Sunday, July 31, 2005
Bees trapped in June near the northwest Louisiana town of Rodessa, about 35 miles northwest of Shreveport, were confirmed as the Africanized variety Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's bee research center, state Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom said.They reached Texas in 1990 and have spread west to California, and swarms have been reported around ports in Florida.
A total of 174 confirmed or suspected cases have been linked to the bacteria streptococcus suis in China's southwestern Sichuan province, where farmers who handled or butchered infected pigs have been sickened in dozens of villages and towns. Symptoms include nausea, fever, vomiting, and bleeding under the skin.
Sichuan authorities have ordered local journalists to stay away from locations where the disease surfaced, and told newspapers to instead carry stories as issued by the official Xinhua News Agency, including the headline, Hong Kong's Ming Pao Daily News reported.
"Those people did the absolute best job that they could," said Capt. Scott Kroeber, who had been invited by community activists to a South Los Angeles coffee house. "When you're being shot at, it's very difficult to get off a precision shot."...Click title for article
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Another suspect also was arrested in west London but the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said his role was unclear. Investigators did not yet know whether he was a fifth would-be attacker whom they said earlier might have left an unexploded bomb in a west London park, the official said. (Related video: Police make new arrests...)" Click title for full story...
Friday, July 29, 2005
The funds, which were obtained by Congressman Lamar Smith, R-Tx., are part of the Transportation Equity Act. The act received final approval by the House of Representatives Friday."These funds will address traffic congestion, improve our highways and create new jobs," Smith says. "In addition, this legislation will reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities by funding highway safety improvement and driver safety awareness programs."
California Institute of Technology astronomer Michael Brown and colleagues first saw this planet in January with a telescope at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego. They had planned to withhold an announcement until they could figure out its exact diameter and mass. But they rushed the news out prematurely Friday when they discovered that someone had broken into their internet website and learned of the finding, possibly with the intent of breaking the information.
Mr. Brown estimates the new planet to be about 1 1/2 times Pluto's size, but nearly twice as far from the Sun at the most distant point in its oval orbit. That makes it 97 times further from the Sun than Earth is. It is so far away that it takes 280 years to go around the Sun and is the farthest solar system object ever found.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
FBI and law enforcement officials told ABC News the five men — four illegal immigrants and one law enforcement fugitive — were arrested Sunday night following a tip to the Newark Police Department. In addition to the subway maps and video, the men had train schedules and $8,000 in $20 and $50 bills.The men were identified as: Karim Ahmed Abdel Latif Ahmed, 21; his brother Mahoud Ahmed Abdel Latif Ahmed, 19; Ahmed Mohamed Atta, 30; Mohamed Ibrahim Gaber, 34, and Mohamed Palat Anwar Jozain. When Newark authorities converged at the group's location at 246 Ferry St., Karim Ahmed answered the door and agreed to allow police to enter. Officers said they noticed the maps, and video cameras and Karim and his brother agreed to a search....
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Sunday, July 24, 2005
"There is no danger for the basin," said Barry Hirshorn of the NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, Hawaii."There may be a tsunami generated very local to the event, but there is no danger to the people far away."Officials in Delhi, India, said there was no damage on the Nicobar Islands from the quake, which struck at 12:02 p.m. ET.
It is understood police are investigating the potential link after they discovered literature from Bala's National Whitewater Centre in one of the rucksacks which was to explode.The discovery of the papers in a rucksack is the first evidencial link between the July 7 attacks and the four attempted bombings which has been found.
The connection between that trip and those responsible for last Thursday's attempted replica attack is a breakthrough for police.
Friday, July 22, 2005
London Police Hunt for Terror Suspects
Reuters:Combination picture taken from Closed Circuit Television and released by London's Metropolitan Police on July 22, 2005, shows the four suspects sought by police in connection with the attempted bomb attacks carried out on July 21, 2005 in London. Police shot dead a man at a south London Underground station on Friday as they hunted for bombers who struck London's transport network a day earlier. They did not say if the man was among those pictured. REUTERS/Metropolitan Police/Handout
There were unconfirmed media reports that the person shot at Stockwell station -- close to the Oval, one of four sites targeted by suspected bombers on Thursday -- was a suspected suicide bomber.Police told CNN Friday that "armed officers shot a male at Stockwell Underground station." They would not say if the man was dead.One passenger, Briony Coetsee told the Press Association: "We were on the Tube and then we suddenly heard someone say 'get out, get out' and then we heard gunshots."...
Hundreds of people have gathered for a Mass for the Brazilian man wrongly shot dead by police as a suspected suicide bomber.
