Friday, March 31
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Carroll says she was forced to participate in 'propaganda video'
(CNN) -- Freed journalist Jill Carroll said Saturday she was forced to participate in a propaganda video as a condition for her release after being held by insurgents for nearly three months in Iraq, but that the comments she made on videotape did not reflect her true beliefs.
"During my last night in captivity, my captors forced me to participate in a propaganda video," she said in a statement posted on the Web site of the Christian Science Monitor and written in Germany at Ramstein Air Base. "They told me they would let me go if I cooperated. I was living in a threatening environment, under their control, and wanted to go home alive. I agreed. "Things that I was forced to say while captive are now being taken by some as an accurate reflection of my personal views. They are not."
In a reference to her translator, whom the insurgents killed, she said, "The people who kidnapped me and murdered Alan Enwiya are criminals, at best. They robbed Alan of his life and devastated his family. They put me, my family and my friends -- and all those around the world, who have prayed so fervently for my release -- through a horrific experience. I was, and remain, deeply angry with the people who did this." (Posted: 4:31 p.m.)
U.S. military helicopter crashes near Baghdad
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- A U.S. military helicopter crashed Saturday southwest of Baghdad, the military said in a statement. "The aircraft was conducting a combat air patrol. The status of the crew is unknown," the statement said. The aircraft crashed at approximately 5:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. ET). "All additional information is being withheld pending investigation and notification of next of kin," the statement said. (Posted: 2:59 p.m.)
Gunmen storm ministry as Hamas-led government calls for calm
GAZA CITY (CNN) -- Armed men stormed the Palestinian Interior Ministry building Saturday in the West Bank in one of several violent demonstrations as militant leaders ignored calls for calm from the newly installed Hamas-led government. Around 15 members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades -- a militant group affiliated with the Fatah Party -- entered the offices of the building in Nablus and climbed onto the roof, shooting rifles in the air. There were no reported casualties. At a Fatah demonstration in Gaza, a few hundred armed men shot rifles into the air, complaining about the new government. (Posted: 2:59 p.m.)
Ex-hostage Jill Carroll arrives in Germany
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (CNN) -- A smiling Jill Carroll arrived at Ramstein Air Base in western Germany Saturday, two days after her captors released her in Baghdad. The American journalist chatted with military personnel as she left the Air Force jet that landed about 9 a.m. (2 a.m. EST), placed luggage in the back of a van and was driven away.
Carroll -- normally pictured in a hijab scarf and other Muslim garb -- wore jeans and a beige jacket, her hair pulled back. She had a backpack and was holding a duffel bag. She was taken to a hotel, a Ramstein spokesman told CNN, where she was planning to write an article.
She was expected to board a plane in Frankfurt for the United States sometime during the day, and slated to arrive Sunday at Boston's Logan International Airport. (Posted: 2:59 p.m.)
Coalition seeks delay in New Orleans mayoral election
NEW ORLEANS (CNN) -- Hundreds of people Saturday joined a downtown rally calling for the postponement of the city's mayoral election, which is currently scheduled to be held April 22. Hundreds of thousands of residents were driven from the city last August by the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina, and many have not returned.
A coalition of civil-rights, political and entertainment leaders contends that, until provisions are made for those city residents still living elsewhere to vote, any election would be a sham. That coalition includes the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his Rainbow/PUSH coalition, the NAACP, the Urban League, the Rev. Al Sharpton, comedian Bill Cosby, singer John Legend and Mayor Ray Nagin.
"The issue is the right to vote," said Bruce Gordon, president of the NAACP. "We passed the voting rights act in 1965. It gave us the right along with the right to vote. And now, we find ourselves in 2006 trying to protect that right. (Posted: 2:58 p.m.)
