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Man accused of poisoned handshakes is acquitted
22 Jul 2006 source: cnn.com

MOUNT PLEASANT, Michigan (AP) -- A jury acquitted a man who had been charged with assault after authorities said an assistant prosecutor, police officer and courtroom bailiff got sick after shaking hands with him. John Curtis Ridgeway, 42, was seen pulling out a vial of liquid and rubbing his hands with the contents after a December jury trial in which he was found guilty of driving without insu ...


Judge: Women too late to sue over stolen embryos
22 Jul 2006 source: cnn.com

IRVINE, California (AP) -- A group of women anguished over having their eggs and embryos stolen and placed in other women were told by a judge it is too late to sue. Orange County Superior Court Judge Stephen J. Sundvold on Friday dismissed eight lawsuits sparked by the University of California Irvine fertility clinic scandal of the 1990s, saying the cases should have been filed within three yea ...


A lonely quest to solve 946 Georgia lynching
22 Jul 2006 source: cnn.com

MONROE, Georgia (AP) -- The dirt road that led to Moore's Ford bridge is paved now, and the creaky wooden bridge has been replaced with a sleek concrete span. But the black letters "KKK" sprayed on the new bridge's face offer an eerie reminder of the terrible events that happened here 60 years ago. Bobby Howard brushes back a leafy tree branch, revealing a half-dozen more racist scribblings. He sniffs his disgust, but he is not surprised. He has long forsaken his personal safety to f ...


Thousands march in anti-war protest
22 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Gideon Long LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of demonstrators marched through London and hundreds more gathered in Amsterdam and Chicago on Saturday to protest against Israeli attacks in Lebanon and the refusal of the U.S. and British governments to condemn them. Police said around 7,000 people joined the London protest as it snaked from the banks of the Thames to Hyde Park, first in brilliant sunshine and then in torrential rain. Many carried red and white Lebanese flags and placards condemni ...


Israel blasts its way into Lebanon
22 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Lin Noueihed MARJAYOUN, Lebanon (Reuters) - Israel ousted Hizbollah guerrillas from a stronghold just inside Lebanon on Saturday after several days of fierce fighting, the army said, as it bombarded targets across the south of the country. Ground forces commander Major-General Benny Gantz said Israeli soldiers took control of Maroun al-Ras, a hilltop village overlooking both sides of the border, where six Israeli commandos have been killed this week. Israel said it planned no full-scale in ...


Israel seizes Hizbollah base in Lebanon
22 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Lin Noueihed MARJAYOUN, Lebanon (Reuters) - Israel ousted Hizbollah guerrillas from a stronghold just inside Lebanon on Saturday after several days of fierce fighting, the army said, as it bombarded targets across the south of the country. Ground forces commander Major-General Benny Gantz said Israeli soldiers took the hilltop village of Maroun al-Ras, where six Israeli commandos have been killed this week, inflicting dozens of casualties on Hizbollah. Israel said it planned no full-scale  ...


Flintoff out for 2 weeks
22 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - England captain Andrew Flintoff will undergo ankle surgery early next week and is expected to be sidelined for 12 weeks, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Saturday. The diagnosis means he will miss the rest of the Pakistan series and the Champions Trophy in India from October 7 to November 5. "Andrew Flintoff saw a specialist on Saturday morning where it was decided that further surgery is required on his left ankle," the ECB said in a statement. "His rehabi ...


Arsenal say goodbye to Bergkamp
22 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal celebrated one of the most significant days in their 120-year history on Saturday with the opening of their dazzling new 60,000 all-seater Emirates Stadium for a friendly against Ajax Amsterdam. As well as ushering in a new era for the north London club, the match was something of a bitter-sweet occasion for Gunners fans as it marked the farewell and testimonial of Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp after 11 seasons with Arsenal. Bergkamp retired as a player a ...


UK minister criticises Israel attacks in Lebanon
22 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - A British government minister criticised Israeli attacks in Lebanon on Saturday, suggesting they were indiscriminate, in the strongest condemnation yet of Israeli action by a British official. Foreign Office Minister Kim Howells said Israeli air strikes on Lebanon in the past 11 days did not always appear to be just hitting Hizbollah targets. "These have not been surgical strikes. It's very, very difficult to understand the kind of military tactics that have been used," Howe ...


Shia workers shot dead in Iraq
22 Jul 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Seven Shia construction workers have been killed and one injured by gunmen in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Gunmen burst into a house they were working on in the western district of Khadra, a Sunni area, an interior ministry official told AFP news agency. At least eight other people were killed in attacks around Iraq, including two US soldiers and three Iraqi policemen. The violence came as a reconciliation committee, set up by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, met for the first time. The aim of th ...


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