Baby Missing From Florida Home Tuesday, Nov 3 2009 

Search teams looking for a missing 7-month-old girl scoured dense vines and marshes for a second day Monday.Authorities said Shannon Lea Dedrick was last seen when her parents went to bed about 3 a.m. Saturday.

They believe she disappeared from her home in this remote, makeshift community of dirt roads, tin-roof shacks and old mobile homes sometime before 8 a.m. Saturday. Her parents reported her missing around 11 a.m.We have searched every dumpster in the city limits of Chipley, we have turned over every garbage can,” Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock said late Monday.But Haddock said search teams were focused on the densely wooded area surrounding the enclave about 45 miles north of Panama City where the girl and her family live.

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Why no one checked on Shannon before 11 a.m. is anyone's guess

The sheriff’s office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement would not identify the girl’s parents, saying only that the couple is talking to investigators. They also would not discuss why the girl wasn’t reported missing until so late in the morning Sunday.The sheriff said he is not concerned about the safety of anyone else in the community and authorities have identified a “person of interest,” in the infant’s disappearance.The child cannot walk or crawl, it did not leave the residence by itself,” he said.About 75 search and rescue workers from three counties have scoured a 1/2-mile radius.

Pregnant mother, pregnant daughter battle H1N1 Tuesday, Nov 3 2009 

Lancaster, California (CNN) — Nancy Brizendine’s slow-paced life in Californias Antelope Valley has become something of a slick race track.The first stunner, at 42 years old, in her 11th year of taking birth control pills, was that Brizendine and her live-in boyfriend and fishing buddy were expecting a baby.

I was shocked. I didn’t even think I could get pregnant, Brizendine said.But concern over having a baby in her 40s soon gave way to the joy of becoming a mother for the third time.Then, about 2½ weeks ago, came another sudden turn. Brizendine, a medical assistant, caught the H1N1 flu virus.

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Nancy Brizendine, 42, and her daughter Kayla Yost, 22, are both pregnant and had H1N1.

I had a cough, sinus infection, infected ear, fever, and thats when I went into urgent care and tested positive, Brizendine recalled.There were times when I honestly could not get out of bed because I was so sick and achy.Brizendine began worrying about how the swine flu would affect her baby, due in January.

Obama Warns Karzai to Focus on Tackling Corruption Tuesday, Nov 3 2009 

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday admonished President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan that he must take on what American officials have said he avoided during his first term: the rampant corruption and drug trade that have fueled the resurgence of the Taliban.

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President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, at a greeting ceremony for the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.

As Mr. Karzai was officially declared the winner of the much-disputed presidential election, Mr. Obama placed a congratulatory call in which he asked for a new chapter in the legitimacy of the Afghan government.

What he is seeking, Mr. Obama told reporters afterward, is a sense on the part of President Karzai that, after some difficult years in which there has been some drift, that in fact hes going to move boldly and forcefully forward and take advantage of the international community interest in his country to initiate reforms internally. That has to be one of our highest priorities.

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President Obama spoke to reporters on Monday after his telephone conversation with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.

The corruption problem has surfaced repeatedly as Mr. Obama has been holding meetings to review his Afghanistan strategy, administration officials said.

Ariz. Dad Ran Over “Westernized” Daughter Monday, Nov 2 2009 

(AP) An Iraqi immigrant accused of running down his daughter in Arizona with his car because she was becoming “too Westernized” has been arrested in Georgia, authorities said Friday.Jim Joyner, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service in Atlanta, said Faleh Almaleki was arrested Thursday when he arrived at Atlanta’s airport, sent from the United Kingdom after authorities denied him entrance.

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Faleh Hassan Almaleki, an Iraqi immigrant, is accused of running down his daughter with his Jeep because she had become too "westernized."

Almaleki, 48, awaits extradition to Arizona and will face two counts of aggravated assault, according to Peoria police.He is accused of striking and then running over his 20-year-old daughter and a family friend with his Jeep on Oct. 20 as the women were walking across a Peoria parking lot.

Noor Almaleki remains hospitalized in serious condition after undergoing spinal surgery. The friend, Amal Khalaf, is in serious but stable condition, according to family members.Khalaf, 43, is the mother of Noor Almaleki’s boyfriend.