Kerry credits Democrats with immigration 'victory'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Democrats' most recent candidate for president took to the airwaves Saturday, arguing -- in Spanish -- that his party deserves the credit for a new immigration bill that doesn't "criminalize immigrants." "This week, Senate Democrats won an important victory toward comprehensive immigration reform that honors the contributions of immigrants and provides real security for America," the Democrat from Massachusetts said in his party's weekly Hispanic Radio Address. Kerry said his party "stood up to the Republicans who saw immigration reform as a chance to punish immigrants." (Posted: 2:56 p.m.)
U.S. Marine killed
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- A U.S. Marine died Saturday from wounds suffered in an attack Friday, the military said. The marine, assigned to the 2/28 Brigade Combat Team, had been wounded "due to enemy action" in al Anbar province, the military said in a statement. The marine's name was withheld, pending notification of next of kin. A total of 2,327 U.S. troops have died in Iraq, 1,824 of them in hostile incidents. (Posted: 2:55 p.m.)
Interior Ministry: Capsized boat was not allowed to sail
MANAMA, Bahrain (CNN) -- A cruise ship that capsized this week, killing at least 57 people, did not have permission to sail, a spokesman for Bahrain's interior ministry said Saturday. Government records show the boat was allowed to float as a docked restaurant only, said Col. Tariq Hassan. The boat, carrying 126 people, capsized Thursday in the Persian Gulf off Bahrain during a party, killing 57, the ministry said. Sixty-eight people have been rescued; one remains missing. (Posted: 2:55 p.m.)
All 19 onboard plane die near Rio
(CNN) -- All 19 people on board a small plane that crashed early in Rio de Janeiro were found dead Saturday, police in the area said. The plane had disappeared from radar screens, and rescuers had gone to search in a mountainous area east of the city, officials said. The plane, with 17 passengers and two crew members, took off about 5:20 p.m. (7:20 p.m. Friday ET) from the coastal town of Macae, about 110 miles east of Rio de Janeiro, said Team (prono: Tam) airlines, a local carrier. It was due to land within an hour. Macae is the hub of Brazil's oil industry and provides much of its natural gas. The town is heavily populated with workers in those industries. (Posted: 2:54 p.m.)
Son of former Liberian president arrested in Miami
MIAMI (CNN) -- The son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor is in U.S. custody after being arrested by authorities in Miami, charged with making a false statement on a passport application.
Charles Emmanuel was arrested Thursday night at Miami International Airport, Alicia Valle, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami, told CNN. He went before a magistrate Friday in Miami and will have a detention hearing April 5.
Taylor was arrested early Wednesday by border guards as he attempted to cross into Chad from Nigeria. The one-time warlord ruled Liberia from 1997 until he was forced from office in 2003. The court in neighboring Sierra Leone indicted him on 17 counts of war crimes after accusing him of supporting rebels in that country who committed atrocities against civilians.
Emmanuel, 29, a U.S. citizen born in Boston, is also known as Charles Taylor Jr. and "Chuckie" Taylor. He was arrested by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents after he entered the country on a flight from Trinidad to Miami, Valle said. -- CNN Producer Rich Phillips contributed to this report. (Posted 9:45 p.m.)
Former DeLay aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in corruption probe
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A former top aide to Rep. Tom DeLay pleaded guilty Friday to a fraud conspiracy charge and agreed to cooperate with an ongoing investigation into corruption on Capitol Hill.
According to prosecutors, Tony Rudy, DeLay's former deputy chief of staff and press secretary, took cash, trips and gifts from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff while he worked for DeLay, and he also tried to improperly influence members of Congress after he left to become a lobbyist in December 2000.
Rudy pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, including violating restrictions on lobbying by congressional staffers for a year after their employment ends. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and he was also ordered to make up to $100,000 in restitution.
Court documents outlining the charges against Rudy do not make any allegations of wrongdoing by DeLay, and the former House majority leader's attorney, Richard Cullen, said DeLay was "bitterly disappointed" to learn about the admissions of his former aide. (Updated 9:43 p.m.)
