Sunday, February 5
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Bush to submit $2.8 trillion budget for '07
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush is expected to present a $2.8 trillion budget for the 2007 fiscal year Monday that increases spending for the military and homeland security and holds back money for Medicare and other non-defense programs, congressional sources said.
No information on the size of the proposed federal budget deficit for 2007 was available late Sunday. The budget is scheduled to be released Monday morning, and the White House budget office declined comment on the document Sunday night.
Congressional sources said the budget calls for most non-defense discretionary spending to be frozen or cut and proposes the elimination of 141 federal programs to produce a savings of $14.5 billion. (Posted 10:30 p.m.)
Steelers beat Seahawks 21-10 to win Super Bowl XL
DETROIT (CNN) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL Sunday night, claiming their fifth NFL championship trophy and their first in 26 years.
Steelers receiver Hines Ward was named the game's MVP after racking up 123 yards, including a fourth-quarter touchdown reception. Back home in Pittsburgh, fans danced on downtown streets under falling snow to mark the AFC champions' first Super Bowl win since 1980.
"Everyone said we couldn't do it," one fan exulted. (Posted 10:25 p.m.)
Vermont congressman released from hospital after collapse
(CNN) -- U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders was released from the Vermont hospital where he was being treated for flu and dehydration Sunday night after he collapsed at a service for a soldier killed in Iraq, hospital officials said.
Sanders, Vermont's only congressman, attended Sunday's funeral of Sgt. Joshua Johnson, a Vermont National Guard member killed in western Iraq in January. Richard Mercy, the commander of the American Legion post in Richford, said the service was held in a crowded high school gymnasium, and witnesses reported that Sanders got up to leave the stage before falling ill.
Sanders' chief of staff, Jeff Weaver, told CNN the congressman walked to an ambulance and was expected to resume his schedule this week -- including making campaign stops in his bid for the U.S. Senate seat now held by independent James Jeffords. (Posted 8:35 p.m.)
Boehner opposes ban on privately paid trips
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The new Republican leader in the House of Representatives backed more stringent disclosure rules for lawmakers and lobbyists Sunday, but criticized measures proposed by other GOP leaders, like a ban on privately paid travel.
Rep. John Boehner, who was elected House majority leader Thursday, also said limits on "earmarked" spending bills would help clean up Congress amid a wide-ranging influence-peddling probe. But the Ohio congressman told NBC's "Meet the Press" that "Sunlight is the best disinfectant."
"If there is more disclosure of travel before you go, more disclosure of the relationship between lobbyists and members and their staff, let the American people take a look at this," Boehner said. "Let them watch it and let them judge what we're doing. I think that will reduce the amount of corruption and graft that goes on."
Oil spill spreads several miles down Passaic River
NEW YORK (CNN) -- An oil spill totaling about 4,700 gallons has spread several miles down New Jersey's Passaic River after it leaked out of an oil tank, Environmental Protection Agency officials said.
The spill is believed to have occurred between late Friday and early Sunday, said Kim Staiger, EPA's on-scene coordinator. The tank belonged to Tilicon New York, a stone and asphalt materials company with offices in New York and New Jersey.
Staiger said the oil leaked out of the 10,000-gallon tank into a storm cellar below ground, then into the river. The oil spill in the river is being contained by a boom at the water's surface, according to Staiger. The Tilicon plant manager told EPA official on site that the valve on the oil tank had been left slightly open. Whether or not the opening of the valve was intentional was still under investigation, Staiger said. -- From CNN's Katy Byron, with CNN's Sarah Cottell contributing (Posted 5:21 p.m.)
Police: Robida shot female companion before being shot by authorities
(CNN) -- A Massachusetts teenager accused of attacking three men in a gay bar in his hometown died Sunday after being mortally wounded in a shootout with police in Arkansas, authorities said.
Investigators said 18-year-old Jacob Robida shot and killed his female companion, 33-year-old Jennifer Bailey, before being mortally wounded by police as authorities closed in. Robida, of New Bedford, Mass., died Sunday in a Missouri hospital. He was captured Saturday night after he fatally shot Gassville, Ark., police officer James Sell during a traffic stop, prompting a 16-mile police chase that reached speeds of more than 90 mph, Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said.
As the chase ended, based on officers' statements and a preliminary review of the forensic evidence collected, Sadler said, "investigators now believe Robida raised a handgun to the head of Bailey and fired. It is believed she was killed instantly by that gunshot." Afterward, Robida was shot by officers. He died early Sunday in a Missouri hospital.
Authorities said they believed Robida and Sadler knew each other and had had a relationship, but had no further details. (Posted 5:14 p.m.)