Police said the Almalekis moved to Peoria from Iraq in the mid-1990s.
Family members said Noor Almaleki had been living with her boyfriend and Khalaf, and Faleh Almaleki was upset that his daughter had become too “Westernized,” had failed to live by traditional Muslim values and had disrespected the family.

Kosovo Honors Bill Clinton With Statue Monday, Nov 2 2009 

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Officials in Pristina, Kosovo, unveiled an 11-foot statue of former President Bill Clinton on Sunday. Many ethnic Albanians admire him for his role in stopping the Serbian crackdown on their bid for independence 10 years ago, "I never expected that anywhere, someone would make such a big statue of me," Clinton said.

PRISTINA, Kosovo (Nov. 1) – Thousands of ethnic Albanians braved low temperatures and a cold wind in Kosovo’s capital Pristina to welcome former President Bill Clinton on Sunday as he attended the unveiling of an 11-foot (3.5-meter) statue of himself on a key boulevard that also bears his name.

Clinton is celebrated as a hero by Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian majority for launching NATO’s bombing campaign against Yugoslavia in 1999 that stopped the brutal Serb forces’ crackdown on independence-seeking ethnic Albanians.

Up to 6 Bodies Found at Ohio Home Monday, Nov 2 2009 

Convicted Rapist Arrested; Remains Found in Advanced State of Decomposition.

(AP) A convicted rapist who fled before police arrived to arrest him on new rape charges was arrested Saturday in his inner-city neighborhood, after police found as many as six bodies at his home.

Police spokesman Lt. Thomas Stacho said Anthony Sowell was walking down the street on the east side of Cleveland when authorities spotted him and took him into custody.

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A Cuyahoga County coroner van leaves the home of Anthony Sowell (inset) on the east side of Cleveland, Oct. 30, 2009 carrying a victim discovered in the house. Police who went to a home looking for a rape suspect found decomposing bodies upstairs and what appeared to be a freshly dug grave in the basement. Police later arrested Sowell, a convicted rapist, and say as many as six bodies may be at his house. (AP/John Kuntz, Plain Dealer; CPD)

Sowell initially denied he was the man authorities were looking for but admitted his identity as officers began fingerprinting him, Stacho said. Charges against him are pending.

Officers found three bodies and believe they have discovered three more but are awaiting confirmation from the coroner, Stacho said.

The first two bodies were found Thursday night when police went to Sowell’s home to arrest him on charges of felonious assault and rape. Police say he had spent 15 years in prison for a 1989 rape.

Military Plane, Helicopter Collide off SoCal Coast Friday, Oct 30 2009 

The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy were searching early Friday for as many as nine people off the Southern California coast following a collision between a Coast Guard plane and a Marine Corps helicopter, officials said.

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Coast Guard C-130

The crash was reported at 7:10 p.m. Thursday, about 50 miles off the San Diego County coast and 15 miles east of San Clemente Island, Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Allyson Conroy said.

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The Navy's AH-1W Cobra

A pilot reported seeing a fireball near where the aircraft collided, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said, and the Coast Guard informed the FAA that debris from a C-130 had been spotted. Seven people were on board the plane, a C-130, and two people were aboard the helicopter, he said.

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Bay Bridge ready for Friday commute Friday, Oct 30 2009 

(CNN) — Chances have increased slightly that the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will reopen in time for the Friday morning commute, transportation officials said Thursday evening.

Repairs on the span, a major artery in and out of San Francisco, California, could wrap up by 10 p.m. PT Thursday, according to the state transportation department.On Tuesday, three days pieces of steel from the bridge fell onto its roadway, forcing its closure.

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Crews working on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are replacing four steel rods.

Crews working on the bridge are replacing four steel rods, one of which failed and caused two rods to fall onto the bridge’s deck, California’s secretary of business, transportation and housing said at a news conference.Engineers also will make sure the rods are centered and will strengthen the welds to ensure stability, Dale Bonner added. Vibrations in the rods, affected by strong winds, caused the break.

The pieces that fell, which include a cross beam, came from a section that was repaired over Labor Day weekend, when crews worked almost round the clock to fix a crack.

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The Bay Area Rapid Transit system has been flooded with passengers since the Bay Bridge was closed.

