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      3 CALIF. SCHOOLS TO FINGERPRINT STUDENTS
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     SANTA BARBARA, Calif. –– A plan to fingerprint elementary school students when they buy lunch has some parents worrying that Big Brother has come to the cafeteria.

The Hope Elementary School District has notified parents that, beginning this month, students at Monte Vista, Vieja Valley and Hope elem >>>


      ABORTION TOPS DIVISIVE BALLOT MEASURES
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     –– Even if no candidates were running, this Election Day would be dramatic as voters across the country consider ballot measures on a multitude of hot–button topics _ abortion, gay marriage, affirmative action, illegal immigration, sex crimes, even legalizing marijuana.

In all, there are 205 m >>>


      CONNERLY CRITICIZED FOR KLAN COMMENTS
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     DETROIT –– Opponents are criticizing a key backer of a ballot initiative to end public affirmative action programs in Michigan after he made comments that appeared to welcome the Ku Klux Klan‘s support.

Ward Connerly, a California businessman who is pushing the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative >>>


      DEATH TOLL REACHES ' IN RENO HOTEL ARSON
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     RENO, Nev., Nov. 4 –– The bodies of three more victims of an arson fire at a casino–district hotel were recovered Saturday, bringing the death toll to nine, fire officials said.

Fire Department spokesman Steve Frady said the bodies were at the north end of the 84–year–old Mizpah Ho >>>


      DISGRACED MINISTER FIRED FROM CHURCH IN COLORADO
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     COLORADO SPRINGS, Nov. 4 –– The Rev. Ted Haggard was dismissed Saturday as leader of the megachurch he founded after a board determined the influential evangelist had committed "sexually immoral conduct," the church said Saturday.

Haggard resigned Thursday as president of the National Asso >>>


      DOLE: DEMS ‘CONTENT WITH LOSING‘ IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     WASHINGTON –– The head of the GOP Senate campaigns on Sunday sought to deflect growing criticism about the war in Iraq, saying her party will prevail in Tuesday‘s elections partly because "Democrats appear to be content with losing." Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R–N.C., acknowledged that Republ >>>


      EVANGELICAL LEADER DISMISSED FROM CHURCH
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –– The Rev. Ted Haggard was dismissed Saturday as leader of the megachurch he founded after a board determined the influential evangelist had committed "sexually immoral conduct," the church said Saturday.

Haggard had resigned two days earlier as president of the Na >>>


      EVANGELICAL LEADER DISMISSED FROM CHURCH
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –– Members of the evangelical New Life megachurch sang and cheered during their weekly service Sunday, less than 24 hours after the church‘s founder, the Rev. Ted Haggard, was dismissed for "sexually immoral conduct." They sang refrain after refrain of "I will ble >>>


      FEMALE BISHOP TAKES HELM OF EPISCOPAL CHURCH
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     By Alan CoopermanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 5, 2006; A18 Wearing multicolored vestments that represent a new dawn, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori formally took office yesterday as the first woman to lead the Episcopal Church and promised to seek healing and wholeness in a denomination threatened by s >>>


      HONOR GUARD PAYS TRIBUTE TO FIREFIGHTERS
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     VICTORVILLE, Calif. –– Firefighters in the U.S. Forest Service‘s honor guard practice for hours, folding flags in neat triangles, marching in two tight lines and standing at attention as its bagpiper plays "Amazing Grace." They also pray the preparation goes to waste.

The 12–me >>>


      MINN. CANDIDATE DENIES ‘WHORE‘ COMMENT
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     ST. PAUL, Minn. –– The Democratic gubernatorial candidate faced a potential setback for a second day Friday, denying a newspaper report that said he called a male reporter "a Republican whore." Mike Hatch at first denied using the word. In a debate Friday night, he said he might have used that lang >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     U.S. Seeks Rejection of Suit Over Iraq Detention LOS ANGELES –– The U.S. government is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Cyrus Kar, an aspiring American filmmaker who spent two months in an Iraqi prison without being charged.

In the lawsuit, the first civil case challenging detention policies in >>>


      O‘CONNOR WORRIES ABOUT COURTS‘ AUTONOMY
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     SAN FRANCISCO –– Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O‘Connor said she fears judges are under growing political attack nationwide.

