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      ‘NAKED LUNCH‘ MAY BE BANNED IN MAINE
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     GREENVILLE, Maine –– "Naked Lunch" just doesn‘t sound appetizing to some people. A sandwich called the Skinny Dip, featuring sliced prime rib in a baguette roll, has been offered free of charge anyone willing to plunge naked from The Black Frog Restaurant‘s dock into a lake.

Si >>>


      A KNELL FOR LOBSTERS ON LONG ISLAND SOUND
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     By Anthony FaiolaWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 7, 2007; A03 LONG ISLAND SOUND, Conn. –– The trap buoys, orange and white, wink between the waves in this murky estuary, beckoning with the promise of the sweetest of New England‘s delights: lobster. As plentiful as sardines, they were.
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      BACKGROUND CHECKS AT NASA LAB BLOCKED
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     LOS ANGELES –– A federal appeals court on Friday blocked a Bush administration directive requiring background checks and access to personal information of employees of NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which some contend amounts to an invasion of privacy.

The JPL employees had until Friday to >>>


      BOOM, BUST IN AREA BESET BY FORECLOSURES
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. –– Out on Phoenix‘s suburban fringes, where cement mixers are fast colonizing what‘s left of the hay and cotton fields, the day is winding to a close. The home hour has arrived.

But sundown gives away a troubling secret: Behind dark windows and many unanswered doors, i >>>


      BUSH HONORS NATION‘S FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     EMMITSBURG, Md. –– President Bush on Sunday honored fallen firefighters for their dedication and service to the nation.

From the Sept. 11 attacks to Hurricane Katrina, "there were firefighters there from around the country to help," Bush said at a ceremony where he and others paid tribute >>>


      BUSH, TEXAS AT ODDS OVER DEATH CASE
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     WASHINGTON –– To put it bluntly, Texas wants President Bush to get out of the way of the state‘s plan to execute a Mexican for the brutal killing of two teenage girls.

Bush, who presided over 152 executions as governor of Texas, wants to halt the execution of Jose Ernesto Medellin in what has >>>


      CALIF. RESIDENTS WARY OF FUTURE SLIDES
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     SAN DIEGO –– Jeanne Plante didn‘t pay much attention this summer as city engineers worked to figure out why the busy road up the hill from her house was ominously cracking apart.

Then the ground below the road suddenly collapsed last week, taking four houses with it and burying two others. Now >>>


      CASE TESTS BOUNDARIES OF PRAYER IN SPORTS
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     Baseball players sometimes cross themselves before getting into the batter‘s box. Basketball players might look up for divine support before a free throw. Some soccer players kiss crucifixes around their necks after scoring a goal.

But perhaps no sport is more associated with prayer than football, as team >>>


      CONGRESSWOMAN DIES AFTER CANCER FIGHT
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     RICHMOND, Va. –– Republican U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Davis, who represented southeastern Virginia for seven years, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. This year, she suffered a recurrence.

But her health took a turn for the worse during the past week and she died Saturday morning at her home in Glouce >>>


      CONGRESSWOMAN DIES AFTER CANCER FIGHT
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     RICHMOND, Va. –– U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Davis, a Republican who represented southeastern Virginia for seven years, died Saturday morning after a two–year battle with breast cancer, her office said.

Davis, 57, died at her home in Gloucester. Davis was found to have breast cancer in 2005 and had a rec >>>


      COSTA RICA URGED TO OK US TRADE DEAL
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     WASHINGTON –– The White House said Saturday that if Costa Ricans vote against joining a U.S.–Central American free trade agreement, the Bush administration will not renegotiate the deal.

The Costa Rican government scheduled a referendum Sunday on the accord. A newspaper poll published Thursday >>>


      CREWS SURPRISED BY HEAVY EQUIPMENT THEFT
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     DES MOINES, Iowa –– Authorities are wondering how a thief was able to make off with some pretty big bounty: an earthmover and an excavator from a construction site.

Authorities believe the heavy equipment was taken some time Friday night, after a construction crew left a site near the interchange of >>>


      CYCLING GAINS GROUND IN NYC
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     NEW YORK –– New York City, with its convoys of cabs, miles of subway track, fleets of fume–belching trucks and hordes of harried commuters, is a long way from Davis, Calif., with a University of California campus and not much else.

