Al-Zawahri Mocks Bush Over Terrorism War
In a new video aired Monday, al-Qaeda's No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri mocked
President Bush as a "failure" in the war on terror, called him a
"butcher" for killing innocent Pakistanis in a miscarried airstrike and
chastised the United States for rejecting Osama bin Laden's offer of a
Al-Zawahri Calls Bush a 'Butcher' in Video
Al-Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri said in a videotape aired Monday that
President Bush was a "butcher" and a "failure" because of a deadly U.S.
airstrike in Pakistan targeting the bin Laden deputy.
No. 2 terrorist: Next attack on United States soil
Al-Zawahiri video calls Bush 'butcher of Washington'
Mexican Police Arrest Four Illegal Iraqis Near
Mexican federal agents have arrested four Iraqis trying to sneak into
the United States without proper documents, the government said Monday.
Lawyer: Saddam to Boycott Next Session
Saddam Hussein and his lawyers will boycott the next session of the
deposed leader's trial in Iraq to protest what they say is the bias of
the new chief judge hearing the case, Saddam's chief lawyer told The
Associated Press on Monday.
New Video Shows Kidnapped Reporter Weeping
The U.S. journalist Jill Carroll, weeping and veiled, appeared on a
new videotape aired Monday by Al-Jazeera, and the Arab television
station said she appealed for the release of all Iraqi women prisoners.
ABC Anchor, Cameraman Showing Improvement
ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt were showing signs
of improvement Monday after being seriously injured in a roadside
bombing in Iraq.
Body Armor Likely Saved ABC News Pair
ABC News led its broadcasts with its own journalists in the news: anchor
Bob Woodruff and a cameraman had been seriously injured by a roadside
bomb while reporting in Iraq.
Battleship to become monument to homosexuals?
Proposal would turn USS Iowa into museum honoring 'gay,' lesbian,
10-year-olds to be strip-searched?
Anti-terror efforts could put young children in crosshairs
Peacenik vandalizes famous WWII victory statue
'Unconditional Surrender' portrays famous kiss between nurse, sailor in
MIDDLE EAST UPDATE
Bush Opposes Palestinian Government with Hamas
President Bush, addressing two international flash points, said he
would not support a Palestinian government made up of Hamas and that the
United States is trying to build a united front to stop Iran's nuclear
EU Urges Hamas to Recognize Israel, Disarm
European Union foreign ministers called on Hamas on Monday to recognize
the state of Israel, renounce violence and disarm.
Saudis welcome Hamas victory
Kingdom calls on global community to respect rights of Palestinian
Israel: No Talks Until Hamas Ends Violence
Israel ruled out contacts with a Palestinian government led by Hamas
unless the Islamic group renounces violence and threatened Sunday to
"liquidate" militants if they resume attacking Israelis.
Outrage Builds in Mideast Over Cartoons
From the burning of its flag to a boycott of its brands of butter and
cookies, Denmark is feeling Islamic outrage over newspaper cartoons of
the Prophet Muhammad.
Now Muslims burn Norway's flag in Gaza
Upset Norwegian magazine reprinted explosive caricature of prophet
Officials Confirm Bird Flu Death of Iraqi
Iraqi and U.N. health officials said Monday a 15-year-old girl who died
this month was a victim of the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus,
the first confirmed case of the disease in the Middle East.
Canada slams Don Imus for anti-Muslim remarks
Used terms 'brainwashed,' 'stinking animals' during 2004 broadcast on
First WWII 'Gold Train' Payouts Made
The first payouts have been distributed from a $25 million settlement
with Holocaust survivors who lost jewelry, artwork and other treasures
when a Nazi "Gold Train" was commandeered by the U.S. Army during World
axis of evil
Security Council to Review Iran Nuke Case
The United States and the other four permanent members of the U.N.
Security Council reached surprising agreement Tuesday that Iran should
be hauled before that powerful body over its disputed nuclear program.
Iran Plans to Activate Nuclear Power Plant
Iran is preparing to activate one of the world’s largest nuclear power
plants, located in the Persian Gulf port of Bushehr.
FEMA Acknowledges Blunders During Katrina
Poor planning and communication plagued FEMA's response to Hurricane
Katrina, a top agency official said Monday, acknowledging that other
federal departments' offers to help rescue storm victims went unheard or
ON THE HOME FRONT
Dominatrix beats murder rap
A dominatrix was acquitted of manslaughter Monday in the death of a
man who prosecutors say suffered a heart attack while strapped to a
replica of a medieval rack.
U.S. Savings Rate at Lowest Level Since 1933
Consumer spending rose at a rapid pace in December, far outpacing
income growth, a development that helped to push the savings' rate for
the year down to the lowest level since the Great Depression.
Slain kids' mom: 'I blessed them and then I suffocated them'
A woman accused of smothering her three children was distraught over the
breakup of her marriage and told police that she blessed the children
before suffocating them, a prosecutor said Monday.
