Saturday, May 6
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Police enter home in Hebron; 7 officers injured by Jewish stonethrowers
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Police used a circular saw to cut through the door of a home in Hebron early Sunday to evict a group of West Bank settlers who were living there illegally.
As police worked to gain access to the home, other Jewish settlers threw stones, slightly injuring seven officers, a police spokesman said. Hundreds of police were on hand to quell any further clashes from the approximately 150 angry settlers, the spokesman said.
After several hours, all three families living in the home had been forcibly evacuated, but police continued to work to remove several settlers from the home who had come in when the families were being taken out.
A court ruled that the three families were living illegally in the Palestinian home, and the High Court of Justice ordered security forces to evacuate them by Monday. They had been occupying the home for a month.
Hebron is about 20 miles south of Jerusalem. (Posted 2:48 a.m.)
Car bomb explodes in Karbala, 2 detonate in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- A car bomb exploded on Sunday in Karbala killing at least five people and wounding 18, hospital officials said.
Two other car bombs detonated on Sunday in Baghdad nearly simultaneously: one at 9 a.m. and the other at 9:10 a.m., Iraqi police said.
The first blast, at an Iraqi army base in Baghdad, killed eight people and wounded 15. The second, near a government agricultural building, killed one person and wounded five, police said.
Karbala is 50 miles south of Baghdad. (Posted 2:23 a.m.)
43 bodies found in Baghdad in past 24 hours
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- A total of 43 bodies have been found in Iraq's capital in the past 24 hours in various locations, Iraqi police told CNN on Sunday. (Posted 2:22 a.m.)
Leader of polygamous sect now among FBI's Ten Most Wanted
(CNN) -- The FBI on Saturday added the fugitive leader of a polygamous sect wanted on criminal charges of sexual conduct with a minor to its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list -- where he joins al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Warren Steed Jeffs, 50, leads the the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which broke away from mainstream Mormonism after the main church renounced polygamy.
Jeffs' movement is based in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City. Polygamy is freely practiced in Colorado City, a remote enclave that straddles the Arizona-Utah state line. Jeffs is accused of arranging marriages between underage girls and older men.
Jeffs faces charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in Utah and Arizona, sexual conduct with a minor, conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor and rape as an accomplice, according to the FBI Web site. (Posted 12:05 a.m.)
Hostage-taking ends peacefully at Sacramento prison
(CNN) -- An inmate at the California State Prison surrendered peacefully Saturday night, 11 hours after taking a female guard hostage in a dining room of the maximum-security facility in Sacramento, a spokeswoman said.
The guard, Sheila Mitchell, appeared unharmed but was taken to a hospital for evaluation, said Lt. Joyce McClendon.
She said 41-year-old inmate Michael David Watson -- who had wielded a sharp, homemade knife -- gave up after hours of negotiations, and was being transferred to another prison.
"He asked for us to contact a family member," said another spokesman, Capt. Fred Schroeder. "Through that contact it appeared he would be assured of his safety. That is what ultimately brought this to a resolution."
Although the hostage situation had ended, the prison will remain in lockdown, while there is an investigation, Schroeder said. No other details were released.
Watson was serving a sentence for robbery and three counts of false imprisonment. Schroeder said Watson has a history of disciplinary problems, "but not along the lines of this incident here." He didn't elaborate. (Posted 9:40 p.m.)
Five men questioned, released after raising suspicions on flight
NEW YORK (CNN) -- The FBI questioned, then released, five men Saturday who were returning from a helicopter mechanics school aboard an American Airlines jet, after a flight attendant saw some of them reading flight manuals, and became suspicious, authorities said.
The men -- identified by the FBI as four Angolan military personnel and one Israeli -- were taken aside when the plane landed at Newark Liberty International Airport. They were released after questioning, said Marc LaVorgna, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Authorities provided no further details on the men. Flight 1874, from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, landed in New Jersey at 3:20 p.m. Steve Siegel, an FBI spokesman in Newark, said the men were discussing their helicopter training on the plane. (Posted 7:55 p.m.)
Sen. Feingold 'concerned' by choice of Hayden for CIA chief
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Russ Feingold said he is "concerned by reports" that President Bush intends to nominate Gen. Michael Hayden to be CIA director, because Hayden defended the president's decision to authorize a no-warrant, domestic surveillance program.
Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, introduced the unsuccessful resolution to censure Bush for authorizing the program conducted by the National Security Agency.
"General Hayden directed and subsequently defended the president's illegal wiretapping program," Feingold said in a statement released by his office. "Neither he nor the rest of the administration informed the congressional intelligence committees about this program, as is required by law."
