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      ADVERTISING AGENCIES DERAIL ANNUAL RANKINGS
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     Books Arts & Leisure Business Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Advertising agencies derail annual rankings By Ophir Bar–Zohar Tags: Advertising, ranking, Ifat This year the annual ranking of advertising agencies published by the Ifat Media Information Center will not appear. In fact, I >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief Food industry pioneer Meir Ezra dies at '6 Advertisement Meir Ezra, one of the pioneers of the Israeli food industry, died on Wednesday at age '6. He was the founder of the Neto food group. He first established the Meir Ezra Group in 1&# >>>


      DESPITE WEAK DOLLAR, OLMERT SAYS NO TO AID FOR EXPORTERS
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Ora Coren While manufacturers may be demanding government aid to compensate for the sharp drop in the dollar, they certainly have not heard a word of encouragement from Prime Minister Ehud Olmert or Finance Minister Roni Bar–On.

"In November we decided on a series of correct and balanced steps to >>>


      DOCTOR DOCTOR, CAN WE SUE?
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Ronny Linder–Ganz Tags: malpractice, physicians Dr Shalhav Kimchi‘s first battle in court arose when she, an airborne physician with the Israel Air Force, was told that she couldn‘t participate in flights over the newly autonomous Gaza Strip any more because she was female.

She was infuriat >>>


      IT‘S A COLD WORLD
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Roy Finkelstein Tags: heating, cold front Israel‘s Russian population may wonder what all the fuss is about, but for Israelis, the cold snap has been truly dramatic. The Israel Electric Corporation even warned that power consumption was nearing its production capacity. Brownouts loomed as shivering Israelis tur >>>


      LANDS ADMINISTRATION TO STRIKE ON SUNDAY
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Haim Bior Tags: strike, Lands Administration Israel Lands Administration employees will begin work sanctions on Sunday morning, after reaching a dead end in their negotiations with ILA management.

The workers are demanding compensation for erosion in their pay. In practice, the sanctions will actually be the >>>


      ZARMON GOLDMAN FINALLY WINS IEC AD TENDER
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Ophir Bar–Zohar The Zarmon Goldman advertising agency is the official winner of the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) tender. The company‘s tenders committee made the decision at a meeting yesterday.

The IEC said: "After reexamining all the offers from the start, it turned out there was no r >>>


      A SHAMELESS DESERTER
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Yoel Marcus Tags: Ehud Olmert, illegal outposts There is nothing more dishonorable than a soldier who deserts his unit during a war. There is nothing more cowardly and despicable than a soldier who runs off and abandons his comrades on the battlefield to save his own skin.

How selfish, spineless and ugly of >>>


      BOYCOTTS AREN‘T THE ANSWER
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Shalom Dichter Tags: discrimination, Israeli Arabs Last week the Umm al–Fahm municipality did its best to host the study group of overseas Jews organized by the Inter–Agency Task Force on Israeli–Arab Issues. However, as a result of an Arab organization‘s call for a boycott, the visitors had t >>>


      CLIMATE FRAUD, CARBON PROFITS
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Uri Gordon Tags: Environment, Climate change By the looks of it, environmentalists should be celebrating a great victory.

For decades, their warnings about the devastating consequences of pumping billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year were met with a strange combination of arroganc >>>


      ECO–CRIMINALS SHOULD BE JAILED
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial In Israel, as in many other countries, awareness is growing of the need to protect the environment, among both government ministries and the general public. But compared to other developed countries, Israel lags in enforcing its environmental protection laws and in administering punishments that wil >>>


      FEAR OF NETANYAHU
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Yossi Sarid Tags: Ehud Olmert Ehud Olmert is the new etrog (citron). Not a day goes by that he isn‘t examined to make sure he is complete and unblemished. Is the prime minister also one of those etrogs with a dubious fragrance and a bland taste? Some swear to his innocence: He is serious, has learned from his m >>>


      KADIMA DAY
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Ari Shavit Tags: Knesset, Kadima, Zionism The public–moral pressure on Ehud Bark in recent weeks is understandable: On January 30 the defense minister will be forced to end his short–lived partnership with the prime minister. He will have to do so because he promised, and because it is the right thing to >>>


      SCHOLASTIC ACHES AND PAINS
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Amy Levinson Tags: parents, citizenship Kept awake one night recently by the dull throb of a toothache, my mind wandered to something else that pains me.