U.S. Muslim leaders condemn violence over cartoons
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. Muslim leaders Sunday called on fellow Muslims around the world to refrain from violence amid the uproar over cartoons published in Europe that depicted the Prophet Mohammed.
Speaking after rioters torched the Danish consulate in Beirut and the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus, burned flags in several countries and broke out in clashes, the chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said such acts are "unequivocally condemned."
"These acts are being condemned just as the cartoons are being condemned," Parvez Ahmed said at a news conference. Nihad Awad, the group's executive director, called the cartoons offensive and said he believes they were intended to offend Muslims. "I believe that European governments could have handled the crisis in a much better way," he said. (Posted 5:12 p.m.)
Lebanese interior minister resigns
BEIRUT (CNN) -- Lebanon's Interior Minister, Hassan al-Sabaa, resigned Sunday after rioters in Beirut torched the Danish consulate and damaged a Catholic church in fury over European cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
Some politicians had long called for his resignation. The violent protests Sunday made it much harder for his allies to support him. The Lebanese government knew for days that the scheduled mass protest was coming, but still failed to have adequate security to contain it.
Sabaa's opponents included many who are against the government that gained power after Syrian troops withdrew from Lebanon. --CNN's Brent Sadler contributed to this report. (Posted 3:17 p.m.)
Islamic Jihad sources say field commander, rocket maker killed in airstrike
GAZA CITY (CNN) -- An Israeli airstrike Sunday killed two people, an Islamic Jihad field commander and a man in charge of making rockets for the organization, Islamic Jihad sources said.
Five others were injured, two critically, in the attack, the sources said. Israel Defense Forces confirmed it attacked two vehicles in north Gaza.
Islamic Jihad has carried out numerous terrorist attacks against Israelis. It is listed as a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States.
On Saturday, Israeli military aircraft targeted an al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades site, a day after a rocket attack on an Israeli kibbutz wounded a family of four including a 7-month-old baby. The Israeli army said one militant was killed in the operation Saturday. Palestinian security sources said the Israeli aircraft hit a car carrying al Aqsa militants, killing three people and wounding five others. (Updated 3:09 p.m.)
Friendly mayoral wager on the Super Bowl
DETROIT (CNN) -- Along with civic pride, a lot food and drink are on the line Sunday as the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Seattle Seahawks in the 40th Super Bowl in Detroit.
Mayor Greg Nickels of Seattle told CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer" that he put up some Starbucks Coffee -- Starbucks was founded in Seattle -- and some Pacific salmon against Pittsburgh Mayor Bill O'Connor's "Taste of Pittsburgh" in a friendly wager on the game.
"We have a 'Taste of Pittsburgh,' we're calling it," O'Connor said. "Similar to our tailgate parties. We were kind of the first city to start those, and we're known for our tailgate party, so we'll let the mayor have a good celebration after our victory with a lot of tailgate good food in Pittsburgh."
"I offered some Starbucks coffee, some salmon -- which I hope this time next week will be happily swimming in Puget Sound -- and some great Washington wine, along with some things from our restaurants," Nickels said. (Posted 1:47 p.m.)
Muslim fury over cartoons leaves torched consulate, canceled Iraq contracts; Denmark appeals for calm
BEIRUT (CNN) -- Thousands of protesters packed the streets of Beirut Sunday, some clashing with security forces and setting the Danish Consulate on fire in anger over cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad.
The protests soon escalated into fights between Muslims and Christians, and some protesters threw rocks at a Maronite Catholic church, bringing back memories of the civil war that once gripped the capital.
The violence came one day after protesters in neighboring Damascus torched the Norwegian Embassy and the Danish Embassy, furious that newspapers in both nations had published images banned under Islamic law.
More protests were reported in Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories Sunday. And Iraq's transportation ministry announced it was severing all ties with the Danish and Norwegian governments, a move that includes terminating all contracts with companies based in those countries. (Posted 12:32 p.m.)
Gonzales poised to defend NSA surveillance at Senate hearing
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is poised to deliver a strong defense of President Bush's controversial surveillance program Monday as a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing convenes on the program, its legality and Bush's power to authorize it.
"Congress and the American people are interested in two fundamental questions: Is this program necessary and is it lawful? The answer to both questions is yes," Gonzales will say Monday, according to prepared remarks obtained by CNN.
The surveillance program, he will say, is "firmly grounded in the President's Constitutional authorities ... The administration has chosen to act now to prevent the next attack with every lawful tool at its disposal, rather than wait until it is too late."
Critics have argued that by passing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, Congress forbade the president from authorizing wiretaps without a court warrant.
And why the administration chose not to use the FISA court process is the most important question to be answered in Monday's hearing, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Penn., said Sunday on "Meet the Press."