Bush has settled on Hayden to replace Porter Goss, who abruptly resigned the CIA post Friday after losing what intelligence sources described as a power struggle with National Intelligence Director John Negroponte. An announcement is planned for Monday, senior administration officials have told CNN.
Hayden, 61, is Negroponte's principal deputy. (Posted 3:33 p.m.)
Overnight curfew imposed in Basra after crash, fighting
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Basra police imposed an overnight curfew, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., the British military said Saturday.
This comes in the aftermath of the British chopper crash and the fighting between British forces and Iraqis in the southern Iraqi city on Saturday.
"It seems to have had the desired effect," the British spokesman said. "Things have quietened down." (Posted 1:50 p.m.)
Russia's foreign minister takes issue with Cheney's remarks on Russia
(CNN) -- Russia's foreign minister on Saturday issued a statement taking issue with Vice President Dick Cheney's contention two days ago that "opponents of reform are seeking to reverse the gains of the last decade."
"I used to think an important statesman would have all objective information -- but it seems the advisers failed," Sergei Lavrov said in a statement on the Russian Foreign Ministry Web site.
Cheney leveled criticisms of Moscow during a wide-ranging speech on Thursday in Lithuania, the small Baltic state and a former Soviet republic. Cheney said rights have been "improperly restricted" in the spheres of religion, media, advocacy groups."
Referring to the reversal of "gains" mentioned by Cheney, Lavrov is "convinced the Russian people do not need an explanation of what kind of accomplishments those were when the country was on the verge of falling apart. Whatever is being done by the Russian leadership is aimed at preserving Russia as a strong state." (Posted 1:46 p.m.)
3 workers killed, 1 injured in Florida work accident
MIAMI (CNN) -- Three workers were killed and another was injured on Saturday after an accident at a high-rise construction site, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue told CNN.
Workers were pouring concrete on the 26th floor of the building in Bal Harbour north of Miami when the floor collapsed.
The men and the concrete fell to the 25th floor. The injured man was taken to a hospital. (Posted 1:45 p.m.)
Sudan government spokesman: 'No problem' for U.N. peacekeepers in Darfur
(CNN) -- A spokesman for Sudan's government on Saturday welcomed the presence of U.N. peacekeepers in war-wracked Darfur.
Bakri Mulah, secretary-general for external affairs in the Information Ministry, made the remark in the aftermath of the new peace deal aimed to end the violence and misery in the western Sudanese region.
"I think now there is no problem," Mulah said. "The Sudan government will be open for any assistance."
The accord was reached in Nigeria on Friday between the government and Sudan's main rebel group and it came hours after the third deadline for reaching an agreement had passed, after marathon talks amid intense international pressure. (Posted 12:15 p.m.)
Goss calls his CIA resignation 'just one of those mysteries'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Outgoing CIA director Porter Goss on Saturday wouldn't say why he is leaving the position.
Questioned outside his home by a CNN producer, Goss said, "Well, it's just one of those mysteries."
President Bush has settled on Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden as his choice for CIA director, and an announcement is planned for Monday, senior administration officials have told CNN.
Hayden, 61, is the principal deputy to National Intelligence Director John Negroponte. If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace Goss, who abruptly resigned the CIA post Friday after losing what intelligence sources described as a power struggle with Negroponte.
Hayden was director of the National Security Agency in 2001, when Bush authorized a controversial program allowing the agency to monitor the communications of people inside the United States who were in contact with suspected terrorists overseas, without first obtaining a warrant.(Posted 12:15 p.m.)
British chopper crash in Basra causes onboard deaths; Hospital: 4 Iraqis killed, 29 wounded in fighting after crash
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- A British helicopter crash in a residential area of Basra on Saturday killed an unknown number of personnel on the craft, the British military confirmed.
An official with Sadr Teaching Hospital in Basra told CNN that at least four Iraqis were killed and 29 Iraqis were wounded during the clashes between British military and Iraqis after the crash.
British forces on the ground were peppered by small-arms fire and bottle bombs during the chaos, the British military in Basra said.
Newly-appointed Defense Secretary Des Browne said was "deeply saddened" by the deaths.
However, the Ministry of Defense has not yet provided precise numbers on how many people in the helicopter died. The incident took place in the southern city of Basra, where British forces are based. (Posted 11:40 a.m.)
Bush to Oklahoma State U. students: Don't wall off America. Embrace competition
(CNN) -- President Bush on Saturday touted free trade and competition and warned of a "retreat into protectionism" -- a message delivered in a commencement speech at a U.S. heartland state university that comes as domestic anxiety rises over immigration, outsourcing, energy, and foreign investment across America.