Former President Clinton weighs in on immigration debate
(CNN) -- Former President Bill Clinton weighed in on the nation's debate over immigration on CNN's "Larry King Live" Friday, saying he understands the dilemma facing President Bush and lawmakers but adding a proposal currently working its way through the Senate is the closest thing to the solution he would like to see.
"The real dilemma is here, how can we avoid being foolishly xenophobic, trying to be cruel to hard-working people who are paying taxes and doing jobs other people wouldn't do in America, giving them a reasonable path to citizenship, without punishing people who wait in line and obey the law, and still trying to make sure that through technology and other means, we do a better job to protect our borders from potential terrorists, from narcotics and other things that are real trouble?" Clinton said.
He said a proposal in the Senate, sponsored by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., is the closest to his desired solution. The measure would require those already in the United States illegally to work towards citizenship. (Posted 9:36 p.m.)
McKinney supporters allege she's victim of profiling, harassment
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Facing possible criminal charges after an altercation Wednesday with a U.S. Capitol Police officer, Rep. Cynthia McKinney fired back Friday with a news conference where advocates speaking on her behalf charged she was a victim of racial profiling and harassment.
However, McKinney herself said little, telling reporters that she had been advised not to get into the details of the case because she could face prosecution, although no charges have yet been filed. "Let me be clear -- this whole incident was instigated by the inappropriate touching and stopping of me, a female black congresswoman," said McKinney, D-Ga. "I deeply regret that this incident occurred, and I am certain that after a full review of the facts, I will be exonerated."
The U.S. Capitol Police launched a criminal investigation following allegations that McKinney struck the officer after he failed to recognize her as a member of Congress at a security checkpoint. But James Myart, a civil rights attorney from San Antonio retained Thursday to represent McKinney, charged that she had been "assaulted." "Because she was assaulted and placed in impending fear of her safety, she responded," he said. (Posted 7:44 p.m.)
Coyote nabbed in New York's Central Park dies
NEW YORK (CNN) -- The 35-pound wily coyote who became the talk of New York City two weeks ago after leading authorities on a wild chase through Central Park has died.
The coyote, nicknamed Hal, stopped breathing after he was taken to upstate New York to be released by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said department spokeswoman Gabrielle Demarco. "During a routine tagging procedure prior to his release into California Hill State Forest in Putnam County, Hal stopped breathing and could not be resuscitated following attempts by DEC biologists and Cornell University graduate researchers," Demarco said.
Hal was transported to a pathology lab for further examination. While Demarco said results from lab tests are still pending, she indicated the chase that preceded Hal's capture may have led to his death.
"For an animal to die during this standard tagging procedure is rare, and we are hoping that the necropsy will be able to shed light on Hal's overall health and whether previous stress on Hal during his chase, capture, captivity or transport contributed to his death," she said. -- From CNN Assignment Editor Jonathan Schienberg (Posted 6:34 p.m.)
Freelance photographer loses work with church paper after selling controversial Scalia photo
(CNN) -- The photographer who sold a controversial picture of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to have lost his freelance job with the newspaper published by the Archdiocese of Boston.
Peter Smith, who worked for the archdiocese newspaper The Pilot as a freelancer for nearly 10 years, snapped a shot of Justice Scalia as he was making what some consider an offensive hand gesture as he entered Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross for Mass last Sunday.
Scalia, who was asked by a reporter how he would respond to critics who questioned if a practicing Catholic could be an impartial judge, flicked of his hand under his chin. Some cultures consider the gesture offensive and it caused a media stir. Smith was being paid by The Pilot to photograph the Mass, but claimed that as a freelancer, he owned the copyright. -- From CNN News Assistant Catherine Clifford in New York (Posted 5:49 p.m.)
Intelligence deputy director defends domestic surveillance program
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Deputy Director of National Intelligence Gen. Michael Hayden, in a Friday television interview, defended the domestic surveillance program of the National Security Agency he once headed, saying "it has provided useful information that was not otherwise available and it has helped protect Americans."
