May 19th, 2007

"(Expletive) You!" McCain Shouts In Meeting At Senate Colleague

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"[Expletive] you! I know more about this than anyone else in the room," shouted McCain at Cornyn. McCain helped craft a bill in 2006 that passed the Senate but couldn't be compromised with a House bill that was much tougher on illegal immigrants.

Cornyn's office declined to comment on the incident. McCain's camp specifically denied that the senator ever claimed to know more about the immigration issue than other senators, but acknowledged that the two Republicans had quite a disagreement.

McCain To Fellow Republican: "[Expletive] You! I Know More About This Than Anyone Else In The Room"

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"[Expletive] you! I know more about this than anyone else in the room," shouted McCain at Cornyn. McCain helped craft a bill in 2006 that passed the Senate but couldn't be compromised with a House bill that was much tougher on illegal immigrants.

Cornyn's office declined to comment on the incident. McCain's camp specifically denied that the senator ever claimed to know more about the immigration issue than other senators, but acknowledged that the two Republicans had quite a disagreement.

Nine Detained In Missing Soldiers Case

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The American military widened the search for three missing U.S. soldiers, detaining nine people in a raid Saturday about 25 miles northwest of where the service members were taken captive last weekend.

At least three mortar shells or rockets slammed into the Green Zone after British Prime Minister
Tony Blair arrived for talks with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other Iraqi leaders. One person was injured, but it was unclear how far Blair was from the blasts.

Blasts Slam Green Zone On Blair's Last Iraq Visit

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Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose premiership has been dominated by his unpopular decision to join the Iraq war, arrived here on a farewell visit Saturday, and three mortar shells or rockets slammed into the compound where he met with Iraq's leaders.

The attack on Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone wounded one person, said U.S. Embassy spokesman Lou Fintor. One round hit the British Embassy compound, security officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

9/11 First Responder Moore Took To Cuba For New Documentary: "I'm Going Back!"

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It could have been a college reunion: hugs, tears, laughter, photos, and a big friendly guy in shorts and sneakers organizing it all. But the guy in shorts was
Michael Moore, whose new documentary, "Sicko," takes aim at the U.S. health care industry with the same fury -- laced with humor, of course, and plenty of statistics -- that he directed at the Bush administration in his hit "Fahrenheit 9/11."

9/11 First Responder In New Moore Documentary: "I'm Going Back!" To Cuba

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It could have been a college reunion: hugs, tears, laughter, photos, and a big friendly guy in shorts and sneakers organizing it all. But the guy in shorts was
Michael Moore, whose new documentary, "Sicko," takes aim at the U.S. health care industry with the same fury -- laced with humor, of course, and plenty of statistics -- that he directed at the Bush administration in his hit "Fahrenheit 9/11."

"Supermassive" Black Holes Found At Center Of Collapsing Galaxies

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Scientists have pinpointed the precise locations of a pair of supermassive black holes at the centers of two colliding galaxies 300 million light-years away.

Infrared images made by the Keck II telescope in Hawaii reveal the two black holes at the center of the galaxy merger known as NGC 6240 are each surrounded by a rotating disk of stars and cloudy stellar nurseries.

GOP Infighting Over New Immigration Legislation

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President Bush's embrace of compromise immigration legislation has split the Republican Party, as several GOP presidential candidates quickly came out against the deal and the conservative base reacted with fury.

Key figures on the right, including conservative talk radio hosts, analysts at the Heritage Foundation and National Review columnists, derided the agreement as a sellout of conservative principles, while GOP presidential candidates criticized the plan as a form of amnesty -- a characterization rejected by the White House.

917 Contractors...

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Casualties among private contractors in Iraq have soared to record levels this year, setting a pace that seems certain to turn 2007 into the bloodiest year yet for the civilians who work alongside the American military in the war zone, according to new government numbers.

At least 146 contract workers were killed in Iraq in the first three months of the year, by far the highest number for any quarter since the war began in March 2003, according to the Labor Department, which processes death and injury claims for those working as United States government contractors in Iraq.

Civilian Deaths In Iraq Reach New Levels

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Casualties among private contractors in Iraq have soared to record levels this year, setting a pace that seems certain to turn 2007 into the bloodiest year yet for the civilians who work alongside the American military in the war zone, according to new government numbers.

At least 146 contract workers were killed in Iraq in the first three months of the year, by far the highest number for any quarter since the war began in March 2003, according to the Labor Department, which processes death and injury claims for those working as United States government contractors in Iraq.

NY Post's Page Six Preemptively Admits Own Scandals: Editor Johnson's Cash Gift, Murdoch's Ban On Ch

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Page Six, The New York Post's free-swinging showcase for gossip about canoodling celebrities and cheating spouses, ran a tell-all item yesterday about a subject it does not usually cover in eye-popping detail: itself.

Jared Paul Stern, left, and Richard Johnson of The New York Post in 1996. Mr. Stern was suspended from The Post last year and may sue.

And it had some pretty juicy details: the editor of the paper patronized a strip club, and the longtime author of the column, Richard Johnson, once took a $1,000 cash gift.

