Historical Timeline


1 A.D. - 1389 A.D.         1390 A.D. - 1889 A.D.
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1989 A.D. - 1999 A.D.    2000 A.D. - 2001 A.D.
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2006 A.D.    2007 A.D.
The Future

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   "Most newspaper article events happen anywhere from days, to months, to years before they reach publication. Consequently, most newspaper articles on this timeline are preceded by the date of the newspaper in which they appear." [E.M.]      *Color Code

August 2007

2007 - Astronomic Configuration - August 1st, 2007: "Sun [8 Leo], Moon [7 Pisces], Mercury [23 Cancer], Venus [2 Virgo R], Mars [26 Taurus], Jupiter [9 Sagittarius R.], Saturn [25 Leo], Uranus [18 Pisces R], Neptune [20 Aquarius R], Pluto [26 Sagittarius R.], Chiron [13 Aquarius R]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200708.html]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 1st, 2007: "Stocks fell Tuesday [07/31/07] after troubled American Home Mortgage Investment Corp. said it lacks cash to fund new loans and traders speculated Apple Inc. will cut production of its widely touted iPhone. The Standard & Poor's 500 index posted its biggest monthly decline in three years. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Mortgage lender's lack of cash, Apple rumor spook stocks), p C5, S.L.P.D., 08/01/07]

2007 - Wildfires / Canary Islands - August 1st, 2007: "14,000 evacuated amid fires on Canary Islands" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A12, S.L.P.D., 08/01/07]

2007 - Major Earthquake / Vanuatu - August 1st, 2007: "A major earthquake occurred at 17:08:51 (UTC) on Wednesday, August 1st, 2007. The magnitude 7.2 event [Location: 15.736°S, 167.745°E; Depth 120 km (74.6 miles) set by location program] @ VANUATU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007fmba.php] - [T.D. - 08/05/07]

2007 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - August 1st, 2007: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 01 Aug 2007 at 11:53:44 PM GMT is: $8,933,943,441,569.60. The estimated population of the United States is 302,591,053 so each citizen's share of this debt is $29,524.81. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $1.40 billion per day since September 29, 2006! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House!

[Based on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] - [T.D. - 08/01/07]

2007 - Israeli Stipend / Holocaust Survivors - August 1st, 2007: "An Israeli government offer of a new $20 monthly stipend for Holocaust survivors provoked outrage Tuesday [07/31/07], with survivors charging that the meager allowance will do nothing to make up for years of neglect of the 240,000 Israelis who lived through Nazi horrors. [....] The new payment is in addition to government support already given to survivors, including those deemed physically or psychologically handicapped, and regular pension payments of about $487 a month." [Based on: A.P. article (Holocaust survivors blast Israeli stipend), p A12, S.L.P.D., 08/01/07]

2007 - Trivia / 2004 Beslan Seige, Russia  - August 1st, 2007: "[....] A final official report on the events of Sept. 1-3, 2004, has not been released. [....] Dozens of survivors insist the explosions that sparked the malestrom came from outside the building. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Video after Beslan siege raises new questions), p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/01/07]

2007 - Censured / Retired U.S. General - August 1st, 2007: "Retired general [Lt. Gen. Philip Kensinger] censured [07/31/07] in Tillman death" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/01/07]

*Trivia: "Rumsfeld denies cover-up [08/01/07] in Tillman death" [Based on: Title for Cox News Service article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/02/07]

2007 - Wins Dow Jones / Rupert Murdoch - August 1st, 2007: "In locking up Dow Jones & Co. for $5 billion late Tuesday [07/31/07], Rupert Murdoch ensured that his vast influence would be felt in the business world for years to come - as it is by hundreds of millions of global TV viewers, moviegoers and Internet users. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Murdock wins Dow Jones), p C1, S.L.P.D., 08/01/07]

2007 - Help on the Way? / Darfur, Sudan - August 1st, 2007: "Help for Darfur is on way ['before the end of the year'] / U.N. will send 26,000 peacekeepers to try to end the four years of violence that has taken the lives of 2000,000 in the beleaguered region of Sudan. ['... and displaced more than 2 million in four years.']" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/01/07]

2007 - Leaves Northern Ireland / British Army - August 1st, 2007: "British army leaves Northern Ireland ['formerly ended its 38-year mission' Tuesday, 07/31/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/01/07]

2007 - Violates Immigrant Detention Rules / U.S.A. - August 1st, 2007: "The U.S. government has violated its own immigrant detention standards, denying some Salvadoran detainees access to legal materials, telephones and attorney visits, a federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled. [....] The U.S. Department of Justice plans to appeal." [Based on: News Services article (Judge finds U.S. violates immigrant detention rules), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/01/07]

2007 - Now Looks Broader / 2001 U.S. Intelligence Order - August 1st, 2007: "2001 intelligence order now [07/31/07] looks broader / Bush aide [Mike McConnel], defending Gonzales, lets out details on series of security derectives that had been secret." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/01/07]

2007 - Rises in Time of War / Child Abuse in Military Families, U.S.A. - August 1st, 2007: "Child abuse in military families rises in time of war, study ['funded by the Army'] shows" [Based on: Title for Newsday article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/01/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 2nd, 2007: "Stocks rose Wednesday [08/01/07] after a rally in computer and consumer shares lifted the Dow Jones industrial average 150 points [to 13,362.37] in the last 20 minutes of trading. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Last-minute rally helps to lift Dow average 150 points), p C4, S.L.P.D., 08/02/07]

2007 - Toy Recall / Fisher-Price - August 2nd, 2007: "83 kinds of toys face recll over lead / Fisher-Price says they were painted by Chinese vendor." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/02/07]

2007 - Settlement / Marathon Oil Corp. - August 2nd, 2007: "Marathon Oil Corp. will pay a million fine to settle allegations that it tried to manipulate the price it paid for crude oil in 2003 to help boost profits, federal regulators said Wednesday [08/01/07]. [NP] The Commodity Futures Trading Commission said Houston-based Marathon tried to influence the price of crude imported to Cushing, Okla., in November 2003." [Based on: Article (Price manipulation case is settled with $1 million), p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/02/07]

2007 - Market Share Trivia / U.S. Carmakers - August 2nd, 2007: "U.S. carmakers' market share falls below 50 percent for the first time / GM, Ford and Chrysler's share drops to 49.7 percent for July." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/02/07]

*Trivia: "Auto suppliers find their prosperity overseas" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/02/07]

2007 - Bridge Collapse / Minneapolis, MN - August 2nd, 2007: "Mississippi River bridge collapsees [about 6:05 p.m. CST] in Minneapolis [08/01/07]" [Based on: Title for Star Tribune article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/02/07]

*Trivia: "Reports from Russia’s Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics located in Irkutsk are reporting today that their Siberian Solar Radio Telescope (SSRT) detected a ‘massive’ ultra low frequency (ULF) ‘blast’ emanating from Latitude: 45° 00' North Longitude: 93° 15' West at the ‘exact’ moment, and location, of a catastrophic collapse of a nearly 2,000 foot long bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota. [....] Russian Military reports state that the total collapse of such a massive bridge, and in the absence of evidence linking its destruction to terrorist activity, could only have been accomplished by an acoustic weapon, of which the United States Military is known to possess. [NP] These reports further state that one of the United States primary research organizations into acoustic weapons research is Augsburg College, and which is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and most importantly less than 1 mile from the Interstate 35W Bridge collapse. [....]" [Based on: Article: (Massive ULF ‘Blast’ Detected In US Bridge Collapse Catastrophe) By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers]

*Link: http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1026.htm [T.D. - 08/16/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Tatar Strait, Russia - August 2nd, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 02:34:42 (UTC) on Thursday, August 2nd, 2007. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 47.179°N, 141.768°E; Depth 5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program] @ TATAR STRAIT, RUSSIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007fnad.php] - [T.D. - 08/05/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Is., Alaska - August 2nd, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 03:21:45 (UTC) on Thursday, August 2nd, 2007. The magnitude 6.7 event [Location: 51.349°N, 179.994°W; Depth 39.4 km (24.5 miles) @ ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007fnag.php] - [T.D. - 08/05/07]

2007 - File for Bankruptcy Protection / Two Bear Stearns Co. Hedge Funds - August 2nd, 2007: "2 hedge funds ['Two Bear Stearns Cos. hedge funds'] throw in the towel [07/31/07] / SQUEEZE Funds were heavily invested in subprime mortgages. / FREEZE Company moves to prevent withdrawals from a third fund." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for A.P. article, p C1, S.L.P.D., 08/02/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 3rd, 2007: "Stocks rallied for the third time this week on Thursday after consumer and media companies reported better-than-forecast earnings. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Consumer, media earnings reports help boost markets), p B9, S.L.P.D., 08/03/07]

2007 - Monsoon Rains / Bangladesh - August 3rd, 2007: "Monsoon rains devastate Bangladesh ['for more than a week']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/03/07]

*Trivia: "Flooding in north [India] kills at least 186 [and drove 19 million from their homes]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A24, S.L.P.D., 08/04/07]

*Trivia: "Food dropped to millions cut off by flooding / South Asian floods have killed more than 225 people." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A15, S.L.P.D., 08/05/07]

*Trivia: "Death toll rises [surpassing 2,000] from this year's monsoons [South Asia]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A24, S.L.P.D., 08/11/07]

2007 - Settlement / Morgan Stanley - August 3rd, 2007: "Morgan Stanley is paying $6.1 million in a settlement with securities regulators who accused the investment firm of overcharging retail brokerage customers on bond sales in 2001, it was announced Thursday. [....]" [Based on: Article (Morgan Stanley - Bond case settled), p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/03/07]

2007 - Hearing No-Show / Karl Rove - August 3rd, 2007: "Karl Rove, the president's senior political adviser, failed to show up for Senate Judiciary Committee hearing so panel members instead grilled a White House political aide [Scott Jennings - 08/02/07] about the firings of U.S. attorneys." [Based on: Left Column news summary article (NO-SHOW ROVE), p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/03/07]

2007 - Forest Fires / Southern Europe - August 3rd, 2007: "The forest fires that ravaged southern Europe last month, fed by dry conditions that turned woods into tinder, were some of the worst on record, the European Commission said Thursday. [NP] About 2,100 square miles of forest have burned already this year, close to the 2,230 square miles consumed all of last year, the EU executive said." [Based on: News Services article (Forest fires said to be among the worst on record), p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/03/07]

2007 - Russian Expedition / Artic Ocean - August 3rd, 2007: "Russian expedition [08/02/07] reinforces claim to much of Artic Ocean" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/03/07]