"I‘m increasingly concerned about the current climate of challenge to judicial independence," O‘Connor told a gathering of state judges >>>


      O‘REILLY ABORTION REPORT RILES KANSAS MD
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     TOPEKA, Kan. –– An abortion doctor plans to ask for an investigation of the state attorney general and Bill O‘Reilly over comments by the Fox television host that he got information from Kansas abortion records, the doctor‘s attorneys said Saturday.

Dr. George Tiller said he will ask the >>>


      POLICE CONFISCATE MUMMY FROM MICH. WOMAN
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     PORT HURON, Mich. –– Mummified human skeletal remains confiscated from the home of a woman who police say was trying to sell them on eBay likely came from an early 1'th century Scottish collection, authorities said.

Police said Friday they have closed their investigation and do not plan to seek >>>


      POLITICIANS WALK AMONG US
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     Every election cycle brings eccentric campaign pronouncements, bizarre candidates and strange tactics. Some are high–profile: Sen. Conrad Burns (R–Mont.) recalling the "nice little Guatemalan man" who fixes his house and telling firefighters "what a piss–poor job" they had done. Or >>>


      REPORTS: NEV. HOPEFUL NOT SEEN IN VIDEO
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     LAS VEGAS –– Neither the Republican gubernatorial candidate nor a cocktail waitress appear in a portion of surveillance video from a parking garage where she says he assaulted her, according to news reports Saturday.

The Las Vegas Review–Journal and KLAS–TV reviewed footage recorded on a >>>


      SEARCH FOR DEAD PROCEEDS AT RENO HOTEL
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     RENO, Nev., –– Investigators were continuing the search for bodies at the downtown hotel that was the site of the city‘s deadliest fire ever.

Nine bodies had been recovered _ three more on Saturday _ from the Mizpah hotel, an 84–year–old Reno landmark that caught fire Tuesday in wh >>>


      SEN. OBAMA LINKED TO ACCUSED FUNDRAISER
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     CHICAGO –– Responding to a newspaper report, Sen. Barack Obama said Saturday that arrangements he had with a political fundraiser accused of shaking down companies might have raised the appearance of impropriety.

Antoin "Tony" Rezko, whom Gov. Rod Blagojevich has described as a friend and >>>


      SOME KEY BALLOT MEASURES
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     PM –– Some noteworthy state ballot items facing voters in Tuesday‘s general election: _Abortion: South Dakotans will vote to uphold or quash a law that would ban virtually all abortions. Measures in California and Oregon would require parental notification before minors could have an abortion.

>>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     AM –– Early morning showers and then light to moderate rain fell in the Northwest on Saturday, but it was the only significant area of precipitation in the country.

There were flood watches throughout the region, and the hardest–hit area was western Washington.

Light rain and drizzle >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     Guests to be interviewed today on major network news shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R–Ohio), Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele (R) and Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill (D).

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), ' a.m.: Vice President Cheney and Democratic N >>>


      UNIONS JOIN IN GET–OUT–THE–VOTE EFFORT
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     PM LANSING, Mich. –– Victoria Cook moved to California last year and cannot vote in Michigan. That did not stop the labor organizer from returning to the state this fall to help turn out the union vote for Democratic candidates.

Union votes were critical in helping Debbie Stabenow beat Republican Se >>>


      WHY DO SO FEW PEOPLE VOTE IN THE U.S.?
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Government of the people, by the people, will be missing a lot of people Election Day.

It‘s a persistent riddle in a country that thinks of itself as the beacon of democracy. Why do so few vote?

Compare U.S. voting with foreign voting and it‘s not a pretty sight. A >>>


      1''' WAR GAMES FORESAW PROBLEMS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     WASHINGTON –– The U.S. government conducted a series of secret war games in 1''' that anticipated an invasion of Iraq would require 400,000 troops, and even then chaos might ensue.

In its "Desert Crossing" games, 70 military, diplomatic and intelligence officials assumed the hi >>>


      A DUTY NATO IS DODGING IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     As colder weather descends on Afghanistan, the country‘s violent insurgency is likely to cool as well. For the more than 30,000 U.S. troops and NATO peacekeepers in the war–torn country, winter may provide a needed respite.

It is also the right time for the United States and its NATO allies to confr >>>


      ARMY ADVISERS A VITAL LINK TO IRAQ EXIT
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     FORT RILEY, Kan. –– As the Army sees it, the way home from Iraq begins here.