Friends and family of Jean Charles de Menezes met at Westminster Cathedral in central London to remember his life. Bianca Jagger, Goodwill Ambassador from the Council of Europe, was among those who gave readings at the start of the service. Mr de Menezes was shot eight times - including seven times in the head - on Friday last week as he fled from police at Stockwell Tube Station in south London. Link
In a few outraged moments, local immigrant rights activist Tony Lu designed t-shirts bearing the text, "i do not consent to being searched." The minimalist protest-wear can be purchased here, in various styles and sizes. (Lu will not get a cut. The shirts' manufacture, sale, and shipment, will be handled by the online retailer. Lu encourages budget-conscious New Yorkers to make their own and wear them everywhere....Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly had announced the legally obvious—that New Yorkers are free to decline a search and "turn around and leave." But Lu, who is a lawyer at Urban Justice Center, warned that even well-intentioned cops could interpret people's natural nervousness or anger as "reasonable suspicion." The possibility of unjustified interrogation and even arrest is real, Lu said.
As similar legislation worked its way through the Senate, House Republicans generally cast the law as a valuable asset in the war on terror. Most Democrats echoed that support but said they were concerned the law could allow citizens' civil liberties to be infringed.
After more than nine hours of debate, the House approved the measure 257-171. Forty-three Democrats joined 214 Republicans in voting to renew key provisions of the Patriot Act that were set to expire at the end of the year.
Natalee Holloway Update
Thursday, July 21, 2005
OKLAHOMA CITY Jul 21, 2005 — Charles Chibitty, the last survivor of the Comanche code talkers who used their native language to transmit messages for the Allies in Europe during World War II, has died. He was 83.
Chibitty, who had been residing at a Tulsa nursing home, died Wednesday, said Cathy Flynn, administrative assistant in the Comanche Nation tribal chairman's office.
The group of Comanche Indians from the Lawton area were selected for special duty in the U.S. Army to provide the Allies with a language that the Germans could not decipher. Like the larger group of Navajo Indians who performed a similar service in the Pacific theater, the Comanches were dubbed "code talkers."...
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair told reporters the intention of the terrorists "must have been to kill" and that some of the devices failed to explode. Police said no one needed hospital treatment after the attacks.
Blair said while the near-simultaneous attacks had echoes of ones two weeks ago that killed 52 people and the four bombers -- also on three Tube trains and a bus -- it was too early to say whether they bore the hallmarks of al Qaeda.
WASHINGTON: Pilots flew into restricted airspace 3,400 times across the country in the three years following the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a congressional report that says the government needs to better coordinate its response to such violations.
One agency should be in charge of steering planes away from restricted zones, according to the Government Accountability Office report, obtained by The Associated Press ahead of Thursday's hearing on the subject by the House Government Reform Committee.
Committee Chairman Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican, said it's essential for agencies that oversee the skies to work together."A quick, coordinated response is absolutely vital if we are faced with a pilot or a plane with hostile intent,"
Jets have been scrambled more than 2,000 times since 911...Click title for article.
A) you don't know if their responding to something
B) you may end up looking like a total heartless fool
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Jul 20, 2005 — NASA will try to launch Discovery on the first shuttle mission in more than two years next Tuesday, after tracing last week's fuel gauge failure to, most likely, an electrical grounding problem lurking inside the spacecraft.Shuttle program manager Bill Parsons said Wednesday the only way to thoroughly check the system is to fuel Discovery and have all its equipment running."We believe the best way to go through this is to do a countdown," he said. "If the sensors (gauges) work exactly like we think they will, then we'll launch on that day. If anything goes not per the plan that we've laid out in front of us, then we'll have a scrub and we'll have to talk about it."
Authorities had been monitoring construction of the tunnel for eight months and sealed it Wednesday, shortly after it opened, making three to five arrests in the process, said the source, a government employee who had been briefed by local law-enforcement officials.
The exact length of the tunnel was not known. It ran from a building on the Canadian side to a house on the U.S. side, 90 metres from the border, the source said.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Doohan died at his home in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, Washington.
Stephen Caruso, a 27-year-old financial planner, was fined $1,000 on Monday. The judge said the court could not allow such ''insulting, demeaning invective spewed at a defendant.'' ...
Over the longer term, however, an increasingly modernizing Chinese military could pose a threat to U.S. and other forces in the Asia-Pacific region, it said.
"Some of China's military planners are surveying the strategic landscape beyond Taiwan," the report said.
Among a number of such developments, it noted improvements in Chinese intercontinental-range missiles "capable of striking targets across the globe, including the United States."