But the concrete jungle and the college town were both honored >>>


      DECK STACKED AGAINST PHILLY CASINO FOES
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     PHILADELPHIA –– Surging gun violence never got Kathy O‘Neill to think about moving her family out of Philadelphia. Neither did an ever–struggling school system.

Only when plans popped up for two towering casinos _ one just blocks from her South Philadelphia home _ did O‘Neill and h >>>


      DEMOCRATS POSITIONED TO WIDEN MAJORITY IN SENATE
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats are positioned to bolster their Senate majority in next year‘s elections, which would give them more clout regardless who succeeds President George W. Bush in the White House.

With Republicans dogged by retirements, scandals and the Iraq war, there‘s an outside >>>


      DEMOCRATS WOO VOTERS AT IOWA BARBECUE
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     IOWA CITY, Iowa –– Five Democratic presidential hopefuls dined on barbecue Saturday and delivered their stump speeches to about 1,800 party faithful packed into a swine barn at the Johnson County fairgrounds.

Hoping to attract votes in this Democrat–rich part of Iowa were Chris Dodd, Bill Rich >>>


      EXPLOSION IN HARLEM BUILDING INJURES 17
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     NEW YORK, Oct. 6 –– An explosion apparently caused by a gas leak tore through a Harlem apartment building Saturday, injuring 17 people, including four children and a firefighter, officials said.

The explosion just after 4 p.m. blew out some of the walls in the 20–unit building, witnesses said. >>>


      EXPLOSION INJURES 20 AT NYC BUILDING
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     NEW YORK –– An apparent gas leak caused a Manhattan apartment building to explode, injuring 20 people, four of them children who were critically burned, officials said.

The explosion blew out some of the 20–unit building‘s walls just after 4 p.m. in upper Manhattan‘s Harlem neighbo >>>


      EXPLOSIONS AT FOUNDRY INJURE 4
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     Tacoma News TribuneSunday, October 7, 2007; A22 TACOMA, Wash., Oct. 6 –– Explosions at a historic foundry sent flames more than two stories high and was heard miles away Saturday. Four men were sent to hospitals from the blast, which shut down a major highway and cut power to the city‘s industrial area >>>


      FOUNDRY EXPLOSION ROCKS TACOMA, WASH.
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     TACOMA, Wash. –– An explosion heard miles away sent a ball of fire over a historic foundry Saturday afternoon, shutting down a major highway, cutting power to the city‘s industrial area and critically injuring a truck driver.

Four people were taken to a hospital _ the driver of a propane truck >>>


      IOWA POLL PUTS CLINTON AHEAD
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     AM –– THE RACE: The presidential primary in Iowa for Democrats. ___ THE NUMBERS _ DEMOCRATS Hillary Rodham Clinton, 2' percent John Edwards, 23 percent Barack Obama, 22 percent Bill Richardson, 8 percent Joe Biden, 5 percent Christopher Dodd, 1 percent Dennis Kucinich, 1 percent ___ OF INTEREST: The poll >>>


      LABOR DEPT. BALKS AT COST OF MINE PROBE
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     The Labor Department said Friday that it could cost millions of dollars and take months to respond to a House committee‘s subpoena looking at the agency‘s oversight of the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah, site of a fatal accident in August.

Jonathan Snare, the department‘s acting solicitor, said >>>


      MAN CHARGED IN PHILADELPHIA ATM KILLINGS
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     PHILADELPHIA –– A convicted bank robber charged with killing two armored car guards had spotted the vehicle on the road and followed it to an ATM, where he opened fire, a homicide detective said Saturday.

Mustafa Ali, 36, of Philadelphia, executed the two retired Philadelphia police officers without >>>


      MOTHER GETS PLEA DEAL IN ‘81 POISONING
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     LEWISBURG, W.Va. –– A former nurse serving life behind bars for poisoning two of her children more than 25 years ago could be freed soon after a judge accepted a plea agreement in which she admitted to the crimes.