Speaking at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Bush acknowledged the country's angst but warned the students not to embrace protectionism.
"A country that shuts itself off from competition will be a country that isolates itself from the opportunities of our world."
Bush noted "rise of new competitors like China and India" and he said such "competition creates uncertainty." "Some look at the changes taking place all around us, and worry about our future. Their reaction is to wall America off from the world, and to retreat into protectionism. This is a sure path to stagnation and decline - and I ask you to reject this kind of pessimism."
He said Oklahoma itself benefits from free trade, saying the "citizens of Oklahoma export wheat to Mexico pork to Japan and liquid pumps to Russia."
"For your generation, even more opportunities will come from overseas. Government must help, but it is up to you to take advantage of what you have learned here - and meet the future with confidence in your ability to compete and succeed." (Posted 11:27 a.m.)
10 U.S. soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A U.S. helicopter crashed Friday night near Asadabad in Kunar Province, killing all 10 U.S. soldiers on board, a spokeswoman for the Combined Forces Command said Saturday.
The crash of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter occurred during combat operations in the southeastern part of the country, according to a statement from the Coalition Press Information Center (CPIC), but was not a result of enemy action.
The chopper "was conducting operations on a mountain top landing zone when the crash occurred.
"Additional aircraft and crews were also at the landing zone and confirmed that enemy forces did not cause the crash," the military statement said.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and comrades of the soldiers who were involved in this crash," said Maj. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, commander of Combined Joint Task Force - 76. "We must honor the courage and dedication of our soldiers by continuing our commitment to bringing peace and stability to the Afghan people." (Posted 6:39 a.m.)
U.S. soldier killed in Iraq
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- A U.S. soldier was killed in Iraq on Friday, according to a statement from the Joint Operations Center released on Saturday. The statement said the soldier was killed "when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device."
His identity was not released, and an investigation into the incident is under way, the statement said. (Posted 4:36 a.m.)
3 Iraqi army officers killed in suicide attack; seven abducted in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Three Iraqi army officers were killed on Saturday when a suicide bomber got inside an Iraqi army base in Tikrit, authorities said. Another officer was wounded in the 8:10 a.m. attack, according to an Iraqi official with the Salaheddin Joint Coordination Center.
The official said the suicide bomber was wearing an outfit similar to an Iraqi army uniform and gained entrance to the base after asking for some Iraqi army officers by name.
Tikrit, which is the hometown of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, is about 160 km north of Baghdad. (Posted 3:45 a.m.)
7 abducted in two incidents south of Baghdad
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Gunmen abducted seven people in two separate incidents in Khan al-Mahawil, according to a Hilla police official.
Three police commandos were abducted when gunmen stopped the car they were riding in around 6:30 a.m., the official said. They were taken to an unknown location.
In the other incident, gunmen wearing uniforms similar to those of Iraqi police commandos abducted two truck drivers and two minibus drivers, the official said.
Khan al-Mahawil is about 70 km south of Baghdad. (Posted 3:45 a.m.)
5 bodies found in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Police in Baghdad told CNN that five bodies were found in the Dora Sunni neighborhood around 7 a.m.
The corpses all had gunshot wounds to the head and showed signs of being tortured, the official said. Iraqi police could not immediately identify the bodies. (Posted 3:45 a.m.)
2 children killed in Baghdad mortar round
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Two children were killed and another person was wounded on Saturday when a mortar round hit a house in Shu'la Shiite neighborhood in northwestern Baghdad around 9:30 a.m., the official said.
A roadside bomb explosion wounded two Iraqi police in eastern Baghdad at 11:20 a.m., the official said, and four Iraqi civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded at 9 a.m. in Yusufiyah, about 30 km south of Baghdad. (Posted 3:45 a.m.)
Fire breaks out on cruise ship off the coast of Britain
LONDON (CNN) -- Emergency crews on Saturday put out a fire in the engine room of a passenger cruise liner carrying 708 people off the southeastern coast of Britain, officials said.
The crew of the Calypso issued a mayday call at 4 a.m. (11 p.m. ET Friday) and units from the Dover Coastguard and Marine Incident Response Group responded.
The 462 passengers and 246 crew members on the ship got into lifeboats as a precaution but Mark Rodaway of the Dover Coastguards told CNN in a phone interview the fire was contained to the engine room.
Because carbon dioxide foam was sprayed to put out the flames, "the exact cause (of the fire) won't be known for some time," Rodaway said.
The Cypriot-flagged ship was just beginning a cruise from Tilbury to St. Peterport. The fire broke out when the ship was about 20 miles southwest of Beachy Head, according to a coastguard statement. (Posted 1:40 a.m.)
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