Speaking to CNN producer Ayman Mohyeldin Tuesday in his apartment in the upper-middle-class Cairo suburb of Giza, Mohamed el-Amir said he would like to see more attacks like the July 7 bombings of three London subway trains and a bus that killed 52 people....
The bill, sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and Jon Kyl of Arizona, would toughen penalties for employers who hire undocumented workers, reimburse states for the costs of holding illegal immigrants who commit crimes and require the issuance of machine-readable, tamper-proof Social Security cards within a year.
* Require that all immigrants be registered, fingerprinted and checked against criminal and terrorist watch lists.
* Allow immigrants to come for two years under the new temporary-worker visas, after which they must return home for a year. They may apply for such a visa three times, for a maximum stay of six years....Click title for the rest....
A venerated sage with vast power and knowledge, you gently guide forces around you while serving as a champion of the light.
Judge me by my size, do you? And well you should not - for my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life greets it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us, and binds us. Luminescent beings are we, not this crude matter! You must feel the Force around you, everywhere...
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Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Godspeed: Vietnam era commander Westmoreland
Westmoreland died of natural causes at Bishop Gadsden retirement home, where he had lived with his wife for several years, said his son, James Ripley Westmoreland.
Westmoreland saw action in North Africa, Sicily and Europe during World War II. He attained the rank of colonel by the time he was 30.
As commander of the 34th Field Artillery Battalion fighting German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, he earned the loyalty and respect of his troops for joining in the thick of battle rather than remaining behind the lines at a command post.
He was promoted to brigadier general during the Korean War and later served in the Pentagon under Army Chief of Staff Maxwell Taylor.
Westmoreland became the superintendent of West Point in 1960 and, by 1964, was a three-star general commanding American troops in Vietnam.After his four-year tour in Vietnam, Westmoreland was promoted to Army chief of staff. He retired from active duty in 1972 but he continued to lecture and participate in veterans' activities. Westmoreland led thousands of his comrades in the November 1982 veterans march in Washington to dedicate the Vietnam War Memorial.He called it "one of the most emotional and proudest experiences of my life."
Bush called the selection of a nominee to the high court "one of the most consequential decisions a president makes."
The announcement ended nearly three weeks of fervent speculation about who will take O'Connor's pivotal seat on the nation's highest court.Roberts, 50, who serves on U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, considered the most influential federal panel outside of the Supreme Court...
The boys, ages 5, 6 and 11, died between 13 and 33 hours after they climbed into the trunk on June 22, the Camden County prosecutor's office, citing part of an autopsy report. The deaths were ruled accidental.
Relatives searched for the boys for three hours and then called authorities. A two-day search that included dogs, helicopters and boats on the nearby Delaware River ended the night of June 24 when the father of one of the boys found them dead in the car trunk, just a few feet from where they had been playing.
Monday, July 18, 2005
A Mexican woman looks at a light aircraft which was flipped onto a tree by Hurricane Emily's 135mph+ (215kph) winds (and tornados) in Playa del Carmen, Mexico: REUTERS/Victor Ruiz .
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Hurricane Emily ripped roofs off luxury hotels along Mexico's Mayan Riviera, stranded thousands of tourists and left hundreds of local residents homeless Monday, forcing many to remain in crowded, leaky shelters.Click title for link to article.
Until last week, Khalaf also worked as a baggage screener at George Bush Intercontinental Airport."I've been screening your bags for the past six months, and you don't even know it," said Khalaf, who also said Thursday that he is not really a terrorist and that his rhymes are exaggerations meant to gain publicity.
Andrea McCauley, a spokeswoman for the regional Transportation Security Administration office in Dallas, said the agency checks criminal records before hiring screeners, but it does not investigate what people do in their spare time.
"We have eyes and ears in the workplace," McCauley said. "Once we discovered these Web sites, we fired him."Khalaf's web site(s) feature his obscene, violent and misogynistic raps that threaten to fly a plane into a building on September 11, 2005.
The test, given by the Secret Service at the Ferguson Township building, included questions about whether Patty Fornicola had any involvement with Gricar's disappearance April 15 and whether she knew if he was dead or alive, according to Bellefonte police Officer Darrel Zaccagni, who was present for the test.
Debra Lafave, 24, was under such emotional stress that she didn't know right from wrong when she had sex with a 14-year-old student numerous times in June 2004, attorney John Fitzgibbons said after a brief court hearing. A Dec. 5 trial date was set.Fitzgibbons said plea bargaining broke down because prosecutors wanted too much prison time for Lafave, who appeared in court Monday but did not speak."What teacher in her right mind would do something like this?" Fitzgibbons said.