2007 - Scientists Raise Alarm / Bisphenol A - August 3rd, 2007: "In an unusual effort targeting a single chemical, several dozen scientists on Thursday [08/02/07] issued a strongly worded consensus statement warning that an estrogenlike compound in plastic is likely to be causing serious reproductive disorders in people. [NP] The compound, bisphenol A or BPA, is one of the highest-volume chemicals in the world and has found its way into the bodies of most human beings. [....] The statement, published online by the journal Reproductive Toxicology, was accompanied by a study by researchers from the national Institute of Health findining uterine damage in newborn animals exposed to BPA. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Scientists raise alarm on chemical), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/03/07]

2007 - Buyouts Offered / St. Louis Post-Dispatch - August 3rd, 2007: "Post-Dispatch offers [08/02/07] its workers a buyout ['early retirement packages' - 'the second round of buyouts ... offered in the last two years.']" [Based on: Title for Staff Reports article, p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/03/07]

2007 - Conviction / "Unpremeditated" Murder, U.S. Marine - August 3rd, 2007: "Marine [Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins] is convicted [08/02/07] in murder of Iraqi ['last year in Hamandiya']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/03/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 4th, 2007: "Stocks tumbled Friday [08/03/07] on evidence that losses in the mortgage market may slow the economy and reduce bank profits, sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its worst three-week retreat since 2003. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Mortgage market fallout continues to take a toll), p A35, S.L.P.D., 08/04/07]

2007 - Launch / Mars Lander - "Phoenix has left Earth. The robotic Mars lander began its 9 month journey to the Red Planet this morning when a Delta II rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral at 5:26 am EDT. Signals received by the Deep Space Network indicate the craft is on course and in good condition: [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=08&day=04&year=2007&view=view]

2007 - Discovery? / Aztec Tomb - August 4th, 2007: "Archaeologists believe they have found Aztec tomb [containing the remains of Emperor Ahuizotl - 'who was likely cremated on a funeral pyre in 1502.']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A23, S.L.P.D., 08/04/07]

2007 - Linked to Dementia / Acid-Inhibiting Drugs? - August 4th, 2007: "Elderly black people who are chronic users of acid-inhibiting drugs in the family that includes Zantac, Pepcid and Tagamet have 2 1/2 times the normal risk of developing dementia, Indiana University researchers reported Friday [08/03/07]. [NP] The drugs block production of stomach acid by inhibiting histamine-2 receptors; the stomach releases hydrochloric acid when stimulated by histamines. But they also inhibit the brain's cholinergic system, which is involved in memory and cognition. Low levels of Cholinergic activity have been linked to dementia. In the past, there have been hints that the drugs, known as histamine-2 receptor antagonists, might be linked to dementia, but previous studies have come down on both sides of the question, said Dr. John Morris of Washington University in St. Louis, who was not involved in the study. [NP] 'This is certainly not the final word on the potential risk of these drugs,' he said. 'But what it tells us is that, for older adults, drug use should be considered very carefully.' [NP] GlaxoSmithKline, which manufactures Tagamet and Zantac, did not return calls seeking comment. [NP] The study did not look at Caucasians. [NP] The study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. It was conducted by Dr. Malaz Boustani." [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Study ties stomach, dementia), p A18, S.L.P.D., 08/04/07]

2007 - Unconstitutional / Search of Capitol Hill Office - August 4th, 2007: "Court ['U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit'] says ['In a 3-0 ruling' - 08/03/07] FBI violated Constitution in search ['of Rep. William J. Jefferson's Capitol Hill office last year.']" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p A18, S.L.P.D., 08/04/07]

2007 - Foot-& Mouth Disease / Cattle, Southern England - August 4th, 2007: "Foot-and-mouth [Disease] found in cattle on farm [southern England - 'British authorities said Friday' - 08/03/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A24, S.L.P.D., 08/04/07]

2007 - Convicted of Rape & Murder / Army Pfc. Jesse Spielman - August 4th, 2007: "Soldier [Army Pfc. Jesse Spielman] convicted [08/03/07] of rape, murder in Iraq slayings [Mahmoudiya, Iraq - 03/12/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A21, S.L.P.D., 08/04/07]

*Trivia: "Soldier [Pfc. Jesse Spielman] gets 110 years [sentenced - 08/04/07] in rape of Iraqi girl" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 08/05/07]

2007 - Barred from Kroger Stores / Milk Treated with Monsanto Co's Posilac Bovine Growth Hormone - August 4th, 2007: "Kroger bars milk [by February 2008 in all stores] from cows treated with growth drug ['also known as rBST'] / JUST SAY NO * Big grocery chain joins ranks of those who say consumers don't want product. / REACTION * FDA says all milk is the same; Monsanto urges federal action, warns of hit to sales." [Based on: Article Title & Subtitles, p A33, S.L.P.D., 08/04/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Vanuatu- August 5th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 09:28:42 (UTC) on Sunday, August 5th, 2007. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 19.161°S, 168.720°E; Depth 59.7 km (37.1 miles)] @ VANUATU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007frah.php] - [T.D. - 08/11/07]

2007 - Hurts Coral Reefs / Oil Spill Cleanup - August 5th, 2007: "Oil spill cleanup hurts coral reefs, researchers say / Chemicals used are more toxic to the organisms than the oil, study ['current issue of the journal Environmental Science & Technology'] says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/05/07]

2007 - Uncovered / Cause of Rosacea - August 6th, 2007: "Study ['published Sunday in the online edition of the journal Nature Medicine'] uncovers cause of rosacea / Abundance of abnormal skin proteins [cathelicidin] brings on blotchy skin condition." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 08/06/07]

2007 - Home Searched? / Thomas Tamm - August 6th, 2007: "FBI agents searched the home of former Justice Department lawyer Thomas Tamm last week in an effort to determine who leaked details of the warrantless eavesdropping program to the news media, Newsweek magazine reported Sunday [08/05/07]. [....] In December 2005, The New York Times published a story exposing the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program to eavesdrop on international telephone calls and e-mails of U.S. residents." [Based on: News Services article (lawyer's home reportedly is searched in leak case), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/06/07]

2007 - C-Class Solar Flares / Sunspot 966 - August 6th, 2007: "Tiny sunspot 966 is suddenly crackling with C-class solar flares. Amateur astronomers with solar telescopes may wish to monitor developments."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=08&day=06&year=2007&view=view]

2007 - Trivia / Foot-And-Mouth Disease Outbreak, England - August 6th, 2007: "Possible source of animal virus found / British search labs [southern England - 08/05/07] in connection with foot-and-mouth disease outbreak." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/06/07]

*Trivia: "Ban on livestock is eased after virus is located ['isolated ... to a region near a government laboratory and a private company that developed vaccines for the disease.']." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A12, S.L.P.D., 08/09/07]

*Trivia: "Foot-and-mouth outbreak is traced to pipe at lab ['facility in Pirbright, Surrey']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 09/06/07]

2007 - Solar Wind Stream - August 7th, 2007: "A high-speed solar wind stream hit Earth on August 6th sparking a moderate geomagnetic storm and auroras bright enough to pierce the twilight in Valkeakoski, Finland: [....] "The 2007 autumn aurora season has finally begun," says photographer Tom Eklund. [NP] Earth is still inside the solar wind stream, but the storm is subsiding. Bright auroras are unlikely tonight. August 9th is the next night to be alert; that's when another solar wind stream is due to arrive."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=08&day=07&year=2007&view=view]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 7th, 2007: "Wall Street surged higher in a volatile session Monday [08/06/07], offsetting the losses it incurred Friday but showing more fractiousness than conviction in an advance that lifted the Dow Jones industrial average 286 points [to 13,468.78 - 08/06/07], its biggest gain in nearly five years. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Dow posts biggest gain in five years in frenzied trading), p C3, S.L.P.D., 08/07/07]

2007 - More Talks / U.S. & Iran - August 7th, 2007: "U.S., Iran talk about security issues in Iraq [08/06/07]." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/07/07]

2007 - New AIDS Drug / Selzentry - August 7th, 2007: "FDA OKs new Pfizer AIDS drug [Selzentry - 08/06/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/07/07]

2007 - "Deals Done" Trivia  / U.S.A. - August 7th, 2007: "Venture capatilists and entrepreneurs closed nearly 1,000 deals totaling $7.1 billion in the United States during the second quarter, marking the biggest burst of activity in nearly six years. [....] Venture capitalists spread the money across 977 deals, the most completed during a three-month period since the third quarter of 2001." [Based on: Article ($7.1 billion in deals done), p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/07/07]

2007 - From Asia? / Earliest Europeans - August 7th, 2007: "Earliest Europeans may have hailed from Asia [See: Monday's online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - 08/06/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/07/07]

2007 - Trivia / "21st Century" Socialism? - August 7th, 2007: "[....] According to an economic blueprint for the next six years, free-market capitalism's influence will wane with the rise of state enterprises and mixed public-private firms called social production companies. The goal is to generate money for community programs. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Chavez puts his own spin on '21st century' socialism) by Juan Forero, p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/07/07]

2007 - Hurricanes Trivia / Atlantic Ocean - August 7th, 2007: "Twice as many hurricanes in Atlantic now ['compared with 100 years ago'], study finds ['published online July 30 in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London.']" [Based on: Title for New Services article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/07/07]

2007 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Pakistan - August 7th, 2007: "Bush sidesteps Pakistan issue [08/06/07] / President declines to say whether he would wait for Pakistan's OK to take action there." [Based on: Title for New Services article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/07/07]

2007 - Meet in West Bank / Olmert & Abbas - August 7th, 2007: "Olmert, Abbas meet in West Bank [08/06/07]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/07/07]

2007 - Fined / Two Units of American Express Co. - August 7th, 2007: "[....] American Express Bank International and Travel Related Services Co. were cited for failing to set up an adequate program to identify and report money laundering, according to a statement Monday [08/06/07] by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network." [Based on: Article ($65 million fine over money laundering law), p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/07/07]

2007 - Brought Back to Life / Antartic Microorganisms - August 7th, 2007: "Microorganisms in old ice ['Antartic ice for 100,000 years'] are brought back to life [findings are reported in Monday's online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - 08/06/07]" [Based on: Title for New Services article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/07/07]

2007 - Travel Warning / Israeli Citizens in Muslim Countries - August 7th, 2007: "Israeli security officials on Monday [08/06/07] warned citizens traveling in Egypt, Jordan and other Muslim countries to leave immediately because of a 'concrete and severe' threat of terrorist attacks. [....]" [Based on: Title for New Services article (Officials warn travelers to leave Muslim countries), p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/07/07]

