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Scandals prompt call for new GOP House leadership
6 Jan 2006 source: cnn.com

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In what could be the death knell for Rep. Tom DeLay's hopes of returning to the House leadership and a wake-up call to the current GOP leaders, some moderate and conservative Republicans are officially calling on the House Republican leadership to hold elections in early February, CNN has learned. The effort is being spearheaded by conservative Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, and moderate Rep. Charlie Bass, R-New Hampshire. The two are circulating a petition. Under House Repu ...


Henry says he is staying at Arsenal
6 Jan 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal captain Thierry Henry has ended speculation about his future by pledging to remain with the team. "The truth is I love this club and I have made up my mind to stay," the France striker was quoted as saying in the Sun. "I can say to all my fans and the people who care about me, I want to lead the team out in the new stadium (next season). I'll talk to (manager) Arsene Wenger, to (vice-chairman) David Dein and the board and talk of the future. "My mind is to stay and  ...


Collectors go bananas for fruity $20 bill
6 Jan 2006 source: cnn.com

DALLAS, Texas (AP) -- An ordinary fruit sticker that mysteriously ended up on a $20 bill could spur currency collectors to bid up to 1,000 times the bill's face value at an auction Friday. The flawed bill bears a red, green and yellow Del Monte sticker next to Andrew Jackson's portrait. The bill originated at a U.S. Treasury Department printing facility in Fort Worth, but how the fruit tag found its way onto the greenback is unknown. "I've collected for probably seven years now and nothing co ...


Off-road vehicles threaten rare butterfly, suit alleges
6 Jan 2006 source: cnn.com

RENO, Nevada (AP) -- Conservationists sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday seeking protection for a rare butterfly they say is threatened by off-road vehicles at one of the largest sand dunes in the West. Environmentalists want the agency to declare the Sand Mountain blue butterfly an endangered species because, they say, its habitat is being destroyed at the only place it is known to live -- the Sand Mountain Recreation Area in western Nevada. The Bureau of Land Management con ...


UK warns citizens of worsening Gaza violence
6 Jan 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain advised its citizens on Friday to leave Gaza unless they have round-the-clock professional bodyguards because of worsening violence in the territory. The warning came a week after three Britons were kidnapped in the territory, which was turned over to Palestinian control when Israel withdrew its troops and settlers last year. New Foreign Office travel advice for Israel and the Palestinian territories said all British citizens should leave Gaza unless they have "adequ ...


"Sex tourist" jailed for African abuse
6 Jan 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - A 56-year-old man described by prosecutors as the worst "sex tourist" ever to be tried in London was jailed on Friday for abusing boys in Africa and the Britain. Alexander Kilpatrick was given an open-ended sentence at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to 16 charges ranging from possession of indecent images to rape of a child under 13 years. Judge Roger Chapple placed no limit on the sentence to protect the public, police said. Kilpatrick must serve a ...


Blair vows to stay as Conservative threat grows
6 Jan 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tony Blair, facing a fight for the centre ground with a Conservative opposition revived under its new leader, on Friday vowed to stay in office until he has seen through a programme of reforms. Polls show youthful Conservative leader David Cameron is making headway in moving to the middle ground in his bid to oust the Labour Party at the next election, expected in 2009. Already Cameron's success looks to have put pressure on the leader of ...


Surgeons stop Sharon's cranial bleeding - hospital
6 Jan 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Surgeons stopped renewed bleeding in Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's brain in an emergency operation on Friday but he remained in critical condition two days after a massive stroke, a doctor said. Sharon was rushed into surgery when fresh bleeding developed on Friday morning. After an operation lasting nearly five hours, Shlomo Mor-Yosef, director of Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital, said the most acute symptoms had been alleviated. "During the surge ...


Bush: U.S. economy the envy of the world
6 Jan 2006 source: cnn.com

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- President Bush shrugged off a report showing weaker-than-expected job growth on Friday and declared that "the American economy heads into 2006 with a full head of steam." Bush rattled off a string of recent government reports suggesting a growing U.S. economy, and he used his speech to the Chicago Economic Club to prod Congress to extend his administration's tax cuts that are due to expire. "In 2005, the American economy turned in a performance that is the envy of th ...


Bleeding in Sharon's brain stopped
6 Jan 2006 source: cnn.com

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Bleeding in Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's brain has been stopped and scans show improvement Friday after a third round of surgery to treat a major stroke, a hospital official said. The 77-year-old leader remained in critical condition, according to Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, director general of Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital. The third surgery lasted more than four hours. "The intracranial pressure was reduced," Mor-Yosef said. "Some of the clots were drained from the pre ...


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