Wednesday, December 10, 2008

In the News: Dec-10 - Evening Edition

Auto rescue bill in peril, opposed by GOP senators - 10 Dec 2008 at 7:13pm - WASHINGTON -- The House pressed toward passage of a $14 billion bailout for the nation's imperiled auto industry Wednesday night, but the hard-fought deal between Democrats and the Bush White House was in jeopardy amid strong opposition from GOP senators.

September 11 families denounce Guantanamo trials - 10 Dec 2008 at 7:03pm - GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - Two dozen people who lost loved ones in the September 11 attacks issued a statement on Wednesday denouncing the Guantanamo war crimes trials as illegitimate, shameful and politically motivated.

Injured vets still await disability appeal process - 10 Dec 2008 at 5:38pm - FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- There was nothing dramatic about how Spc. Cristapher Zuetlau's career in the Army came to an end: he stepped in a hole. But the damage to the tank crewman's wrenched back was so brutal he can barely walk. The Army agreed he was no longer fit to serve, but in doing so determined his disability was not severe enough to warrant long-term care by the military. That turned his health care over to the Department of Veterans Affairs, which left him with no retirement benefits and cut off his family from government health care. Thousands of similar stories caused veterans advocates to protest that the military was manipulating disability ratings to save money, and Congress last year ordered the Pentagon to accept appeals from wounded and injured troops. So far, officials have yet to examine a single case.

U.S. Forces Kill 6 Afghan Police Officers by Mistake - 10 Dec 2008 at 7:10pm - A strike at a suspected Taliban commander led to what a U.S. official called a "tragic case of mistaken identity."


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