Abby Lurensky blinked and wiggled inside her purple jumpsuit Saturday, showing no signs of her ordeal, as her parents made a brief appearance outside their Manhattan apartment. They declined to take questions from reporters.Paramedics said Abby initially was unresponsive and turning blue when bystanders dug through a tangle of concrete and steel Thursday to free her crumpled carriage from the wreckage of a supermarket being demolished.
But she was largely unhurt, thanks to the cover from the shower of debris provided by her Mountain Buggy Urban Double Stroller and to her attentive nanny, Brunilda Tirado.Paramedics said Abby might have died if not for the protection of her stroller.The Mountain Buggy, which sells for more than $600, is made of padded fabric stretched over aluminum frames and has 12-inch, air-filled tires.
In addition to causing most of the hipster world's ironic-comedy types heads to cave in in an avalance of horrible puns and one-liners, it earned Victor Edward Willis six felony counts and some time in jail.
The former Village People star was pulled over in Daly City, Calif. Monday (July 11). After he was pulled over, police discovered that the former macho, macho man was already wanted on felondy narcotics charges. A search of his car netted crack cocaine and an unregistered weapon. To rub salt in the wound, Willis was driving without a license.
The Village People was formed in 1977 and included the Cop, the Native American (Felipe Rose), the Soldier (Alex Briley), the Construction Worker (David Hodo), the Cowboy (Jeff Briley) and the Biker (Eric Anzalone). Victor Edward Willis, co-writer for "Y.M.C.A," "Macho Man" and "In the Navy", left the band in 1979, and was replaced in the Cop role by Ray Simpson.
Police in Aruba escorted a jailed Dutch teen to the area, where Natalie Holloway disappeared, in their continued search for her whereabouts.
The Alabama teen has been missing since May 30th.
During the weekend, police brought Joran van der Sloot to the site near the Marriott Hotel where he has admitted to being alone with the 18-year-old girl.
The detained teenager does not face any charges at this point.
Aruban authorities can hold him until September 4th. Then, he must be charged or released.
The deaths brought the number of people killed in Racine so far this year to 10, double last year's total. Racine, a city of about 82,000, has not had a double-digit homicide total in at least 10 years.A patrolling officer heard several gunshots early Sunday and traced them to a municipal parking lot where he found a large group of people, including gang members, police said.
Akbar Ganji was sentenced to six years in jail in 2000 after he reported on the 1998 murders of five dissidents by Intelligence Ministry agents. The Intelligence Ministry blamed the murders on "rogue agents," but Ganji's articles said the killings were ordered by senior hard-liners in the ruling Islamic establishment.
"My father was taken to hospital today. After hours of waiting, my mother and I were not allowed to visit him," the agency quoted the journalist's daughter, Rezvaneh Ganji, as saying. "We heard about hospitalization of my father from relatives, not through the judiciary," she said.Doctors confirmed Ganji was admitted to a hospital but gave no details on his condition...
John "Junior" Gotti, set to go to trial next week on charges he tried to kill the founder of the Guardian Angels crime-fighting group, never defines "this life" in an interview published Monday in the New York Post.
"My father was such a dynamic figure that you felt the need to be around him," Gotti wrote from the Metropolitan Correctional Center. "Whatever the sacrifice, he would never betray what he believed to be right for better or for worse."Gotti said he felt his father's absence when he was a child.
"Most of my childhood, my father was incarcerated, so there was not much of a relationship," he wrote. "I didn't have uncles who took me to a ball game. I was taken to social clubs instead."
Gotti, who prosecutors believe led the Gambino organized crime family after his father was put behind bars, said he regrets some of his choices. "I do regret my involvement in this life and what it has done to my children and wife," he wrote.The younger Gotti has been in prison for more than five years after pleading guilty to racketeering. He now faces charges murder conspiracy, fraud and extortion as well as attempted murder
The new federal law squeezed this spring into an $82 billion spending bill had Republican and Democrat governors fuming at their summer meeting here, and vowing to bring their complaints to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at a Monday meeting."It's outrageous to pass this off on the states," said Republican Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, incoming chairman of the National Governors Association. "You're essentially asking the front-line clerks at the DMV to become an INS agent and a law enforcement agent."
The law that passed in June goes beyond an earlier law that sought to standardize state driver's licenses, requiring that states verify license applicants are American citizens or legal residents.
The 2006 "Naked Gardener" calendar isn't affiliated with the Leland Public Schools. But much of the concern stems from schools Superintendent Michael Hartigan's inclusion in it.