A Greenbrier County judge on Friday accepted a deal that allowed Marybeth Davis to ple >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     Cargill, Sam‘s Club Recall Beef After E. Coli Illnesses MINNEAPOLIS –– Cargill Inc. is voluntarily recalling more than 840,000 pounds of ground beef patties distributed at Sam‘s Club warehouse stores nationwide after four Minnesota children who ate the food developed E.

coli illness, a C >>>


      NUMBER OF HOMELESS FAMILIES RISES
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     AMHERST, Mass. –– There is just enough space for Lisa Rivera‘s family to sleep at Jessie‘s House homeless shelter.

In one room, she fits the full–sized bed she shares with her '–year–old daughter, the trundle for her 11–year–old son, a twin bed for her 1 >>>


      NUMBERS ARE MIXED AS SALMON RETURN
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     SEATTLE –– A record number of threatened chinook salmon are passing through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard, Wash., this year, bound for East King County rivers.

The return of nearly 32,000 far surpasses the previous record of about 1',000 set in 2001. Counts began in 1''5.
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      OBAMA CRITICIZES PRIVATE IRAQ GUARDS
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     AIKEN, S.C. –– White House hopeful Barack Obama on Saturday said private security contractors in Iraq are raising the risk for U.S. troops because Iraqis don‘t distinguish between the forces.

He also criticized the pay disparity between soldiers and private contractors, saying the contractors >>>


      OFFICER‘S SHOTS SAVE SKUNK STUCK IN JAR
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     CARROLLTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. –– Officer James Kellett knows it‘s job to serve and protect _ even when it comes to nature‘s stinky black and white creatures.

When a skunk with its head stuck in a salad dressing jar wandered into the Carrollton Township police station‘s parking lot, he >>>


      PARKING OFFENDERS TARGETED IN CRACKDOWN
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     XENIA, Ohio –– When Maureen Birdsall took her disabled, '2–year–old grandfather to a California hospital, she lost the only available handicapped–parking spot to a woman in a red corvette.

Much to Birdsall‘s surprise, the woman didn‘t appear to be disabled. "I >>>


      POLICE: CHILD TAKES BUS, LEADS CHASE
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     DUMAS, Ark. –– A 10–year–old boy took a school bus and led police on a chase along a rural highway, according to police.

School officials had spotted lights coming from the bus yard around 11 p.m. Friday night, and reported the bus stolen. Officers from three counties, four towns and Ark >>>


      PROTESTS DISRUPT CO. COLUMBUS DAY PARADE
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     DENVER –– Protesters blocked the city‘s Columbus Day parade route Saturday, pouring a bucket filled with fake blood and dismembered baby dolls onto the street as police arrested 83 people.

At least 10 people face charges of resisting arrest, but most are accused of blocking a parade route or i >>>


      RESIDENTS STILL OUT OF NYC BUILDING
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     NEW YORK –– Residents of a Harlem apartment building rocked by an explosion were still being kept out of the building Sunday, along with the residents of a building next door.

The building was shored up, but the vacate order will be in effect until it is deemed safe for occupancy, said Robin Brooks, >>>


      ROUND 2 IN MEDICARE FIGHT UPCOMING
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Call it the health insurance companies and nursing homes versus doctors and the AARP, a classic, inside–the–Beltway struggle that erupted when House Democrats sought changes to Medicare.

Publicly, all sides trumpeted their concern for older people in the United States and s >>>


      SEN. CRAIG TO JOIN IDAHO HALL OF FAME
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     BOISE, Idaho –– Sen. Larry Craig will be inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame next week, despite his well–publicized arrest and guilty plea in an airport sex sting, officials said.

The nonprofit Idaho Hall of Fame Association picked Craig in March, months before he pleaded guilty to disorderly >>>


      SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN VIRGINIA
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     ORLANDO, Fla. –– William Joe Mitchell‘s flight from authorities ended at a Virginia truck stop.

The 46–year–old sex offender accused of running off with a 15–year–old Florida girl was arrested by state police at the Flying J Truck Stop in Winchester, Va., according to t >>>


      SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN VIRGINIA
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     ORLANDO, Fla. –– A sex offender accused of running off with a 15–year–old Florida girl has been arrested, police said Saturday. The girl was released at a Wal–Mart store this week.

William Joe Mitchell, 46, was arrested by Virginia State Police at a gas station in Winchester, Va., >>>


      SHOOTING REPORTED AT COLLEGE OF NJ
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     EWING, N.J. –– Police were investigating a report of a shooting early Sunday at the College of New Jersey, but were unable to confirm one had taken place.