'Tidal wave' of material puts parents to test
'Kids are exposed to this at incredibly early ages'
Door-to-door tattoo man gets women sick
Now purchasers told to get tested for HIV exposure
Super Bowl Host Is U.S.'s Poorest Big City
Before the Super Bowl kickoff this weekend, private planes will land
here, limousines will clog the streets, and lavish parties will be
thrown for those with famous names or lots of money. The kitchens of
Ford Field will be stocked with two tons of lobster.
Same-sex couple in tax protest
Refuse to pay on $2 million because can't get married
Radar Little Help in Border Tunnel Hunt
A U.S. government effort to find drug-smuggling tunnels underneath the
Mexican border with ground-penetrating radar and other high-tech gear
has had little success.
Tampa man gets 200 years for raping men
A serial rapist of gay men receives the maximum 200 years in a Florida
prison; murder charges are likely in two victims' deaths.
Plane Crash in Suburban Chicago Kills 4
A twin-engine airplane crashed Monday near the Palwaukee Municipal
Airport, killing all four people aboard, authorities said.
Study: Compact Cars Have High Death Rates
People love compact cars as gas prices soar, but there's a sobering
cost: The government says they have the highest fatality rate.
Post Office Shooting in California Kills Two
Two people were killed and two others wounded Monday when someone opened
fire in a post office, authorities reported.
AROUND THE WORLD
Mexicans rip U.S. immigration policy as racist
'With this wall, we are going to see more corpses in the desert'
Boycott of Citgo launched
Pro-family group leads effort to shun firm run by Venezuela's Chavez
Chavez Dreams of Continental Shift Toward Socialism
Once governed largely by right-wing military dictatorships, 360
million people in South America have used their democratic rights to
elect seven left-wing governments in the past six years, with several
more expected to win power in elections this year.
Skyscraper parachutist escapes police in an SUV
An Austrian stuntman who claims world records for BASE jumping
parachuted off the top of Latin America's tallest building Monday before
escaping in an SUV to avoid police capture.
Brazilians Race to Adopt Abandoned Baby
Doctors released a 2-month-old girl from a hospital Monday two days
after she was found in a black plastic bag floating in a lake in
PETA calls for killing fish with kindness
'You wouldn't hook dogs through the mouth and drag them behind your car'
Bull charges bullfight spectators
At least two people are being treated in hospital in Mexico City after a
bull leapt into a crowd during a bullfight.
Bush-bashing takes center stage in NY theaters
It's not hard to spot the common theme in three New York theater
offerings this season that go by the titles "Bush is Bad," "Bush Wars:
Musical Revenge" and "Laughing Liberally."
ABC Pulls 'Commander in Chief' from TV Lineup
"Commander in Chief” started out as the season’s most talked-about new
show, but the initial hype didn’t translate into solid ratings – and ABC
has shelved the White House drama.
Cruise, Lopez atop Razzies
Hollywood's 'worst' make annual list for performances that stink
Lindsay's Tea Party Ends in Stitches
A freaky Friday accident left Lindsay Lohan in stitches.
Possible Miracle Tied to Pope John Paul II
A nun's apparently inexplicable recovery in France from Parkinson's
disease, the same affliction suffered by Pope John Paul II, looks very
promising as the miracle needed to beatify the late pontiff, a Polish
Bible quote 'twisted' into anti-homosexual slam
GOP senator: Rolling Stone took 'You'll know them by their fruits' wrong
Is new AOL IM slogan marketing blasphemy?
'I AM' pitch takes name of God in vain, say some shocked critics
Pastor gets 18 months for selling church
Got $525,000 from transaction, allegedly uses money to buy BMW
Bush to mention Iran nukes, Hamas tonight
State of the Union address also to include health care, energy,
Bush Looks for Boost From State of Union
President Bush, in his State of the Union speech Tuesday, will offer
ideas for dealing with domestic problems like high energy and health
care costs and international troubles like Iran's suspected nuclear
Bush 'State of the Union' to Outline Energy Alternatives
Trying to calm anxieties about soaring energy costs, President Bush is
using his State of the Union address this week to focus on a package of
energy proposals aimed at bringing fuel-saving technologies out of the
lab and into use.
Democratic Va. Gov. Kaine Plans Bush 'Union' Response
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, tapped to deliver the State of the Union
response for Democrats, has sharp words for both parties in Washington:
Stop being so partisan, negative and irrelevant. "There's a better way,"
he said Monday.
Bush's New Budget Calls for Renewal of Tax Cuts
President Bush will renew his call for personal accounts within Social
Security and ask Congress to renew tax cuts and curb the growth in
benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid in his 2007 budget request
next week, according to administration officials.
Jeb Bush Wants $630M for Business and Tech Startups
Governor Jeb Bush wants the Florida Legislature to approve the spending
of $630 million to pay for business startups and bolster growth of
Lynn Swann too popular for GOP good?
