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Cuban dies in high-speed dash to Florida
8 Jul 2006 source: cnn.com

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- A woman died after the Coast Guard chased and captured a speedboat carrying 31 Cuban migrants and three suspected immigrant smugglers about 4 miles off the coast of Boca Chica, Florida, on Saturday, the Coast Guard said. The incident began about 6:30 a.m. when the Coast Guard gave chase to a "grossly overloaded" 36-foot boat, moving fast and without proper navigational lights, according to a Coast Guard statement. It was about 39 miles south of Key West. The ...


Bankers face extradition over Enron
8 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) - The government's top legal adviser on Saturday refused to intervene in the planned extradition of three former bankers to face Enron-related fraud charges in the United States. Attorney-General Lord Goldsmith rejected a last-minute call from the Conservative Party for the three to be prosecuted in Britain. The former NatWest bankers, David Bermingham, Gary Mulgrew and Giles Darby, say they could be bankrupted by the costs of defending themselves in the United  ...


Football: Campbell exits Arsenal
8 Jul 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Arsenal have announced that defender Sol Campbell is to leave the club so he can seek a "fresh challenge". Campbell, 31, made 197 appearances for the Gunners after joining the club from arch rivals Tottenham in 2001. "It is with a sense of pride, achievement and the desire for a fresh challenge that I depart," he said. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger added: "Sol has been a giant for us but we respect his decision to move on and of course, we are very sorry to see him go." Since his controversial  ...


Boxing: Skelton stuns Williams
8 Jul 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Matt Skelton out-boxed Danny Williams to relieve him of his Commonwealth heavyweight title in Cardiff. The fight was a rematch of their brutal February encounter, which Williams won on a spilt decision. Skelton went into the fight as a noted brawler but rather than mix it with the bulked-up Williams he kept out of range and jabbed his way to a points win. Williams weighed over 20 stone for the fight and rarely managed to catch up with Skelton to use his power. Before the bout both fighters w ...


GOP senator helped producer dodge sentence
8 Jul 2006 source: cnn.com

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a musician in his own right, helped secure the release of Atlanta R&B producer Dallas Austin from a United Arab Emirates jail after a drug conviction, the senator's office confirmed Saturday. In a statement released through his staff, the conservative Republican said he was contacted by Austin's attorneys, then called the ambassador and UAE consul in Washington on Austin's behalf. A Grammy winner who has produced hits for Madonna ...


Spacewalking astronauts out on limb
8 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two spacewalking astronauts spent Saturday twisting and bending at the end of a spindly pole to make sure the device provides a stable platform for future repair work on the U.S. space shuttle fleet. British-born shuttle astronaut Piers Sellers and American colleague Michael Fossum strapped their feet into a foot clamp and dangled from the end of a 100-foot (30-metre) boom. "It's like being in a very slow elevator," Sellers radioed to ground controllers as h ...


Germany cruise to third-place win
8 Jul 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Two long-range efforts from Bastian Schweinstieger ensured hosts Germany overcame Portugal to claim third place. Germany took the lead when midfielder Schweinstieger cut in from the left and drilled in a swerving shot. The Germans went two up when the lively Schweinsteiger's free-kick was sliced into his own net by Armando Petit. Schweinsteiger sealed the victory with another rasping shot from 25 yards and Nuno Gomes headed Portugal a late consolation after a Luis Figo cross. Goalkeeper Oliv ...


Israel rejects Hamas cease-fire call
8 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas called for a cease-fire with Israel on Saturday after 11 days of fierce Gaza fighting, but Israel said militants must first release a captured soldier and halt rocket attacks. An Israeli offensive in the Gaza strip has killed about 50 Palestinians, drawing international criticism. Israel killed seven Palestinians, including a 6-year-old girl, in Gaza on Saturday. Haniyeh said Israel's withdrawal from Gaza ...


Israel rebuffs Palestinian cease-fire call
8 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas called for a cease-fire with Israel on Saturday after 11 days of fierce Gaza fighting, but Israel said militants must first release a captured soldier and halt rocket attacks. An Israeli offensive in Gaza has killed about 45 Palestinians, drawing international criticism. Israeli airstrikes on militants on Friday killed six Palestinians, including a woman and her two children, one a six-year-old girl. "To  ...


No fine for senior who took too long to cross road
8 Jul 2006 source: cnn.com

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- An 82-year-old woman who was given a jaywalking ticket for taking too long to cross a busy street won't have to pay the $114 fine. Mayvis Coyle had become something of a sensation after her case was publicized in April. Senior citizen advocates were outraged at her treatment. News camera crews showed up at her door unannounced. Last week, however, Coyle received  ...


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