A congressional authorization from 2002 approving use of force against Iraq "doesn't say anything about electronic surveillance," Specter said. "The issue was never raised with the Congress. And there is a specific statute on the books ... which says flatly that you can't undertake that kind of surveillance without a court order." (Posted 12:23 p.m.)
Karzai: Bin Laden should face trial in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Afghanistan wants to be the first to bring al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to trial if he is ever captured, that country's U.S.-backed president said Sunday.
Hamid Karzai also told CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer" that as a Muslim, he was offended by cartoons published in the Norwegian and Danish press depicting the Prophet Mohammed. But he said the violent protests against them were not the proper response. "
God instructs us to forgive," Karzai said. "Therefore, we, as much as we condemn it strongly, must stay above this dispute and not bring ourselves to equating ourselves to those who have published the cartoons."
Karzai called for the dismissal of those who have published the cartoons, one of which shows the prophet with a bomb in his turban. The Muslim religion forbids depiction of Mohammed in any form. (Posted 12:14 p.m.)
Pakistan bus blast kills 10
ISLAMABAD (CNN) -- An bomb detonated aboard a bus in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, killing at least 10 and wounding 13, government officials told CNN. The bomb had been placed under a seat on the bus, the officials said. At least 50 people were aboard the bus at the time. Quetta is in mountainous west Pakistan.
A second explosion took place in Dera Ismail Khan in northwestern Pakistan. Seven people, including one policeman, were wounded in the explosion, which took place as a procession of Shia Muslims passed near a graveyard. (Posted 12:04 p.m.)
Iraq transport ministry cuts ties with Denmark and Norway over cartoons
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Iraq's transportation ministry will cut all ties with Denmark and Norway amid the uproar over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, the director of the ministry's office said Sunday.
All contracts with Danish and Norwegian companies will immediately be terminated, said Almad al Moussawi. He said it's in keeping with the desire of Muslims worldwide. (Posted 10:59 a.m.)
Suspect sought in assaults at gay bar dies after shootout
(CNN) -- An 18-year-old New Bedford, Mass., man accused of attacking three men this week at a gay bar has died in a Missouri hospital after a shootout with police, police said.
Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Jacob Robida died at 3:38 a.m. (4:38 a.m. ET) at Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Mo.
Robida was captured in Arkansas Saturday night following shootings that left a police officer and a woman dead and the suspect critically injured, officials said. Robida was shot by police following a car chase and shootout, said Bristol District Attorney Paul Walsh in Bedford. Walsh said he believed Robida was shot twice in the head. (Posted 10:38 a.m.)
USS Cole attack mastermind, 22 others escape Yemeni prison
(CNN) -- Interpol issued "an urgent global security alert" Sunday after 23 "dangerous individuals" -- including a man identified as the mastermind of the attack on the USS Cole in 2000 -- escaped from a Yemeni prison. Interpol said at least 13 of the 23 who escaped Friday were "convicted al Qaeda terrorists, some of whom were involved in attacks on U.S. and French ships in 2000 and 2002."
Among the escapees was Jamal Ahmed Badawi, the mastermind behind the attack on the USS Cole on Oct. 12, 2000, while the destroyer was in the Aden, Yemen, harbor for a routine fuel stop. The attack killed 17 sailors. Thirty-nine others were wounded.
Also among the escapees was Fawaz Yahya Al-Rabeei, one of those responsible for attacking the French tanker Limburg in 2002. (Posted 9:07 a.m.)
Jury selection set to begin in Moussaoui sentencing trial
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CNN) -- Jury selection begins Monday for the sentencing phase in the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, who last year pleaded guilty to charges that he was part of the conspiracy that led to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
Moussaoui was arrested a month before the attacks when he raised suspicions at the Minnesota flight school he was attending to learn how to fly large planes.
Arrested for being in the United States illegally and questioned by the FBI, he said nothing about belonging to al Qaeda. But investigators eventually discovered Moussaoui had attended an al Qaeda training camp and received money from the same men who funded the 9/11 hijackers. Late in 2001, he was charged with terror conspiracy. (Posted 8:17 a.m.)
Danish consulate appears to be on fire
BEIRUT (CNN) -- Smoke billowed Sunday from what appeared to be the Danish consulate in downtown Beirut, where hundreds of demonstrators were protesting a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
(Posted: 5:21 a.m.)
Islamic anger over cartoon continues to spread
(CNN) -- Islamic anger over newspaper cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad reached Afghanistan Sunday, when about 3,000 people marched through the town of Mihtarlam, about 60 miles east of Kabul. The protesters, who chanted anti-Danish slogans and burned a Danish flag, were peaceful. They were demanding prosecution of editors of the Danish newspaper that originally published the cartoons, whom they accuse of blasphemy.