The previous evening, we parents had dutifully assembled for a get– acquainted meeting with my son‘s 10th–grade homeroom teacher. Such me >>>


      THE MARCH OF CYNICS
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Meron Benvenisti Tags: Palestinians, Israel, IDF The prize for the most sharply cynical remark goes to President George W. Bush, who said in Ramallah of the Israel Defense Forces crossing points: "You‘ll be happy to hear that my motorcade of a mere 45 cars was able to make it through without being stopped. >>>


      BAR–ON PRESENTS PLAN FOR INCREASED AID TO HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Moti Bassok Finance Minister Roni Bar–On yesterday presented to the cabinet a bill for increasing aid to Holocaust survivors and stipends for needy elderly who have no source of income.

The bill goes to the ministerial committee for legislative affairs on Sunday, and once approved there, will be sent t >>>


      BARRAGES PROVE HAMAS ABLE TO STOCKPILE MISSILES
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Amos Harel The barrage of rockets fired at Israel from Gaza this week confirms intelligence assessments that Hamas has upgraded its rocket capabilities over the past few months. The fact it could fire 130 rockets in less than three days proves it has overcome the technical hurdles involved in stockpiling them.
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      BERLIN MAYOR CONDEMNS PUNKS‘ ATTACK ON FIVE JEWISH HIGH–SCHOOL STUDENTS
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By The Associated Press and Haaretz Staff BERLIN – Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit yesterday condemned an attack on five Jewish high–school students, calling it intolerable.

The five students, who ranged from 15– to 17–years–old, were on their way home Wednesday in downtown Berlin when >>>


      DEAL TO END 3–MONTH PROF. STRIKE SAID CLOSE
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Haaretz Staff Striking university faculty yesterday accepted Histadrut labor federation chair Ofer Eini‘s compromise proposal to end the strike. But near midnight it became clear that there are still substantial obstacles to a deal including the distribution of compensation for the professors.

Finance >>>


      EDUCATION MINISTRY DROPS ARABIC STUDIES FROM CORE CURRICULUM TO WOO ULTRA–ORTHODOX SCHOOLS
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Or Kashti The Education Ministry has decided against including Arabic in the compulsory core curriculum that was made public several weeks ago for the first time.

Previously, secular and religious state schools had to teach three hours a week of Arabic in Grades 7 and 8. Ministry officials said the decision >>>


      HAIFA SERIAL POLLUTER FACING CLOSURE ORDER
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Fadi Eyadat The Environmental Protection Ministry plans to close down Frutarom‘s factory in Haifa Bay and file charges against the company for creating environmental hazards.

A few months ago, the ministry issued a series of requirements to prevent the emission of odors and chemicals after residents in >>>


      HAMAS: WE‘LL BOMB ISRAEL INTO CEASE–FIRE
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Haaretz Correspondents and Agencies , By Amos Harel, Avi Issacharoff and Yuval Azoulay Palestinians fired some 40 Qassam rockets and two mortar shells at the western Negev yesterday, lightly wounding two Israelis and causing several others to be treated for shock. Palestinians said they believe this escalation is par >>>


      JERUSALEM & BABYLON / POWER: SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Anshel Pfeffer "They‘re all corrupt, in the next elections the only option is Arcadi Gaydamak," said Yisrael, his statement to my surprise being met with general nods of approval from the company‘s soldiers huddled around the bonfire on the coldest night of the year.