2007 - Files for Bankruptcy / American Home Mortgage Investment Corp. - August 7th, 2007: "Another lender bites the dust / American Home Mortgage files for bankruptcy [08/06/07] in a murky mortgage market. / Big creditors include giants like Deutsche bank and JPMorgan Chase." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for A.P. article, p C1, S.L.P.D., 08/07/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 8th, 2007: "Energy, financial and utility shares rose Tuesday [08/07/07] on the Federal Reserve's bullish economic outlook, helping the Standard & Poor's 500 index post its best two-day gain since 2003. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Fed outlook helps energy, financial and utility stocks), p B7, S.L.P.D., 08/08/07]

2007 - Trivia / Japanese Automakers - August 8th, 2007: "Japanese automakers widened their profit-making gap over the Detroit Three last year by 32 percent, according to a study released Tuesday [08/07/07]" [Based on: A.P. article (Japanese automakers extend lead), p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/08/07]

2007 - Trivia / American Forces, Iraq - August 8th, 2007: "American military force reaches record level, 162,000 / New troops are rotating in before old troops head home." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/08/07]

2007 - Jewish Settlers Ousted / Hebron - August 8th, 2007: "Israeli security forces armed with sledgehammers, chain saws and power clippers smashed through the fortified doors of a building in the city of Hebron on Tuesday [08/07/07] to evict two Jewish families and hundreds of supporters. [....] Three settlers had sealed themselves inside a concrete bunker, and it took three hours to drill through a wall to get them out. [....] Hebron, a frequent flashpoint of tension between Israelis and Palestinians, is home to about 500 Jewish settlers living in heavily guarded enclaves among some 160,000 Palestinians. Clashes between the sides are frequent." [Based on: A.P. article (Israelis smash through barricades to oust Jewish settlers, backers from Hebron), p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/08/07]

2007 - Removed / Concord Bank CEO - August 8th, 2007: "State removes Concord Bank CEO / Dennis Geoghegan is barred from banking; he has appealed." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Article, p B1, S.L.P.D., 08/08/07]

2007 - Trivia / Nuclear Test Ban Treaty - August 8th, 2007: "The mid-Pacific nation of Palau has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, bringing to 139 the number of countries that have endorsed the pact. [NP] The treaty bans all nuclear explosions. It will not enter into force until it has been ratified by 44 states listed in an annex that took part in a 1996 conference. [NP] The holdouts are China, Columbia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, North Korea and the United States." [Based on: News Services article, p A10, S.L.P.D., 08/08/07]

2007 - Liftoff / Space Shuttle Endeavour - August 8th, 2007: "Space shuttle Endeavour blasted off from Cape Canaveral last night at 6:36 pm EDT carrying a new truss segment and 5,800 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station. [....] The two-week construction mission commences in earnest on Friday when the shuttle reaches the ISS. Bon voyage, Endeavour!"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=08&day=09&year=2007&view=view] 

2007 - Major Earthquake / Java, Indonesia - August 8th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 17:04:58 (UTC) on Wednesday, August 8th, 2007. The magnitude 7.5 event [Location: 5.968°S,  107.655°E; Depth 289.2 km (179.7 miles)] @ JAVA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007fubd.php] - [T.D. - 08/11/07]

2007 - Seeking Guantanamo Prisoners Release [Five British "Residents"] / Britian - August 8th, 2007: "Britain seeks return of 5 Guantanamo prisoners" [Based on: Title for Chicago Tribune article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/08/07]

2007 - Guilty of Backdating / Former Brocade Communications Systems CEO - August 8th, 2007: "Ex-CEO found guilty [08/07/07] of backdating / Gregory Reyes - Guilty on 10 counts of defrauding investors" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Article, p B1, S.L.P.D., 08/08/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 9th, 2007: Stocks continued their recovery from a three-week rout Wednesday [08/08/07] after Cisco Systems Inc. raised its sales forecast and speculation increased that banks and house builders may have weathered the worst of the subprime mortgage shakeout. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (Banks and Cisco lead continuing recovery in market), p C3, S.L.P.D., 08/09/07]

2007 - Trivia / Artic Seabed Rights - August 9th, 2007: "Canada's leader heads to Artic / Five nations are competing for rights to the area's natural resources." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/09/07]

2007 - U.S. Raid / Shiite Stronghold - August 9th, 2007: "U.S. forces attack Shiite stronghold [Sadr City - 08/08/07]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 08/09/07]

2007 - Tallest Person in the World / Ukraine - August 9th, 2007: "8-foot-5 man [37-year-old Leonid Stadnikis, Ukraine] called tallest person in world" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/09/07]

2007 - Plague of Voles / Castille-Leon, Spain - August 9th, 2007: "A plague of voles ['an estimated 7.5 million] has farmers burning their fields / Spanish officials are desperate to  get rid of vermin feasting on crops." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/09/07]

2007 - U.S. Census Trivia / Whites in Minority? - August 9th, 2007: "Whites in minority in nearly a tenth of U.S. counties [as of 2006]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Stephen Ohlemacher, p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/09/07]

2007 - Played Down Risk / Bisphenol A, U.S.A. - August 9th, 2007: "[....] The government panel's conclusioins will be reviewed by other scientists and eventually used by the National Toxicology Program to issue recommendations to government regulatory agencies. [....]" [Based on: Cox News Service article (U.S. panel plays down risk from bisphenol A), p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/09/07]

2007 - Torrential Rains & Tornado / New York City - August 9th, 2007: "Torrential rains [3.5 inches], tornado ['packing 135-mph winds'] disrupt New York [08/08/07] / Subway system shuts down. Flash flood leads to a death." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Newsday article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/09/07]

2007 - Sentenced to Life in Prison / Chinese Official - August 9th, 2007: "Provincial official [Hu Xing, China] gets life [08/08/07] for taking bribes ['accused of accepting more than $3.5 million in bribes']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A12, S.L.P.D., 08/09/07]

2007 - Paleontology Trivia / Homo erectus & Homo habilis - August 9th, 2007: "[....] The discovery by Meave Leakey ... shows that two species of early human ancestors [Home erectus & Homo habilis] lived at the same time in Kenya. That pokes holes in the cheif theory of man's early evolution: that one of those species [Homo erectus] evolved from the other [Homo habilis]. [....] The old theory is that the first and oldest species in our family tree, Homo habilis, evolved into Homo erectus which then became human, Homo sapiens. But Leakey's find suggests those two earlier species lived side by side about 1.5 million years ago in parts of Kenya for at least half a million years. She and her research colleagues report the discovery in a paper published in today's edition of the journal Nature. [NP] The paper is based on fossilized bones found in 2000. The complete skull of Homo erectus was found within walking distance of an upper jaw of Homo habilis, and both date from the same general time period. That makes it unlikely that Homo erectus evolved from Homo habilis, researchers said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Fossils of two human ancestors seem to show our evolution was No straight line, by Seth Borenstein, p A1 & A9, S.L.P.D., 08/09/07]

2007 - Trivia / Pakistan - August 10th, 2007: "Musharraf backs away from declaring a state of emergency / Pakistani leader has been ridiculed, seen as weak for considering such action." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 08/10/07]

2007 - Solar Wind Stream - August 10th, 2007: "Earth is entering a high-speed solar wind stream, and this is causing high-latitude geomagnetic storms. Sky watchers from Scandinavia to Alaska should be alert for auroras tonight." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=08&day=10&year=2007&view=view]

2007 - Trivia / Afghan Heroin - August 10th, 2007: "U.S. dedicates $50 million to battle Afghan heroin" [Based on: Title for Article, p A10, S.L.P.D., 08/10/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 10th, 2007: "Stocks tumbled Thursday [08/09/07] as subprime mortgage contagion and hedge fund losses halted a three-day rally and sent brokerage shares to their worst rout since 2002. [the Dow average fell 2.8 percent to 13,270.68]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (European stampede leads U.S. stocks off cliff / 'The fear is feeding on itself'), p B1, S.L.P.D., 08/10/07]

2007 - Tire Recall / Chinese Importer - August 10th, 2007: "Importer [Foreign Tire Sales Inc.] will recall Chinese-made tires" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/10/07]

2007 - Trivia / Bridge Integrity, U.S.A. - August 10th, 2007: "[....] As searchers combed the river for victims, federal officials looking into the cause of the collapse [Minneapolis Bridge] issued an advisory for states to inspect the metal plates, or gussets, that hold gliders together on bridges nationwide. [NP] Investigators said the gussets on the failed Minneapolis bridge were originally attached with rivets - old technology more likely to slip than the bolts used in bridges today. [NP] Some of the gussets also may have been weakened by welding work over the years, and some may have been too thin, engineering experts said Thursday." [Based on: A.P. article (More bodies pulled from Minnesota bridge debris), p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/10/07]

2007 - Apology for Censorship / AT&T - August 10th, 2007: "AT&T says censoring Pearl Jam [08/05/07] was wrong / Song lyrics [sung to the tune of Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick in the Wall'] criticizing President Bush ['George Bush, leave this world alone' & 'George Bush find yourself another home'] were cut from webcast of concert." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/10/07]

2007 - Announces Candidacy / Cindy Sheehan - August 10th, 2007: "War protestor [Cindy Sheehan] will run against Pelosi" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/10/07]

2007 - Settlement / General American Life Insurance Co. - August 10th, 2007: "General American settles late trading case / St. Louis-based Metlife subsidiary, former executive will pay nearly $3.5 million" [Based on: Title for Article, p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/10/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 11th, 2007: "Stocks recovered from a global sell-off Friday, erasing most of the Dow Jones industrial average's 213-point drop, after the Federal Reserve added $38 billion to banks to stem a crisis of confidence in credit markets. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (Stocks rally from rout after fed's cash infusion), p A31, S.L.P.D., 08/11/07]

2007 - Trade Surplus / China - August 11th, 2007: "Trade surplus [China] soars [67 percent ($22.4 billion) in July]" [Based on: Title for Article, p A28, S.L.P.D., 08/11/07]

2007 - Trivia / Chinese Toys - August 11th, 2007: "Chinese toys are out this year [U.S.A.] / Retailers are scrambling for U.S. -, Europe-made replacements." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A29, S.L.P.D., 08/11/07]

2007 - Car Bomb / Kirkuk, Iraq - August 11th, 2007: "Car bombing at Iraqi market [Kirkuk 08/10/07] kills 11 [wounding 45]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p A26, S.L.P.D., 08/11/07]

2007 - U.N. Mediation Role / Iraq - August 11th, 2007: "U.N. vote [08/10/07] expands mediation role in Iraq, border countries" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p A26, S.L.P.D., 08/11/07]

