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The CNN Wire: Monday Aug 27

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Editor's Note: The CNN Wire is a running log of the latest news from CNN World Headquarters, reported by CNN's correspondents and producers, and The CNN Wire editors. "Posted" times are Eastern Time.

Coast Guard rescues teenagers off the New Jersey coast

(CNN) -- The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a pair of teenage boys from a 16-foot boat that broke down off the New Jersey coast Monday afternoon.

According to a Coast Guard statement, the disabled boat was spotted 35 miles east of Cape May, N.J. by the crew of The Denny Striper Show, a 25-foot recreational boat.

"If it weren't for the crew of The Denny Striper Show, we may not have known there was any trouble," said Petty Officer 1st Class Kyle Gerkens from a Coast Guard office in Atlantic City. "The teenagers didn't tell anyone where they were going, and they owe a huge debt of gratitude to the good Samaritan for finding them."

Rescued were Gus Fellenbaum, 15, and Devon Johnson, 14, both of Avalon, N.J. The boys were released into the custody of their parents.(Posted 2:15 a.m.)

Pakistan cabinet minister resigns

LAHORE, Pakistan (CNN) -- Ishaq Khan Khakwani, Pakistan's Minister of State for Information Technology, resigned Monday to protest President Pervez Musharraf's plan to stand for re-election while still wearing the uniform as Pakistan's military chief, the minister told CNN.

Khakwani met with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz at the prime minister's house on Monday to turn in his resignation, government sources said.

Government sources also said that senior government officials met with Khakwani on Monday in an attempt to convince him to stay on.

Khakwani told CNN it would not be good for the country for Musharraf to stand for election in uniform. He should stand on his performance during eight years in office rather than the uniform, he said.

Musharraf took over the presidency in 1999 in a bloodless coup that toppled then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The army general was elected president in a 2002 vote that was widely viewed as rigged. His five-year presidential term expires in November, and he is seeking to retain his position as president and army chief.

-- From CNN's Syed Mohsin Naqvi (Posted 9:21 p.m.)

Fire marshals: 'Careless smoking' caused deadly NY blaze

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Construction workers' "careless smoking" caused a deadly fire at the abandoned Deutsche Bank building, and failures in oversight by the fire department "exacerbated" the blaze, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday.

The building, which was severely damaged by the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, was undergoing demolition when the fire broke out on Aug. 18. Two firefighters were killed in the blaze, and more than 50 other firefighters were injured.

Bloomberg said the chiefs in command of firefighters working the blaze 'acted appropriately," but problems already in place when the fire started, "specifically, a broken standpipe, a non-functioning sprinkler system, and decontamination efforts -- ... exacerbated the fire and caused unacceptably hazardous conditions."

Bloomberg said the fire department had relieved three officers of their commands and reassigned them to headquarters because of the initial results of the investigation. (Posted 8:53 p.m.)

Police officer killed in Bush motorcade mishap

(CNN) -- A 40-year-old Albuquerque police officer died Monday after being struck by a vehicle in President Bush's motorcade, an official said.

The officer, who was part of the president's motorcade, was on his motorcycle ahead of the president's vehicle, near an airport exit, when he was struck, said John Frances, a spokesman for the Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety. The force of the accident threw the officer into a curb and then a tree.

No one else was hurt.

The officer, who had been with the force for two years, has not been identified publicly. He was married with two teenage children -- a boy and a girl, said Frances.

Last November, a Honolulu police officer was killed in a collision with a vehicle in President Bush's motorcade. (Posted 6:31 p.m.)

Republican Sen. Larry Craig fined after Minnesota airport arrest

(CNN) -- Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, was fined earlier this month for a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge stemming from his arrest in June at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, according to Minnesota criminal records.

While the criminal records did not provide details of why Craig was arrested, Roll Call newspaper reported Monday that he was apprehended by a plainclothes police officer investigating complaints of lewd behavior in an airport men's room. (Posted 5:56 p.m.)

Suicide bombing at mosque kills at least 9

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- A suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest in the courtyard of al-Raqeeb mosque in Falluja Monday, killing at least nine people and wounding 10 others, an official with Iraq's Interior Ministry said.

The bomber blew himself up among a group of worshippers following evening prayers at about 9:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. ET), the official said.