The 73-year-old bridge spans the San Francisco Bay and carries an average of 280,000 vehicles daily, according to the state transportation department.In the wake of the bridge’s closing, commuters flocked to the Bay Area’s rail system as an alternative.

They make their mark in mug shot history Friday, Oct 30 2009 

(CNN) — Police say guilt was written all over their faces.

Police received a call Friday night that two men with hooded sweatshirts and painted faces had tried to break into a man’s home in Carroll, Iowa.When police stopped a vehicle matching the caller’s description blocks away, they were stunned by the men’s disguises.

There were no ski masks or stockings pulled over their heads; instead, Matthew Allan McNelly, 23, and Joey Lee Miller, 20, streaked their faces with permanent black marker.Carroll Police Chief Cayler told CNN the strange disguises made it easier for his officers.

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Matthew Allan McNelly, left, and Joey Lee Miller, 20, still had the permanent marker on their faces when they were booked

We’re very skilled investigators and the black faces gave them right away
Cayler said jokingly. I haves were kind of laughing at the time. I’ve never heard of coloring your face with a permanent marker.

Cayler said police believe one of the alleged burglars targeted the home because he suspected his girlfriend had a relationship with the man who lived there.

Passports Linked to 9/11 Found in Pakistan Friday, Oct 30 2009 

SHERWANGAI, Pakistan —  Pakistani soldiers battling their way into a Taliban stronghold along the Afghan border have seized passports that may be linked to 9/11 suspects, as they confront an enemy skilled in operating in a mountainous terrain with endless ways to wage a guerrilla war.

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Oct. 29: Photos and passports seized during military operations against Taliban militants are displayed on a table in South Waziristan. Oct. 29: Photos and passports seized during military operations against Taliban militants are displayed on a table in South Waziristan.

he military on Thursday took foreign and local journalists for a first look inside the largely lawless territory since it launched a ground offensive here in mid-October. The U.S.-backed operation is focused on a section of the tribal region where the Pakistani Taliban are based and are believed to shelter Al Qaeda.

Soldiers displayed passports seized in the operation, among them a German document belonging to a man named Said Bahaji. That matches the name of a man thought to have been a member of the Hamburg cell that conceived the 9/11 attacks. Bahaji is believed to have fled Germany shortly before the attacks in New York and Washington.

The passport included a tourist visa for Pakistan and a stamp indicating he’d arrived in the southern city of Karachi on Sept. 4, 2001.

Another passport, from Spain, bears the name of Raquel Burgos Garcia. Spanish media have reported that a woman with the same name is married to Amer Azizi, an alleged Al Qaeda member from Morocco suspected in both the 9/11 attacks and the Madrid train bombings in 2004.

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Chinese officials try to find parents of 60 lost children Thursday, Oct 29 2009 

Beijing, China (CNN) — In some of the photos, the young children are wearing bibs and slight smiles can be seen on their chubby faces.But these are not your normal baby pictures.

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Chinese authorities are searching for the parents of 60 children whose photos appear on a government site.

The Chinese government is trying to find the parents of these 60 homeless children, some of them so young that they had not yet developed the strength to hold their own heads up.This week the Chinese Ministry of Public Security posted pictures of these rescued children on its Web site.

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Some of the children on the site are just babies -- this child was believed to have been abducted this April.

Many of them had similar stories. They were kidnapped, stolen or sold and somehow had been rescued by authorities.Police tried to find their parents but could not find them through the national DNA database, state-run China Daily reported.And for the first time, the Ministry of Public Security posted their pictures.

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Police have already tried to find the children's parents through the national DNA database.

Even if I cant find my boys photo on the Web site today, it’a blessing for desperate parents like us who have nearly lost hope, Tang Weihua, a mother who lost her 5-year-old son in 1999, told China Daily this week.About 30,000 to 60,000 children are reported missing every year, but it is hard to estimate how many are involved in child trafficking cases, the Ministry of Public Security told China Daily.

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About 30,000 to 60,000 children are reported missing in China every year, according to authorities.

Police have rescued 2,000 children this year since China launch a nationwide anti-trafficking campaign, China Daily reported.But after rescuing the children finding the parents can prove difficult. One issue is that in some cases the parents sold the children.Earlier this week China’s state media reported that police arrested dozens in an alleged child trafficking ring that sold at least 52 babies.