"Is this an appropriate role model for our children?" said Janice Blackburn of Leland, whose children attend Glen Lake schools. "I think he crossed the line. The public perception is that it's associated with the school."
About 1,000 people attended the six-hour benefit Sunday to aid Shasta Kay Groene, 8. Cash poured into a box at the front door of Cruiser's bar and grill, a biker hangout in this town just east of the Washington state line. Total receipts were not announced."I watched one guy walk up, open his wallet and dump everything but $5 into the box," said Prospect Bryce, who guarded the donation box for the Northwest Idaho chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club. "I've been watching people drop, not small bills but large bills, $100s, $20s."
Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili also on Monday announced a reward of 150,000 lari ($80,000; €66,300) for information leading to the identification of the dark-haired man in dark glasses pictured in the photo.
Georgian and U.S. authorities believe he is the man who threw a grenade in the crowd of tens of thousands who watched Bush speak on May 10 in the former Soviet republic's capital, Tbilisi, Merabishvili told reporters.
The live grenade landed less than 100 feet (31 meters) from the podium but did not explode. A preliminary investigation indicated the activation device deployed too slowly to hit the blasting cap hard enough, the FBI said.
In 2000, a short circuit sparked a devastating fire that gutted the tower, killing three people and knocking out almost all TV service to 15 million people in Moscow and the surrounding area for three days...
Yet one of his victims hopes to get some glimmer of response from Rudolph when she comes face to face with the anti-abortion extremist in court Monday for a sentencing hearing."You did not shut the clinic down. You did not shut me down," said Emily Lyons, who was critically injured in the 1998 blast outside a Birmingham abortion clinic where she worked as a nurse.
Her message for Rudolph: His crimes only made her stronger. "I want to see if it registers with him, or to see if it's just more of that blank look," Lyons said in an interview last week....
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Police release image of bombers
Friday, July 15, 2005
Tschiderer, with E Troop, 101st “Saber” Cavalry Division, attached to 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was knocked to the ground from the impact, but he popped right back up, took cover and located the enemy’s position.
After tracking down the now-wounded sniper with a team from B Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army Brigade, Tschiderer secured the terrorist with a pair of handcuffs and gave medical aid to the terrorist who’d tried to kill him just minutes before.
A three-judge panel ruled 3-0 against Salim Ahmed Hamdan, whose case was halted by a federal judge on grounds that commission procedures were unlawful.
"Congress authorized the military commission that will try Hamdan," said the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit."We believe the military commission is such a tribunal," said the appeals court.
The SUV had a bloodied windshield and was dragging a baby stroller underneath when it stopped at a border checkpoint in the border town of El Paso, said Roger Maier, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
Soon after the SUV stopped, Mexican officials reported to U.S. agents that a vehicle had crashed into the family of street vendors on the Mexican side of the border, killing the girls, ages 4 and 5, Maier said...
“If the Americans draw their missiles and position-guided ammunition on to the target zone on China’s territory, I think we will have to respond with nuclear weapons,” Zhu Chenghu, a major general in the People’s Liberation Army, said at an official press briefing for foreign journalists.
NI_MPU('middle');General Zhu, a well-known hawk who has said before that China could strike the US with long-ranged missiles, said his comments were “my assessment”, and not the “policy of the Government”.
Nevertheless, his threat, in which he emphasised that China’s definition of its territories included warships and aircraft, is the first time for a decade that a senior official in Beijing has used such provocative rhetoric........
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Khamis Abdul-Fahdawi, also known as Abu Seba, was captured Saturday after operations in the Ramadi area west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said in a statement. Abdul-Fahdawi is a suspect in the "attacks against diplomats of Bahrain, Pakistan and the recent murder of Egyptian envoy" Ihab al-Sherif, the U.S. statement said.
Another top suspect, Abdullah Ibrahim al-Shadad, or Abu Abdul Aziz, was arrested during a raid Sunday in Baghdad, the statement said. It identified him as the operations officer for al-Qaeda in Iraq, led by Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Al-Shadad was cooperating with coalition forces, according to U.S. Central Command.
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But what Lazenby didn’t know was that William Crutchfield was deep in debt and looking for a way out. Authorities say Crutchfield apparently watched with envy as Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph was headed to prison for life and aspired to the same fate — allowing him to live off the government while behind bars.
So he allegedly hatched a twisted plan: Kill a federal employee...
At least two men who have connections to last week's London bombings are alive and still at large.