2007 - Signs of Trouble? / U.S. Banks - August 11th, 2007: "SEC checks big banks for signs of trouble" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A30, S.L.P.D., 08/11/07]

2007 - Fed. Infusion / U.S. Banking System - August 11th, 2007: "Fed's infusion [08/10/07] aims to stem market bleeding / Central bank pours $38 billion into banking system, but investors remain jittery." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p A30, S.L.P.D., 08/11/07]

2007 - Damage to Tiles / Space Shuttle Endeavour - August 11th, 2007: "Damage to shuttle's [Endeavour's] tiles ['The gouge - about 3 inches square'] causes concern [discovered 08/10/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A22, S.L.P.D., 08/11/07]

2007 - Hurricane Flossie / Central Pacific Ocean - August 11th, 2007: "Hurricane Flossie was building in strength as it barreled across the Central Pacific Ocean on August 11, 2007. [....] The Category 4 hurricane had a distinct eye surrounded by spiraling arms of clouds. By August 13, Flossie had quieted slightly, its winds dropping to 110 knots. As of August 13, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center predicted that Flossie would track northwest across the Pacific, its outer fringes possibly skimming the Hawaiian Islands between August 14 and August 16. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14441]

2007 - Shiite Stronghold / Iraq - August 12th, 2007: "Stronghold in Iraq / Shiite militia grows bolder, more volatile, more powerful" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article by lauren Frayer, p A11, S.L.P.D., 08/12/07]

2007 - Perseid Meteor Shower - August 12th, 2007: "The Perseid meteor shower is underway. Don't panic, the peak doesn't occur until August 12th and 13th, but already a dozen or more shooting stars per hour may be seen during the dark hours before dawn. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.php] - [T.D. - 08/11/07] 

2007 - Life Span Trivia / U.S.A. - August 12th, 2007: "Americans are living longer than ever, but not as long as people in 41 other countries. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Life spans soar, but U.S. falls behind / We're No. 42 - Japan, Europe, small nations do more to improve health.), p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/12/07]

2007 - U.S. Visit / President of France - August 12th, 2007: "French president visits Bush compound [08/11/07] / Leaders emphasize close France-U.S. ties despite policy differences." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/12/07]

2007 - "Children's Parliament" / Congo - August 12th, 2007: "[....] Launched in 2002, the U.N. initiative has since taken on a life of its own, with 150 members and little day-to-day adult supervision. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article ('Children's Parliament' is a beacon of justice in impoverished Congo), p A12, S.L.P.D., 08/12/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Santa Cruz Islands - August 12th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 12:05:24 (UTC) on Sunday, August 12th, 2007. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 11.350°S, 166.160°E; Depth 81 km (50.3 miles)] @ Region SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007fyaw.php] - [T.D. - 08/13/07]

2007 - SUV Tax? / London, England - August 13th, 2007: "London mayor [Ken Livingstone] wants $50 daily SUV tax / Mayor Livingstone ... says targeted vehicles make biggest contributions to global warming." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Chicago Tribune article by Tom Hundley, p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/13/07]

2007 - Status / Space Shuttle Endeavour - August 13th, 2007: "Two shuttle tiles show significant damage [NASA said Sunday]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/13/07]

2007 - Suicide / Toy Company Executive, China - August 13th, 2007: "Toy company [Lee Der Industrial Co. Ltd] executive [Zhang Shuhong] commits suicide ['over the weekend']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/13/07]

2007 - 9th Victim Recovered / Minneapolis Bridge - August 13th, 2007: "9th victim recovered [08/12/07] from bridge collapse / Replacement bridge could be completed by late next year, officials say." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/13/07]

2007 - Concerns? / Hebrew-English Charter School - August 13th, 2007: "Hebrew-English charter school [Ben Gamla Charter School - Florida, set to open August 20th] raises questions / Anti-Defamation League, Americans United for Separation of Church and State have concerns." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/13/07]

*Trivia: "[....] The school district will work with the Ben Gamla Charter School in Hollywood, Fla., to ensure the separation of church and state, Schools Superintendent James Notter said." [Based on: News Services article (Charter school can resume teaching Hebrew), p A6, S.L.P.D., 09/12/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / West of Macquarie Island- August 13th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 10:27:27 (UTC) on Monday, August 13th, 2007. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 60.368°S, 152.858°E; Depth 26.3 km (16.3 miles) set by location program ] @ WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007fzav.php] - [T.D. - 08/16/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 14th, 2007: "Wall Street gave up a moderate gain in late trading and closed marginally lower Monday [08/13/07] after the Federal Reserve and other central banks added more cash to their banking systems, helping investors set aside some concerns about credit tightness. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (More cash infusions to banking systems calm U.S. markets), p C3, S.L.P.D., 08/14/07]

2007 - Settlement / HCA Inc. - August 14th, 2007: "[....] Nashville, Tenn., HCA did not admit wrongdoing." [Based on: Article (Suit will cost $20 million), p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/14/07]

2007 - Bridge Collapse / China - August 14th, 2007: "Bridge ['over the Jiantuo River'] suddenly gives [08/13/07], killing 14, injuring 22" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/14/07]

2007 - Will Resign / Karl Rove - August 14th, 2007: "White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove carries his luggage from Air Foirce One on Monday in Waco, Texas. Rove, who will resign at the end of August, and his family are in Texas to vacation with the president at his Crawford ranch." [Based on: AFP/Getty Images caption, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/14/07]

2007 - Train Derailed by Explosion / Russia - August 14th, 2007: "Passenger train ['traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg'] derailed by explosion [08/13/07]; 27 injured" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/14/07]

*Trivia: "Bomb derails Russian high-speed train, injuring 60" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A10, S.L.P.D., 08/15/07]

2007 - Heavy Rain & Flooding / North Korea - August 14th, 2007: "Hundreds dead, missing [at least 200] in storms [North Korea], media report" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/14/07]

*Trivia: "Flood death toll doubles to more than 600 [North Korea]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/26/07]

2007 - Settlement / Banc One Advisors Corp. - August 14th, 2007: "SEC settlement nets investors [of certain Banc One mutual funds] $55.6 million" [Based on: Article Title, p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/14/07]

2007 - Report to Prison / John & Timothy Rigas - August 14th, 2007: "Ex-Adelphia execs  [John & Timothy Rigas] report to prison [08/13/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/14/07]

2007 - Receives $3 Billion / Global Equity Opportunities Fund - August 14th, 2007: "Goldman Sachs Group on Monday said a group of investors that includes Eli Broad and Hank Greenberg will sink $3 billion into one of its biggest hedge funds [Global Equity Opportunities] that has seen its value plunge amid market volatality. [....] The 2.7 trillion hedge fund industry uses investments from wealthy individuals and institutions to make bets on stocks and other securities using sophisticated investment strategies. [....]" [Based on: Article (Goldman Sachs hedge fund receives $3 billion), p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/14/07]

2007 - Two South Korean Hostages Released / Afghanistan - August 14th, 2007: "Taliban release two South Korean hostages [Kim Ji-na & Kim Kyung-ja]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/14/07]

2007 - Power Politics? / Iran  - August 15th, 2007: "[....] For years, Iran's power in the Middle East was held in check through a combination of U.S. sanctions and a long war in the 1980s with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. That war was fuled with aid to Iraq from the United States and Sunni Arab nations that feared the growing influence of the Islamic Republic and the potential expansion of its hard-line theological revolution. [NP] But the U.S.-led military ouster of Saddam in Iraq and the Taliban in Afghanistan during the Bush administration opened a new chapter for Tehran. Now, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has forged cordial relationships with Iraq's new Shiite-dominated government and with Karzai. Last week, the Afghan president rebuffed President George W. Bush's attempts to characterize Iran as a destabilizing force in the region, contending in a CNN interview that Iran had been 'a helper' on fighting terrorism and narcotics. [NP] Just as worrisome for Sunni Arab governments in the Middle East, Ahmadinejad's tough talk against the U.S. and Israel has won Iran growing popularity in the Sunni Muslim world. Tehran now sees itself poised to become the dominant power broker in the Mideast." [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Iran tries hand at power politics / Tehran maneuvers to become the dominant player in Middle East.], p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/15/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 15th, 2007: "Stocks tumbled after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its profit forecast, money managers continued to suspend investor redemptions and the Fortress Investment Group LLC hedge fund said takeovers have dried up. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (Wal-Mart forecast, redemption denials take toll on markets), p B7, S.L.P.D., 08/15/07]

2007 - Toy Recall / Mattel Inc. - August 15th, 2007: "Mattel Recalls nearly 10 Million Toys / Playing it safe / Latest flap over lead, tiny magnets shakes confidence in brands." [Based on: Title for Philadelphia Inquirer article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/15/07]

2007 - Deadly Bombings / Iraq  - August 15th, 2007: "Four blasts in Iraq kill 175 from small sect ['Yazidi community in Qahataniya] / 200 hurt - Attack is deadliest against civilians in a year. / Bridge bomb - Span linking Baghdad to oil fields plunges into canal." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for Los Angeles Times article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/15/07]

*Trivia: "Blasts may have killed up to 500 / It's unclear how bombings fit into Iraq's political and ethnic rivalries." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 08/16/07]

2007 - Civilian Casualties / Somalia - August 15th, 2007: "31 civilians killed [60 wounded] in fighting [Mogadishu, Somalia], group says" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/15/07]

2007 - Earthquake & Hurricane / Hawaii - August 15th, 2007: "Hawaii hit by quake [5.4]; hurricane [Flossie] on the way / No injuries reported from tremors; up to 10 inches of rain is expected on state's largest island." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/15/07]

2007 - Warning Labels Trivia / Diabetes Drugs - August 15th, 2007: "Diabetes drugs [Avandia & Actos] will be labled with warnings ['about a risk of heart failure to some patients']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/15/07]

2007 - Benjamin Netanyahu / Likud Party, Israel - August 15th, 2007: "[....] The M.I.T.-educated Netanyahu is tough on defense issues and hands-off on the economy, and has been trying to position himself somewhere in the political center." [Based on: Title News Services article (Netanyahu wins race to lead Likud Party), p A10, S.L.P.D., 08/15/07]

2007 - Sunni Insurgents Become Al-Qaida Targets / Iraq - August 15th, 2007: "Former Sunni insurgents become top targets of al-Qaida in Iraq / They face a backlash after partnering with U.S. forces." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/15/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Is., Alaska - August 15th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 20:22:13 (UTC) on Wednesday, August 15th, 2007. The magnitude 6.5 event [Location: 50.568°N, 177.507°W; Depth 21.2 km (13.2 miles) (poorly constrained)] @ ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007gbb3.php] - [T.D. - 08/16/07]