Hayden told Pittsburgh station WPXI that "this is not a drift net over some American city" and that the program targets only international calls where one of the parties is believed to have ties to al Qaeda or another terrorist group.
President Bush currently faces a motion by Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin to censure him for approving the NSA program on the grounds he exceeded his authority. The motion is not expected to gain many votes in the Senate, but it has focused renewed attention on the controversial program. -- From CNN National Security Correspondent David Ensor (Posted 5:46 p.m.)
U.S. offers aid to victims of Iran earthquakes
(CNN) -- President Bush offered humanitarian aid Friday to the victims of deadly earthquakes in Iran, while noting that relations between the two countries are strained.
"I do want to offer my country's assistance to the people affected by the recent earthquakes in Iran," Bush told a news conference in Cancun, Mexico, where he was meeting with Canadian and Mexican leaders. "We obviously have our differences with the Iranian government, but we do care about the suffering of the Iranian people."
A moderate earthquake shook western Iran Friday morning, killing at least 66 people and injuring more than 1,400, according to Iranian officials. The quake -- judged to be at magnitude 5.7 by the U.S. Geological Survey, and at 6.0 by Iranian television -- was sandwiched between two smaller ones. Its epicenter was 210 miles (340 km) southwest of Tehran. (Posted 5:12 p.m.)
Air traffic controllers and FAA disagree on status on contract talks
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The air traffic controllers' union and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were at odds Friday over whether or not divisive contract talks between them have ended. Both parties, however, say the impasse won't lead to a strike.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) issued a news release Friday afternoon said contract talks have broken down, but the FAA insisted negotiations were still ongoing. FAA chief negotiator Joe Miniace said in conference call with reporters Friday afternoon that when talks recessed at 12:35 p.m. all parties had agreed to meet again Tuesday. Miniace said he was "absolutely and totally surprised and baffled" by NATCA's insistance the talks had ended.
NATCA contends the FAA turned down a union offer that would have saved taxpayers $1.4 billion dollars. It maintains the FAA's offer means a 5-year pay freeze for controllers, as well as reductions in salary of 20-to-40 percent. -- From CNN Correspondent Kathleen Koch (Posted 5:12 p.m.)
Carroll's father tells newspaper daughter compelled to criticize U.S. in video
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- In a video posted on an Islamist Web site, U.S. journalist Jill Carroll -- held hostage for nearly three months before being freed Thursday -- discusses her impending release with a man who seems to be one of her captors.
But her father told The Christian Science Monitor, the newspaper for which she was freelancing when she was abducted, that she made the video -- and criticizes the United States and its military while praising the Iraqi "mujahideen," or insurgents -- to satisfy a final demand from her captors before her release, according to a Monitor report Friday.
Jim Carroll, who said he had a long telephone conversation with his daughter Friday, told the newspaper she was "under her captors' control ... she had been taught to fear them."
"After listening to them for three months, she already knew exactly what they wanted her to say, so she gave it to them with appropriate acting to make it look convincing," the Monitor quoted Jim Carroll as saying.
Christian Science Monitor spokesman Jay Jostyn told CNN the story, by reporter Dan Murphy, stands on its own and the newspaper would have no further comment. -- CNN's Octavia Nasr and Susan Garraty contributed to this report. (Posted 5:01 p.m.)
Jury returns Monday to deliberate 9/11 trial
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CNN) -- The nine men and three women deciding the fate of Zacarias Moussaoui will resume their deliberations Monday morning.
The jury, which is not sequestered, went home for the weekend Friday mid-afternoon, after its second full day of discussing the case. After hearing two-and-a-half weeks of testimony and evidence, the jury received the case from U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema late Wednesday, after her instructions and closing arguments by federal prosecutors and Moussaoui's court-appointed defense team.
The panel is deciding only whether Moussaoui is eligible for the death penalty. -- From CNN Senior Producer Phil Hirschkorn (Posted 3:33 p.m.)
Police arrest boyfriend in case of slain beauty queen
(CNN) -- Arkansas authorities on Friday arrested the boyfriend of a slain 19-year-old beauty queen in connection with her death.
