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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

PIT STOP - U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Gary Middlebrooks, piloting an F-16 Fighting Falcon, waits in a hot pit area for his wingman as sunset approaches in Balad, Iraq, Aug. 17, 2008. Fighters taxi to hot pit areas before takeoff so airmen can ready the aircrafts' weapons systems for combat. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nancy Ausland

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

Quote of the Day
"If a country is worth living in
it is worth fighting for."

-- Manning Coles

News of Note
Georgian Crisis
Georgian rebels hail Kremlin recognition - Video
Western powers slam Russian move
Factbox: Rebel Georgian regions
Full Coverage: Assessing Russia risk
Georgians angry but not shocked at Russian move

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraqi Police Disarm Teen Before Bomb Vest Detonates - PHOTOS

Operation Enduring Freedom
Opium Cultivation in Afghanistan Drops By a Fifth, Finds UN Survey

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Armed men were no threat to Obama: U.S. attorney
Gun Charges Expected in Obama Assassination Plot
Hijacked Sudanese plane lands in Libya
Israel settlement surge draws Rice criticism - Video

Welcome Home!!
Iraqi Air Force bids farewell to Iowa Guardsmen

Other Military News
Russia threatens military response to US missiles

Worldwide Wackos
OUT THERE: New Revelations of Hitler's 'Germania'
North Korea to suspend nuclear disablement - Video

Politics / Government
Archbishops Scold Biden, Pelosi on Abortion
WATCH LIVE: FOX News Strategy Room
FOX News Convention Feed - PHOTOS
All Eyes on Clinton As Democrats Look for Unity
Clinton takes spotlight
All eyes on Clinton supporters
Video: Obama look-alike
Obama's date with history a risk
Slideshow: Democrats' hats
Clinton and Obama look to unite party
Report: Edwards' Call for Forgiveness Met With Rage- Edwards' Wife Blasted for Keeping Affair Secret
Michelle Obama shows her husband's personal side
Edward Kennedy appearance has Democrats near tears - Video
Clinton supporters in focus as Democrats meet
Video: Obama's mirror image
Romney, Pawlenty on attack in GOP veep tryouts
Dems rip into McCain at Obama's convention
Kentucky Politician's Bad Joke About Girls Lands Him in Jail
Cold War Chill - PHOTOS
Bush Says U.S. Condemns Decision by Russia

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Officials Check to See if Body Is Missing Florida Mom
Texas Boy, 13, Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Stabbing
Cops: 62-Year-Old Man Raped Woman He Met at Yard Sale in Padlocked Bedroom
FBI Offers $40,000 Reward for Information on 'Time Bandit' Bank Robber
Pop Tarts: Kate Hudson Sued for Fraud, Exposing Trade Secrets
Body ID'd as Prof Accused of Fondling Students' Breasts
Boy, 12, accused of fleeing Texas police at 60 mph
3rd charged in '75 American Indian Movement death
No bond for mother accused of trying to sell girl
Jury awards Mattel Inc. $100 million in Bratz suit

U.N. News
Scrapping fuel subsidies can help climate: U.N. study

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
FAA says communication breakdown delayed flights
Government Officials Confirm Cancer Cluster Within 20-Mile Stretch of Pennsylvania
Eighth-Grader Dies Mysteriously During Football Practice
Number of Uninsured in U.S. Drops; Poverty Steady
Robots and deep sea worms: The future of mining?
U.S. halts some Bordeaux imports
Japan firms to work on solar-powered ship
New Wal-Mart Canada stores go greener
Video: Robotic suit helps paraplegics walk
Monkeys experience joy of giving, too, study finds
Nokia unveils 2 new multimedia phones
Tech fair makes room for refrigerators and washers
First mass U.S. crossing for hydrogen cars completed
Mexicans to use cell phones to pay stores and taxis
T-Mobile sold more than 120,000 3G iPhones

Mother Nature
Hurricane Gustav Makes Landfall
URGENT: Hurricane Gustav Hits Haiti - TRACKER
Hiker Infested With Maggots Survives 11 Days in Jungle
Study Shows Cows Graze in North-South Direction
Flash floods surprise drivers in Southwest, kill 2