Surprise, because u >>>


      LIVNI: PR MUST FOCUS ON TALKS
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Barak Ravid Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has demanded that her ministry redo its public relations plan for 2008, because the original ignores Israel‘s negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

However, these talks are the focus of a separate diplomatic action plan that the ministry is currently prep >>>


      MISSILE TEST ‘WILL IMPROVE DETERRENCE‘
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Haaretz Correspondent and Agencies , By Yuval Azoulay Israel tested a dual–stage missile yesterday that defense officials say will improve the country‘s power of deterrence. Channel 10 television said Israel was working on a missile with a range of 4,000 kilometers.

The country‘s main balli >>>


      MISSILE TEST / LAUNCHED FROM PALMACHIM, HEARD IN TEHRAN
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Amir Oren First, the facts: A successful test of a new dual–stage missile was carried out at the Palmachim air base at 8:45 A.M. yesterday. Every part of the system, including the launcher and the missile itself, functioned properly, and can thus be considered operational. This success can be credited to Israel >>>


      NEW AMBASSADOR TO U.K. SEEKS OUT LION‘S DEN TO GET ISRAEL‘S MESSAGE ACROSS
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Assaf Uni LONDON – Israel‘s ambassador to Britain, Ron Prosor, was met by dozens of protesters against the Israeli occupation when he arrived Wednesday to speak at a bastion of anti–Israel criticism in British academia – the University of London‘s School of Oriental and African Studies.< >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     IDF shrink jailed for offering intel to Iran Advertisement The Tel Aviv District Court yesterday sentenced an Israeli army psychiatrist convicted of endangering national security to five years in prison and two years suspended sentence. David Shamir, a major in the Israel Defense Forces reserves, was convicted last week >>>


      NY COURT LEFT TO RULE ON WHETHER LUBAVITCH SHUL CAN REMOVE ‘KING MESSIAH‘ POSTER
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Shlomo Shamir NEW YORK – New York‘s highest appellate court may soon find itself ruling on whether a large banner at the world‘s most important Lubavitch synagogue, which proclaims, "May our master, teacher and rabbi, the King Messiah, live forever," must be removed.

The case reac >>>


      PANIC – AND MORE ROCKETS – STRIKE SDEROT
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Mijal Grinberg A little before eight o‘clock in the western Negev and the Color Red alert sounds in the background. The bus is just arriving at the Shkamim Maoz school. The children and driver rush off the bus and run for cover in a reinforced bus station. Three pupils – frozen in panic – are stuck >>>


      THIRD OF J‘LEM FAMILIES LIVE IN POVERTY
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Nadav Shragai Jerusalem has the highest incidence of poverty in Israel as 33 percent of the capital‘s families and 56 percent of its children live below the poverty line.

The new Statistical Yearbook of Jerusalem published yesterday by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies indicates that the city& >>>


      WELFARE MINISTRY SHUTTERS ‘DEPLORABLE‘ DETENTION HOUSES
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Ruth Sinai The Welfare Ministry yesterday closed three apartments that serve as detention alternatives for teens under police investigation. The unusual move followed a surprise inspection that revealed poor living conditions, including exposed electrical outlets and rotten food. By this afternoon, other arrangements >>>


      WINOGRAD PANEL SPLIT OVER EXTENT OF PM‘S RESPONSIBILITY
      Haaretz, 18-01-2008
     By Amos Harel One member of the panel investigating the Second Lebanon War thinks its final report should include harsh criticism of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, but Prof. Yehezkel Dror seems to be in the minority: The other members of the Winograd Committee apparently believe that the report, due out on January 30, must >>>


      3 DAYS OF KENYA PROTESTS LEAVE 22 DEAD
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 5:01 PM By TODD PITMAN Associated Press Writer NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Masai fighters battled rival tribesman loyal to President Mwai Kibaki on Friday, with both sides using machetes, swords, bows and arrows on the final and bloodiest day of protests this week over Kenya‘s disputed elec >>>


      5 BODIES FOUND IN SUBMERGED CAR IN KY.
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 4:46 AM GLENCOE, Ky. (AP) – The bodies of five people were found Thursday in a car submerged in a creek in rural Kentucky, said state police, who don‘t suspect foul play.