On a desolate plain dotted with splashes of yellow and gold foliage, soldiers are preparing not to defeat the insurgents in Iraq but to coach the Iraqis to do that for themselves.

It is an approach born of the real >>>


      BUSH, CHENEY BLITZ WEST IN FINAL CAMPAIGN DRIVE
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     November 5, 2006; A11 President Bush and Vice President Cheney blitzed through Western states yesterday, revving up conservative voters with threats of tax increases and legalized gay marriage if Democrats win big on Tuesday.

Bush delivered his weekly radio address live from a Colorado coffee shop, touting the >>>


      CARDIN, STEELE DIFFER ON HEALTH CARE
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     5, 2006; C06 Standing outside a hospital in Prince George‘s County surrounded by health–care advocates, retired doctor Nelson Goodman pronounced Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) a champion for physicians because of his work in Congress to block cuts to doctors‘ payments under Medicare.

"Congre >>>


      DEMOCRATS, ON THE OFFENSIVE, COULD GAIN BOTH HOUSES
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     5, 2006; A01 Two days before a bitterly fought midterm election, Democrats have moved into position to recapture the House and have laid siege to the Senate, setting the stage for a dramatic recasting of the power structure in Washington for President Bush‘s final two years in office, according to a Washington Pos >>>


      DEMS SEEK ANSWERS ON IRAQ DOCUMENTS SITE
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Four Democratic senators demanded on Saturday that the Bush administration explain its decision to post documents from Saddam Hussein‘s covert nuclear program on a now–shuttered federal Web site.

The lawmakers told President Bush‘s director of national intelligence, J >>>


      EHRLICH, O‘MALLEY LIKELY TO SET DIFFERENT TONES IN ANNAPOLIS
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     By John WagnerWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 5, 2006; C07 On Tuesday, Maryland voters will do more than pick a winner in the governor‘s race. They will play a large role in setting the tone in Annapolis for the coming four years.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.‘s tenure, by all accounts, ha >>>


      FIRST LADY CELEBRATES 60TH BIRTHDAY
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     CRAWFORD, Texas –– It‘s bling again for Laura Bush‘s birthday. For the second year in a row, President Bush gave his wife jewelry for her birthday.

This year, it‘s a triple–strand necklace with amber–colored citrine, a November birthstone.

The Bushes were celeb >>>


      FLA. CANDIDATE BATTLES THE ANTI–GOP TIDE
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     By Michael GrunwaldWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 5, 2006; A05 BRADENTON, Fla., Nov. 4 –– Vern Buchanan is the Republican congressional candidate in this heavily Republican district, hoping to succeed a onetime GOP icon, Rep. Katharine Harris. The self–made businessman has given his campa >>>


      IN KEY SUBURBS, ANGER, APATHY ON SENATE RACE
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     In Northern Virginia‘s politically crucial suburbs, the combatants in the tight race for U.S. Senate are fighting the intricate emotions of anger and indifference almost as much as they are fighting each other.

Anger, as in this perspective from Tim Courson, 61, a marketing consultant from Centreville: &q >>>


      IRAQ FOES WOULD HEAD DEMOCRAT WAR–SPENDING PANELS
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic takeover of the U.S. Congress would put two of the most outspoken critics of the Iraq war in charge of dispensing the money President George W.

Bush will seek for combat, adding pressure for a new approach to the increasingly unpopular war.

In the House of Repr >>>


      IT‘S GAME TIME
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     Mary Matalin, a Republican who has been at this game for years, is obviously very smart when it comes to elections. So, too, is Paul Kirk, a Democrat who has been at it even longer.

It is a bit odd, then, that when asked for their most coldly objective expertise on the question of who will control the House aft >>>


      KEEPING SCORE ON TUESDAY
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     As ballpark vendors say, you can‘t enjoy the game without a scorecard. Here is one for Tuesday night. ? The election actually began four weeks ago with early voting. Passion drives turnout; anger is a passion; contentment is not. Is there anger at incumbents generally, or only at Republican incumbents? Two years a >>>


      MD., VA. CHALLENGERS‘ FATE MAY DEPEND ON INNER SUBURBS‘ MUSCLE
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     Big, rich, filled with voters and slightly off–center, the Washington suburbs will either drive the election results in Virginia and Maryland on Tuesday or show once again that they are out of step with the rest of their states.