And that was not all.

NY Post's Page Six Dishes On Own Scandals: Editor Johnson's Cash Gift, Murdoch's Ban On China Storie

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Page Six, The New York Post's free-swinging showcase for gossip about canoodling celebrities and cheating spouses, ran a tell-all item yesterday about a subject it does not usually cover in eye-popping detail: itself.

Jared Paul Stern, left, and Richard Johnson of The New York Post in 1996. Mr. Stern was suspended from The Post last year and may sue.

And it had some pretty juicy details: the editor of the paper patronized a strip club, and the longtime author of the column, Richard Johnson, once took a $1,000 cash gift.

And that was not all.

104 Media Members Killed Since War Began

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Two Iraqi journalists working for ABC News were captured by gunmen and executed in Baghdad, sending shockwaves through a media corps that has lost dozens of lives in the conflict.

Cameraman Alaa Uldeen Aziz, 33, and soundman Saif Laith Yousuf were about 100 yards from the home of one of them Thursday when gunmen in two cars halted their vehicle and whisked them away, said ABC News Vice President Jeffrey Schneider.

Their bodies were found Friday at the Baghdad morgue. ABC said they did not know whether the pair were targeted because they worked for an American company.

Gunmen Disguised As Iraqi Soldiers Open Fire On Village

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Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms shot and killed 15 men Saturday in a Kurdish Shiite village northeast of Baghdad and a U.S. soldier was killed and another seriously wounded while searching for three comrades missing for a week after an ambush.

In Baghdad, at least three mortar shells or rockets slammed into the Green Zone after British Prime Minister
Tony Blair had arrived for talks with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other Iraqi leaders. One person was injured, but it was unclear how far Blair was from the blasts.

Clinton Avoids Discussing Past Role On Wal-Mart Board

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In 1986, Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, had a problem. He was under growing pressure from shareholders -- and his wife, Helen -- to appoint a woman to the company's 15-member board of directors.

So Mr. Walton turned to a young lawyer who just happened to be married to the governor of Arkansas, where Wal-Mart is based: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Actress Farrah Fawcett's Cancer Has Returned

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Farrah Fawcett, who was declared cancer-free in February, discovered this week the cancer has returned, PEOPLE has confirmed.

"She was completely devastated at first," says her close friend Craig Nevius, who produced the Chasing Farrah reality show. "And then, as is her way - as was the case the last time - she became much stronger and started dealing with it, and she's beginning to make a plan."

Ashes Of "Star Trek" Actor Doohan Recovered From Rocket Crash

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A rocket payload that flew briefly into space with ashes of astronaut Gordon Cooper and "Star Trek" actor James Doohan was recovered Friday in the New Mexico mountains.

The payload was found in its designated recovery zone 20 days after Farmington, Conn.-based UP Aerospace sent it up in a 20-foot rocket on April 28.

Two Of Three Missing Soldiers May Be Alive

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The top U.S. commander in Iraq thinks he knows who kidnapped three U.S. soldiers last weekend and believes that at least two of them are alive, the Army Times newspaper reported.

"We know who that guy is," Gen. David Petraeus said in an interview posted Saturday on the Army Times Web site. He did not give the man's name but described him as "sort of an affiliate of al-Qaida. He's the big player down in that area. We've tangled with him before."

Commander: At Least Two Of Missing US Troops Alive

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The top U.S. commander in Iraq thinks he knows who kidnapped three U.S. soldiers last weekend and believes that at least two of them are alive, the Army Times newspaper reported.

"We know who that guy is," Gen. David Petraeus said in an interview posted Saturday on the Army Times Web site. He did not give the man's name but described him as "sort of an affiliate of al-Qaida. He's the big player down in that area. We've tangled with him before."

Court Rules Taylor Can Keep "Looted" Van Gogh Painting

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor can keep a Van Gogh painting that may have been seized by the Nazis during World War II, a US appeals court has ruled.

The actress bought Vue de l'Asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Remy, estimated to be worth $10-15m (£5-8m), in 1963.

But the family of a previous owner said it had been looted and wanted it back.

Bush Admin Designs World's Largest, Most Expensive Embassy For Iraq

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The new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad will be the world's largest and most expensive foreign mission, though it may not be large enough or secure enough to cope with the chaos in
Iraq.

The Bush administration designed the 104-acre compound -- set to open in September in what today is a war zone -- to be an ultra-secure enclave. Yet it also hoped that downtown Baghdad would cease being a battleground when diplomats moved in.

Former GOP Lawmaker Arrested On Charges Of Raping Children And Legislative Pages

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Former Republican Rep. Ted Klaudt could spend the rest of his life in prison after turning himself in to authorities Friday on felony charges that include eight counts of rape involving foster children and former legislative pages.

Five girls told authorities they were assaulted by Klaudt, court documents state, although charges filed Friday involve only two of the girls.

Carter: Bush Admin's Foreign Policies "Worst In History"

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Former President Carter says President Bush's administration is "the worst in history" in international relations, taking aim at the White House's policy of pre-emptive war and its Middle East diplomacy.