Police received a '11 call shortly after 6 a.m. reporting a shooting at Travers Hall, and e–mails were sent to students asking them to >>>


      SUSTAINING AWARENESS, A STEP AT A TIME
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     By Michelle BoorsteinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 7, 2007; C03 AIDS Walk Washington drew its largest turnout in years yesterday, encouraging organizers who have been challenged to keep people focused on AIDS in the United States as awareness of it overseas has grown.

About 7,000 people took part >>>


      TACOMA EXPLOSION CAUSED BY TANKER BLAST
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     TACOMA, Wash. –– An explosion at a foundry was caused when a propane tanker burst into flames, touching off a series of other blasts, authorities said.

The Saturday blast sent a massive fireball into the sky that could be seen miles from the Atlast Castings and Technology foundry.

The truck >>>


      TAMMY FAYE: ‘LITTLE LADY WHO LIVED BIG‘
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     DECATUR, Ga. –– More than two months after Tammy Faye Messner died, her family, friends and fans gathered at a massive church to celebrate "the little lady who lived big." More than 150 people headed to the cavernous Cathedral at Chapel Hill to celebrate Messner, who as Tammy Faye Bakker helped her >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     AM –– Forecasters predicted stormy weather in the Rockies and the Plains on Sunday, and a Pacific storm was expected to slam into the Northwest. Thunderstorms were also expected in parts of the Southeast.

An unseasonably strong storm system was expected to move through the Rockies and into the Plain >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle.

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine (D), New Mexico Gov. Bill Richards >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – OCT. 7
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     AM –– Today is Sunday, Oct. 7, the 280th day of 2007. There are 85 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On Oct. 7, 1765, the Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England.

On this date: In 1571, allied Christian forces defeated >>>


      WHAT‘S KILLING THE LOBSTERS OF LONG ISLAND SOUND?
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     By Anthony FaiolaWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 7, 2007; A01 LONG ISLAND SOUND, Conn. –– The trap buoys, orange and white, wink between the waves in this murky estuary, beckoning with the promise of the sweetest of New England‘s delights: lobster. As plentiful as sardines, they were.
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      DEMOCRATS TO OFFER NEW SURVEILLANCE RULES
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     By Ellen NakashimaWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 7, 2007; A04 House Democrats plan to introduce a bill this week that would let a secret court issue one–year "umbrella" warrants to allow the government to intercept e–mails and phone calls of foreign targets and would not require that s >>>


      IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, THE GOP RACE GETS TIGHTER
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     A06 MANCHESTER, N.H. –– For months, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has owned this state. A next–door neighbor with a vacation home here, Romney has had a double–digit lead over his fellow Republicans in the nation‘s first primary state, a hallmark of his highly disciplined campai >>>


      IOWA A KEY TEST FOR DEMOCRATS
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     7, 2007; A06 CORALVILLE, Iowa, Oct. 6 –– From the high altitude of national polls, the race for the Democratic nomination may seem a potential runaway for Sen.

Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.). From ground level in the state with the nation‘s first presidential caucuses, a far different reality e >>>


      NEGATIVE PERCEPTIONS DOGGING CLINTON AMONG VOTERS IN IOWA
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa –– Long before the 2008 campaign began, Liz Belden thought she would support Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D–N.Y.). As a feminist, she believed it would be good for the country to finally elect a woman as president.

Today, she supports Sen. Barack Obama (D–Ill.), impres >>>


      U.S. REP. JO ANN DAVIS, 57; FOUGHT FOR EMPLOYEES‘ RIGHTS
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     C06 Jo Ann Davis, 57, a four–term Republican member of Congress from southeastern Virginia who was known for looking out for the interests of federal employees, died of breast cancer Oct. 6 at her home in Gloucester.

Mrs. Davis‘s cancer was diagnosed in 2005 and recurred this year. She underwent che >>>


      20 MILITANTS, 2 SOLDIERS DIE IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Twenty militants and two soldiers died in a battle in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, an army spokesman said.

The fighting occurred in North Waziristan, a stronghold of pro–Taliban militants near the Afghan border, spokesman Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad said on Geo television.< >>>


      4 AFGHAN POLICE, 4 TALIBAN KILLED
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– A bombing and a gunbattle killed four police officers and four militants in violence–ridden Afghanistan, officials said Sunday.