Maybe both. This election marks the full emergence of Northern Virginia and t >>>


      NONPROLIFERATION AFTER NORTH KOREA
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     North Korea is the first country to withdraw from the Non–Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and test a nuclear weapon. It has agreed to return to six–party talks about its nuclear status, but skeptics expect little progress.

Some doomsayers are predicting the collapse of the nonproliferation regime, but th >>>


      PING–PONG DIPLOMACY FOR IRAN
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     It is not the U–turn in foreign policy that Ronald Reagan made with the Soviet Union in his second term. It is more like a skid on an icy road: The Bush administration has lurched from insisting on isolating its enemies abroad to adopting a more sophisticated diplomatic strategy of conditional engagement with Nort >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     Iraq foes would head Democrat war–spending panels WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic takeover of the U.S.

Congress would put two of the most outspoken critics of the Iraq war in charge of dispensing the money President George W.

Bush will seek for combat, adding pressure for a new approach >>>


      SENATORS QUESTION POSTING OF IRAQI NUCLEAR PAPERS
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     Four Democratic senators demanded yesterday that the Bush administration explain its decision to post documents from Saddam Hussein‘s covert nuclear program on a now–shuttered federal Web site.

The lawmakers told President Bush‘s director of national intelligence, John D. Negroponte, that it w >>>


      SNOW DENIES SADDAM TRIAL ‘SCHEMING‘
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     WASHINGTON –– The White House on Sunday praised the Iraqi judicial system for its independence and denied the Bush administration had been "scheming" to arrange a verdict in Saddam Hussein‘s trial days before crucial U.S.

elections. "The judiciary is operating independently and >>>


      THE ELECTION ‘EARTHQUAKE‘
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     President Bush has been making a brave show of optimism, but unless all the warning signs are wrong, Tuesday‘s election is going to confront the White House with a radically changed political environment –– one much less to the president‘s liking.

Chances are there will be far fewer Repu >>>


      U.S. DEMOCRATS APPEAR ON SMOOTH CAMPAIGN RIDE
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats, who have been known to bungle golden political opportunities, are holding their breath. With just days to go before voters could hand them control of the U.S. Congress, their ride has been relatively smooth.

Instead of shooting themselves in the foot, they have sat back a >>>


      10,000 CONDEMN DEADLY PAKISTAN ARMY RAID
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     PM KHAR, Pakistan –– More than 10,000 protesters rallied in a remote northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border on Saturday to condemn a Pakistan army raid on a seminary that left 80 suspected militants dead.

Chanting slogans "God is great!" and "Down with America!" the pr >>>


      3 SADDAM CO–DEFENDANTS FOUND GUILTY
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Iraq‘s High Tribunal convicted three Saddam Hussein co–defendants of murder and torture on Sunday and sentenced them to up to 15 years in prison. A fourth defendant was acquitted for lack of evidence.

Saddam and seven co–defendants were charged with crimes against >>>


      AFTER JET CRASH, NIGERIANS URGE SAFETY MEASURES –– AND PRAY
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     A20 ABUJA, Nigeria, Nov. 4 –– Nigerians long reveled in their freewheeling aviation culture, swapping stories about seeing cows on runways or dashing frantically onto tarmacs 30 minutes after official takeoff times, and still being allowed on flights.

But three fatal accidents in the past year, culm >>>


      ARMY GUARD, RESERVE FACE NEW CALL–UPS TO IRAQ WAR
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     By Ann Scott TysonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 5, 2006; A01 The Army‘s National Guard and Reserve are bracing for possible new and accelerated call–ups –– spurred by high demand for U.S. troops in Iraq

–– that leaders caution could undermine the citizen– >>>


      BUSH SAYS IRAQ RADICALS COULD PLAY MISCHIEF WITH GLOBAL OIL SUPPLIES
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     GREELEY, Colo., Nov. 4 –– During the run–up to the invasion of Iraq, President Bush and his aides sternly dismissed suggestions that the war was all about oil. "Nonsense," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld declared. "This is not about that," said White House spokesman Ari Fleisch >>>


      CHAVEZ THREATENS TO HALT OIL TO U.S.
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     ':48 PM CARACAS, Venezuela –– Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened Saturday to halt oil exports to the United States and said opponents of his leftist government are not welcome within the military or the state–run oil company.