The first is a man, who was seen on surveillance tapes at Luton station, located outside of London, as he bid farewell to the four bombers the morning of the attacks. The other is Magdy El Nashar, an Egyptian chemist, who attended and received training at North Carolina State University. British police think El Nashar may have helped the London group build their bombs before leaving England two weeks before the attacks. They have since issued a worldwide alert for him....
“I want to put to rest the speculation and unfounded rumors of my imminent retirement,” Rehnquist, 80, and ailing with thyroid cancer, said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press. “I am not about to announce my retirement. I will continue to perform my duties as chief justice as long as my health permits.”Rehnquist released the statement hours after being released from an Arlington, Va., hospital after being treated for two days with a fever.
Dr. Zaki Badawi, head of the Muslim College, told The Associated Press he was denied entry when he arrived in New York on Wednesday. No explanation was given, he said.
He had been invited to speak at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, where he planned to give a talk under the title "The Law and Religion in Society."A spokeswoman for the Customs and Border Protection office in New York said when Badawi's flight from London to John F. Kennedy International Airport landed Wednesday, customs agents had information that showed he was "inadmissible." Badawi then voluntarily withdrew his application for entry into the country, said Janet Rapaport...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture was not immediately available to comment Thursday on when it would allow imports of Canadian cattle to resume.
The imports were banned in May 2003 after a cow in Alberta, Canada was found to have mad cow disease.
The unanimous decision Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a Montana judge who blocked the USDA from reopening the border in March, saying it "subjects the entire U.S. beef industry to potentially catastrophic damages" and "presents a genuine risk of death for U.S. consumers."The justices said they would issue another ruling soon explaining their rationale.
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The girl died from a single gunshot wound to the head, and her father died of multiple gunshot wounds, the reports said.A toxicological examination to determine whether Pena had drugs or alcohol in his system will take several weeks, Harvey said.
"Our hearts, prayers, thoughts go out to the family, particularly the mother," Police Chief William Bratton said at a news conference Wednesday...
The teen, Lydia Paulk, was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where she was in fair condition after surgery, said hospital spokeswoman Jeanette Pretorius. Paulk was attacked in waist-deep water while swimming with family and friends, said her aunt, Kit Marshall.
"She was awake when she came into the emergency room," said Dr. Kelly Carmichael, an orthopedic surgeon. "Prior to her surgery and afterward, she was awake and talking."A second, follow-up surgery is scheduled for Friday.
The shark, which escaped, was about 5 feet long, Marshall said...
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Police made a major break in the case in just five days with the help of footage from surveillance cameras and the discovery of IDs at the bomb sites. But it was a family's heartache that apparently helped point them in the right direction.
The mother of one of four suspects identified in press reports as 19-year-old Hasib Hussain called a police hotline to report him missing about 12 hours after the Thursday bombings. He'd told his parents he was planning a day out in London with his friends.Hussain is believed to have died on board the No. 30 bus, which exploded nearly an hour after three bombs devastated London's Underground during the morning rush hour on Thursday. A witness who got off the crowded bus just before it exploded told The Associated Press that he saw an agitated man in his 20s fiddling anxiously with something in his bag. ....
Dalton Eby may be the second Idaho child killed in recent months while playing a choking game, trying to cut off the oxygen supply to the brain to achieve a type of "high."Dalton's mother reported him missing last Thursday when he failed to return home after visiting a friend. Search and rescue crews found his body Friday in a tree near his Island Park home, the Fremont County sheriff's office said in a statement.There was nothing at the scene suggesting that anyone else was involved, the sheriff's office said.
The blaze in the Wet Mountains had grown to 12,200 acres, but firefighters had extended their containment lines around 40 percent of the fire.
“Monday we got a toehold and yesterday we put a foot in,” U.S. Forest Service spokesman Dave Steinke said.Elsewhere, however, a 6,000-acre blaze had jumped containment lines in southern Arizona and owners of about 30 cabins were urged to evacuate a valley that is a world-renowned bird-watching area.
"It will take some time really to understand what to do to remedy the situation," NASA said. "We haven't ruled out tomorrow, but that's speculative."
The current launch window expires July 31, and the next begins in September. A Thursday launch would be at 3:28 p.m. ET.Crew members were all aboard the orbiter when the announcement to cancel was made.
A series of mishaps marked the last 24 hours before Discovery's scheduled launch.Earlier Wednesday, it appeared foul weather might postpone the high-profile mission to the international space station. Filling the massive external fuel tank was delayed early in the morning while a ground heater was repaired.
On Tuesday, a cockpit window cover fell and damaged two protective tiles near the orbiter's tail section.