The car was found in Eagle Creek off a state highway about 30 miles southwest of Cincinnati, near the Ohi >>>


      6 BODIES FOUND AFTER TIJUANA SHOOTOUT
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 4:31 AM By LUIS PEREZ Associated Press Writer TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) – Officials found six bodies Thursday inside a Tijuana house where gunmen took refuge during a shootout with soldiers and police.

Investigators were trying to determine if the bodies belonged to gunmen or kidnaping >>>


      A LOOK AT THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL RACE
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 4:16 PM By The Associated Press IN THE HEADLINES McCain tells South Carolina voters federal spending is out of control ...

Romney to appear on NBC‘s Tonight Show‘‘ ahead of Nevada and South Carolina contests ... Huckabee says Southern roots help him understand >>>


      ACCUSED MAN TRIES TO CHANGE PLEAS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 4:31 AM By SANDRA CHEREB Associated Press Writer RENO, Nev. (AP) – A man who pleaded guilty to killing his wife and is accused of shooting a judge testified Thursday at a hearing in which he hopes to rescind his plea and take his case to trial.

Darren Mack, 46, pleaded guilty in No >>>


      ADMINISTRATION FIGURE: BUSH FOR REBATES
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 4:01 PM By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush backs tax rebates as the best way to stimulate the economy, but will not detail how big they should be, an administration official said Friday.

Democratic congressional leaders agree that one–ti >>>


      AMBASSADOR TO MOSCOW UP FOR STATE POST
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 4:16 PM By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush will nominate the U.S. ambassador to Russia, William Burns, for the State Department‘s third–highest job with plans to put him in charge of the administration‘s efforts to contain Iran, senior >>>


      ASK AP: YOUR NEWS QUESTIONS, ANSWERED
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 4:46 PM By The Associated Press What does college football eligibility have to do with the price of oil?

Not much, usually. But both topics inspired people to e–mail The Associated Press with questions about the news – questions that are getting answered in this first install >>>


      BILL ADVOCATES PAPER BALLOTS AND AUDITS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 6:01 AM By ANGELA DELLI SANTI Associated Press Writer TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey congressman introduced a bill Thursday in the House that would offer $600 million to voting districts across the nation that convert to paper ballots or put in audit systems in time for the November pres >>>


      BILL CLINTON BERATES REPORTER IN CALIF.
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 2:31 AM OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – A heated exchange between former President Clinton and a television news reporter circulated on the Internet Thursday.

During a campaign stop for his wife in Oakland a day earlier, Clinton became visibly annoyed when KGO–TV reporter Mark Mathews >>>


      BIN LADEN SON WANTS TO BE PEACE ACTIVIST
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 6:46 AM By PAUL SCHEMM Associated Press Writer CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Omar Osama bin Laden bears a striking resemblance to his notorious father – except for the dreadlocks that dangle halfway down his back. Then there‘s the black leather biker jacket. The 26–year–old do >>>


      BLACK VOTERS GENERATIONS APART
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 ':01 AM By SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) – When civil rights elders signed on to support Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s run for president, it was seen as a coup in the competition for the black vote, especially in the Deep South.

Yet many younger black >>>


      BLOOMBERG TAX CUT COULD HELP ANY ‘08 RUN
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 10:31 AM By SAMANTHA GROSS Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg keeps saying he‘s not a presidential candidate, but analysts are calling his new plan to extend a $1 billion property tax cut a shrewd political move if he does make a bid for the Oval Office.>>>


      BUS CRASH ON NEVADA HIGHWAY INJURES 25
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 1:16 AM LAS VEGAS (AP) – A commuter bus carrying workers to a casino drove off a freeway, crashed into a roadside barricade and caught fire on Thursday, injuring at least 25 people, three critically, authorities said.