Also on Saturday, tens of thousands of supporters of Ma >>>


      CHINA, AFRICA SIGN DEALS, END SUMMIT
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese and African leaders wrapped up their biggest summit since the founding of Communist China in 1'4' on Sunday, signing deals worth $1.' billion as Beijing builds its influence in the resource–rich continent.

The deals, signed between 12 Chinese firms and African >>>


      DISSENT GROWS AT U.N. OVER IRAN
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     By Colum LynchWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 5, 2006; A25 UNITED NATIONS –– As the Bush administration struggles to rally international pressure on Iran to halt its nuclear program, China and Russia are working to take the most powerful diplomatic weapon off the table: the military option.
>>>


      DOLPHIN MAY HAVE ‘REMAINS‘ OF LEGS
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     PM TOKYO –– Japanese researchers said Sunday that a bottlenose dolphin captured last month has an extra set of fins that could be the remains of hind legs, a discovery that may provide further evidence that ocean–dwelling mammals once lived on land.

Fishermen captured the four–finned dol >>>


      ETA: PEACE PROCESS IS IN CRISIS
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     MADRID, Spain –– The Basque separatist group ETA warned the Spanish government on Saturday that the peace process initiated when the group declared a cease–fire this year was in crisis and required new efforts to advance.

The warning was published Saturday in Spanish by the regional newspaper >>>


      EXCEEDINGLY SOCIAL, BUT DOESN‘T LIKE PARTIES
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     By Michael PowellWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 5, 2006; D01 BRATTLEBORO, Vt. –– Are you now or have you ever been a socialist?

The white–haired candidate for the United States Senate lies propped on his elbows on top of a too–old bed in a nondescript motel awaiting yet ano >>>


      GERMANS TELL OF SECRET NAZI PROGRAM
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     WERNIGERODE, Germany –– Folker Heinicke always had the feeling that something about his upbringing just wasn‘t right.

Being raised in a German home full of wealth and privilege did not dull his notions that something was missing, but it would be decades before he would learn the full truth: he >>>


      HUSSEIN SENTENCED TO HANG FOR CRIMES AGAINST IRAQIS
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     By John Ward Anderson And Ellen KnickmeyerWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, November 5, 2006; 7:52 AM BAGHDAD, Nov. 5 –– Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was found guilty by a special tribunal Sunday of crimes against humanity for the torture and execution of more than 100 people from a small town >>>


      IRAN TO CONSIDER TALKS WITH U.S. ON IRAQ
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     TEHRAN, Iran –– Iran is ready to consider negotiating with the United States over regional issues including Iraq, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said Sunday.

But Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Iran would not change its stance regarding relations with the U.S., indicating Iran would refuse to discuss its >>>


      IRAQ GOVT HAILS SADDAM VERDICT, SUNNIS COMPLAIN
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq‘s Shi‘ite–led government said Saddam Hussein had got what he deserved when an Iraqi court sentenced him to hang, but a senior Sunni Arab member of parliament dismissed Sunday‘s verdict as political.

The discrepancy highlighted sectarian divisions that have >>>


      IRAQI PRESIDENT: SADDAM‘S TRIAL WAS FAIR
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     PARIS –– Iraq‘s president, whose office must ratify the death penalty sentence against Saddam Hussein if it‘s upheld on appeal, said Sunday that the trial against the ousted Iraqi leader was fair.

But Jalal Talabani would not comment on the guilty verdict or death sentence for fear it co >>>


      ISRAEL PRESSES ON WITH GAZA OFFENSIVE
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian gunmen and a police officer and kept up missile strikes against militant targets in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, residents and medical officials said.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel‘s assault on rocket–launching squads and >>>


      KEY FIGURES IN SADDAM HUSSEIN‘S TRIAL
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     AM –– Key figures in Saddam Hussein‘s trial for the alleged killings of 148 Shiites in Dujail: DEFENDANTS: _ Saddam Hussein: former Iraqi president.

_ Barzan Ibrahim: Saddam‘s half brother, Iraq‘s intelligence chief at time of Dujail killings.

_ Taha Yassin Ramadan: Iraqi >>>


      LAMBIEL BATTLES BACK TO CLAIM SKATE CANADA GOLD
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Switzerland‘s twice world champion and Olympic silver medallist Stephane Lambiel produced a sensational free skate to steal an unlikely victory at Skate Canada on Saturday.