2007 - Great Earthquake / Near Coast of Central Peru - August 15th, 2007: "A great earthquake occurred at 23:40:56 (UTC) on Wednesday, August 15th, 2007. The magnitude 8.0 event [Location: 13.358°S, 76.522°W; Depth 30.2 km (18.8 miles) set by location program] @ NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007gbcv.php] - [T.D. - 08/16/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 16th, 2007: "The stock market buckled Wednesday [08/15/07] and erased all of this year's gains for the Standard & Poor's 500 index ['dropped for a third day, losing 19.84, or 1.4 percent, to, 1,406.70] on speculation the nation's biggest mortgage lender [Countrywide Financial Corp.] may be forced into bankruptcy. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (Countrywide fears crush year's gains for S&P 500 index), p C3, S.L.P.D., 08/16/07]

2007 - Tropical Storm Erin / Texas - August 16th, 2007: "The summer of 2007 saw record rainfall and flooding across parts of Texas. Tropical Storm Erin, which made landfall just north of Corpus Christi on August 16, added even more heavy rain to the region. Corpus Christi had already received over 18 inches of rain in July, a record for the month. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14450]

2007 - No Increased Risk / Abortion Pill - August 16th, 2007: "No increased risk from abortion pill [RU-486], study finds / It's found to be equal to surgical method in impact on later pregnancies." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A1 & A4, S.L.P.D., 08/16/07]

2007 - Hurricane Dean / Atlantic Ocean - August 16th, 2007: "When TRMM captured this image [see link] at 9:20 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on August 15, Dean was still a tropical storm with sustained winds estimated at 50 knots (58 mph) by the National Hurricane Center. By the next day, Dean had grown into a full hurricane and was forecast to be the first major hurricane of the season. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14446] 

2007 - "Infested" with Drugs / Many Schools, U.S.A. - August 16th, 2007: "Many schools 'infested' with drugs, report [conducted at Columbia University] says." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 08/16/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Near Coast of Central Peru - August 16th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 05:16:58 (UTC) on Thursday, August 16th, 2007. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 14.250°S, 76.061°W; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] @ NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007gcb7.php] - [T.D. - 08/16/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Solomon Islands - August 16th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:39:27 (UTC) on Thursday, August 16th, 2007. The magnitude 6.7 event [Location: 9.715°S, 159.335°E; Depth 1.8 km (1.1 miles) (poorly constrained)] @ SOLOMON ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007gccj.php] - [T.D. - 08/16/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Near Coast of Central Peru - August 16th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 11:35:30 (UTC) on Thursday, August 16th, 2007. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 14.395°S, 76.154°W; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles)] @ NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007gccv.php] - [T.D. - 08/16/07]

*Trivia: "Peru quake death toll eclipses 500 as nation seeks aid" [Based on: Title  for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article by Tyler Bridges, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/17/07]

2007 - Expanded Access / Spy Satellite material, U.S.A. - August 16th, 2007: "America expands access to its spy satellite material / Law enforcement, emergency response and border control agencies will benefit." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/16/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 17th, 2007: "Stocks rose Thursday [08/16/07] after a closing rally in banks and securities firms helped restore about $369 billion to the Standard & Poor's 500 index and $105 billion to the Dow Jones industrial average. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (Securities firms and banks bounce back, help restore value), p B9, S.L.P.D., 08/17/07]

2007 - Coal Trivia / Venezuela - August 17th, 2007: "Chavez sends Peabody stock on wild ride / Venezuelan president's call for nationalizing coal resources keeps investors jittery." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Article, p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/17/07]

2007 - U.S. Military Aid / Israel - August 17th, 2007: "The United States offered Israel an unprecedented $30 billion of military aid over 10 years on Thursday [08/16/07], bolstering its closest Mideast ally and ensuring the state's military edge over its neighbors long into the future. [NP] The package was meant in part to offset U.S. plans to offer Saudi Arabia advanced weapons and air systems that would greatly improve the Arab country's air force. Israel has said it has no opposition to the Saudi aid. [NP] The deal represents a 25 percent rise in U.S. military aid to Israel, from a current $2.4 billion a year to $3 billion a year over the next 10 years. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. offers $30 billion in military aid to Israel), p A14, S.L.P.D., 08/17/07]

2007 - Tropical Storm Erin / Texas - August 17th, 2007: "Texas hit by Tropical Storm Erin, more rain" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/17/07]

2007 - Suicides Trivia / U.S. Soldiers - August 17th, 2007: "Active-duty soldiers committed suicide last year at the highest rate in 26 years, with nearly one-third of those taking their lives doing so while deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Thursday [08/16/07]. [NP] A report said that there had been 99 suicides confirmed among active-duty soldiers last year, up from 88 in 2005. Of those, 70 percent were under the age of 25; 51 percent were never married. Another 948 attempted suicide last year. [NP] The report said that depression and hopelessness drove soldiers to commit suicide but said that post-traumatic stress disorder related to combat experiences was not a major cause. [NP] But Col. Elspeth Ritchie, a psychiatry consultant to the Army surgeon general, acknowledged that being deployed can effect how soldiers deal with personal issues, such as a failed relationship or financial problems. [NP] 'Very often, a young soldier gets a "Dear John" or "Dear Jane" letter and then takes his weapon and shoots himself,' Ritchie said at a Pentagon news conference. [NP] Critics said the report underscored the military's failure to meet the mental health needs of soldiers serving longer deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, often with shorter breaks." [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Pentagon says don't blame suicides on combat stress), p A12 [bottom left corner - next to large 3/4-page iPhone add], S.L.P.D., 08/17/07]

2007 - Super Typhoon Sepat / Taiwan - August 17th, 2007: "Super Typhoon Sepat came ashore in Taiwan on August 17, 2007, after bringing torrential rain and flooding to the Philippines the day before. Flights to and from Taipei, Taiwan’s capital, were canceled and Chinese authorities were taking emergency measures in anticipation of the powerful typhoon coming ashore on the mainland, said news reports. The typhoon was classified as Category Five typhoon, at the very top of the scale, with sustained winds of 184 kilometers per hour (114 miles per hour), according to CNN. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14449]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Banda Sea - August 17th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 03:04:03 (UTC) on Friday, August 17th, 2007. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 5.272°S, 129.513°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] @ BANDA SEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007gdav.php] - [T.D. - 08/19/07]

2007 - Wild Oats Buyout / Judge Won't Block - August 17th, 2007: "A federal judge in Washington on Thursday gave a tentative green light to premium grocer Whole Foods Market Inc.'s plan to buy rival Wild Oats Markets Inc., rejecting arguments the deal would stifle competition and lead to higher prices. [....] U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman's reasoning was filed in a 93-page document that was sealed because it contains corporate secrets." [Based on: Article (Judge won't block Wild Oats buyout), p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/17/07]

2007 - Label Change / Blood-Thinner Warafin - August 17th, 2007: "FDA to change label for blood-thinner warfin / Labels will now carry information on genetic testing, which will help doctors determine safer doses." [Based on: Title  & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/17/07]

2007 - Set ot Erupt? / Pavlof Volcano, Alaska - August 17th, 2007: "Volcano [Pavlof] may be set to erupt, scientists say [08/16/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/17/07]

2007 - Ailing Ashcroft Pressured? / March 2004 - August 17th, 2007: "" [Based on: New York Times article (Notes detail how ailing Ashcroft was pressured), p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/17/07]

2007 - Terrorism Conspiracy Charges / Jose Padilla - August 17th, 2007: "In a significant victory for the Bush administration, a federal jury found Jose Padilla guilty of terrorism conspiracy charges Thursday [08/16/07] after little more than a day of deliberation. [....] The government's chief evidence was a faded application form that prosecutors said Padilla, 36, filled out to attend an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan in 2000. [....] The dirty bomb allegations were not mentioned during Padilla's three-month trial, nor was his military confinement. That is because the government said that it had gotten the information about the dirty bomb plot by questioning other terrorism suspects abroad, and federal rules of evidence prohibit or limit the use of information obtained during such interrogations. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Padilla verdict a victory in Bush's war on terror), p A1 & A5, S.L.P.D., 08/17/07]

2007 - 10 1/2-year Low / House Construction, U.S.A. - August 17th, 2007: "House construction hits 10 1/2-year low / Building drops in all parts of the country except the Midwest, government says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/17/07]

2007 - Safe to Fly Home? / Space Shuttle Endeavour - August 17th, 2007: "NASA says Endeavour safe to fly home despite gouge" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/17/07]

2007 - Takes out Loan / Countrywide Financial Corp. - August 17th, 2007: "Countrywide's $11.5 billion loan shocks the industry / Mortgage lender takes out a loan so it can still make housing loans. / Move disturbs financial markets and could make borrowing more difficult." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for A.P. article, p B1, S.L.P.D., 08/17/07]

2007 - Introduced for Super Rich / Private Stock Market - August 17th, 2007: "[....] Any private firm can list on Nasdaq's new platform, which is called the Portal Market, and raise money by selling stock to an elite group of shareholders. These companies would remain private and not have to make public their financial statements or submit to federal regulation, such as the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate accountability law. [....] The boom in private money has beome so important to the financial system that major investment banks, including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers and Citigroup, are setting up rival private stock markets of their own. But none is as large as Portal, which listed the shares of about 600 firms on its first day of trading Wednesday. [....] The private market, Marks [Howard S. Marks, chairman of Oaktree Capital] said, shields companies from regulation and from wild swings in their share prices that are caused by a temporary drop in earnings or a bad rumor. [NP] In just a few years, Nasdaq officials predict, stock offerings on private markets will far exceed IPOs on public exchanges. [....] Portal is the first centralized private stock market for an elite class of investors called Qualified Institutional Buyers, or 'QIBs,' that was created in 1990 by securities rule 144A. This law defined QIBs as investing institutions with at least $100 million in assets. It also allowed private companies to raise money by selling shares only to QIBs and remain exempt from regulatory scrutiny. These firms, however, disclose their financial statements to their investors. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Private stock market is introduced for super rich) by David Cho, p B8, S.L.P.D., 08/17/07]

2007 - Solar Eruption - August 18th, 2007: "Although the sun is near the lowest ebb of its 11-year activity cycle, spectacular eruptions are still possible. NASA's Stereo-A spacecraft recorded one just last week [photo looks like an eagle?] on August 18th. [....]" [Note: My brackets text. - D.R.D.]