No one was killed in the crash on Interstate 15 about seven mile >>>


      BUSH CALLS FOR $145 BILLION ECONOMY PLAN
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 5:01 PM By ANDREW TAYLOR and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush, acknowledging the risk of recession, embraced about $145 billion worth of tax relief Friday to give the sagging economy a shot in the arm.  Bush said such a growth packag >>>


      BUSH FAVORS TAX BREAKS IN STIMULUS PLAN
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 1:16 AM By JEANNINE AVERSA and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) – United for urgent action, the White House and Congress raced toward emergency steps Thursday to rescue the national economy from a possible recession, including tax rebates of at least $300 a person and >>>


      BUSH TO LAY OUT ECONOMIC STIMULUS IDEAS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 11:16 AM By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush is putting together his first public call for an emergency fiscal stimulus bill while negotiations on Capitol Hill focus on rebates for taxpayers and other steps to jump–start the sagging economy.
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      BUSH TO LAY OUT STIMULUS IDEAS FRIDAY
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 8:31 AM By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush is putting together his first public call for an emergency fiscal stimulus bill while negotiations on Capitol Hill focus on rebates for taxpayers and other steps to jump–start the sagging economy.
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      BUSH TO SAY REBATES ARE BEST STIMULUS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 4:01 PM By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush backs tax rebates as the best way to stimulate the economy, but will not detail how big they should be, an administration official said Friday.

Democratic congressional leaders agree that one–ti >>>


      CAMPAIGNS SCRAMBLE FOR VOTES IN NEVADA
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 11:46 AM By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY Associated Press Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) – The fight for top billing in Saturday‘s Nevada Democratic presidential caucus has become much like its model in Iowa: an hour–by–hour test of who has the best organization.

But unlike Iowa, Ne >>>


      CAPTURED INMATES MAKE COURT APPEARANCE
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 5:16 PM By JEFFREY GOLD Associated Press Writer ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) – Two inmates returned Friday to the scene of their daring Hollywood–style escape last month, which also led to the suicide of one of their guards.

Shackled and surrounded by officers, Jose Espinosa, an admi >>>


      CHART HIGHLIGHTS WHITE HOUSE E–MAIL GAP
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 6:16 PM By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – A White House chart indicates no e–mail was archived on 473 days for various units of the Executive Office of the President, a House committee chairman says.

Rep. Henry Waxman, D–Calif., says a White House s >>>


      CHART: 473 DAYS OF NO WHITE HOUSE E–MAIL
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 4:01 PM By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – A White House chart indicates no e–mail was archived on 473 days for various units of the Executive Office of the President, a House committee chairman says.

Rep. Henry Waxman, D–Calif., says a White House s >>>


      CHERTOFF: TOUGHER ID RULES FOR BORDERS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 1:01 AM By EILEEN SULLIVAN and DEVLIN BARRETT Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) – New border–crossing rules that take effect in two weeks will mean longer lines and stiffer demands for ID, including for returning Americans, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thur >>>


      CHESS MASTER BOBBY FISCHER DIES AT 64
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 1:31 PM By GUDJON HELGASON Associated Press Writer REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) – Bobby Fischer, the reclusive chess genius who became a Cold War icon by dethroning the Soviet world champion in 1'72 and later renounced his American citizenship, has died. He was 64.

Fisher died in a >>>


      CHILD THROWN TO DEATH ON HAWAII FREEWAY
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 10:16 AM By AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press Writer HONOLULU (AP) – The man in hospital scrubs threw the toddler like a doll from a pedestrian overpass to the freeway humming with traffic. The 2–year–old boy fell 30 feet to the asphalt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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      CIA BLAMES EXTREMIST FOR BHUTTO KILLING
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 1:46 PM By PAMELA HESS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The CIA believes a Pakistani tribal leader‘s network was behind the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

Baitullah Mehsud is an extremist with >>>


      CLINTON TRIES TO MEND TIES TO BLACKS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 6:31 AM By BETH FOUHY Associated Press Writer COMPTON, Calif. (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton and her campaign tried to mend ties to black voters Thursday when a key supporter apologized to her chief rival, Barack Obama, for comments that hinted at Obama‘s drug use as a teenager. The ca >>>


      CLINTON, OBAMA CAMPS ARGUE OVER ADS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 3:01 AM By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama camps clashed Thursday in Nevada over two radio ads in an escalating exchange of words that laid bare the stakes involved in Saturday‘s presidential caucuses.