Following an error–riddled short program on Friday that left Lambiel well back in seventh place, th >>>


      LEGAL ISSUE, ENVIROMENTAL CONCERNS CLOUD ARTIC‘S FUTURE
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     ICEBREAKER CHANNEL, Northwest Passage –– The future of the Arctic above North America is clouded by both environmental concerns and a legal issue.

The United States contends the Northwest Passage, though owned by Canada, is an international strait with free passage for all, like other world straits. >>>


      LOSSES COLOR A PATRIOTIC TOWN‘S VIEW OF THE IRAQ WAR
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     By Peter WhoriskeyWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 5, 2006; A03 PRATTVILLE, Ala. –– There is no antiwar movement in this small Southern city –– in fact, locals boast, just the opposite.

Army enlistment per capita runs roughly three times the national average, making it one of >>>


      MELTING ARCTIC MAKES WAY FOR MAN
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     By Doug StruckWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, November 5, 2006; A01 ICEBREAKER CHANNEL, Northwest Passage –– The Amundsen‘s engines growl low, as if in warning. The ship steals ahead; its powerful spotlights stab at fog thick with the lore of crushed ships and frozen voyagers. Ice floes gleam fr >>>


      NORTH KOREA IS ‘HUNGRY FOR BUSINESS‘
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     BEIJING –– In the midst of tensions over North Korea‘s nuclear program, a Western company is there searching for oil. Another just bought a bank.

"North Korea is hungry for business," said Roger Barrett, the British founder of Beijing–based Korea Business Consultants, who recen >>>


      OLD U.S. ADVERSARY POISED FOR COMEBACK
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     By N.C. AizenmanWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, November 5, 2006; A20 MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Nov. 4 –– As Daniel Ortega makes his fourth attempt to win back Nicaragua‘s presidency in elections Sunday, citizens across this war–battered nation are grappling with the very real possibility that t >>>


      S. KOREA, JAPAN PLEDGE TO WORK WITH U.S.
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     TOKYO –– South Korea and Japan pledged Sunday to coordinate closely with the United States over the resumption of long–delayed negotiations on North Korea‘s nuclear program, officials said.

South Korea‘s Foreign Minister Ban Ki–moon, who will be the next U.N. secretary– >>>


      SADDAM TELLS LAWYERS HE FACES DEATH WITHOUT FEAR
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     AMMAN (Reuters) – A defiant Saddam Hussein shrugged off a possible death sentence, saying he would die without fear and the U.S. occupiers of his country would leave humiliated like they did in Vietnam, his lawyers said on Saturday.

They said a jovial and highly spirited Saddam chatted with them for more >>>


      SADDAM TRIAL VERDICT STARTS
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – With the eyes of the world on Iraq, a U.S.–backed court opened a session in Baghdad on Sunday at which ousted president Saddam Hussein is expected to hear a verdict on charges of crimes against humanity.

Chief judge Raouf Abdul Rahman summoned the court, located in the heavily&nd >>>


      SADDAM URGES IRAQIS TO NOT TAKE REVENGE
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     AMMAN, Jordan –– Saddam Hussein urged Iraqis on Sunday to reject the sectarian violence ripping his country apart and to "not take revenge" on U.S. forces, his chief lawyer said after the ousted leader was sentenced to death.

"The message from President Saddam to his people came durin >>>


      SADDAM VERDICT UNLEASHES VIOLENCE FEARS
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     –– In a world sharply divided on Iraq since the U.S.–led war began in 2003, Saddam Hussein‘s death sentence unleashed fears of fresh violence, European condemnation of capital punishment and new questions about the fairness of the tribunal that ordered him to hang.

Underscoring the fault >>>


      SANDINISTA LEADER SEEKS RETURN TO POWER
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     MANAGUA, Nicaragua –– Nicaraguans waited in long lines Sunday to vote in an election that will decide whether Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega returns to power, 16 years after the end of his leftist rule and a U.S.–backed war to topple him.