Nona Dirksmeyer, 19, was a sophomore music major at Arkansas Tech University who had competed last year in the Miss Arkansas pageant. She was found dead in December in her Russellville, Ark., apartment, by her boyfriend, Kevin Jones, his mother and a friend. Jones, 20, turned himself in Friday to authorities, prosecutor David Gibbons said.
Jones told authorities that upon finding Dirksmeyer dead, he threw himself on her body and rubbed his hands in her blood, Gibbons said. Prosecutors believe he was attempting to explain away forensic evidence found at the scene, such as his palm print -- in Dirksmeyer's blood -- on a lamp. Authorities believe the lamp was used to deliver the fatal blow, Gibbons said. (Posted 3:32 p.m.)
Judge in Scooter Libby trial considers delay in subpoenas to reporters
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The federal judge in the trial of an indicted former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney has received seven requests to delay subpoenas naming prominent media covering the case.
Defense attorneys for Lewis "Scooter" Libby want reporter notes and editorial details as they prepare for next year's trial on charges Libby lied to investigators and a grand jury investigating when he learned the identity of a covert operative for the CIA. Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff, is not charged with disclosing classified information.
The media named in the subpoenas currently have until April 7 to respond. U.S. District Court records show attorneys want delays on behalf of NBC's Tim Russert and Andrea Mitchell, Time magazine's Matthew Cooper, and former New York Times reporter Judith Miller.
Corporate lawyers also filed for delays on behalf of NBC, the New York Times, and Time magazine.
Libby is charged with five federal counts of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI regarding how he learned the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame, and what he did with the information. -- From CNN's Paul Courson (Posted, 2:18 p.m.)
Charles Taylor to make initial appearance at Sierra Leone court on Monday
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (CNN) -- Former Liberian leader Charles Taylor will make an initial appearance on Monday in front of a judge for the U.N.-backed war crimes court in Sierra Leone.
Taylor will appear around 11 a.m. EDT before Justice Richard Lussick of Samoa.
The court has asked the Dutch government to stage Taylor's war crimes trial.
Taylor, who is charged with 17 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for the brutal rebellion in Sierra Leone, has said he is willing to go before a war crimes tribunal at The Hague, Netherlands, but does not want to be tried in Sierra Leone.
The Netherlands agreed to host the trial, with certain conditions including a U.N. Security Council resolution approving of the trial on Dutch soil.
The one-time warlord Taylor ruled Liberia from 1997 until he was forced from office in 2003 and went into exile in Nigeria. (Posted, 1:45 p.m.)
Chirac announces fate of youth labor law
PARIS (CNN) --French President Jacques Chirac announced Friday he will sign a controversial youth jobs contract into law, despite weeks of protest, but will ask for amendments.
"It is time to defuse the situation," Chirac said in a televised speech.
About a thousand students and other protesters gathered in Bastille Square as Chirac declared support for the controversial bill.
However, Chirac said he wants to reduce the probationary period for young workers to be fired from two years to one. He also said he would require employers to offer reasons for terminating employment.
The new type of job contract, Chirac said, had been duly voted through parliament and "can be an effective tool for employment."
With his announcement, the president compromised with Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who proposed the "first job contract" or CPE in French.
As currently written, the CPE allows termination without explanation for anyone 26 years old or younger within the first two years of employment for any reason. (Update, 2:18 p.m.)
6 injured in southern Baghdad blasts
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Six people were wounded after four blasts ripped through southern Baghdad on Friday evening, police sources in the Iraqi capital said.
The sources said two car bombs exploded consecutively in the neighborhood of Dora, and they were followed by two blasts thought to be roadside bombs or mortars. (Posted 12:35 p.m.)
New Palestinian PM urges calm in Gaza; 4 dead
GAZA CITY (CNN) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh Friday called for an end to fighting between Palestinian security forces and militants in Gaza following the death of a militant commander and three others.