The criticism from Carter, which a biographer says is unprecedented for the 39th president, also took aim at Bush's environmental policies and the administration's "quite disturbing" faith-based initiative funding.

President Carter: Bush Foreign Policy Impact "Worst In History"

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Former President Carter says President Bush's administration is "the worst in history" in international relations, taking aim at the White House's policy of pre-emptive war and its Middle East diplomacy.

The criticism from Carter, which a biographer says is unprecedented for the 39th president, also took aim at Bush's environmental policies and the administration's "quite disturbing" faith-based initiative funding.

Nancy Grace Of CNN Headline News Talks Baldwin, Hilton And Court TV Exit

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Love her or loathe her, Nancy Grace has been responsible for more than her fair share of compelling television moments. There was the time in 2003 during a Larry King Live broadcast when she found herself on the receiving end of a tirade courtesy of Scott Peterson's father, Lee, when he accused her of having a "personal vendetta" against his son (one of the rare instances she didn't strike back because, she says, thoughts of how her own father would have defended her made her hold her tongue). Her interview with Michael Jackson jury foreman Paul Rodriquez where she did little to hide her disgust and disbelief at the not guilty verdict garnered its fair share of criticism from the media but was a ratings winner. Last year, after her now-infamous grilling of Melinda Duckett, the mother of the two-year-old missing Florida toddler who killed herself after the interview, Grace wound up having to defend herself to other reporters for her prosecutorial approach -- which she did without apology. Duckett's family has since brought a wrongful death suit against her.

Grace, who was characterized earlier this week in the New York Times as the "former Georgia prosecutor with the chain-gang-and-magnolia Southern drawl," has remained resolutely undaunted.

Hollywood Hospital Adopts New Rules To "End The Dumping Of Homeless Patients"

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Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, whose discharge of a paraplegic man onto skid row earlier this year was widely publicized, says it will adopt new guidelines meant to end the dumping of homeless patients.

The hospital said Friday that it would create new protocols and provide more staff training for discharging homeless patients. The nation's largest HMO, Kaiser Permanente, announced similar reforms on Tuesday.

2,000 Applaud Moore's "Sicko" At Cannes

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"Sicko," Michael Moore's attack on the U.S. health care system, got a warm welcome at Cannes Saturday that marked the director's triumphant return to the film festival and a respite from the controversy his work has started at home.

More than 2,000 people applauded loudly after the film's first Cannes screening at the packed Grand Theatre Lumiere, the main festival auditorium.

Corporation Sold Personal Information Of Millions Of Elderly Americans To Known Scam Artists

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Richard Guthrie, a 92-year-old Army veteran, was one of those victims. He ended up on scam artists' lists because his name, like millions of others, was sold by large companies to telemarketing criminals, who then turned to major banks to steal his life's savings.

Mr. Guthrie, who lives in Iowa, had entered a few sweepstakes that caused his name to appear in a database advertised by infoUSA, one of the largest compilers of consumer information. InfoUSA sold his name, and data on scores of other elderly Americans, to known lawbreakers, regulators say.

Fired US Attorney Says He Was Fired For Not Pursuing Cases That Would Help GOP

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"I had a bad feeling about that lunch," said Iglesias, describing his meeting at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen with Patrick Rogers, a lawyer who provided occasional counsel to the New Mexico Republican Party.

When the voter fraud issue came up, Iglesias said, he explained to Rogers that in reviewing more than 100 complaints, he hadn't found any solid enough to justify criminal charges.

Gingrich Tells Grads To Challenge Separation Of Church And State In Public Schools

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"A growing culture of radical secularism declares that the nation cannot profess the truths on which it was founded," Gingrich said. "We are told that our public schools can no longer invoke the creator, nor proclaim the natural law nor profess the God-given quality of human rights.

"In hostility to American history, the radical secularists insist that religious belief is inherently divisive and that public debate can only proceed on secular terms," he said.

Basic Facts And Figures About Iraq Remain Unknown

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Iraq is the place where there are still wildly conflicting estimates of something as fundamental as how many civilians have died as a result of the war. It is a place where some government officials will swear that there are 348,000 wonderfully trained, motivated and equipped Iraqis in the security forces and other officials will tell you that most of those troops and police either have questionable loyalties, lack equipment or simply do not always report for duty.

The precision is very important: 348,000, according to Wednesday's update from the Pentagon. Or, perhaps, hundreds of thousands less. And the disagreements do not go away even when various groups agree on basic facts -- say, that the United States has now spent $8.9 billion of its own and Iraq's money on rebuilding the electricity and oil sectors, according to the latest figures from the Government Accountability Office.

DiCaprio Premieres Own Gore-Style Documentary At Cannes

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About a decade ago, when Leonardo DiCaprio was on the cusp of megastardom and Al Gore was the U.S. vice president, the two talked together about global warming.

Now an all-out environmental activist, DiCaprio has followed Gore's lead by bringing a climate change documentary to the Cannes Film Festival. DiCaprio co-produced and co-wrote "The 11th Hour," which explains how humans have changed the climate and how to fix the damage.