Two officers were killed and two others were wounded when a bomb exploded under their car in Yaqoubi district in Khost province on Saturday, pol >>>


      6 YEARS LATER, US EXPANDS AFGHAN BASE
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     PM BAGRAM, Afghanistan –– Six years after the first U.S. bombs began falling on Afghanistan‘s Taliban government and its al–Qaida guests, America is planning for a long stay.

Originally envisioned as a temporary home for invading U.S. forces, the sprawling American base at Bagram, a form >>>


      AN EXIT TOWARD SOUL–SEARCHING
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     By Peter BakerWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 7, 2007; A01 It had been four days since Meghan O‘Sullivan left her job at the White House. Just four days since she gave up her Secret Service pass, her classified hard drive and her entree to the president. Four days since she gave up any day–to&nda >>>


      ANNIVERSARY OF JOURNALIST‘S MURDER MARKED IN RUSSIA
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     AM MOSCOW. Oct. 7 –– The one–year anniversary of the execution–style murder of the crusading journalist Anna Politkovskaya was marked Sunday by a series of competing memorial events in Moscow that drew scant crowds and droves of police on a miserably wet day.

About 2,500 police, includin >>>


      ARGENTINA‘S PRESIDENTIAL FRONT–RUNNER GOES GLOBAL
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     4:38 PM BUENOS AIRES –– With an election just three weeks away and 14 candidates vying to become Argentina‘s next president, the front–runner spent part of this past week campaigning in Brazil.

The trip was the latest stop on first lady Cristina Fern'4;żndez de Kirchner&lsquo >>>


      BAGHDAD BOMBINGS KILL AT LEAST ' IRAQIS
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     BAGHDAD –– Bombings across Baghdad killed at least nine Iraqi civilians and wounded 12 in three separate attacks early Sunday, including one near Iran‘s embassy, police officials said.

The violence came a day after two of Iraq‘s most powerful Shiite leaders agreed to end a bitter rivalry >>>


      BELGIUM DOWNPLAYS BREAKUP CONCERNS
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     BRUSSELS, Belgium –– Belgium has sent an unusual memo to its embassies around the world: If anyone asks whether the country‘s Dutch– and French–speaking parts are splitting up, say "No." Nearly four months after holding general elections, Belgium‘s squabbling political parti >>>


      CHARM SEES IRISH LEADER THROUGH CRISIS
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     DUBLIN, Ireland –– Can Bertie Ahern take the money and just keep running? Ireland‘s popular prime minister, credited with economic good times at home and peace in neighboring Northern Ireland, has admitted to a judicial probe he collected secret cash from dozens of businessmen _ and offered explanation >>>


      CHINA ORDERS A MILLION AWAY FROM STORM
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     TAIPEI, Taiwan –– A typhoon lashed Taiwan Saturday with intense winds and rains, killing four people and cutting power to thousands of homes. But the storm weakened as it moved Sunday toward mainland China, where authorities ordered more than 1 million people to safer ground.

Two people were still m >>>


      COSTA RICA VOTES ON TRADE DEAL WITH US
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     AM SAN JOSE, Costa Rica –– Costa Ricans vote Sunday on whether to ratify a free–trade trade deal with the United States that has sharply divided the nation between those who say it would generate prosperity and critics who fear it would hurt farmers and local businesses.

Costa Rica is the only >>>


      DOZENS KILLED IN WORST VIETNAM FLOODS IN DECADES
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     THANH HOA, Vietnam (Reuters) – More than 50 people were killed or missing after a typhoon, floods and landslides cut power and closed roads in what officials in two Vietnam provinces on Sunday described as some of the worst flooding in decades.

The government storm prevention committee said 37 people were >>>


      EGYPTIAN POLICE, SINAI PROTESTERS CLASH
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     EL ARISH, Egypt –– Thousands of angry demonstrators destroyed the regional headquarters of Egypt‘s ruling party, demanding government protection from lawlessness after a downtown shootout between masked Bedouin tribesmen and locals, police and witnesses said.

