: Hiding Out

Supporting Our Heroes...or not
Teen Suspended for Call From Dad in Iraq - VIDEO

Other Military News
Misfired Artillery Crashes Into New Jersey Home, Fatally Injuring Cat
Nigerian army detains four Americans in Niger Delta

Worldwide Wackos
Bomb Explosion at Iranian Mosque Kills 9
Housing Reform Allows Cubans to Get Titles to Homes

Politics / Government
Obama's 'Bitter' Fallout
Obama Admits Guns, Religion Comments Poorly Chosen
Radio Host: Tavis Smiley May Have Left Over Obama Flak
Overseas Democrats hold convention in Canada
WWE Invites Dems to Settle Differences in the Ring
Clinton offers steps to help defense industry - Video
Bush unlikely to boycott Olympics
Democrat blames weak economy on Iraq war (Give me a break)
War-weary Pa. voters wonder about exit
Obama puts time, ad money into Indiana
Obama's remarks give Clinton an opening
Obama's Choice of Spiritual Advisors IS Vitally Important to America!

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Chertoff defends immigration enforcement

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Warren Jeffs' 'All-Star Cast' - PHOTOS
Authorities Meet With Polygamy Abuse Suspect
Attorney: Tip That Led to Raid May be Hoax
Taught to Fear Outside World, Children of Polygamous Sect Face Wrenching Adjustment
Attys: Texas polygamists may recant
Rangers talk to man in polygamist probe
A 26-year-old secret could free inmate
12-Year-Old Girl Reported Missing Found With 19-Year-Old Internet Boyfriend
2 Police Officers Wounded in Shooting at Movie Theater in California
Ohio Teen Charged in Identical Twin's Murder Cell Phones May Help Avoid Tickets
Catholics seek bold papal action on sex abuse
'Girls Gone Wild' president cleared

U.N. News
Google Earth, U.N. Pair Up to Track World Refugees

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Lawsuit says paparazzi gave Heath Ledger drugs
Chinese Hackers Switch to Skype Scam

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Bowl Full of Misery
'Faces of Meth' Uses Portraits of Addiction to Warn Against Drug Use
"Extinct" plants found in remote Australia
Lawsuit claims "CSI" toy kits contain asbestos
Trans-fats linked to breast cancer risk in study
FCC to look into firms' use of customer data
Appeals court denies EchoStar rehearing request

Mother Nature
Florida Man Dies After 100 'Killer Bee' Stings
Swarm of Earthquakes Detected off Central Oregon
Study: Pollution Causes Flowers to Lose Sweet Smell

News from My Neck of the Woods
NYPD to Turn Out in Force for Papal Visit

Man jailed for fake Viagra sales
Porn star unveils campaign weapon-her bottom

Other News of Note
Lonely Planet writer says he made up part of books

Fox News
Small Plane Crashes in California Neighborhood
American Set to Return All But 3 Jets to Skies
Political Unrest in Haiti Following Food Price Riots
Hundreds Swarm N.C. Station Offering 35-Cent Gas
Dalai Lama Avoids Tibet in Seattle Speech
Politicians, Actors Attend Charleton Heston Funeral
Pope to Pay U.S. Historic Visit
The Pope in America
Masters Leaderboard
Southern California Freeway Crash Kills 4 Members of Church Youth Group
Texan Crystle Stewart, 26, Crowned Miss USA 2008

Immelman leads by two at softened Augusta
Dalai Lama draws 50,000 to Seattle stadium
Zimbabwe authorities order vote recounts - Video
WITNESS: Hunting empire treasures in Sudan market
Media magnate and ex-mayor face off in Italian poll - Video
Kenyan leaders strike power-sharing deal: sources
China coal mine blast kills 14
Music retailers fight back with "Record Store Day"
UK bookmakers halve odds on Prince William wedding
Sydney music festival prepares for car symphony
Teen R&B singer Karina Pasian declares "War"
Finance chiefs urge IMF keep closer eye on economy
Microsoft prefers own Yahoo bid among options: source
G7 currency shift signals growth fears
100 days to clean up capitalism
Philippine property firms look closer to home for sales
FedEx CEO: "no growth" in U.S. economy
China Mobile seeking small stakes in global peers
GE shocks market with profit drop, shares tumble
Stocks face wild ride with banks, inflation
OPEC sees softer oil demand, committed to stability
GE woes another signal of slowing economy
Yen rallies broadly as U.S. stocks plunge
Oil steadies on weak dollar, demand revisions
Gold weakens as market cautious before weekend
Court grants Teva generic Risperdal exclusivity
WaMu sees $140-180 mln restructuring charge
Bear Stearns sees incurring $288 mln losses in Q2
Bank earnings: Less than bad?
Bank rally is a bit premature

AP World News
Mugabe skips regional summit on Zimbabwe
Tanzania expects trouble-free torch run
Immelman steady as Woods makes his move
World finance leaders tackle bank reform
Online reservations only at NYC hot spot
More Catholic schools closing across US
China's Hu: Tibet is an internal matter

