Deaths as Hurricane Irene batters U.S. East Coast

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on Aug 27, 2011

Millions of people are taking shelter along the American east coast.

Hurricane Irene is not the most powerful storm on record, but still large enough to cause damage.

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Deadly quake rocks Chile + Chile’s deadly quake upgraded to magnitude 8.8 + Chile’s killer quake toll passes 300

Al Jazeera English
February 27, 2010

A magnitude 8.8 earthquake has struck near the city of Concepcion in Chile, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

The quake, which struck early on Saturday, shook buildings and caused blackouts in as far away as parts of the capital, Santiago.

Michelle Bachelet, the outgoing president, said six people were killed and that more deaths were possible.


via Al Jazeera English – Americas – Deadly quake rocks Chile

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Small plane hits Austin building, sets off blaze + Man flies aircraft into Texas tax office after setting home on fire + Online suicide note

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 18:47:31 GMT

A small single-engine plane has crashed into a seven-story office building in Austin, Texas with at least one person unaccounted for.

According to Harry Evans of the Austin Fire Department, firefighters found “heavy fire destruction in and around the second floor… lots of heat, lots of smoke, lots of fire,” CNN reported on Thursday.

Witness Cynthia Reed described people in the building as “hanging out the windows, screaming for help.”


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Rep. John Murtha dead at 77

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Sincere condolences and sympathies to John Murtha’s family and friends.
Feb 8, 2010

WASHINGTON — Rep. John Murtha, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran and critic of the Iraq war, died Monday of complications from gall bladder surgery. He was 77.


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Rep. Murtha, first Vietnam vet elected to House, dead at 77


WASHINGTON — Rep. John Murtha D-Pa., the first Vietnam veteran elected to the House of Representatives and an outspoken critic of the Iraq war, died Monday of complications of gallbladder surgery, a spokesman for the lawmaker said.


via Rep. Murtha, first Vietnam vet elected to House, dead at 77 | McClatchy.

Taliban attack govt. buildings in Kabul
Mon, 18 Jan 2010 05:50:21 GMT

Taliban militants have attacked government buildings near Afghanistan’s presidential palace in the capital city of Kabul, according to officials.

Spokesman for the Taliban Zabihullah Mujahid said on Monday that 20 of the group’s militants had occupied several government buildings.

Press TV correspondent Fayez Khorshid in Kabul reported that militants had entered several buildings near the Afghan presidential palace.

The Afghan security forces are fighting with the militants at the scene, he added.

“More than 200 Afghan security forces are deployed, fighting with them,” Amir Mohammad, a security officer told Reuters.

At least three people have been reported killed. Seven people have also been injured in the ongoing clashes, our correspondent said.

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‘Explosion attempt’ on US flight + Passenger caught with explosives on US plane

Various news organizations’ reports on the incident in Detroit.

Al Jazeera English
Dec. 26, 2009

A reported attempt by a Nigerian man to light an explosive aboard a US passenger aircraft has been described by the White House as “an attempted act of terrorism”.

Abdulmutallab, who was overpowered by passengers and crew of Delta Flight 253, was taken into custody after the jet landed safely in Detroit.

US officials said he appeared to have links to al-Qaeda.

via Al Jazeera English – Americas – ‘Explosion attempt’ on US flight

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The No-News No-Column Column by Walter Brasch

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by Walter Brasch
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December 6, 2009

I don’t have a column this week.

You see, I analyze and interpret the news, trying to find something that others haven’t touched. When there’s lots of news, I have a playground of riches. But during the past week, there were only two stories, and every reporter, columnist, commentator, pundit, bloviator, and blogger weighed in on it. There was nothing more I could add—from any perspective.

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Tragedy: Dozens dead as Moscow-St Petesburg train derails + Crash might be terror attack + Explosives found

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Sad news, condolences to all who had family and/or friends killed or injured on this train.

November 28, 2009

At least 25 people have been killed and dozens injured when a train partially derailed on its way from Moscow to St Petersburg on Friday night. It’s feared the death toll could rise with 18 people still unaccounted for.

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Six Senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commanders Killed in Suicide Bombing, Iran Blames US and Pakistan

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Oct. 19, 2009

Six Senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commanders Killed in Suicide Bombing, Iran Blames US and Pakistan

Iran’s president is accusing Pakistani agents of involvement in a suicide bombing in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan on Sunday that left at least forty-two people dead and injured dozens more. According to state media, one or more suicide bombers targeted a group of Revolutionary Guard leaders who had arranged to meet tribal leaders in the Sunni region close to the Pakistani border. Some other Iranian officials are pointing the finger of blame at the United States. Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said “US action” contributed to the attack. [includes rush transcript]

via Six Senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commanders Killed in Suicide Bombing, Iran Blames US and Pakistan

US Launches Military Strike in Somalia Against al Qaeda Target

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ABC News
Sept. 14, 2009

A U.S. commando attack in Somalia has killed an al Qaeda operative who is on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists, sources tell ABC News.

The dead terrorist, Saleh Ali Nabhan, is believed to have taken part in the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He is also believed to have orchestrated the 2002 bombing of a resort hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, and a failed missile attack on an Israeli airliner leaving Mombasa airport.


via u.s. commandos kill qaeda terrorist in somalia – ABC News

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Ted Kennedy Dies of Brain Cancer at Age 77

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Rest in Peace, Senator.  Sympathies and condolences to his family and friends. ~DS

ABC News
Aug. 26, 2009

‘Liberal Lion’ of the Senate Led Storied Political Family After Deaths of President John F. Kennedy, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy

Sen. Ted Kennedy died shortly before midnight Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 77.

The man known as the “liberal lion of the Senate” had fought a more than year-long battle with brain cancer, and according to his son had lived longer with the disease than his doctors expected him to.

“We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever,” the Kennedy family said in a statement. “He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it.”

via Ted Kennedy Dies of Brain Cancer at Age 77 – ABC News

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Breaking News: Ted Kennedy Dead At 77, 8-26-09

August 25, 2009

It is with a heavy heart to report that Senator Ted Kennedy The Lion Of The US Senate, has died of Brain Cancer at age 77.

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Bob Dylan Arrested for Walking

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James Joyner
Sunday, August 16, 2009

Bob Dylan was on the pavement, thinking about the government. And they arrested him.


Alex Knapp is less than pleased:

That’s just utterly disgusting to me. A 68 year old man out for a walk shouldn’t have to offer his ID to the police. Was he committing a crime? No. Was he suspected of committing a crime? No. Were there any indications that a crime was going to be committed? No. He was just “suspiciously” enjoying public rights-of-way.


via Bob Dylan Arrested for Walking


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