Dozens were injured in clashes in >>>


      GERMAN MUSEUM WINS UK ARCHITECTURE PRIZE
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     LONDON –– Britain‘s most prestigious architecture prize was awarded Saturday to Germany‘s Museum of Modern Literature, a classically influenced building of concrete, stone and wood.

Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, the museum opened last year in Marbach, southwest Germany. It h >>>


      HOPING TO KEEP THE FIGHT ALIVE
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     A08 Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D–Ill.) started pressing for greater congressional scrutiny of private contractors in Iraq not long after the war began. Last week she got lots of company.

The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed legislation to hold firms such as Blackwater USA accountable under the Military E >>>


      IN ARGENTINE RACE, A DIPLOMATIC TOUCH
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     By Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, October 7, 2007; A24 BUENOS AIRES –– With an election just three weeks away and 14 candidates vying to become Argentina‘s next president, the front–runner spent part of the past week campaigning in Brazil.

The trip was the latest stop o >>>


      IN THE WORLD‘S RURAL OUTPOSTS, A SHORTWAVE CHANNEL TO GOD
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     A01 HOMOINE, Mozambique –– As dusk fell deep in a forest of mango and palm trees, Jaime Jeremias Matsimbe sat on the rose–colored dirt and hand–cranked a shortwave radio, looking for the word of God.

He wound the little plastic handle round and round, charging the radio like winding a wa >>>


      INTRUDERS AT PARIS‘ ORSAY DAMAGE A MONET
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     PARIS –– Intruders entered the Orsay Museum early Sunday and punched a hole in a renowned work by Impressionist painter Claude Monet, the French culture minister said. She described the damage as an attack on "our memory, our patrimony." A surveillance camera caught a group entering the museum, whi >>>


      IRAQ EMBASSY COST RISES $144 MILLION AMID PROJECT DELAYS
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     By Glenn KesslerWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 7, 2007; A01 The massive U.S. embassy under construction in Baghdad could cost $144 million more than projected and will open months behind schedule because of poor planning, shoddy workmanship, internal disputes and last–minute changes sought by State De >>>


      IRAQ OBJECTOR OBTAINS DELAY OF COURT–MARTIAL
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     TACOMA, Wash. –– A federal judge has temporarily blocked a court–martial scheduled for an Army first lieutenant who has objected to deploying to Iraq.

The second court–martial of Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada had been scheduled to start Tuesday. The first ended in a mistrial in February when >>>


      JAPAN MAY CUT SUPPORT OF AFGHAN MISSION
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     TOKYO –– Japan would scale back its support of the U.S. in Afghanistan by ending naval assistance to vessels involved in ground missions there under a ruling party proposal that officials predicted Sunday would gain parliament‘s approval.

Since 2001, Japan‘s navy has been providing fuel >>>


      KEY DARFUR REBEL CHIEF MAY BOYCOTT TALKS
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     7:08 PM KHARTOUM, Sudan –– A key Darfur rebel leader warned Saturday his movement will not attend peace talks with the government this month unless the United Nations and the African Union can persuade a rival group to unite its splinter factions for the negotiations.

The military power of Khalil Ib >>>


      KOREAS LOOK DOWN TRICKY ROAD TO PEACE
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     PM –– On a July morning a lifetime ago, two generals, one in American khaki, the other in North Korean drab, strode into a makeshift building in a no–man‘s–land, took their seats at separate tables and signed the papers put before them.

They left after just 12 minutes, without a ha >>>


      MILITARY PLANE CRASHES NEAR DAMASCUS, 2 KILLED
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     DAMASCUS (Reuters) – A small Syrian military aircraft crashed on Sunday near Damascus killing at least two people, witnesses said.

"It came down among gardens and did not hit houses," Mohammad Nasser, a resident of the area told Reuters.

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      NAVY SHIP ENDS HUMANITARIAN MISSION
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     PM ABOARD THE USNS COMFORT –– Defense Secretary Robert Gates paid tribute Saturday to the doctors, nurses and crew of the USNS Comfort on the final day of a four–month humanitarian mission that provided medical help to nearly 380,000 people in Central and South America.

Several patients still >>>


      OLMERT UPDATES CABINET ON TALKS
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     JERUSALEM –– Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told his Cabinet on Sunday that an upcoming U.S.–sponsored Mideast peace conference will not replace direct negotiations with the Palestinians, and that his talks with the Palestinian president have produced no agreements so far.