But it was the fuel sensor that stopped the launch, a little more than three hours before the scheduled 3:51 p.m. launch.The sensor monitors the amount of super-cold hydrogen fuel in the tank and tells the orbiter's engines to shut down if there's not enough fuel.A launch controller described it as "a low-level fuel sensor in the external fuel tank, one of a set of four -- two of which are needed to work."...
Donald Edward Stokes Jr., 39, also had been charged with stealing $30,000 from the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth. But as part of a plea deal, federal prosecutors dropped the theft of government property charge, which carried a maximum 10-year sentence.
Stokes faces up to 10 years in federal prison without parole when he is sentenced in October for interstate transportation of stolen property. His trial on both charges had been set for next week
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Knife Found at Peterson Home Analyzed
"You could tell there had been liquid on the blade" and a "red stain on the handle," said Gerry Roberts, the man who recently bought the home.
Roberts said two of his friends found the knife last week inside a cabinet near the swimming pool in the backyard. But investigators said the discovery came just days after a tabloid ran an article containing rumors that Laci Peterson's throat had been slit.Modesto police spokesman Rick Applegate said investigators saw "no obvious signs of blood or tissue on the knife."
"It is somewhat believed that this knife was put, planted or placed there recently by a person or persons unknown," Applegate said. "There is nothing to make us believe the knife was used in the crime."
Monday, July 11, 2005
The victims were among a group of six people climbing Sunday afternoon on Sharkfin Tower, about 20 miles east of Marblemount, park spokesman Tim Manns said.A fourth member of the group was seriously injured but the other two were not hurt. All six are from Washington state, Manns said.
Vioxx began on Monday as the drug giant sought to defend itself against claims that it hid the risks of the popular painkiller. The case in a Texas state court in Angleton, near Houston, pits the family of deceased Texan Robert Ernst against the big drugmaker, which pulled Vioxx off the market in September after studies showed prolonged use could increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
The lawsuit could help determine the direction litigation will take in the other state courts in New Jersey, California and Texas, and in the U.S. federal court in New Orleans, a legal expert said."The first case has a lot of impact on what comes afterward," said Chip Babcock, a partner at law firm Jackson Walker LLP in Houston.
The pack of six 1,300-pound bulls and six steers — meant to keep the bulls running in a safe pack — disintegrated shortly after the animals set off on the mad dash through the cobblestone streets of Pamplona in the fifth of eight planned runs.One stray bull turned around and ran the wrong way. Cowherds with long sticks smacked it in the rump to save runners scurrying for safety and get the animal pointed in the right direction.
On June 27, Rader pleaded guilty to torturing, strangling, stabbing and shooting 10 victims from 1974 to 1991.Rader nicknamed himself BTK for "bind, torture, kill," and taunted investigators and journalists.
Larry Hatteberg, a Wichita, Kan., anchor who has covered the BTK killings since 1974, asked Rader in a phone interview if he had plans to kill again.
"There was probably one more," Rader said. "I was really thinking about it, but I was beginning to slow down age-wise my 'thinking' process, so it probably would have never went. It was probably more of an ego thing."Hatterberg also spoke to Rader face to face, and asked the killer if there were more victims than the 10 police knew about.Rader said there were only 10, but added "there were other things that happened." He indicated they had to do with the people he stalked, but would not elaborate.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said 18-month-old Brian Cervantes and his 3-year-old sister, Jennifer Cervantes, were believed to be with their father, Rodrigo Cervantes Zavala.The grandparents and uncle found dead late Sunday were relatives of the children's mother, who was not at home at the time of the slayings, investigators said.
WE WILL NOT BOW,WE WILL NOT BREAK,WE WILL NOT STOP AND WE WILL NOT FORGET
The man killed was identified as Jose Raul Lemos, and the girl, about 17 months old, was related to him, police said. The officer, who was not immediately identified, was shot in the shoulder and was expected to survive.
There were three exchanges of gunfire between police and Lemos, who was either age 34 or 35, Assistant Police Chief Jim McDonnell told reporters. In the final exchange, at around 6:20 p.m., Lemos held the girl as he shot."We did everything we could to hold our fire," McDonnell said. "We showed a tremendous amount of restraint, but unfortunately the suspect's actions dictated this. … It's a true tragedy."
The fatalities were all believed to be crew members from the trains that collided head-on Sunday morning. Rescue teams continued to search the wreckage, but no other injuries were reported, officials said.