News Blaze
PHOTOS: Regulars Replace Black Lions
PHOTOS: MND-B Soldiers Team With ISF to Search For IEDs
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos
Campaigns for National Offices Often Rely on Outside Expertise
Athlete Works to Broaden Access for Those with Disabilities

Baby left at doorstep finds new home
Iraqi-U.S. joint patrol works to deter oil looting
Troops build African partnerships with well-drilling project
Iraqis want to establish national sovereignty
Village of Hope gives Iraqis new perspective

USJFCOM signs letter of intent to support interagency online training
Phase two of Multinational Experiment 5 kicks off
More about Multinational Experiment 5 - podcast
Joint Interoperability Division helps training take flight - podcast

Multi-National Force - Iraq
MND-C Soldiers aid residents, remove weapons cache (Baghdad)
Local cooperation brings in multiple suspects (Jisr Diyala)
MND-B Soldier attacked by IED (Baghdad)
Coalition Forces capture suspected Special Groups criminal
Five wanted individuals, 20 other suspects detained
Coalition forces return fire after complex attack in Sadr City (Baghdad)

Troop Levels, Readiness Require 'Delicate Balance'
Robotic Vehicles Steer Into Research Agency's Spotlight

Iraqi Forces Step Up Operations
'Surge' Brigade Heads to Fort Riley
Coalition Missile Kills Six Criminals

Soldier Cracks Egg Ban for Troops

PaCom, Indonesia Recommit to Security Interests
Military’s Hawaiian Playground Undergoes Facelift
Pentagon to Host Military Naturalization Ceremony
Course Teaches Tips to Neutralize Vehicle Bombs

America Supports You: Delta Blue Star Moms Support Troops, Each Other

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
0352 - St Julius I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1065 - Pilgrims under bishop Günther of Bamberg reach Jerusalem
1111 - Pope Paschalis II crowns Henry V Roman emperor
1204 - 4th Crusade occupies & plunders Constantinople
1229 - Queen Blanche of Castilië & Earl Raymond VII van Toulouse sign peace
1545 - French King François I orders Protestants of Vaudois to be killed
1606 - England adopts the Union Jack as its flag
1654 - England, Ireland & Scotland unite
1713 - Dutch State-General signs peace with France Netherlands loses Orange Princedom
1770 - Townsend Acts repealed
1776 - Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina
1782 - Battle at Les Saintes West Indies - British fleet beats French
1811 - 1st US colonists on Pacific coast arrive at Cape Disappointment, WA
1844 - Texas becomes a US territory
1861 - Fort Sumter, SC is shelled by Confederacy, starting the Civil War
1862 - James Andrews steals Confederate train (General) at Kennesaw, GA; Union troops occupy Fort Pulaski, GA
1863 - Gunboat battle at Bayou Teche LA
1864 - Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, TN; Battle of Blair's Landing, LA
1869 - North Carolina legislature passes anti-Klan Law
1872 - Jesse James gang robs bank in Columbia, KY (1 dead/$1,500)
1877 - British annex Transvaal, in South Africa
1883 - French troops under Lieutenant-Colonel Borgnis-Desbordes occupy Bamako Senegal
1892 - George C. Blickensderfer patents portable typewriter
1893 - Battle at Hoornkrans Southwest-Africa German Schutztruppen chases away Hottentotten under Hendrik Witbooi
1894 - British & Belgian secret accord on dividing Central-Africa
1898 - Army transfers Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco Bay to Navy
1905 - French Dufaux brothers test helicopter
1907 - Belgium government of De Stain de Naeyer resigns
1908 - Fire makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea MA
1911 - 1st non-stop London-Paris flight (Pierre Prier in 3 hours 56 minutes)
1919 - British Parliament passes a 48-hour work week with minimum wages
1927 - General Chiang Kai-shek begins counter revolution in Shanghai
1928 - Assassination attempt on King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy
1931 - Spanish voters reject the monarchy
1935 - Germany prohibits publishing "not-Aryan" writers
1935 - Royal Proclamation sets design of Canada's new Jubilee Silver Dollar
1938 - 1st US law requiring medical tests for marriage licenses (New York)
1940 - Italy annexes Albania
1941 - Vichy-France's head of government Admiral Dalan consults with Hitler
1942 - Japan kills about 400 Filipino officers in Bataan
1943 - Allies conquer Soussa, North-Africa
1945 - Canadian troops liberate Nazi concentration camp Westerbork, Netherlands; Harry Truman sworn in as 33rd US President
1946 - Syria gains independence from France
1951 - Israeli Knesset officially designates April 13 as Holocaust Day
1952 - Salaheddine Baccouche forms Tunisian government
1954 - Belgian Van Houtte government resigns
1955 - Salk polio vaccine safe & effective; 4 billion dimes marched
1956 - Bandaranaike government forms in Ceylon
1959 - France Observator reports torture practice by French army in Algeria
1961 - Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner; Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)
1963 - Birmingham police use dogs & cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators
1966 - 1st B-52 bombing on North Vietnam
1973 - France recognizes North Vietnam; Sudan adopts constitution; Swaziland suspends constitution
1979 - Soyuz 33 returns to Earth
1980 - US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow games
1981 - Maiden voyage Space Transit System-space shuttle Columbia launched
1982 - 3 CBS employees shot to death in NYC parking lot
1983 - Harold Washington becomes Chicago's 1st black mayor
1985 - 16th Shuttle Mission (51D)-Discovery 4 launched-with Senator Jake Garn
1987 - Texaco files for bankruptcy
1988 - Harvard University patents genetically engineered mouse (1st for animal life); Sonny Bono elected mayor of Palm Springs CA
1990 - 1st meeting of East German democratically elected parliament, acknowledges responsibility for Nazi holocaust & asks for forgiveness
1991 - US announces closing of 31 major US military bases; Nepalese Congress party wins general elections
1992 - Earthquake rocks Germany; Euro Disney opens in Marne-la-Vallee, France; Lynn Gunther of California threatens to blow herself up in front of UN