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=08&day=24&year=2007&view=view]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 18th, 2007: "The biggest rally in four years for the Standard & Poor's 500 index helped the stock market wipe out most of the week's losses after the Federal Reserve reduced the discount loan rate. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (Rally helps replace Standard & Poor's 500 index's losses), p A35, S.L.P.D., 08/18/07]

2007 - Strategic Bombers Overseas / Russia - August 18th, 2007: "Putin sends strategic bombers over oceans ['for the first time since the Soviet breakup']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A23, S.L.P.D., 08/18/07]

2007 - High Lead Levels / Baby Bibs Made in China - August 18th, 2007: "High lead levels found in toy store [Toys 'R' Us] baby bibs ['made in China']" [Based on: Title & Subtitles for A.P. article, p A20, S.L.P.D., 08/18/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Southeast of the Loyalty Islands - August 18th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 12:32:20 (UTC) on Saturday, August 18th, 2007. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 22.192°S, 174.716°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] @ SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007gea5.php] - [T.D. - 08/19/07]

2007 - Foreign Relations / PLO & Hamas - August 19th, 2007: "Palestinian president fires Hamas officials" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A14, S.L.P.D., 08/19/07]

2007 - Kidnapped / German Aid Worker, Afghanistan - August 19th, 2007: "German aid worker kidnapped [08/18/07] / Negotiations over South Korean hostages fail, Taliban says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A16, S.L.P.D., 08/19/07]

2007 - Won't Cover Hospital Mistakes / Medicare, U.S.A. - August 19th, 2007: "Medicare says it won't cover hospital mistakes ['objects left in a patient during surgery; blood incompatibility; air embolism; falls; mediastinitis, which is an infection after heart surgery; urinary tract infections from using catheters; pressure ulcers, or bed sores; and vascular infections from using catheters.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/19/07]

2007 - Flooding / Midwest U.S.A. - August 20th, 2007: "[....] Six people died in Minnesota, six more in Oklahoma and one in Texas. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (At least 13 are killed in Midwestern floods), p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/20/07]

*Links: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14466

2007 - Elections Trivia / Kazakhstan - August 20th, 2007: "Governing party [Nur Otan (Light of the Fatherland) - Kazakhstan] wins every contested seat" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A10, S.L.P.D., 08/20/07]

2007 - Cancer Fighting Foods / Red & Blue? - August 28th, 2007: "Natural pigments that give certain fruit and vegetables a rich red, purple or blue colour act as powerful anti-cancer agents, according to a study by American scientists. [NP] The compounds, found in foods such as aubergines, red cabbage, elderberries and bilberries, restricted the growth of cancer cells and in some cases killed them off entirely, leaving healthy cells unharmed. [....] The research was presented yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston. [....]" [Based on: Article: (Forget eating your greens: red and blue foods are the cancer fighters / · Health properties detected in new laboratory tests / · Pigment can slow growth or even kill tumour cells) by Ian Sample, science correspondent The Guardian Monday August 20, 2007]

*Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2007/aug/20/sciencenews.cancer - [T.D. - 08/28/07]

2007 - Death Toll / Minneapolis Bridge Collapse - August 20th, 2007: "Another body recovered [08/19/07] from collapsed bridge ['bringing the confirmed death toll to 12']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/20/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Philippine Islands Region - August 20th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 13:46:17 (UTC) on Monday, August 20th, 2007. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 6.166°N, 127.426°E ; Depth 8 km (5.0 miles) set by location program] @ PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007ggaz.php] - [T.D. - 08/25/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge - August 20th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 22:42:29 (UTC) on Monday, August 20th, 2007. The magnitude 6.5 event [Location: 8.021°N, 39.274°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] @ Region CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007ggcq.php] - [T.D. - 08/25/07]

2007 - Freed  (Rescued) / German Hostage, Afghanistan - August 20th, 2007: "Afghan police free German woman who was kidnapped at restaurant ['Police have said Taliban militants were not behind the abduction ....']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/20/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 21st, 2007: "Retail, mining, and railroad shares carried most stocks to their third straight advance Monday on growing confidence the Federal Reserve will assuage turmoil in credit markets and keep the economy growing. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (Stocks advance on retail, railroad and mining shares), p C3, S.L.P.D., 08/21/07]

2007 - Governor Fatality / Iraq - August 21st, 2007: "In Iraq, another governor [Mohammed Ali al-Hassani] is slain by roadside bomb [08/20/07] / Sen. Levin calls for al-Maliki's removal." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/21/07]

2007 - Power Outages / Central Gaza - August 21st, 2007: "Tens of thousands of Gaza Strip residents were without electricity Monday after the European Union stopped paying to supply fuel to a Gaza power station serving more than a fourth of the coastal enclave. [NP] It was not clear whether the European aid, cut off to deny the radical Hamas movement money, would be resumed or how long power outages in central Gaza would go on. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Action by EU leaves much of gaza in dark), p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/21/07]

2007 - Kept Secret / Uranium Spill, U.S.A. - August 21st, 2007: "A three-year veil of secrecy in the name of national security was used to keep the public in the dark about the handling of highly enriched uranium at a nuclear fuel processing plant [Erwin, Tennessee] - including a leak that could have caused a deadly uncontrolled nuclear reaction. [NP] The leak turned out to be one of nine violations or test failures since 2005 at privately owned Nuclear Fuel Services Inc., a longtime supplier of fuel to the Navy's nuclear fleet. [NP] The public was never told about the problems when they happened. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission revealed them for the first time last month when it released an order demanding improvements at the company, but no fine. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Uranium spill was kept secret in the name of security) by Duncan Mansfield, p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/21/07]

2007 - Sunspot 969 - August 22nd, 2007: " New sunspot 969 'looks good,' says Cai-Uso Wohler of Bispingen, Germany. His photo of the 'spot taken this morning through a Coronado SolarMax60 reveals a bushy magnetic filament emerging from the sunspot's dark core: [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=08&day=22&year=2007&view=view]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 22nd, 2007: "Stocks rebounded for a fourth day Tuesday [08/21/07] on speculation the Federal Reserve will manage to defuse the crisis in credit markets. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Market rallies for fourth day on confidence in Fed), p B5, S.L.P.D., 08/22/07]

2007 - Fined / St. Louis Zoo - August 22nd, 2007: "Zoo [St. Louis, Mo.] fined in deaths of polar bears [Churchill & Penny] / The Action - $7,500 penalty imposed by USDA is the first in Zoo's history. / The Reaction - PETA calls it a slap on the wrist, wants exibit shut down." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/22/07]

2007 - CIA Failures - Pre-911 - August 22nd, 2007: "Behind the veil: CIA's failures before 9/11" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article by warren P. Strobel, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/22/07]

2007 - "Overlay" Ads / YouTube - August 22nd, 2007: "Overlay ads make site [YouTube] debut / Starting today, the popular video-sharing website will offer semitransparent 'overlay' ads at the bottom of selected videos." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/22/07]

2007 - Trivia / wikiscanner.virgil.gr - August 22nd, 2007: "[....] Wired News reported last week that Virgil Griffith ... has created a website called wikiscanner.virgil.gr, that makes it much easier to trace changes made to Wikipedia text. The site cross-references editing changes with the computer network on which the change originated. [....]" [Based on: Opinion Page article (Collective wisdom), p D10, S.L.P.D., 08/22/07]

2007 - Dog Treats Pulled / Wal-Mart - August 22nd, 2007: "2 dog treats are pulled ['Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading on July 26.']" [Based on: Title for article, p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/22/07]

2007 - Released / Iranian-American, Iran - August 22nd, 2007: "Iranian-American scholar [Haleh Esfandiari] is released [['on bail set at the equivalent of $333,000, according to Iranian news agencies.'] in Tehran" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p A10, S.L.P.D., 08/22/07]

2007 - Trivia / CIA Wiretapping Program - August 22nd, 2007: "Vice president Dick Cheney's office acknowledged it has documents that 'may be responsive' to an investigation into a secret eavesdropping program, although it indicated it would not turn over the papers without a fight. [....] Leahy's committee on June 27 subpoenaed the Justice Department, National Security Council and the offices of the president and vice president for documents relating to the National Security Agency's legal justification for the wiretapping program." [Based on: A.P. article (Cheney may not hand over documents), p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/22/07]

2007 - Safe Landing / Space Shuttle Endeavour - August 22nd, 2007: "Shuttle lands safely [08/21/07] despite heat tile gouge" [Based on: Title for Houston Chronicle article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/22/07]

2007 - Will Close / Contentious Anti-Terror Database, U.S.A. - August 22nd, 2007: "Contentious anti-terror database will be closed [Sept. 17th]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/22/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 23rd, 2007: "Wall Street showed nascent confidence in the credit markets Wednesday [08/22/07], surging higher  in response to a pullback in Treasuiries and an increaase in borrowing by banks. Investors saw both trends as signs that the Federal Reserve's efforts to loosen up the credit market might be working. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (Market zooms upward on faith in Fed's credit efforts), p B5, S.L.P.D., 08/23/07]

2007 - Fatalities Trivia / Iraq - August 23rd, 2007: "A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crash Wednesday [08/22/07] killed all 14 soldiers aboard, and a truck bomb in north-central Iraq killed at least 51 Iraqis. [....] The combat death in Baghdad and the 14 fatalities aboard the crashed UH-60 Black Hawk brought to 3,722 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion, according to www.icasualties.org. [....] Bergner [Army Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner] said initial indications were that a mechanical malfunction caused the crash. 'There were no indications of hostile fire,' he said. [NP] Military officials have yet to determine the cause of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter crash in Anbar province last week in which five U.S. soldiers died, said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, another spokesman. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (14 U.S. soldiers killed in helicopter crash), p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/23/07]

2007 - Hurricane Dean / Mexico - August 23rd, 2007: "Hurricane Dean spun through Mexico's primary oil patch and struck the Gulf Coast on Wednesday [08/22/07], staggering ashore with winds estimated at 100 miles an hour at its core. [....]" [Based on: Hearst Newspapers article (Weakened Dean makes shore again), p A12, S.L.P.D., 08/23/07]

2007 - Halted / Lead Smelter, Missouri - August 23rd, 2007: "Missouri smelter [Doe Run Resources Corp.] halts ['after failures at both blast furnaces.']" [Based on: Article title, p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/23/07]

2007 - Drops Live Bullfights / Spanish TV - August 23rd, 2007: "Spanish TV drops live bullfights ['out of concern the deadly duel between matador and beast is too violent for children.']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/23/07]

2007 - Borrows More Than $1 Billion Dollars / H&R Block Inc. - August 23rd, 2007: "Tax firm [H&R Block Inc.] borrows ['last week'] billion ['because of credit market concerns.']" [Based on: Article title, p C2, S.L.P.D., 08/23/07]

