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posted by November 8 at 7:29 AMon
Pakistan: Gen. Pervez Musharraf announced that parliamentary elections will be held before February 15, and that he will give up his military uniform before then to run as a civilian. The White House is cautiously optimistic—a sentiment the opposition party might share if 500 of its members weren’t rounded up and arrested during Musharraf’s announcement.
Mercenaries: A February Blackwater shooting incident was given only a cursory investigation by the U.S government. “It’s really surprising that Blackwater is still out there killing people,” said Mohammed Jasim, Iraqi Media Network’s deputy director. “This was absolutely a provoked incident,” said Blackwater spokeswoman Anne E. Tyrrell.
More Elections: In an attempt to end domestic unrest, Georgia president Mikheil Saakashvili has announced a special presidential election for January 5. The move knocks a year off his presidency.
Roofies for Tots: 4.5 million Chinese-made Aqua Dots bead toys have been recalled due to a coating that, once consumed, becomes GHB.
Blackhawk Down: Five dead, five injured after a U.S. Blackhawk helocopter crashed in northern Italy.
Supporting the Troops: According to a Veterans Affairs Department report, veterans make up 1/4 of the homeless population in the United States.
God Will Fix It: Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has urged the state’s citizens to pray in order to ease the state’s drought.
Progress, Kinda: The House passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act yesterday. It now faces a vote in the Senate, then a veto from President Bush.
Red Country: The national debt has reached a record of $9 trillion.
Big Brother: A former tech for AT&T says the company gave the federal government access to all web and phone traffic.
Student Scandal: UW student Amanda Knox told Italian authorities she was in the next room while her roommate was murdered. “The only thing I can say is that at a certain point I heard Meredith screaming,” she said. “I was scared and put my hands over my ears. I can’t remember anything else…I was in shock, but I could imagine what was going on.”
Over the Yellow Line: A Bethel School District bus driver has been held after pot and a handgun were found on her bus. Just six years ago, the same driver was called a hero for saving the lives of 22 children after an accident.
Moving On: Now that Proposition 1 has gone kablooey, state officials are working on a plan for a new 520 bridge.
Patty Has a Spine: Sen. Patty Murray will oppose the nomination of Michael Mukasky for U.S. attorney general.
Moneyball: The Seattle Mariners have signed a 12-year contract with Fox Sports Northwest. The deal is rumored to be worth $400 million.
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