1579 - François de Bassompierre, Marshal of France
1724 - Lyman Hall, US physician (signed Declaration of Independence)
1764 - Dirk van den Boetzelaer, regent of Holland
1777 - Henry Clay [the Great Compromiser], US politician
1791 - Francis Preston Blair, newspaper editor (Washington Globe)
1792 - John George Lambton London, statesman (1st Earl of Durham)
1793 - Ferdinand I the Good Natured, Emperor of Austria/King of Hungary
1831 - George Burgwyn Anderson, Confederate Brigadier General; Grenville Mellen Dodge, Union Major General
1838 - John Shaw Billings, US librarian/army physician
1871 - Ioannis Metaxas, Greek General/dictator (1936-41)
1884 - Otto Meyerhof, German psychologist/biochemist (Nobel-1922)
1889 - Pierre-Étienne Flandin, French premier (1934-35)/Minister of Foreign affairs
1894 - Francisco H. Craveiro Lopes, Portuguese General/President (1951-58)
1898 - Sir Grantley H. Adams, President of Barbados
1902 - Louis J. M. Beel, Premier of Netherlands (1946-48, 58-59)
1903 - Jan Tinbergen, Dutch economist/UN advisor (Nobel 1969)
1904 - Harald James Penrose, pilot
1908 - Carlos Lleras Restrepo, President of Colombia
1912 - Harold Maguire, British air marshal
1924 - Julius Moormann, student/resistance fighter (WWII)
1930 - Lou A. de Graaf, Dutch Assistant Secretary of Social Affairs (VDA)
1932 - Tiny Tim [Herbert Butros Khaury], singer (Tip Toe Thru' the Tulips With Me)
1936 - Kennedy A. Simmonds, Premier (St Kitts & Nevis, 1983-95)
1937 - Igor Petrovich Volk, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-12)

0352 - Julius I, Pope (337-52)
1550 - Claude of Lorraine, Duke of Guise, dies at 53
1555 - Johanna de Wanzinnige, Queen of Castilie (1504-20), dies at 75
1704 - John Hudde, 21x mayor of Amsterdam, dies at 76
1828 - Jean Henri Appelius, Dutch lawyer/minister of Finance, dies at 60
1864 - Thomas Green, Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 50
1878 - William M. "Boss" Tweed, New York politician
1912 - Clara Barton, organized American Red Cross, dies at 90
1945 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd US President (1933-1945, Democrat), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs GA at 63
1946 - August Borms, Flemish nazi collaborator, executed at 67
1956 - José Moscardo Ituarte, Spanish General (Alcázar 1936), dies at 77
1966 - Sumokil, President of Republic South Moluccas, executed
1980 - William R. Tolbert, Jr., Liberian President & 27 others killed in coup
1987 - Ewan Calague, economist/statistician (Social Security) dies at 90
1989 - Abbie Hoffman, yippie peace activist of the 60's, dies at 52
1993 - Isaac Rojas Vice, President of Argentina (1955-58)
1994 - Harry la Fontaine, Danish/US resistance fighter/producer, dies at 81

Reported Missing in Action
The following USN personnel reported MIA when their KA3B was shot down near Hainan Island:
Glasson, William A. (CA)

Harris, Reuben (OH)

Jordan, Larry M. (CA)

Pugh, Kenneth W. (CA); PRG returned ashes December, 1975

Also reported MIA this day in 1966:
Conway, James B., US Army SF (TN); Killed, BNR

Clay, William C. III, USMC (NC); A4E shot down - remains returned 1995 - ID'd February, 1997

DeSoto, Ernest L., USAF (AR); F4D disappeared in a cloud bank while on mission (w/Hall)

Hall, Frederick M., USAF (NC); F4D disappeared in a cloud bank while on mission (w/DeSoto)

Lamp, Arnold William, Jr., USAF (OH); RF4C shot down - remains ID'd July, 1995

Tabb, Robert Ernest, US Army ; released by PRG March, 1973 - retired as a Master Sgt - alive as of 1998

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