2007 - Sun in Virgo - August 24th, 2007: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Virgo." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200708.html]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 24th, 2007: "Stocks fell for the first time in six days Thursday [08/23/07] after the nation's largest mortgage lender [Countrywide Financial Corp.] said the economy is heading for a recession. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (Countrywide CEO hints at R-word; stocks slip-slide), p B11, S.L.P.D., 08/24/07]

2007 - Paralyzed Government? / Iraq - August 24th, 2007: "A stark assessment released Thursday [08/23/07] by the nation's intelligence agencies [National Intelligence Estimate] depicts a paralyzed Iraqi government unable to take advantage of the security gains achieved by the thousands of extra U.S. troops dispatched to the country this year." [Based on: New York Times article (VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE - Spy agencies' report puts Iraq strategy under cloud), p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/24/07]

2007 - Birth / Panda Cub, Austrian Zoo - August 24th, 2007: "Panda cub is first born [to mother Yang Yang] in Europe [Schoenbrunn Zoo, Austria] in 25 years" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 08/24/07]

2007 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & China - August 24th, 2007: "Stung by a spate of safety recalls of its products, China hinted Thursday that it might take retaliatory action against U.S. products. [NP] Earlier this week, China rejected a batch of U.S.-made pacemakers and asserted that U.S. soybean farmers sent shipments tainted with pesticide and weeds. [NP] On Thursday, the State Council, China's Cabinet, released a statement saying China's government would return or destroy all improperly imported meat, fruit and recycled waste by the end of the year and would improve the monitoring of other imports. [....]." [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (China hints that it might retaliate over U.S. recalls), p A12, S.L.P.D., 08/24/07]

2007 - Surge in Youth Violence / Britain - August 24th, 2007: "Britain hit by surge in youth violence / Latest casualty is a boy, 11, who was shot in the neck." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 08/24/07]

2007 - Virtual reality experiments fool brain - August 24th, 2007: "Exploring the connection between our mental and physical perceptions of ourselves, scientists said Thursday [08/23/07] that they used virtual reality goggles to induce out-of-body sensations in healthy volunteers. [NP] In simple experiments carried out by teams in Switzerland and England, test subjects looking at video images of themselves projected through the goggles reacted as if their own bodies had been touched when their virtual selves were stroked or poked. [NP] Tricked by the illusion, participants reported feeling that their consciousness had drifted from their real bodies into their virtual ones. [....] The studies, published in the journal Science, 'call into question the axiom that everything you are is anchored in your body,' said Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, director of the center for the brain and cognition at the University of California at San Diego, who was not involved in the current research. [NP] Instead, Ramachandran said, 'what you regard as you is really a transient construct created by the brain from multiple sensory sources.' When visual, tactile or other imputs don't line up, he said, the boundaries of self-perception shift. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Virtual reality experiments fool brain / Test subjects reported feeling an out-of-body experience during illusion.) by Denise Gellene, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/24/07] - [My brackets. "NP" = New Paragraph. - D.R.D.

2007 - Earthquake Warning System? / Japan - August 24th, 2007: "Japan plans world's first earthquake warning system ['warnings, to begin in October']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A12, S.L.P.D., 08/24/07]

2007 - Public Apology / Slave Trade, London - August 24th, 2007: "An emotional Mayor Ken Livingstone apologized Thursday [08/23/07] for his city's role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, saying London was still tainted by it. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (mayor apologizes for city's part in slave trade), p A14, S.L.P.D., 08/24/07]

2007 - Payments Trivia / Hurricanes Katrina & Rita - August 24th, 2007: "Hurricanes Katrina & Rita were a $100 billion blow to Louisiana buildings and infrastructure, and federal aid and insurance payments fall about $34 billion short of making up for the losses, a state agency says. [NP] The $100 billion estimate, in a Louisiana Recovery Authority report set to be released today, includes levees, public buildings and infrastructure, businesses, houses and personal property lost or damaged in the 2005 hurricanes. Of that, insurance has covered $40 billion and federal aid $26 billion, the report says." [Based on: News Services article (Hurricane payments fall short, report says), p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/24/07]

2007 - Opposes U.S. Missle Plan / Austrian Defense Minister - August 24th, 2007: "Austrian official [defense minister, Norbert Darabos] opposes U.S. missle plan" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 08/24/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 25th, 2007: "Stocks rose Friday [08/24/07] as better-than-forecast house sales and durable goods orders helped the Standard & Poor's 500 index complete its best weekly gain since March. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (House sales, durable goods reports lift the stock market), p A31, S.L.P.D., 08/25/07]

2007 - Forest Fires / Greece - August 25th, 2007: "Forest fires, fueled by strong wind, kill 18 [Greece]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A24, S.L.P.D., 08/25/07]

*Trivia: "Forest fires in Greece have killed at least 49." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/26/07]

*Links: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14469

2007 - U.S. Military Raid / Baghdad - August 25th, 2007: "U.S. pursues militants by air / Helicopter raid in Baghdad [08/24/07] kills at least 18 people. Civilian deaths are reported." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p A22, S.L.P.D., 08/25/07]

2007 - U.S. Bomb Kills British Troops / Afghanistan - August 25th, 2007: "Bomb from jet kills 3 British soldiers in Afghanistan [08/23/07] / Two others are wounded ['seriously']. The British had called in support after being ambushed by Taliban insurgents." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p A22, S.L.P.D., 08/25/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Tonga - August 26th, 2007: "A strong earthquake occurred at 12:37:31 (UTC) on Sunday, August 26th, 2007. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 17.336°S, 174.400°W; Depth 127.2 km (79.0 miles) set by location program] @ TONGA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007gmat.php] - [T.D. - 08/27/07]

2007 - Deadly Bombings / Hyderbad, India - August 26th, 2007: "Bombings [08/25/07] kill dozens in India ['at least 37 people and injuring dozens more.'] / 3 other explosive devices were reportedly found and defused." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/26/07]

2007 - Test-Fired / Cruise Missle, Pakistan - August 26th, 2007: "New cruise missle ['Hatf-8 or Ra'ad' - 'capable of carrying a nuclear warhead'] is successfully test-fired [Pakistan - 08/25/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/26/07]

2007 - Record Opium Production / Afghanistan - August 26th, 2007: "Afghan opium production is record, U.N. study finds" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/26/07]

*Trivia: "A UN team confirmed that the Taliban had nearly wiped out opium production in Afghanistan." [Based on: News article, 02/15/01]

*Trivia: "A June 17 article reported on a Rose Garden meeting between President George W. Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. [....] The article mentioned that one of the biggest problems facing Afghanistan's first elected post-Taliban government will be the country's illicit cultivation of opium poppies, which satisfied almost three-fourths of the world's opium demand last year. The trade, 20 times that during the Taliban's last year, brought in $2.3 billion, more than half of Afghanistan's gross domestic product. Experts expect plantings to be bigger this year [2004]. Are we to believe that we are winning the war on drugs as well as the war on terrorism in this devastated nation?" [Based on: article by By Bud Deraps, St. Louis MO, 06/26/04]

2007 - Expected to Drop / Median U.S. Home Price - August 26th, 2007: "The median price of American homes is expected to fall this year for the first time since federal housing agencies began keeping statistics in 1950." [Based on: New York Times article (Median U.S. home price is expected to drop / Experts once said that a nationwide decline would never happen.), p A4, S.L.P.D., 08/26/07]

2007 - Reeling From Storms / Upper Midwest, U.S.A. - August 26th, 2007: "Upper Midwest reeling from storms." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 08/26/07]

2007 - Bottom line: Oil - August 27th, 2007: "Is the bottom line reason for our involvement in Iraq tied to oil? In 1973, we imported 35 percent of our oil. Now it's 60 percent and growing. What happens to the economy if the supply of imported oil is cut off or priced so high that many of us no longer can afford to drive? Iraq has among the largest deposits of crude oil in the world. If we decide to pull our military out of Iraq, what happens then? Will Iran and Syria move in and take control of the government of Iraq. They also would control all oil exports from Iraq. [NP] I believe we are in Iraq to protect the United States of America, not to introduce democracy to a country that may not want it or even understand it. Countries have interests, not friends. Why did the government of Iraq take the entire month of August to go on vacation? Was it because they know we are there to protect our own interests? [NP] Should Americans die to protect the economy of our country? If the worst happens, where are we going to find oil - from our friends in Venezuela? We fill up every week and drive off, never paying much attention to the source of this wonderful fuel. Who was it who said Americans are addicted to oil?" [Based on: Opinion Page article (Bottom line: Oil) by Stuart Hartzell, p C8, S.L.P.D., 08/27/07]

2007 - Islamist Insurgents / Somalia - August 27th, 2007: "Bombings and grenade attacks killed two schoolboys and three other people in Somalia's capital Sunday [08/26/07], officials said ['Police blamed Islamist insurgents for the attacks.']. Nine people were wounded. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Grenades, bombs kill 5 in capital city), p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/27/07]

2007 - Farm Village Raid / Columbia - August 27th, 2007: "Gunmen raided a rural farm in southern Columbia and killed nine people, including four children, in an attack Sunday [08/26/07] that authorities blamed on the nation's largest rebel group [FARC]. [....] The farmers were killed after attending a church service near the town of Puerto Asis, a longtime rebel stronghold. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Gunmen kill 9 in raid on farming village), p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/27/07]

2007 - Columbian Refugees / Ecuador - August 27th, 2007: "The number of refugees who have recently crossed the border into Ecuador to escape fighting between leftist rebels and soldiers in Columbia has risen to 1,600, the United Nations and local officials said Sunday. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Columbia refugees now number 1,600), p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/27/07]

2007 - Trans Fat Reduction / Dunkin' Donuts - August 27th, 2007: "[....] The chain says its menu will be 'zero grams trans fat' by Oct. 15 across its 5,400 U.S. restaurants in 34 states. [....] Dunkin' isn't claiming it will become 'trans fat free,' but does say any trans fat in foods including dougnuts, croissants, muffins and cookies will fall below half a gram per serving. Federal regulations allow food labels to say they've got zero grams of trans fat, provided levels fall below the half-gram threshold. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Doh! / Dunkin' Donuts to shoot for zero grams trans fat), p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/27/07]

2007 - Lead in Park? / St. Joe State Park, Missouri - August 27th, 2007: "EPA revisits lead in park where riders kick up dust / Agency urges the state [Mo.] to phase out off-road vehicle riding in an area of St. Joe State Park that used to be a lead mine." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/27/07]

