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Dec 21,2007
PRINCETON, N.C. -- A North Carolina farmer who has long sold lambs and goats to Muslims for holiday sacrifices has been barred by the state from hosting the slaughters.Eddie Rowe, who for the past six years has sold lambs and goats to Muslim families on the first day of Eid al-Adha -- which translates as "festival of sacrifice" -- and allowed them to conduct the ceremonial slaughters at his farm, was told by the North ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
BRUSSELS -- The borderless zone of the European Union expanded to include nine European countries Friday in the largest expansion of the international consortium.Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are part of the enlargement area known as the Schengen area. All nine countries joined the EU in 2004.The inclusion eliminates border checks on land and sea entry points and the abolishment of air borders commences March 30, the EU ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
DENVER -- A 60-year-old Colorado man is suing an 8-year-old boy and his father for a skiing collision that caused tendon damage to the man's shoulder.David Pfahler says the 8-year-old's careless skiing caused the collision that tore a tendon in Pfahler's shoulder, KUSA-TV in Denver reported Friday.The boy's father told the television station his son didn't violently collide with Pfahler and was only trying to pass by the man on the slopes.Pfahler sued for $75,000 ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Prosecutors in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba said they uncovered Internet communication suggesting the Alabama teenager was dead.Hans Mos, the chief public prosecutor in Aruba, said evidence on an Internet chat site shortly after May 30, 2005, suggested Holloway was dead and prosecutors used the evidence to rearrest the three key suspects in the case, CNN reported Friday.The judges in the case, however, said the evidence didn't warrant the continued ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
TOKYO -- A top Japanese government official said the country is suspending humpback whaling during reform talks at the International Whaling Commission.Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura said Japan decided to halt the hunting of the aquatic mammals after IWC Chairman William Hogarth suggested the practice be suspended for one or two years while the IWC has reform discussions, Kyodo News reported Friday.''We will not change the plan to conduct research whaling itself. But the government ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
LAHORE, Pakistan -- Pakistani officials said a suicide bomber's assassination attempt on a former official killed at least 50 people in a crowded mosque in the city of Lahore.The officials said an another 80 people were injured, including the son and two grandnephews of former Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, The New York Times reported Friday.Sherapao, whom officials said was the target of the blast, was unharmed. The suicide bombing marked the second attempt ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department has been asked by the CIA to probe whether a former agency officer acted illegally in describing the waterboarding of a prisoner.Officials said the agency asked the department to investigate whether former officer John Kiriakou illegally revealed classified data when he gave media interviews describing the capture and interrogation -- including waterboarding -- of al-Qaida terrorism suspect Zayn al-Abidin Muhammed Hussein, The Washington Post reported Friday.Kiriakou said during interviews ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin welcomed a city council vote approving the demolition of four major public housing developments to make way for new residences.Nagin said at a news conference after the 7-0 vote Thursday night to demolish developments at B.W. Cooper, St. Bernard, Lafitte and C.J. Peete that city officials will use the permits that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Housing Authority of New Orleans must ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Heavy fog hampered the search Thursday for missing crew members of a Scottish tugboat that capsized in the River Clyde.The Flying Phantom capsized and sank Wednesday evening after escorting the Red Jasmine, a large container ship, into Glasgow, The Scotsman reported. One man swam to shore but the captain and two other crew members disappeared.As boats of all sizes searched the river Thursday, officials acknowledged they were likely to find dead bodies."At ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
NEWARK, N.J. -- A former New Jersey police officer was sentenced to almost three years in federal prison Thursday for his part in an oxycodone-peddling scheme.Ronald Pomponio of Bricktown, who was a police officer in Newark, got a reduced sentence for cooperating with federal investigators, including testifying against a doctor involved in the scheme. U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler also imposed a $12,500 fine.Chesler told Pomponio that he betrayed the trust given him as a ... [full story]
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