News from My Neck of the Woods
NYC judge orders release of Rosenberg testimony

Cat survives being walled in under bath for 7 weeks
No nuns on catwalk, priest stops "beauty contest"
Ants bite, phones fly in Finnish summer bonanza
Cupid's arrow hits Olympic archers
Charge dismissed in case of dog registered to vote

Other News of Note
'100 Things to Do Before You Die' Co-Author Dies at 47
26 Hospitalized After Ryanair Jet's Midair Plunge, Emergency Landing

Fox News
FOXBusiness: Home Prices Take a Record Tumble
U.S. OPEN: Nadal, Dementieva Advance - PHOTOS

Stability hope fades with Pakistan coalition split
India extends curfew to quell Kashmir protest
Starbucks begins selling small-batch coffee
Retailers put off spring buying
Retail gasoline demand up last week: MasterCard
Is the worst over?
Glimmer of hope in housing market
Home prices fall record pace in June
Data offers mixed picture: W. House
Wine makers seek cutting edge
Italy's winemakers see top harvest
Artist perks up paintings with coffee
Federer in pursuit of fifth U.S. Open title
Nadal and Dementieva battle on
James Blake pushed to five sets
Jankovic eases into second round
Consumer confidence bounces
Fannie, Freddie shares rise; portfolio growth slows - Video
Extras seek $11 million from Tom Cruise after accident
Scaling back
July durable goods orders seen flat
Risk in Russia
Speculation mounts
The drag of financials
Taxpayers beware
Fed saw weak U.S. growth, financial stress-minutes
FDIC says number of problem banks rises to 117 in Q2
Fannie, Freddie capital can absorb losses: report
Lower oil means airlines breathe easier -- for now
Chico's, American Eagle post sharply lower profits
Thornburg survival in doubt, sees completing tender
Lehman may sell mortgages to new company: report
Gulf Arab investors eye GM's Hummer unit
Kolter Group signs $1 billion venture with Och-Ziff
Jennifer Hudson to sing anthem on Obama's big night
Australia rethinks Snoop Dogg visa approval
Amsterdam to host Hirst's skull
"American Idol" adds writer-producer as 4th judge - Video
Video: Blogging your way to number one
Derby is Britain's top city for ghostly goings-on
Sotheby's Qing "Imperial Power" sale could net $55 million
Top seed Ivanovic survives scare to reach round two
Europeans all set for Ryder decider at Gleneagles
Hantuchova swept aside by big-serving Groenefeld
Mets "monster" Pelfrey steers NY to win
Brady eyes Patriots return against Kansas City

Associated Press
Consumer outlook up, housing bottom may be near
SAT scores stay at lowest level in nearly a decade
Kara DioGuardi joins `Idol' judges for NYC tryouts
Baseball to start using instant replay Thursday
Bollywood's 'Hari Puttar' film sparks lawsuit
Zimbabwe leader heckled during parliament opening
Peyton takes knee out of question by practicing
Ivanovic rallies, avoids major upset at US Open
Consumer outlook up more than expected in August

Support Our Troops, Read Their Stories
Army Reserve Chaplain Ready to Serve God and Country
Franklin College Freshmen Volunteer At Camp Atterbury.
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos
Sean Connery: Being a Scot

Formerly violent Afghan district dubbed 'peaceful'
'Normalcy' returning to Kirkuk village
Iraqi troops fill Georgians' security role
Iraqi, American city councils share ideas on local government
U.S. troops bring safe water to Kenyans

Task force wraps up ePRT mission
Task Force Ramadi building a joint operations center
Joint fires team helps JRTC improve force protection training
More about JFIIT
Battlefield Target Identification Device fuels Bold Quest Plus - podcast
Task force assists as health conference promotes continuing Iraqi medical education

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Reintegration Facility Contributes to Iraq’s Security, Economy
Grand Canal Upgrades Ease Traffic Flow
Iraqi Citizens Celebrate Farmers Market Foundation-stone Ceremony
Release of 49 Juveniles Puts Number Above 11,000 for 2008
VBIED wounds 9 in Ninewah
VBIED wounds 13 in Tikrit
VBIED kills 25 in Diyala
MND-B Soldiers seize weapons caches throughout Baghdad
IA soldiers detained five suspects following IED strike (Baghdad)