The United States has warned against an Ortega win, wi >>>


      TAIWAN‘S PRESIDENT SAYS HE‘S INNOCENT OF CORRUPTION
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     By Edward CodyWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, November 5, 2006;
11:02 AM TAIPEI, Taiwan, Nov. 5 –– Brushing aside demands for an immediate resignation, President Chen Shui–bian declared Sunday night he is innocent of corruption and said he would step down only if his wife is convicted in cou >>>


      TAIWAN PRESIDENT CHEN DERIDES CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan President Chen Shui–bian denied any wrongdoing and struck a defiant tone on Sunday in his first public remarks since a government prosecutor accused him of corruption.

"I must ask everyone, could A–Bian be this kind of crooked fellow?" Chen said in a TV addr >>>


      TEN KILLED IN TWO BLASTS IN INDIA‘S ASSAM STATE
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) – Ten people were killed and a dozen wounded when two powerful bombs exploded in troubled northeast India‘s biggest city Guwahati on Sunday, police said.

The first bomb exploded in a crowded market in the heart of the city, killing five people, police said.

Ten oth >>>


      THOUSANDS CALL FOR TAIWAN LEADER TO QUIT
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     TAIPEI, Taiwan –– Thousands of protesters honked air horns and carried signs Sunday to demand the resignation of Taiwanese President Chen Shui–bian, whose wife was indicted in a corruption scandal that prosecutors say could also involve Chen.

The parade through the streets of the capital came >>>


      TRIBUNAL TO DEBUT WITH CONGO CASE
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     By Nora BoustanyWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, November 5, 2006; A21 The International Criminal Court is set to begin its first case this week in The Hague, where a three–judge panel is to hear charges and evidence against Congolese rebel leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, who has been indicted as one of Africa& >>>


      U.S. QUOTES ABOUT THE SADDAM VERDICT
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     AM –– Quotes from U.S. lawmakers and officials about Sunday‘s verdict in the trial of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein: "Today‘s decision is a hopeful reminder to all Iraqis that the rule of law can triumph over the rule of fear and that the peaceful pursuit of justice is preferable to the >>>


      UNCERTAINTY OVER IRAQI POLICE CLASH IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq‘s Interior Ministry said police killed more than 50 insurgents in an operation to free hostages in Baghdad on Saturday but the U.S. military said it could not confirm the report.

Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Karim Khalaf said on Sunday there was a fierce battle between >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     Israeli Offensive in Gaza Widens, Leaving 8 Dead GAZA CITY –– Israeli forces widened their four–day–old offensive in the Gaza Strip, killing five Palestinian fighters and three civilians, including a 13–year–old girl hit by a sniper bullet fired into her home.

Israeli troops >>>


      WORLD REACTION TO THE HUSSEIN VERDICT
      Washington Post, 05-11-2006
     American and foreign leaders reacted today to the guilty verdict and death sentence handed out to former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein by a special Iraqi tribunal. Here is a sampling, according to wire service reports and officials‘ prepared statements: ? U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Hussein‘s >>>


      GLOSSARY OF PARLIAMENTARY TERMS
      Guardian, 05-11-2006
     Do you know your vote bundles from your early day motions? Brush up on your parliamentary language with our exclusive guide Tuesday October 30, 2001 Guardian Unlimited Adjournment debate – usually a half–hour debate introduced by a backbencher at the end of business for the day. The subjects raised are often >>>


      1''' WAR GAMES FORESAW PROBLEMS IN IRAQ
      Guardian, 05-11-2006
     Sunday November 5, 2006 7:46 AM AP Photo BAG102 By JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government conducted a series of secret war games in 1''' that anticipated an invasion of Iraq would require 400,000 troops, and even then chaos might ensue.

In its Des >>>


      1ST CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL IN U.S. REOPENS
      Guardian, 05-11-2006
     Sunday November 5, 2006 2:46 AM AP Photo MDMH104 By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press Writer BALTIMORE (AP) – The first Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States reopened to the public Saturday after undergoing a $34 million restoration over the past two years.

Cardinal William Keeler reopened the doors of >>>


      3 MORE VICTIMS FOUND IN NEVADA ARSON
      Guardian, 05-11-2006
     Sunday November 5, 2006 12:16 PM AP Photo NYOL100 By MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press Writer RENO, Nev. (AP) – The bodies of three more victims of an arson fire at a casino–district hotel were recovered Saturday, bringing the death toll to nine, fire officials said.