The dis >>>


      COLOMBIA‘S GALERAS VOLCANO ERUPTS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 6:16 AM BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – A volcano erupted violently in southwestern Colombia Thursday, spewing ash miles into the sky and prompting the evacuation of several thousand people living nearby.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious property damage after the 14,1 >>>


      COLOMBIA VOLCANO ERUPTS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 4:31 AM BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – A volcano erupted violently in southwestern Colombia Thursday, spewing ash miles into the sky and prompting the evacuation of several thousand people living nearby.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious property damage after the 14,1 >>>


      CONFEDERATE FLAG AD PRAISES HUCKABEE
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 6:16 PM By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – A group that promotes protection of the Confederate flag is airing radio ads during conservative talk shows in South Carolina that praise Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and criticize John McCain and Mitt Romn >>>


      COPS: CHILD THROWN TO DEATH ON FREEWAY
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 2:31 AM HONOLULU (AP) – A man dressed in hospital garb threw a toddler 30 feet from a pedestrian overpass onto a major highway Thursday, and the boy was later pronounced dead, authorities said.

A 23–year–old man was arrested after witnesses saw him throwing something, f >>>


      CUBA TO HOLD PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 6:16 PM By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press Writer HAVANA (AP) – There is no mudslinging or million–dollar war chest. No party nominations, dirty tricks or battles for key endorsements.

In fact, there‘s no campaigning at all – and the most famous candidate, Fidel >>>


      DAYS OF NO ARCHIVED E–MAILS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 4:16 PM There are 16 days of no archived e–mails for the office of Vice President Dick Cheney, according to Rep. Henry Waxman, D–Calif., chairman of the House Government Reform committee. There are also a dozen days of no archived e–mails for the White House Office inside the EO >>>


      DIVERS FIND BODY OF PILOT IN LAKE CRASH
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 4:46 AM By M.R. KROPKO Associated Press Writer CLEVELAND (AP) – The body of a pilot whose twin–engine plane crashed into Lake Erie was located Thursday in about 30 feet of water, authorities said.

Thomas Fijalkovich‘s body was found in the plane‘s fuselage, but st >>>


      EAST TIMOR AT RISK OF RENEWED VIOLENCE
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 10:31 AM DILI, East Timor (AP) – East Timor risks lapsing into civil conflict if divisions between police and army forces are not resolved, a security watchdog cautioned Friday, calling on the government and United Nations to act quickly.

Clashes between the police and army deserte >>>


      EXHIBIT DETAILS BOSNIA ETHNIC CLEANSING
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 1:01 PM By CHERYL WITTENAUER Associated Press Writer CREVE COEUR, Mo. (AP) – The photos of emaciated concentration camp survivors and mass graves are reminiscent of another Holocaust.

But this one was less than two decades ago, when Slobodan Milosevic put his plan for eth >>>


      FEDS PROBE SLAUGHTERHOUSE ILLNESS LINK
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 1:16 AM By MARTIGA LOHN Associated Press Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Federal health officials are investigating if there‘s a link between illnesses reported by several workers at a pig slaughterhouse in Indiana and those seen recently in workers at a Minnesota pork plant.

A >>>


      HEATHROW CRASH REPORT: ENGINES FAILED
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 6:01 PM LONDON (AP) – The engines on a British Airways plane that crash–landed at London‘s Heathrow airport failed to respond for a demand to increase thrust, a preliminary accident report said Friday.

Using flight recorder information, investigators will focus on what >>>


      IRAN PRESIDENT SAYS BUSH CONFRONTATIONAL
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 1:16 AM By SEBASTIAN ABBOT Associated Press Writer CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that President Bush sent a message of confrontation‘‘ during his recent Mideast trip. Bush spent much of his visit to the region, which he wrapped >>>


      IRAN RECEIVES NUKE FUEL
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 8:46 AM By NASSER KARIMI Associated Press Writer TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran received a third shipment of nuclear fuel from Russia on Friday for a power plant being constructed in the southern port of Bushehr, state radio reported.