"The exchange of accusations and the exchange of fire must stop," Haniyeh said.
He convened his Cabinet for an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the situation -- its first meeting since the ministers were sworn in on Wednesday.
The fighting in Gaza broke out after Abu Yousef Abu Quka, a top commander of the Popular Resistance Committees, was killed in an explosion in Gaza City while he was in his car, witnesses said.
Immediately following his death, a spokesman for the group accused the Palestinian Authority of carrying out the attack on Abu Yousef. Speaking at a news conference in Gaza City, Abu Abir specifically blamed Mohammed Dahlan, a member of the Palestinian parliament, and Samir Mashrawi, a top figure in the Palestinian security forces whose office was near the site of the news conference.
After his accusation, Palestinian security forces stationed near Mashrawi's office opened fire on Abu Abir, who was not wounded in the attack, according to a CNN journalist who witnessed the shooting.
A gun battle ensued, in which three people were killed -- a member of the Palestinian security forces, a member of the Popular Resistance Committees, and a civilian, according to Palestinian medical sources.
At least 25 others were wounded, the sources said.
The Popular Resistance Committees includes members of several Palestinian militant groups, such as Fatah, Islamic Jihad and Hamas. (Updated, 1:25 p.m.)
EU says it will continue negotiations with Serbia amid signs of progress in cooperation with Hague tribunal
(CNN) -- The European Union said on Friday it will continue talks with Serbia and Montenegro amid signs of progress in the country's cooperation with the U.N. war crimes tribunal at the Hague, particularly the apprehension of a key fugitive -- former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic.
Olli Rehn, the EU commissioner for enlargement, said he met with Carla del Ponte, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which is at The Hague in the Netherlands.
He said she "reported progress in Serbia and Montenegro's cooperation with the ICTY which gives a credible possibility of concrete results in the weeks to come."
Also, he said, Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica on Friday gave "his firm commitment to locate, arrest and transfer Ratko Mladic to The Hague without delay."
The EU has threatened to cancel the next round of talks on an aid and trade pact with the Serbia-Montenegro government because of a lack of progress in tracking down Mladic.
The accord will help set the stage for highly coveted EU membership, and a handover of Mladic and Karadzic to the tribunal will help the government's chances of membership.
Mladic, a top former Bosnian Serb commander wanted for war crimes during the Balkan conflicts last decade, and former Bosnia Serb leader Radovan Karadzic remain at large. They are the top war crimes suspects and are thought to be hiding somewhere in Bosnia or Serbia.
As a result of the signs of progress, Rehn said "I have decided to maintain the negotiation round next week. "We will continue to monitor closely the performance of the authorities and expect them to further improve their level of cooperation with the ICTY." Authorities at the end of April "will reassess the situation and whether to continue the negotiations." (Posted 12:11 p.m.)
Child death and injuries prompts recall of magnetic building sets
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Several million magnetic building sets have been recalled in the United States because more than 30 children fell ill -- and one died -- after swallowing small magnets that fell out of the toys, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday.
Parents should immediately take All Magnetix Magnetic Building Sets away from their small children, the CPSC said, estimating that 3.8 million sets have been sold. A 20-month-old boy died after swallowing magnets that twisted his small intestine and caused a blockage, the CPSC said.
Overall, 34 incidents involving small children have been reported to the government. Three children, ranging in age from 3 to 8 years, "had intestinal perforations that required surgery and hospitalization in intensive care," the CSPC said.
"A 5-year-old child aspirated two magnets that were surgically removed from his lung." "Tiny magnets inside the plastic building pieces and rods can fall out," the CPSC said.
"Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract to each other and cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal. "This product is unsuitable for young children." (Posted 12:11 p.m.)
New York releases records of 911 calls made on Sept. 11, 2001; calls include only dispatchers' voices
NEW YORK (CNN) -- The City of New York Friday released CDs of 911 dispatchers responding to about 130 calls from inside the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001.