Also Sunday, Israeli pol >>>


      OPPOSITION SUPPORTER KILLED IN KENYA
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     NAIROBI, Kenya –– A ruling party candidate for parliament was arrested Saturday after his bodyguards allegedly shot and killed a supporter of Kenya‘s largest opposition party and injured two others, police said.

The shootings in western Kenya came as tens of thousands of people rallied in the >>>


      PAKISTANI FORCES KILL 20 MILITANTS, ARMY SAYS
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani soldiers backed by helicopter gunships killed 20 pro–Taliban militants in an attack on Sunday in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border, a military spokesman said.

"The raid was launched hours after militants ambushed our forces on Saturday evening. We >>>


      PALESTINIANS LAUNCH LONGER–RANGE ROCKET INTO ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinian militants fired a Katyusha rocket deep into southern Israel on Sunday, the army and police said, showing an ability to extend the range of rocket attacks from the Hamas–controlled Gaza Strip.

Gaza militants usually fire crude rockets that have a maximum range of abo >>>


      PALESTINIANS SEE RIFTS WITH ISRAEL ON PEACE DRAFT
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are deeply divided over the content of a joint document they are drafting for next month‘s U.S.–sponsored statehood conference, Palestinian officials said on Sunday.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President >>>


      PETRAEUS SAYS IRAN STOKING IRAQ VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     EAST OF BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) – The U.S. military commander in Iraq has stepped up accusations that Iran was stoking violence in Iraq and said Tehran‘s ambassador to Baghdad was a member of the Revolutionary Guards Qods force.

Washington accuses the force, the elite unit of Iran‘s Revolutiona >>>


      PETRAEUS STEPS UP ACCUSATIONS AGAINST IRAN
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     EAST OF BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) – The U.S. military commander in Iraq stepped up accusations over the weekend that Iran was inciting violence there and said Tehran‘s ambassador to Baghdad was a member of the Revolutionary Guards Qods force.

In Baghdad, Iraq‘s government raised the death toll fr >>>


      POLITICAL PESSIMISM GROWS IN NEPAL
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     KATMANDU, Nepal –– With 13,000 dead during more than a decade of fighting, there‘s at least one good thing people here say about their country _ at least there‘s no war now.

But nearly a year after Maoist militants left their Himalayan bases to join the political mainstream, raising hope >>>


      SADR‘S MILITIA BLAMED FOR DEADLY SHIITE–ON–SHIITE MELEE
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     October 7, 2007; A24 BAGHDAD, Oct. 6 –– Iraq‘s most powerful Shiite militia planned and carried out a bloody attack on two of Shiite Islam‘s holiest shrines in the southern city of Karbala in late August, violence that exposed deep divisions within the Shiite community, according to documents, po >>>


      SRI LANKA SAYS SINKS TAMIL TIGER ARMS SHIP
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lankan forces sank a Tamil Tiger arms vessel after a 36–hour deep sea chase south of the island, authorities said on Sunday.

"The navy sank a big LTTE vessel caring weapons off the southern sea," said navy spokesman Commander D.K.P Dassanayake. "We believe ther >>>


      SYRIAN PLANE CRASH NEAR DAMASCUS KILLS 3
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     DAMASCUS, Syria –– A small plane crashed in an empty field south of Damascus on Sunday, killing the three–member crew on board, Syria‘s state–run news agency and witnesses said.

Syria‘s official news agency SANA said the plane, a Navajo, belonged to the state–run Public >>>


      TAMIL REBEL SHIP SUNK; 12 KILLED
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –– Sri Lanka‘s navy sank a ship suspected of carrying arms for separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, killing at least 12 people aboard Sunday. Meanwhile, eight rebels and a government soldier were reported killed in other recent clashes.

After receiving intelligence about the 230&n >>>


      TRAIN–BUS COLLISION IN CUBA KILLS 28
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     HAVANA (Reuters) – A train slammed into a bus in southeastern Cuba on Saturday, killing at least 28 people and injuring 73 others in one of the deadliest such crashes in years, Cuban state television reported.

Railway sources told Reuters that the train dragged the bus until it fell over a bridge.

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      TURKEY ASSURES SYRIA ON ISRAELI STRIKE
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Turkey assured the Damascus government on Sunday it would not let Israel use its airspace to strike Syria after an Israeli raid heightened tension in the Middle East.