In Beirut, police fired tear gas to break up hundreds of rock-throwing protesters outside the Danish Embassy. The demonstrations came a day after violence erupted in Damascus, with protesters torching the Norwegian Embassy and the Danish Embassy. Newspapers in both countries published images of Islam's Prophet Mohammed, which is banned by Islamic law.
(Posted: 4:53 a.m.)
Iran leaves diplomatic door open on nuclear issue
(CNN) -- A day after the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog voted to report Iran to the Security Council for possible sanctions related to its nuclear program, a spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry said Sunday that diplomacy may still resolve its apparent impasse with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
"We have not reached a dead end and there have been more difficult situations," spokesman Hamed Reza-Asefi told reporters. "We will cooperate with the international agency. We have cooperated in the past with regards to the non proliferation treaty . We still say that the doors of dialogue are open, we have said it before, and say it again. We will use all ways and possibilities and this also goes for the international agency."
(Posted: 4:12 a.m.)
Carter cabinet brings $1 million bid
(CNN) -- A U.S. president's cabinet can indeed be bought, if you've got enough money.
A cabinet made by former President Jimmy Carter sold Saturday for a record $1 million at auction, the Carter Center said in a news release. The 14th annual Carter Center Winter Weekend auction in Crested Butte, Colo., benefits the center's work "to advance peace and health worldwide," it said.
"The high bid is widely considered to be the most spent for any item made by a head of state in history, raising the live auction total to $1,653,600," the news release added. The winning bid was made by the chairman of the center's board of trustees, John Moores and his wife Becky.
(Posted: 3:40 a.m.)
In Petach Tikva, 6 bus passengers stabbed, 1 of them fatally
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- A knife-wielding Palestinian stabbed six passengers, one of them fatally, aboard a minibus Sunday in Petach Tikva, Israeli police and ambulance services said.
Police said that the suspect pulled out a knife and began to stab passengers, stopping only when forced to do so by other bus passengers in the industrial city seven miles east of Tel Aviv. One of his victims, a woman, died.
The man was arrested. His motive was not immediately clear. Ambulance services and the hospital said two people were seriously wounded, the other four suffered light to moderate injuries.
(Posted: 3:38 a.m.)
Ford administration documents reveal debate over warrantless surveillance
From CNN's David de Sola
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Newly declassified documents from Gerald R. Ford's presidency reveal a behind-the-scenes debate within the administration over the extent of presidential power in ordering surveillance without a court warrant for gathering foreign intelligence.
The documents were from an era when proposals for judicial oversight of foreign communications surveillance were being discussed within the administration, and were made public two days before Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is to defend before the Senate Judiciary Committee a warrantless communications surveillance program run by the National Security Agency.
The National Security Archive published Saturday on its Web site hundreds of pages of documents released after a Freedom of Information Act request.
(Posted: 2:28 a.m. ET)
1 inmate dead, more than 100 hurt in riot near Los Angeles
CASTAIC, Calif. (CNN) -- A riot Saturday at the North County Correctional Center near Los Angeles left one inmate dead and more than 100 others wounded, officials said.
Nine inmates were in critical condition, according to authorities. No law enforcement personnel were hurt in the melee, which involved thousands of inmates.
Police and deputies used tear gas and Sting-Ball grenades to quell the rioting at the maximum-security facility, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said. The grenades contain a flash charge that produces a bright flash and loud bang.
(Posted 1:10 a.m.)
42,000 mourners view Coretta Scott King at Georgia Capitol
ATLANTA (CNN) -- At least 42,000 mourners formed a line around Georgia's Capitol on a cold, windy Saturday to view the body of Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. who carried on her husband's legacy in the civil rights movement.
Coretta King died Monday night at age 78. Georgia State Patrol honor guard members carried her body into the Rotunda about noon, and the last mourner left at 8:50 p.m., said Shane Hicks, spokesman for Gov. Sonny Purdue. The crowd estimate came from Capitol Police.
Saturday afternoon, the White House announced that President Bush and his wife, Laura, will attend King's funeral Tuesday. The president is expected to speak at the service. (Posted 10:37 p.m.)
Palestinian sources: Israeli airstrike in Gaza kills Al Aqsa militant
(CNN) -- Israeli military aircraft Saturday targeted an Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades site near Gaza City, a day after a rocket attack on an Israeli kibbutz injured a family of four, including a 7-month-old baby, according to Israel's army.
Palestinian security sources said Israeli aircraft hit a car carrying Al Aqsa militants, killing one person and injuring three others. The car had a government license plate, the sources said.
Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is the armed wing of Fatah, which lost last week's parliamentary elections to the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
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