Friday, March 17, 2006

In the News - Mar. 17

Witness tampering cited in Moussaoui case - 17 Mar 2006 at 7:38am - WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for two airlines being sued by 9/11 victims prompted a federal attorney to coach witnesses in the Zacarias Moussaoui death penalty trial so the government's case against the al-Qaida conspirator would not undercut their defense, victims' lawyers allege.

WP: GOP irritation at Bush brewing for long time - 17 Mar 2006 at 7:28am - President Bush's troubles with congressional Republicans, which erupted during the backlash to the Dubai seaport deal, are rooted in policy frustrations and personal resentments that GOP lawmakers say stretch back to the opening days of the administration.

Rumsfeld steadfast as unyielding Iraq war defender - 17 Mar 2006 at 11:44am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the craftsman and unyielding defender of the Iraq war, was recently asked how he thought history would treat him.

Military Investigating Deaths of 15 Iraqis - 17 Mar 2006 at 11:41am - The military will investigate allegations of potential misconduct by Marines during a bombing and firefight last November that left 15 Iraqi civilians dead, a top U.S. commander in Iraq said Friday. Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the number two U.S....

NAFTA panel again sides with Canada on softwood - 17 Mar 2006 at 12:06pm - U.S. lumber producers immediately complained that the ruling could eventually end duties on Canadian softwood, which they argue is subsidized. They called on Washington to fight the decision.

Judge accepts compromise deal on Moussaoui - 17 Mar 2006 at 3:05pm - ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The federal judge in the death penalty trial of al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui accepted a government compromise Friday that will allow prosecutors to present new witnesses about aviation security.

US-Iraqi forces find few rebels in air assault operation - 17 Mar 2006 at 2:31pm - AL-DAWR, Iraq (AFP) - Under the watchful eye of drone spy planes, joint US-Iraqi patrols surrounded and entered hamlets near Samarra on the second day of a major operation to root out insurgents.

States Win Suit to Stop New EPA Standards - 17 Mar 2006 at 2:27pm - ALBANY, N.Y. -- A federal appeals court sided with 14 states Friday and blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from going forward with new regulations activists say would lead to more air pollution from the nation's power plants and factories.

Senate panel to OK ANWR drilling bill by mid-May - 17 Mar 2006 at 1:03pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will approve legislation by mid-May to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, according to the panel's chairman.

'Rendition flights' landed in UK - 17 Mar 2006 at 12:57pm - Six US planes linked by campaigners to "extraordinary rendition" used UK airports, the government confirms.

General denies political motivation behind Iraq offensive - 17 Mar 2006 at 11:53am - U.S. and Iraqi troops scour the countryside around Samarra in their search for insurgents and foreign fighters. The U.S. military says "Operation Swarmer" is its largest air assault since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.


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