Some in Republican Party fear his run for governor will bring out
Senate Moves Alito Close to Confirmation
The Senate on Monday all but guaranteed Samuel Alito's confirmation as
the nation's 110th Supreme Court justice, shutting down a last-minute
attempt by liberals to block the conservative judge's nomination with a
Alito's Ascent Caps Long Campaign
In 1982, a year after Samuel Alito Jr. joined the Reagan administration,
a handful of legal scholars gathered at Yale University for the first
meeting of the Federalist Society, a newly formed conservative legal
Obesity May Be Infectious
Evidence that obesity could be contagious was published yesterday by
American researchers - and washing your hands could be an elementary
step to avoiding the virus and becoming overweight.
8M With Birth Defects Each Year
About 8 million children worldwide are born every year with serious
birth defects, many of them dying before age 5 in a toll largely hidden
from view, the March of Dimes says.
Drug-resistant TB infecting America
Doc on Mexican strain: 'The growth of this could be considered an
Primary care about to collapse, physicians warn
Primary care -- the basic medical care that people get when they visit
their doctors for routine physicals and minor problems -- could fall
apart in the United States without immediate reforms, the American
College of Physicians said on Monday.
Taxpayers fund pro-homosexual class
Irate parents say son returned from seminar 'confused' about sexuality
SPACE / SCIENCE
Russia to Mine Moon for Helium-3 Energy
Russian space officials announced plans last week to build a permanent
base on the moon to mine isotope helium-3, a promising fuel for nuclear
Bill Gates: Turn Cell Phones Into PCs
Microsoft is proposing an inexpensive technology to bring computing
to the developing world - turning a cell phone into a computer by
connecting it to a TV and a keyboard.
Test Balloons for Cellular Service
Why put up costly cell phone towers in thinly populated areas, when a
few balloons would do? In North Dakota, former Gov. Ed Schafer is
backing a plan to loft wireless network repeaters on balloons high above
the state to fill gaps in cellular coverage.
RIM rivals cash in as BlackBerry hearing looms
Competitors are muscling into the wireless e-mail market dominated by
Research in Motion, as the maker of the BlackBerry e-mail device
grapples with a patent battle that could shut down its U.S. service.
Philadelphia Aims to Go Wireless
Earthlink Inc. has finalized a 10-year contract to provide wireless
Internet service across Philadelphia, a city official said Monday.
BUSINESS / ECONOMY
Exxon profit tops $10 billion, capping record year
Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, on
Monday reported a quarterly profit of $10.7 billion, capping a year of
record earnings dominated by surging oil and gas prices.
Political row erupts as ExxonMobil posts record
ExxonMobil Corp. booked record earnings of 36.1 billion dollars in
2005, reviving claims that the oil industry is profiting from sky-high
prices at the expense of hard-pressed consumers.
Oil execs refuse to testify at U.S. Senate hearing
Officials from six major oil companies have refused to testify this
week at a Senate hearing looking into whether oil industry mergers in
recent years have made gasoline more expensive at the pump.
Opening Statements Next Step in Enron Case
Jurors who will decide whether former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and
Jeffrey Skilling are criminals face a monthslong journey into the heart
of the scandal-ridden company. They'll also face questions about just
how illusory the "new-economy" powerhouse was in its glory days.
Dreams collapsed along with Enron
Roger Boyce was looking forward to his retirement from Enron's
Minneapolis Gas Pipeline Group in 2000.
Fed to Raise U.S. Rates Again as Greenspan Era Ends
Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan will end his 18-year rule on Tuesday with a
rate hike of a quarter percentage point and the message that borrowing
costs may go up again in March if warranted by growth and inflation.
Fed Transition Concerns Wall Street
Wall Street loves incoming Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. It
makes you wonder how investors would react to someone they hate.
Bill Clinton Urges Dialogue with Hamas
Ex-president Bill Clinton is urging the U.S. to establish a dialogue
with Hamas in the wake of its upset victory in last week's Palestinian
parliamentary elections, saying it would be wrong to cut off contact
with the terror group just because they may have killed people "in a way
that we hate."
Clinton warns of rising anti-Islamic feeling
Ex-president compares it to historic anti-Semitism
Hillary: U.S. 'Impatient' for Woman President
Americans are growing 'impatient" as they wait for a woman to be elected
president, 2008 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Saturday
Clinton: Member of Bush Family
President Bush said Sunday that ex-President Bill Clinton has worked so
closely with his father on tsunami and Hurricane Katrina relief that
he's like a member of the Bush family.
Poll: Clinton Lead Comfortable in N.Y.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton remains in a strong position in her bid for
re-election this year with almost six in 10 New York voters saying they
will vote for the former first lady, a statewide poll reported Monday.
Elway sends relax chair to 'persecuted' student
Teen 'dehumanized' after wearing John's Broncos jersey in Steelers are