Diplomats said at least four Israeli planes flew in attack formation along the Syrian–Turkish border before stri >>>


      VIOLENCE ERUPTS IN NORTHERN SINAI
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     EL–ARISH, Egypt –– Egyptian police fired tear gas Saturday to disperse several thousand protesters who burned tires and blocked roads in anger over an attack by Bedouins in the Sinai peninsula, officials said.

The trouble started Saturday evening when scores of masked Bedouins randomly opened >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 07-10-2007
     Britain Prime Minister Rules Out Early Election Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Saturday ruled out calling an early election, ending weeks of speculation that he would soon seek a stronger mandate from the British electorate.

Brown said he wanted his government, which has been in office for just over 100 days, t >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 07-10-2007
     Opinion Rosner‘s Domain Anglo File Books Travel del.icio.us Digg It! new Business in Brief Approval of Zelekha‘s ouster postponed Advertisement Finance Minister Roni Bar–On will not ask the cabinet to approve this morning the appointment of Shuki Oren to replace Yaron Zelekha as accountant general.
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      CLALIT TO QUADRUPLE ‘STAR‘ DOCTORS‘ PAY FOR GIVING UP PRIVATE PRACTICES
      Haaretz, 07-10-2007
     By Ronny Linder–Ganz Clalit Health Services is in advanced negotiations with the Finance Ministry over approval of its "Star Program" for its hospitals. A small number of Clalit‘s outstanding doctors will receive a salary four times as high as their present wages, and in return will make a commitme >>>


      INTERNET SITE SPORTINGO RAISES $3.2 MILLION TO LURE NEW USERS
      Haaretz, 07-10-2007
     By Eran Gabay Israeli Internet sports site Sportingo has raised $3.2 million. Ingenious Media Active Capital Limited (IMAC) invested in Sportbuzz Limited, which manages the online sports content network, Sportingo.com.

The investment should help the firm strengthen its marketing and bring in new users. The site >>>


      KNESSET TO RECEIVE RECORD 2008 BUDGET TOMORROW
      Haaretz, 07-10-2007
     By Moti Bassok The 2008 state budget will be presented to the Knesset tomorrow, and will be released to the public at the same time.

The Economic Arrangements Law, a collection of laws that accompanies the budget every year, will be presented a week later. The reason: Due to the holidays a number of disputes ha >>>


      MOHAMMED AL–DURA LIVES ON
      Haaretz, 07-10-2007
     By Gideon Levy The concern Israel demonstrates for the fate of one Palestinian boy touches the heart: Again, note what a fuss is being made about the case of the killing of Mohammed al–Dura. Our heart is impervious to the fate of other children who have been killed. Just little Mohammed continues to haunt us. But >>>


      NOT AN ‘ACT OF GOD‘
      Haaretz, 07-10-2007
     By Haaretz Editorial Nearly a year ago, the two teachers‘ unions declared a work dispute in an attempt to gain a new collective contract that had not been signed since 2001. Several months later, the government signed a new and generous agreement with the primary school teachers; however, the negotiations with the >>>


      SUSPECT, BUT FEIGN RESPECT
      Haaretz, 07-10-2007
     By Uzi Benziman In January 2000, then head of the Shin Bet security service Ami Ayalon spoke to a group of Jewish and Arab intellectuals, all Israeli citizens, who were trying to draft a covenant that would define majority–minority relations in Israel. Ayalon said the Shin Bet does not view the Arab sector as a co >>>


      THERE‘S NO STRIKE IN THE VALE OF TEARS
      Haaretz, 07-10-2007
     By Ehud Asheri The person who is most troubled by the expected high–school teachers‘ strike does not work in the Education Ministry, the education department of a local authority or even for some parents‘ association. Rather, he is in the Defense Ministry. That person is Avigdor Kahalani, who heads the >>>


      YEAR OF THE CHILD? COME ON
      Haaretz, 07-10-2007
     By Shahar Ilan It‘s tough to think of anything more meaningless than the decision to choose children as the theme of the 60th Independence Day celebrations. When choosing an annual topic, it is extremely important to convey that the subject requires attention. But it is difficult to think of anything that has enjo >>>



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