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Police: Teens die in New Orleans shootout
17 Jun 2006 source: cnn.com

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- Five people ranging in age from 16 to 19 were killed in a street shooting early Saturday, the most violent crime reported in this slowly repopulating city since Hurricane Katrina hit last August. All were believed to have been gunned down in a volley of bullets on a street in the Central City neighborhood, just outside the central business district. Three of the victims were found in a sport utility vehicle rammed against a utility pole and two were found nearby  ...


Ghana claim first African victory
17 Jun 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Simon Evans KAISERSLAUTERN (Reuters) - The United States and Italy fought out a tough 1-1 draw featuring three red cards at the World Cup on Saturday while Ghana claimed Africa's first victory at the finals, an upset 2-0 win over Czech Republic. Portugal qualified for the knockout stage for the first time since 1966, their 2-0 win over Iran meaning the Iranians will go home from Germany after the first round. Alberto Gilardino gave Italy the lead with a header in their Group E clash but an ...


CORRECTED: Top FIFA official admits reselling tickets
17 Jun 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

Please read in para three... Bhamjee, 62, the former president of the Botswana Football Association A corrected repetition follows. By Mike Collett BERLIN (Reuters) - A member of FIFA's executive committee has admitted selling World Cup tickets at three times their face value and has been ordered to leave Germany as soon as possible, world football's governing body said on Saturday. Ismail Bha ...


Gunshot tribute at Royal parade
17 Jun 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Four of the five Foot Guards regiments of the Household Division - the Welsh Guards, Grenadier Guards, Scots Guards and the Coldstream Guards - were on parade. The Massed Bands and the Mounted Bands of the Household Cavalry performed an array of rousing tunes. The Queen has attended Trooping every year during her reign except 1955 when it was cancelled because of the general strike. Ninety solders from the Coldstream Guards, Welsh Guards carried out the Feu de Joie. They held their rifles al ...


Safety fears as Shuttle date set
17 Jun 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Nasa is to launch the space shuttle Discovery on 1 July, despite warnings from senior safety officials and engineers that it is not safe to fly. A meeting held to set the launch date was split on whether the problem of foam chunks breaking away - which brought down the Columbia - was fixed. Safety officials said modifications carried out since the problem recurred a year ago were still not enough. But managers decided to go ahead, insisting the crew was not at risk. "There were very differen ...


Villepin less popular than Raffarin
17 Jun 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has plunged to a new low in the polls, dipping below his predecessor Jean-Pierre Raffarin and approaching a record low for France's conservatives, a survey showed on Saturday. The poll by IFOP polling agency for the Journal du Dimanche newspaper said Villepin's popularity rating had fallen to 23 percent from 28 percent a month ago, whi ...


McCartney learns what it's like to be 64|
17 Jun 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - As a young Beatle, Paul McCartney wondered what it would be like to be 64. On Sunday he will know. But far from the enduring love he described when, as a teenager, he wrote the Beatles' classic "When I'm Sixty-Four", McCartney finds his life in turmoil after he and second wife Heather Mills decided to separate after a four-year marriage. The separation is being played out in the full glare of publicity as intense as anything McCartney experienced during his  ...


Eriksson ready to change midfield
17 Jun 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is poised to break up Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard's partnership to ensure they play in the World Cup's last 16. Lampard and Gerrard, as well as Peter Crouch, face Sweden only a booking away from a suspension. Eriksson said: "If we had to win to go through I would probably risk all three, but we don't need to do that." Gerrard is thought most likely to be rested in midfield, while Wayne Rooney could start ahead of Crouch. Owen Hargreaves is favourite to  ...


Will L.A. see its alligator, later?
17 Jun 2006 source: cnn.com

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Where's Reggie? The elusive alligator who became the hero of song, shirt and short story hasn't been seen since the fall, but officials are ready to try more trapping if it rises from the reeds around an urban lake. Eight wranglers have failed to find him, and TV's "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin has offered his services for free. "He said he thought maybe he was going to be the successful crocodile hunter," said City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, whose dis ...


NASA sets launch date for space shuttle Discovery
17 Jun 2006 source: cnn.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- NASA managers on Saturday picked July 1 to launch the first space shuttle in almost a year for a test-flight mission that will try out inspection methods and repairs devised following the Columbia disaster. The countdown starts June 28. The launch of the seven crew members aboard Discovery in early July improved the chances that the 12-day mission would be extended by a day to add an important third space walk. The launch date was picked after two days of meeti ...


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