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Dec 21,2007
Two 15-year-old girls, one from Bend and the other from Grants Pass, Oregon, were injured Thursday night when their snowmobiles collided near Elk Lake Resort, deputies reported. Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies, Bend Fire paramedics, and county Search and Rescue (SAR) members responded to the scene about one mile north of the resort on Trail #5 (Cascade Lakes Highway) around 8:40 p.m., Cpl. Wayne Morgan said in a news release. One of the girls, a Bend resident, was ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
WILMINGTON, Ill. -- A jury has awarded $15.5 million to a Wilmington, Ill., couple after the husband claimed he was falsely arrested in connection with their daughter's death.Will County sheriff's Sgt. Edward Hayes, Deputies Scott Swearengen, Michael Guilfoyle, Brad Wachtl and the estate of late deputy John Ruettiger were found liable for the false arrest of Kevin Fox, violation of his due process rights, malicious prosecution against him and infliction of severe emotional distress on ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
HONOLULU -- U.S. intelligence officials said the Chinese intelligence agency used a Chinese-language translation service to access a U.S. listening post in Hawaii.The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service discovered during a major counterintelligence investigation several years ago that the Chinese Ministry of State Security set up the translation service and disguised it as a U.S.-based company as part of a large operation aimed at obtaining codes and ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
BELGRADE, Serbia -- Serbian prosecutors opened an investigation regarding two Serbs suspected of committing war crimes against Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.Serbian police arrested Goran Savic, 38, on charges he allegedly tortured and killed Bosnian Muslim civilians in two detention camps at the eastern Bosnian town of Zvornik in May 1992 at the start of the 1992-95 Bosnian ethnic war, Serbia's RTS radio-television said Friday.War crimes prosecutors in Belgrade this month completed an inquiry against ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
NAJAF, Iraq -- Shiite clerics in Iraq find their power waning following their role in establishing a government led by Shiite parties after the U.S. invasion in 2003.The Shiite bloc's influence diminished as Iraqis grow disenchanted with the lack of political legislation aimed at improving the infrastructure and the Iraqi economy, The Washington Post reported Friday.A council of four leading Shiite clerics, led by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, presides over the majaiya, which has immense ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
CHICAGO -- Sam Zell, the Tribune Co.'s new chief executive, promised broad changes in how the media conglomerate based in Chicago is managed."I'm here to tell you the transaction from hell is done," Zell said during a news conference Thursday at Tribune Tower. "As far as I'm concerned, today is a brave new world."To emphasize the deal was done, Zell said the banks notified him that his $8.2 billion bid to take the Tribune private ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
BOSTON -- The Boston Herald has endorsed the presidential bid of U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., citing the candidate's "courage" and "integrity.""(McCain) has a brand of courage that is rare in the public arena these days -- a courage forged in part by those years spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and in part by more than two decades of fighting for what he believes in on the floor of the U.S. Senate," ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
BEIJING -- The former chairman of China's giant Shanghai Electric Group Co. Ltd., has received a suspended death sentence on graft charges.A court in Jilin province sentenced Wang Chengming, who also once headed the Shanghai SVA (Group) Co., Ltd., for "participation in collective embezzlement and taking bribes," Xinhua news agency reported.Wang and two other senior business executives were accused of pocketing about $40 million in a land transfer business in Shanghai, the report said. One ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
NEW YORK -- Armed assailants hijacked a FedEx delivery truck Friday when they assaulted the driver at a traffic signal in downtown New York City.Police said the assailants forced the driver into another vehicle and he was later found about 1:30 a.m. in Brooklyn, WNBC-TV in New York reported Friday.Two assailants threatened the driver, who was en route to the FedEx facility in Newark, N.J., police told the television station.Neither the driver nor the police ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
MANAMA, Bahrain -- Authorities in Bahrain said several people were wounded during an activist's funeral that turned in a battle with government troops.Bahraini authorities said the injured occurred in riots Thursday in the northern region of Jad Jaffas where there was a "dangerous escalation that threatened civil security," Kuwait's official news agency reported Friday.The rioting came during the funeral for anti-government advocate Jaseem Makki, who died Monday during a protest.Some 500 protesters set fires, damaged ... [full story]
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