Department of Defense
Bush Condemns Russia’s Stand on Georgian Provinces
Russia Falls Short of Agreement Terms


SouthCom Promotes New Approach
New Program Aids Household Moves


Elmo and Friends Educate Families
Anchorage Mayor Encourages Other Mayors to Support Guard, Reserve


Pentagon to Dedicate 9/11 Memorial
9/11 Survivor Honors Sister's Memory


Ceremony Celebrates Farmers Market Project
Coalition Captures Kataib Hezbollah Suspects


Afghan Family Donates Land for New Girls' School
Coalition Forces Kill Militants During Operation


Law Firm Supports Workers With Military Ties

'Go-To' Guy Gets It Done

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
55 BC - Roman forces, under Julius Caesar, invade Britain.
1346 - English longbowmen defeat the French in Battle of Cr‚cy
1791 - John Fitch is granted a U.S. patent for his working steamboat.
1846 - W.A. Bartlett is appointed as the 1st U.S. mayor of Yerba Buena (San Francisco).
1883 - Krakatoa erupts; its increasingly large explosions kill 36,000.
1907 - Houdini escapes from chains underwater - in 57 seconds.
1914 - The Germans defeat the Russians in the Battle of Tannenberg.
1920 - The 19th amendment passes, granting women the right to vote.
1942 - 7,000 Jews are rounded up in the Vichy Free Zone of France.
1957 - The U.S.S.R. announces its successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
1973 - The University of Texas at Arlington becomes the first accredited school to offer belly dancing.
1974 - Soyuz-15 carries 2 cosmonauts to the Salyut-3 space station.
1978 - Soyuz-31 carries 2 cosmonauts (one of them an East German) to the Salyut-6 space station.
1982 - NASA launches Telesat-F.

- Sir Robert Walpole (Whig), British PM (1721-42)
1743 - Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry (Oxygen)
1820 - James Harlan (Rep-IA)/U.S. Seretary of the Interior (1865-66)
1850 - Charles Richet, French physiologist, Nobel Prize winner (anaphylaxis-1913)
1873 - Lee De Forest, inventor (Audion vacuum (radio) tube)
1875 - Sir John Buchan, Governor-General of Canada / writer
1884 - Earl Biggers, author ("Charlie Chan" detective series)
1901 - General Maxwell D. Taylor, former US Army Chief of Staff
1906 - Dr. Albert B. Sabin, discoverer of the polio vaccine.
1909 - Frank Gasparro, U.S. chief engraver (1965-81)
1917 - William French Smith, Attorney General (1981-85)
1932 - Joe H. Engle, Brigadier General USAF / astronaut (STS T-2, T-4, 2, 51I)
1935 - Geraldine Ferraro (Rep-NY), first female major-party VP candidate
1942 - John E. Blaha, Colonel USAF / astronaut (STS 29, 33, STS 43)
1960 - Ola Ray, Playboy Playmate (Jun, 1980), actress (Thriller)

- Larry Keating, actor (George Burns Show, Roger-Mr Ed)
1974 - Charles Lindbergh, aviator
1981 - Roger Nash Baldwin, founder of the ACLU

Reported Missing in Action

Davis, Edward A., USN (PA); A1H shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998

Day, George Everette, USAF (NY); F100F shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel alive and well as of 1998
*** Medal of Honor winner, "most decorated officer since MacArthur," PFC/Corp WWII - South and Central Pacific April 1942 - November 1945, 2 Tours Air Defense F-84's, Radar tracking vs. Soviet radar, author of "Return with Honor" ***

Fuller, William Otis, USAF (TX); F4C shot down (w/Kilcullen), presumed KIA, body not recovered

Kilcullen, Thomas Michael, USAF (MD); F4C shot down (w/Fuller)

Vennik, Robert N., US Army (NJ); APC ambushed, KIA, body not recovered

Cordova, Sam Gary, USMC (CA); F4J shot down, remains returned December, 1988

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