The 11–ton consignment arrived at the Bushehr p >>>


      ISRAEL CLOSES GAZA BORDER CROSSINGS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 11:31 AM By MATTI FRIEDMAN Associated Press Writer JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel has closed all border crossings into Gaza, cutting off food and humanitarian supplies to the coastal strip in a bid to pressure its Hamas rulers to stop a barrage of rocket attacks on Israeli towns, defense officials >>>


      ISRAEL CLOSES GAZA CROSSINGS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 7:46 AM By MATTI FRIEDMAN Associated Press Writer JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel‘s defense minister has ordered the temporary closure of all crossings into Gaza, cutting off supplies into the besieged strip in response to a slew of Palestinian rocket barrages at nearby Israeli towns, defense >>>


      ISRAEL SEALS GAZA STRIP BORDER CROSSINGS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 4:16 PM By MATTI FRIEDMAN Associated Press Writer JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel sealed all border crossings with the Gaza Strip on Friday, cutting off the flow of vital supplies to the besieged territory in an attempt to stop Palestinian rocket barrages on Israeli border towns.

But viole >>>


      JOINT CHIEFS TO GIVE OWN TROOP CUT VIEW
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 6:16 PM By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) – The Pentagon‘s top generals and admirals will make their own assessment for President Bush on whether to continue pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq in the second half of the year – independent of what Bush >>>


      KENYA OPPOSITION VOWS STRIKES, BOYCOTTS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 8:46 AM By TODD PITMAN Associated Press Writer NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Their protests weakened by a harsh police crackdown, Kenya‘s opposition said it would turn to economic boycotts and strikes to keep up pressure against President Mwai Kibaki over his disputed re–election.
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      KING ISLAND MASK RETURNED TO ITS PEOPLE
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 ':01 AM By RACHEL D‘ORO Associated Press Writer ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Four decades after it was abandoned, King Island holds an almost mystical pull for former inhabitants and their descendants, its crumbling homes still perched on stilts, clinging to the steep, rocky terrain.< >>>


      KY. POLICE FIND 5 DEAD IN SUBMERGED CAR
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 6:16 PM SPARTA, Ky. (AP) – Five bodies were found in a car submerged in a Kentucky creek, near a sharp curve on a rural road, police said.

Foul play is not suspected, state Trooper Chip Perry said. The car was found Thursday in Eagle Creek in northern Kentucky, about 30 miles south >>>


      LA.‘S JEFFERSON TESTIFIES IN BRIBE CASE
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 2:46 AM By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press Writer ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – A Louisiana congressman accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes told a judge Thursday that FBI agents who interviewed him back in 2005 were so overbearing that they even followed him into the bath >>>


      MAIN SERBIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 8:46 AM By The Associated Press The main candidates in Serbia‘s presidential election:

– BORIS TADIC: Incumbent president and the leader of the pro–Western Democratic Party, Boris Tadic is hoping to win his second term in office by promising Serbia‘s European inte >>>


      MAN SENTENCED IN RANSOM KILLINGS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 4:46 AM LOS ANGELES (AP) – An illegal immigrant from Lithuania was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in federal prison for his role in the kidnapping and murder of Russian immigrants whose bodies were found in a reservoir near Yosemite National Park.

Aleksejus Markovskis, 34, was part >>>


      MARINE‘S WIFE WAITED TO REPORT DEATH
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 1:01 AM By ESTES THOMPSON Associated Press Writer JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The wife of the key suspect in the slaying of a 20–year–old pregnant Marine waited almost 24 hours after learning of the woman‘s death to go to authorities, according to court documents released Th >>>


      MCCAIN: SPENDING IS OUT OF CONTROL
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 4:01 PM TOM RAUM Associated Press Writer FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) – John McCain blamed overspending by the federal government in part for the nation‘s economic troubles as South Carolina voters Friday received the sobering news that the state unemployment rate had hit 6.6 percent, the larg >>>


      MORE WARRANTS ISSUED IN OFFICERS‘ DEATHS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 1:46 PM ATLANTA (AP) – Authorities said Friday they were seeking two more suspects in the killings of two police officers who were gunned down while working as off–duty security guards at an apartment complex.