More than eight hours worth of CDs included only the fire and police dispatchers' side of the conversations.
The city has positively identified 28 individuals who made 911 calls on that day. Only one survived.
The release of the redacted CDs follows a three-year court battled led by The New York Times and joined by the families of nine firefighters. That battle ended a year ago.
The court decision left it up to next-of-kin to decide if the callers' voices in the recordings will be made public.
Here is an excerpt:
In the following, the "CRO" is the Fire Department operator. The "operator" is the police department operator.
CRO: Yeah, we have somebody that just fell out of the window.
OPERATOR: We heard that it was a plane that crashed into the building.
CRO: I know. But there was somebody that fell out of the window from there too.
OPERATOR: Oh, my God. You're getting hit with everything over there.
CRO: Yeah, I guess the guy was in a helicopter and just fell out of the helicopter.
OPERATOR: It was a helicopter or a plane?
CRO: They say helicopter.
OPERATOR: How many people dead; do you know?
CRO: The only thing I heard about was somebody fell out the window.
OPERATOR: Oh, my God. (Posted, 11:23 a.m.)
1 killed, 6 injured in blast at Istanbul bus stop
(CNN) -- One person was killed and six others were injured on Friday in a blast at a bus stop in the Turkish city of Istanbul, police told CNN Turk.
The incident took place in the Koca Mustafa Pasa district of the city at 10 a.m. EST. The explosive was lodged in a trash can. (Updated, 11:09 a.m.)
(CNN) -- Nearly three weeks after former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic was found dead in his cell at The Hague, the Swedish government agreed to conduct an independent audit of the detention unit of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
The U.N. war crimes tribunal said the Swedes on Thursday accepted the tribunal's request to conduct such an audit.
Milosevic's death sparked questions about conditions at the detention unit. The former Yugoslav leader was on trial for war crimes stemming from last decade's Balkan wars.
After his death, tribunal officials said it had full confidence in the operation of the unit but wanted to pursue an audit to ensure full transparency. (Posted, 10:35 a.m.)
Deadly quake rocks western Iran, 66 killed
(CNN) -- A moderate earthquake shook western Iran Friday morning, killing about 66 people and injuring at least 800 others, according to Iranian media More than 1,420 have been injured.
Iranian TV put the magnitude of the quake at 6.0, and the U.S. Geological Survey pegged the temblor at 5.7. The epicenter was 210 miles (340 km) southwest of Tehran.
The quake was sandwiched between two less-intense quakes measuring 4.7 in magnitude. All three quakes hit the region during a nine-hour period, with the first one hitting western Iran Thursday evening about 7:45 p.m. (Posted 9:30 a.m.)
Condoleezza Rice: Many tactical errors in war, but Saddam overthrow right decision
BLACKBURN, England (CNN) -- While admitting to possibly "thousands" of tactical mistakes in the war against Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insisted that the overthrow of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein three years ago was the right decision.
Rice was visiting Blackburn, the hometown of her counterpart, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. She was greeted there by about 200 anti-war demonstrators.
In a speech on Friday to journalists, academics and local officials in an event organized by the Chatham House think tank, Rice said, "I am quite certain there are going to be dissertations written about the mistakes of the Bush administration."
"I know we've made tactical errors, thousands of them, I'm sure," she said. "But when you look back in history what will be judged on is" whether the "right strategic decision" was made.
"I believe strongly it was the right strategic decision. That Saddam Hussein had been a threat to the international community long enough that it was time to deal with the threat," she added.
She said there would never be a different Middle East with Saddam Hussein at the center of it. "Of course, you learn lessons," she said. "If you are impervious to the lessons of the period of time that you have just been out of you are really rather brain dead." (Posted 9:30 a.m.)
3 people killed in Baghdad; 5 bodies found
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Attackers in central Baghdad on Friday killed three people, and authorities found five bodies in eastern Baghdad, police said. Insurgents shot and killed a police officer attached to an anti-terrorist unit.