Fire Department spokesman Steve F >>>


      3 SADDAM CO–DEFENDANTS FOUND GUILTY
      Guardian, 05-11-2006
     Sunday November 5, 2006 ':01 AM AP Photo NY461 BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Iraq‘s High Tribunal convicted three Saddam Hussein co–defendants of murder and torture on Sunday and sentenced them to up to 15 years in prison. A fourth defendant was acquitted for lack of evidence.

Saddam and seven co&n >>>


      53 SUSPECTED INSURGENTS KILLED IN RAID
      Guardian, 05-11-2006
     Sunday November 5, 2006 7:46 AM BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – U.S. and Iraqi security forces killed 53 suspected insurgents in a raid southeast of Baghdad, Iraqi police said Sunday.

Police Lt. Bilal Ali Majid said Saturday night‘s raid targeted an area of fruit farms near the city of Madain, about 14 miles f >>>


      ANALYSIS: GOP HOPES FOR A SLIM MAJORITY
      Guardian, 05-11-2006
     Sunday November 5, 2006 6:01 PM AP Photo COBR102 By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) – Twelve years in the majority, House Republicans are staggering into the final hours of the election campaign like a spent force, with a less than lofty goal of losing seats but clinging to power.

Poli >>>


      BUSH TOUTS LOW TAXES, VALUES IN COLORADO
      Guardian, 05-11-2006
     Sunday November 5, 2006 1:31 AM AP Photo COPM11' By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press Writer GREELEY, Colo. (AP) – President Bush encouraged voters to select candidates who will lower taxes and defend traditional values‘‘ as he kicked off the final campaign weekend in a state where gay marri >>>


      CALIF. SCHOOLS TO FINGERPRINT STUDENTS
      Guardian, 05-11-2006
     Sunday November 5, 2006 7:31 AM SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) – A plan to fingerprint elementary school students when they buy lunch has some parents worrying that Big Brother has come to the cafeteria.

The Hope Elementary School District has notified parents that, beginning this month, students at Monte Vis >>>


      CARIBBEAN GRAVE SITE ILLUMINATES SLAVERY
      Guardian, 05-11-2006
     Sunday November 5, 2006 5:46 PM AP Photo NY3'8 By MAT PROBASCO Associated Press Writer CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) – A paper trail documents their lives as human property, from their passage across the Atlantic to their sale as slaves for sugar plantations. Now a newly discovered burial ground p >>>


      CHAVEZ THREATENS TO HALT OIL TO U.S.
      Guardian, 05-11-2006
     Sunday November 5, 2006 3:01 AM AP Photo CAR104 By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER Associated Press Writer CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened Saturday to halt oil exports to the United States and said opponents of his leftist government are not welcome within the military or the state&ndas >>>


      CHINA PLEDGES BILLIONS IN AID TO AFRICA
      Guardian, 05-11-2006
     Sunday November 5, 2006 5:16 AM AP Photo XED10' By JOE McDONALD Associated Press Writer BEIJING (AP) – China is launching a sweeping effort to expand its access to Africa‘s oil and markets, pledging billions of dollars in aid and loans.

Chinese entrepreneurs on Sunday signed deals with African g >>>


      CHURCH HOLDS SERVICE AFTER LEADER OUSTED
      Guardian, 05-11-2006
     Sunday November 5, 2006 4:31 PM AP Photo NY116 By COLLEEN SLEVIN Associated Press Writer COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Members of the evangelical New Life megachurch sang and cheered during their weekly service Sunday, less than 24 hours after the church‘s founder, the Rev. Ted Haggard, was dismissed for &# >>>


      COLO. PRO–POT ADS TARGET BUSH, CHENEY
      Guardian, 05-11-2006
     Sunday November 5, 2006 1:31 AM AP Photo WXS102 By ROBERT WELLER Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) – A group that claims marijuana use is safer than drinking ran newspaper ads Saturday mentioning allegations that President Bush once drunkenly challenged his father to fight and Vice President Dick Cheney‘s >>>


      CONVICTIONS, SENTENCES IN SADDAM TRIAL
      Guardian, 05-11-2006
     Sunday November 5, 2006 12:16 PM By The Associated Press Details of the convictions and sentences for Saddam Hussein and seven co–defendants in trial for 1'82 war crimes in the town of Dujail. The specific convictions come under the broad headings, under Iraqi law, of crimes against humanity and war crimes.
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