One of the cars leaked vegetable oil and caught fire, but the flames were extinguished, said Amy Carruth, a spokeswoman with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. The cause of the wreck was not immediate determined, Carruth said.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Later, the team from Florida State University planned to search a lagoon using remote controlled sensors. They planned to check other sites suggested by local authorities over the next two days, said Dale Nute, a forensic scientist who was helping to coordinate the effort."If we find something we will call the police and bring it out to them," Nute said.The search of the cavern and lagoon comes as a Texas-based group that has also searched for Natalee Holloway prepared to abandon its effort within days unless they found some sign of the teenager.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
The suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court accuses south suburban Midwest Midways of negligence at all levels, including staff "not reasonably qualified" to inspect, maintain and operate the ride safely. James Curtis Stevenson, Dakota's father, also accuses Midwest Midways' staff of not making sure all riders were "properly and adequately restrained" before starting the ride.
Capt. Leslie J. McCoy, who had commanded Guantanamo since March 2003, was the subject of an investigation into inappropriate personnel and administrative practices unrelated to the base's detention camp for suspected terrorists."His release and reassignment are in no way related to the detainee operations taking place in Guantanamo," said C. Patrick Dooling, spokesman for Navy Southeast Region based in Jacksonville.
The early morning blast May 5 caused no injuries, but there was speculation that it was meant to coincide with the election that returned British Prime Minister Tony Blair to power. It drew an enormous emergency response by New York officials.Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn't mention the explosion or the investigation Friday when he visited the consulate to offer condolences after the deadly London subway and bus bombings, and it was business as usual at the 21-story building that houses it on a busy stretch of Third Avenue.
High waves crash to the shoreline of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba, July 7. Strong winds from Hurricane Dennis blew across the U.S. prison camp for terror suspects causing minor damage and a spectacular view of the heaving surf, but only slightly disrupting operations at the high-security base.
In this photo released by the United Nations Development Program, the collapsed bridge above the Grand Goave river is pictured about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, July 8, 2005. A Haitian official says five people died on the collapsed bridge that cut off Haiti's southwestern peninsula. At least ten people died in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Dennis.
(AP Photo/UNDP, Michel Matera)
Dan Cleary and Katy Young battle the strong wind gusts of Hurricane Dennis behind the Crowne Plaza hotel on Riviera Beach's Singer Island, Fla., on Saturday, July 9, 2005. The couple was scheduled to get married in Key West but Hurricane Dennis forced them to evacuate. The couple married inside but stepped outside for wedding photos.
(AP Photo/South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Scott Fisher)
Girone said the operation was focusing on Milan because it had been the major focus of Italian investigations into Islamic terrorism and because it "could be a major risk of possible attacks." He said the measures were designed to make people "feel calmer after the London attacks."
The six-nation talks will resume July 25, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said Saturday.The top envoys to the negotiations from the United States and North Korea -- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill and North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan -- met Saturday in the Chinese capital, KCNA said."The U.S. side clarified its official stand to recognize (North Korea) as a sovereign state, not to invade it and hold bilateral talks within the framework of the six-party talks," KCNA reported.
"This morning in Shagal district in Kunar province, the Taliban killed the American soldier and cut his head off,"
Dennis's center was about 125 miles (201 kilometers) west of Key West and 355 miles south-southeast of Apalachicola as of 11 a.m. Miami time, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm is moving northwest at 14 mph (23 kph) and likely will hit the Gulf Coast somewhere between Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle tomorrow, forecasters said.
... HAVANA - Hurricane Dennis bore down on the U.S. Gulf Coast on Saturday after slamming Cuba, sweeping away coastal homes and sending waves crashing over Havana's seawall. At least 10 people were killed in Cuba, pushing the Caribbean death toll to 30 with reports of many people still missing.Photograph: Alejandro Ernesto/EPA...
Friday, July 08, 2005
UPDATED 10:35 PM ET: A clarification was made by the source providing this information, noting that "one of the bombers who is believed to be involved in this attack was recently released from the prison at Guantanamo, Cuba." The source did not elaborate about how the suspect was reportedly identified so early, although suggested he was onboard bus 30 that exploded outside of the British Medical Association at 9:47 local time. We are continuing our investigation....
United We Stand
Papers tell of London's dark day
British headlines talk of sorrow and defiance
British newspapers marked on Friday London's bloodiest peacetime attack with somber front pages that struck a defiant tone.
"Our spirit will never be broken," said Britain's top-selling Sun tabloid, calling Thursday morning's rush-hour bombings "56 minutes of hell".
"In the name of New York, Washington, Bali, Nairobi, Madrid and now London, we shall have vengeance and justice,"... The Daily Express launched a telephone poll, bluntly asking readers "Should terrorists be executed?"...Link