The DeKalb County Sheriff‘s Office issued arrest warrants fo >>>


      N.O. COPS OUT OF TRAILERS, INTO NEW DIGS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 3:01 AM By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) – After a trying year of more than 200 murders, at least police once again have a permanent place to call home.

The New Orleans Police Department, which has operated out of trailers in the 2 years since Hurricane Katr >>>


      NKOREA NUCLEAR STATUS REMAINS UNCHANGED
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 1:16 AM By FOSTER KLUG Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. official, in a rare public departure from Bush administration policy, criticized on Thursday the nuclear talks with North Korea, which he contended is not serious about disarming.

Jay Lefkowitz, President Bush& >>>


      OBAMA DEBUTS NEW ACT IN VEGAS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 6:01 PM By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) – The White House campaign has brought a new act to Vegas.

Barack Obama has stepped up his campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton, and he‘s trying to use humor to bring her down before this weekend‘s Democ >>>


      OFFICIALS FIND LISTERIA STRAIN AT DAIRY
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 1:16 AM By MARK PRATT Associated Press Writer BOSTON (AP) – Investigators probing the source of a listeria outbreak said Thursday the strain that killed three people was found at a dairy processing plant in central Massachusetts. But officials have not yet determined exactly where the milk >>>


      PAULSON PREDICTS QUICK STIMULUS PLAN
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 1:31 PM By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson predicted Friday that the administration and Congress can come together quickly to enact a stimulus package that would bring help within weeks to an economy that‘s threatening to topple >>>


      POLICE CRACK DOWN ON PROTESTS; 5 KILLED
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 1:16 AM By TODD PITMAN Associated Press Writer NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Police cracked down fiercely on a second day of protests across Kenya on Thursday, firing bullets at opposition supporters and tear gas at a hospital. At least five people were killed.

The United States blamed Pre >>>


      POLICE: VICTIM DRUNK DURING TIGER ATTACK
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 5:01 AM SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – One of the three victims of San Francisco Zoo tiger attack was intoxicated and admitted to yelling and waving at the animal while standing atop the railing of the big cat enclosure, police said in court documents filed Thursday.

Paul Dhaliwal, 1', t >>>


      ROMNEY CRITICIZES RIVALS‘ LOBBYISTS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 2:16 AM By GLEN JOHNSON Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Republican Mitt Romney said Thursday he could govern in the country‘s best interest because I don‘t have lobbyists running my campaign,‘‘ although Washington insiders are on his senior st >>>


      ROMNEY, AP REPORTER EXCHANGE WORDS
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 6:16 AM WASHINGTON (AP) – Mitt Romney‘s assertion about lobbyists and his presidential campaign was challenged by an Associated Press reporter Thursday. The blogosphere immediately lit up over the exchange.

Speaking at a business supply store in Columbia, S.C., Romney was tel >>>


      SAN DIEGO HILLSIDE GIVES WAY _ AGAIN
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 2:46 AM SAN DIEGO (AP) – A chunk of hillside in an upscale neighborhood where a landslide damaged homes last year gave way Thursday, further worrying residents and engineers.

It wasn‘t clear how much damage the new collapse caused to houses at the bottom of the slide, city sp >>>


      SECRET TERRORIST TO BE SENTENCED IN NY
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 1:01 PM By DAVID B. CARUSO Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) – He pleaded guilty more than five years ago to plotting bomb attacks on American embassies, but the case against al–Qaida member Mohammed Mansour Jabarah has been shrouded in secrecy until now.

Jabarah was to e >>>


      SECURITY COUNCIL SHOWS REGRET AT MYANMAR
      Guardian, 18-01-2008
     Friday January 18, 2008 4:46 AM By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The U.N. Security Council expressed concern Thursday at Myanmar‘s slow progress in opening a dialogue with the opposition and called for the early return of U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari to help promote national re >>>



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