The incident took place at 9 a.m. on Al-Sadoon Street in central Baghdad.
Later, at 12:30 p.m., a rocket slammed into a house in the Gaylani neighborhood, killing two people and wounding three others. Police think the rocket was targeting the Interior Ministry's compound.
Meanwhile, the five slain bodies were all shot dead and were discovered in various locations of eastern Baghdad. (Posted 6:19 a.m.)
Insurgent dies in firefight with Afghan and coalition forces
(CNN) -- Coalition and Afghan forces fought insurgents in the Chora district of Afghanistan's Uruzgan province Friday, killing one and seizing munitions, the U.S. military said.
According to a military statement, security forces engaged the insurgents after they were seen carrying rocket-propelled grenade launchers.
After the fighting, coalition and Afghan troops discovered a cache of munitions, including firearms and bomb-making materials. The province is located in central Afghanistan. (Posted 6:18 a.m.)
Demonstrators greet Rice in Jack Straw's hometown
BLACKBURN, England (CNN) -- About 200 demonstrators greeted U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Friday as she toured the hometown of her British counterpart, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.
At a visit to a Blackburn school, the protesters held anti-Iraqi war signs and shouted, "Condoleezza Rice, go home," and "Hey, hey Condi Rice, how many kids did you kill today?"
Jaabbar Khan, a 16-year-old student, said about 50 of his classmates skipped classes to join the demonstration. Protesters were also in front of Rice's hotel on her arrival Thursday night.
"People always have a right to protest," Rice said at a visit to a British aerospace facility Friday. "That is what democracy is all about." She added that people with differing views "should not keep them bottled up."
About 20 percent of Blackburn's population is Muslim, and Rice had been invited to visit a mosque in the city. That invitation was withdrawn after reports that widespread anti-U.S. protests were planned about U.S. policy toward Muslims and the war in Iraq were planned. She will, however, meet with the area's Muslim leaders. (Posted 5:48 a.m.)
Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds to huddle over new government
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Iraqi political leaders were to meet Friday afternoon at the home of President Jalal Talabani to discuss formation of a new government and related issues, said Mahmud Othman, a Kurdish parliamentarian.
"We will discuss the forming of the new government generally, but the main issue in this meeting will be the National Security Council," Othman said.
Originally scheduled for Wednesday, the 3 p.m. meeting was delayed for two days as Shiite and Sunni politicians wrangled over who should oversee the country's security forces and organizations.
Othman said the Shiite plan would place security forces under the control of Iraq's prime minister, while the Sunnis would like the National Security Council to oversee them. (Posted 5:44 a.m.)
57 die when cruise boat capsizes off Bahrain
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) -- At least 57 bodies were recovered through Friday in the Persian Gulf off Bahrain, after a cruise ship carrying 137 people capsized during a party the night before.
Sixty-seven people were rescued, and 13 were missing, Bahrain Interior Ministry officials said. Eleven of the dead were unidentified. The consortium Nass-Murray & Roberts chartered the boat for a celebratory dinner cruise after completing a key phase of a major construction project.
They are the lead contractors in a joint venture building the 50-story World Trade Center in Bahrain's capital, Manama. Murray & Robert's chief executive, Brian Bruce, said in a written statement that four of its workers were confirmed dead, six others were unaccounted for and 15 were safe. All 25 are assigned to the WTC project. (Posted 5:43 a.m.)
U.S.: prisoner dies of apparent heart attack at Abu Ghraib prison
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- A 62-year-old male prisoner at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison died of an apparent heart attack Thursday, the U.S. military said.
"Detainees in the same compound notified the guards that the detainee was having difficulty breathing. The medical staff was dispatched and immediately began CPR in order to revive the detainee," according to a statement. "The detainee was transported to the on-site medical facility where he died."
The military's Criminal Investigation Division is probing the incident. Abu Ghraib made international headlines after photos showing American soldiers abusing prisoners surfaced. (Posted 2:20 a.m.)
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