Google changes to aid music searches Thursday, Oct 29 2009 

Los Angeles, California (CNN) — The Internets most popular search engine should get smarter about music, as Google updates the algorithms that power its searches this week, a company spokesman said.

You dont have to know what your looking for, Googles Jennie Johnson said. If it looks like theyre looking for a song, were including in the regular search result links to hear songs from partners,Johnson said.

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The song download sites will not pay Google for driving traffic their way, a spokeswoman says

The song download sites will not pay Google for driving traffic their way, she said.Its not like we get a fee, she said. The value to us is really realized through better search.

Obama Honors Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Thursday, Oct 29 2009 

President flies by helicopter to Delaware to greet flag-draped caskets of those killed in action

Standing in the pre-dawn darkness, President Barack Obama saw the real cost of the war in Afghanistan: The Americans who return in flag-covered cases while much of the nation sleeps in peace.

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Oct. 29: President Obama salutes as an Army team carries the transfer case containing the remains of Sgt. Dale R. Griffin of Terre Haute, Ind. at Dover Air Force Base

In a midnight dash to this Delaware base, where U.S. forces killed overseas come home, Obama honored the return of 18 fallen Americans Thursday.
All were killed this week in Afghanistan, a brutal stretch that turned October into the most deadly month for U.S. troops since the war began.

The dramatic image of Obama on the tarmac was a portrait not witnessed in years. Former President George W. Bush spent lots of time with grieving military families but never went to Dover to greet the remains coming off
the cargo plane.

The lifting of the 18-year ban on media coverage of bodies returning to Dover was done to keep the human cost of war from being shielded from the public.Obama visited the base carrying the weight of knowing he may soon send more troops off to war.

Global premiere for Jackson movie Wednesday, Oct 28 2009 

Michael Jackson’s family and fans have attended the worldwide premiere of his concert documentary, This Is It.The movie was pieced together from 100 hours of footage shot at rehearsals for the star’s ill-fated comeback shows.

Jackson’s brothers Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Randy, attended a star-studded screening in Los Angeles. Simultaneous premieres were held in 18 other cities.

Introducing the film, director Kenny Ortega described it as the last sacred document of our leader and friend.

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Fans around the world are attending the first screenings of Michael Jackson's This Is It, which documents the star rehearsing for his ill-fated comeback gigs. In New York, a dance tribute took place outside the Regal E-Walk cinema.

Jackson, who died on June 25 aged 50, had spent the previous four months rehearsing in Los Angeles.

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Jackson's brothers Jermaine (left), Randy, Tito and Marlon are attending a screening in Los Angeles. Their mother, Katherine, declines the invitation, saying it would be too

More than 800,000 tickets had been sold for the concerts, with organisers promising one of the “most expensive and technically advanced” live shows ever.

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Hollywood stars Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith were also among the first to see the movie.

He was just two weeks away from the opening night at the time of his death, which authorities in Los Angeles ruled a homicide.

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Other celebrities at the Los Angeles premiere included (l-r) Motown boss Berry Gordy, High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale, musicians Adam Lambert and Katy Perry and film director Kenny Ortega

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Even those too young to remember the star in his heyday dressed up to see his final farewell

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Michael Jackson’s family and fans have attended the worldwide premiere of his concert documentary, This Is It.

The movie was pieced together from 100 hours of footage shot at rehearsals for the star’s ill-fated comeback shows.Jackson’s brothers Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Randy, attended a star-studded screening in Los Angeles. Simultaneous premieres were held in 18 other cities.Introducing the film, director Kenny Ortega described it as “the last sacred document of our leader and friend”.

But some fans protested outside the screenings, saying the film covers up Jackson’s declining health.The dedicated fans, who have set up a campaign called This Is Not It, are accusing concert promoter AEG Live of putting too much pressure on the star during the build up to his 50-date run at London’s O2 Arena.

Jackson, who died on June 25 aged 50, had spent the previous four months rehearsing in Los Angeles.More than 800,000 tickets had been sold for the concerts, with organisers promising one of the “most expensive and technically advanced” live shows ever.He was just two weeks away from the opening night at the time of his death, which authorities in Los Angeles ruled a homicide.

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