2007 - Forced to Pay "Protection Fees" / Iraqi Contractors - August 27th, 2007: "[....] In return for the insurgents' allowing supplies to move and construction work to begin, the observers say, the payments have taken place since the earliest projects in 2003. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Insurgents get U.S. aid at gunpoint, observers say / Iraqi contractors reportedly are forced to pay 'protection fees.'), p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/27/07]

2007 - Lunar Eclipse - August 28th, 2007: "This morning, Earth's shadow fell across the full Moon producing a remarkably dark and coppery lunar eclipse [the second this year]. The Moon was so dark, in fact, it was possible to photograph very faint stars in its vicinity. [....] One of the highlights of the eclipse was the turquoise flash witnessed by many onlookers. While the core of Earth's shadow is sunset-red, accounting for the red color of the Moon at totality, the circumference of the shadow is light-blue. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 08/28/07]

2007 - Aliens Among Us? - August 28th, 2007: "Command Sergeant Major Robert Dean worked at NATO’s Supreme Headquarters from 1963-1967, and during this time was stationed in the Operations Center with a Cosmic Top Secret clearance. 'He claims to have viewed a secret NATO study that was commissioned to analyze the threat posed by UFOs to NATO operations in Eastern Europe', reports Dr. Michael Salla, who is a scholarly researcher on Extraterrestrial life and Earthbound human political implications, in the article entitled 'Extraterrestrials among Us', Exopolitics Journal, Vol 1:4 (October 2006): 284-300. [....]" [Based on: Article (Former U.S. military commander says elites hide from humanity knowledge and contact with many Extraterrestrials civilizations) by Paul Chen]

*Link: http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpage/2007/08/22/01711.html - [T.D. 08/28/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 28th, 2007: "Stocks fell after a report showed the glut of unsold houses rose to a 16-year high last month and analysts said reduced demand for mortgage securities may hurt earnings at Countrywide Financial Corp. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (More bad news in housing sector sends stocks lower), p C3, S.L.P.D., 08/28/07]

2007 - Lewd Conduct? / Idaho Senator - August 28th, 2007: "Senator snared in lewd conduct inquiry at airport [Minneapolis] / He pleads guilty [08/08/07] to disorderly conduct charge after incident in men's restroom [06/11/07]." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 08/28/07]

2007 - Tops in Adult Obesity / Mississippi, U.S.A. - August 28th, 2007: "Mississippi again ['for the third year in a row'] is tops in adult obesity / The rate is rising in all states, report [released 08/27/07] says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article by Thomas H. Maugh II, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/28/07]

2007 - Resignation Announcement / U.S. Attorney General - August 28th, 2007: "GONZALES EXIT [Gonzales announced (08/27/07] that he will be leaving Sep. 17'] STIRS CALLS FOR UNTAINTED SUCCESSION / Justice Dept. under repair [Acting Attorney General - Paul Clement is an Ashcroft protege]." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/28/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 29th, 2007: "Stocks posted their biggest drop in three weeks Tuesday [08/28/07] on weaker consumer confidence and speculation tighter credit markets will hurt bank earnings. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (Shaken confidence, bank worries bring biggest fall in 3 weeks), p B7, S.L.P.D., 08/29/07]

2007 - NASA Contract / Boeing Co. - August 29th, 2007: "NASA awarded a contract worth up to $1.13 billion Tuesday [08/28/07] to Boeing Co. to build a key part of its multibillon-dollar rocket system to send astronauts back to the moon. [....] The contract is to build the Ares I upper stage of the rocket, which would take astronauts on a short but crucial second phase of their trip to the moon." [Based on: Article (NASA contract is won), p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/29/07]

2007 - Plans to Retire / Google CFO - August 29th, 2007: "CFO [George Reyes] has plans to depart [Google Inc. - 'by the end of the year']" [Based on: Article Title, p B2, S.L.P.D., 08/29/07]

2007 - 9 Guns Per 10 Citizens / U.S.A. - August 29th, 2007: "There are nine guns for every 10 people in the United States, with about 270 million firearms in circulation, according to a report released Tuesday. [NP] Worldwide, civilians now have access to 650 million small arms - from handguns to semiautomatic rifles - an arsenal that far outstrips what is held by police and militaries, according to the annual Small Arms Survey. It estimates that civilians account for about three-fourths of the 875 million such weapons in circulation. [NP] 'Civilian holdings of weapons worldwide are much larger than we previously believed,' said the director of the Geneva-based group, Keith Krause. [NP] But it is the United States that has the heaviest concentration of firearms. [NP] Of the 8 million firearms manufactured annually around the world, roughly 4.5 million are bought in the United States. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. has 9 guns per 10 citizens, group finds), p A6, S.L.P.D., 08/29/07]

2007 - Typhoon Fitow / Western Pacific - August 29th, 2007: "Typhoon Fitow formed in the western Pacific and gradually built power, reaching typhoon status on August 29, 2007. As of August 31, the forecasted storm track called for Fitow to head towards Japan, with the outer edges of the storm reaching the Honshu coastline by September 5. The typhoon was also predicted to continue to climb in power as it approached the islands, possible reaching Category 3 strength prior to landfall. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14480]

2007 - President Abdullah Gul / Turkey - August 29th, 2007: "Turkish Parliament defies military in electing president [Abdullah Gul - 08/28/07]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article (U.S. has 9 guns per 10 citizens, group finds), p A7, S.L.P.D., 08/29/07]

2007 - Guilty Plea / Ex-Analyst, Goldman Sachs - August 29th, 2007: "A former Goldman Sachs analyst pleaded guilty Tuesday [08/28/07] to a wide-ranging insider trading operation that relied in aprt on illegal tips from a grand juror and leaked copies of a market-moving magazine to make millions of dollars illegally in the securities markets. [NP] Prosecutors say the defendants even considered using strippers to coax stock tips from investment bankers with inside knowledge of pending mergers and acquisitions. [NP] Eugene Plotkin, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and eight counts of insider trading, admitting key roles in schemes that resulted in $6.7 million in illegal profits." [Based on: Article (Ex-analyst pleads guilty), p B2 (beginning bottom-left corner), S.L.P.D., 08/29/07]

2007 - Effectively Ended / Abu Ghraib Prison Case - August 29th, 2007: "The Abu Ghraib prison case effectively ended Tuesday [08/28/07], and criminal responsibility for the detainee pictures that drew world outrage ended up rising no higher on the chain of command than staff sergeant. [NP] The only officer charged, Lt. Col Steven L. Jordan, was acquitted Tuesday of failing to control lower-ranking soldiers who abused and sexually humiliated detainees at the prison [Abu Ghraib] near Baghdad in 2003. A military jury found that his only crime was disobeying a general's order not to discuss the investigation. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Officer is acquitted of allowing abuse at Abu Ghraib), p A4, S.L.P.D., 08/29/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 30th, 2007: "Technology shares rallied Wednesday [08/29/07], helping the market recover from the steepest decline in three weeks and sending the Nasdaq composite index to its biggest advance in a year. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (NASDAQ rallies most in a year with boost from tech stocks), p D7, S.L.P.D., 08/30/07]

2007 - Threats to U.S. Stores - August 30th, 2007: "Threats to stores ['more than 15 grocery and discount stores'] across U.S. spur FBI inquiry" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/30/07]

2007 - GAO Draft Report / Iraq - August 30th, 2007: "Iraq has failed to meet all but three of 18 congressionally mandated benchmarks for political and military progress, according to a draft of a Government Accountability Office report. ['The GAO draft will be delivered to Congress in final form on Tuesday' (09/04/07)] [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Iraq is falling far short of goals, draft report says / GAO has harsh words for U.S.-led surge in Baghdad, saying civilians are no safer.), p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/30/07]

2007 - Temperatures Rising / Ireland - August 30th, 2007: "Temperatures rising at twice global rate [Ireland]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/30/07]

2007 - Deal with Taliban / South Korea - August 30th, 2007: "S. Koreans freed [12 of 19 captives - 08/29/07] in deal with Taliban / Seoul will pull out troops ['by year's end.'] and block Christian missionaries." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/30/07]

2007 - B-52 flies across U.S. with nuclear warheads - August 30th, 2007: "A B-52 bomber was mistakenly armed with six nuclear warheads and flown for more than three hours across several states last week, prompting an Air Force investigation and the firing of one commander, Pentagon officials said Wednesday [09/05/07]. [....] The plane was carrying advanced cruise missles from Minor Air Force Base, N.D., to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Aug. 30, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of a Defense Department policy not to confirm information on nuclear weapons. [NP] The missles, which are being decommissioned, were mounted onto pylons on the bomber's wings and it is unclear why the warheads had not been removed beforehand. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (B-52 flies across U.S. with nuclear warheads), p A3, S.L.P.D., 09/06/07]

2007 - Agrees to Leave Army? / Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan - August 30th, 2007: "Pakistani Gen. Pervez Musharraf and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto formed an alliance Wednesday night [08/29/07], under which he would step down from the army but continue as president, and she would return to Pakistan after eight years of exile to try to win back her old job, Bhutto said. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Pakistani leader agrees to leave the army), p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/30/07]

*Trivia: "Pakistani government officials denied Thursday [08/30/07] that the country's president, Gen Pervez Musharraf, had agreed to resign as army cheif before presidential elections, contradicting statements a day earlier [08/29/07] by Benazir Bhutto, an exiled former prime minister. [....] Qureshi [presidential spokesman, Rashid Qureshi] said that Musharraf had until Nov. 15, when his current term ends, to decide whether he would give up one of his posts, president or chief of army staff." [Based on: New York Times article (Musharraf keeping army post, aide says), p A8, S.L.P.D., 08/31/07]  

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - August 31st, 2007: "Stocks resumed their summer sell-off Thursday [08/30/07] after Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. said rising credit costs may reduce bank profits, and Freddie Mac predicted the housing market will keep languishing. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article (Summer sell-off resumes on falling profits in banking), p B11, S.L.P.D., 08/31/07]

2007 - Toy Recall / Made in China - August 31st, 2007: "Toy chain ['Toys "R" Us'] recalls [announced 08/30/07] art set ['made in China'] over led" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 08/31/07]

2007 - Ousted / Chinese Finance Minister - August 31st, 2007: "Chinese finance minister [Jin Renqing] is ousted [08/30/07 - his successor is Xie Xuren]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 08/31/07]

2007 - Ambush? / Military Convoy, Pakistan - August 31st, 2007: "Islamic militants seize food convoy [in northwestern Pakistsn], 100 soldiers [08/30/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A10, S.L.P.D., 08/31/07]

2007 - Freed / Remaining S. Korean's, Central Afghanistan - August 31st, 2007: "Taliban free [08/30/07] remaining [seven] S. Koreans" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 08/31/07]

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