Those killed included the imam of the mosque and his two sons. The imam is known to have spoken out against al-Qaeda, the official said.

The al-Raqeeb mosque is in western Falluja's al-Jawlan neighborhood. (Posted 5:21 p.m.)

FAA orders wing slat inspections of 737s after China Airlines fire

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered airlines to inspect wing slats on all newer Boeing 737 aircraft after an initial investigation said a loose part caused a fuel leak and subsequent fire that destroyed a China Airlines 737 last week in Japan.

The FAA issued the airworthiness directive on Saturday to owners and operators of 783 U.S. planes that have been in service since 1998, but the directive will likely be applied to the nearly 2,300 planes worldwide soon, the agency said.

FAA spokesman Les Dorr said other directives could follow.

The FAA said the directive was issued after the China Airlines incident and another incident involving the wing slats of a 737. (Posted 4:17 p.m.)

Gonzales' long history with Bush fuels rise, but can't break fall

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- When President Bush nominated his close friend, Alberto Gonzales, to be attorney general in November 2004, he lauded him as a man of "sharp intellect" and "sound judgment" who could be counted on to be a "calm and steady voice in times of crisis."

"This is the fifth time I have asked Judge Gonzales to serve his fellow citizens, and I am very grateful he keeps saying 'yes,' " Bush said. "My confidence in Al was high to begin with. It has only grown with time."

The president's decision to tap Gonzales as the nation's top law enforcement officer was the culmination of a long political and personal partnership between the two men, who both entered public service together in Texas in 1995 and, in just six years, rose to the top echelons of power in Washington.

But even shared history, friendship and a quintessentially American rags-to-riches life story could not save Gonzales amid an escalating flap over the botched replacement of eight U.S. attorneys and rising criticism of his handling of the fallout.

-- By CNN Wire's Richard Shumate (Posted 4:09 p.m.)

CBS translator killed in Iraq

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- A translator working for CBS News in Iraq has been killed, the network said Monday.

The body of Anwar Abbas Lafta, who had been abducted last Monday from his home in Baghdad, was buried Monday in Najaf, the network said.

Abbas, who had been working for CBS News in Baghdad for the past 10 months, was abducted on the night of Aug. 20 by approximately eight to 10 armed men about three hours after he had left the bureau, CBS said in a written statement.

The men, some wearing body armor, entered his home and fought with him and his brother, who was also there.

Abbas' brother was beaten, his sister was shot in the arm, and Abbas himself was kidnapped, the statement said. (Posed 3:32 p.m.)

Bush: Iraqi leaders take 'important step' toward political settlement

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (CNN) -- President Bush on Monday praised a weekend announcement by Iraqi leaders as an "important step" toward a political settlement of the 4-year-old war and said they had his continued support.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the country's three-member Presidency Council and the head of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region announced Sunday that they have agreed to push for provincial elections and to ease the ban on public jobs for former members of the banned Baath Party when the country's parliament reconvenes.

But in Iraq, the top Sunni Arab in government, Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, played down any reports of progress Sunday.

Though al-Hashimi took part in Sunday's announcement, along with President Jalal Talabani and Shiite Vice-President Adel Abdul Mahdi, his office called the agreements "not so significant." It said Sunday's deal merely sends the proposed laws to a "preparatory committee" for further discussion. (Posted 3:03 p.m.)

Gonzales quits AG post in latest Bush administration exit

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- After months of grilling over the firings of federal prosecutors and questions about his candor before Congress, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced Monday that he would leave office in mid-September.

Gonzales, a longtime aide and friend of President Bush, gave no explanation for the decision. But in Waco, Texas, Bush said critics had unfairly run his attorney general out of office.

"It's sad that we live in a time when a talented and honorable person like Alberto Gonzales is impeded from doing important work because his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons," the president said.

Gonzales is the latest in a series of high-profile Bush administration officials to head for the exit in recent months. His departure follows the resignations of several top Justice Department lieutenants who were embroiled in the controversy surrounding the 2006 firings of U.S. attorneys in at least eight cities. (Posted 1:18 p.m.)

McKay: Demand letter sent for Vick's $22m bonus

ATLANTA (CNN) -- The Atlanta Falcons sent out a "demand letter" Monday for suspended quarterback Michael Vick's $22 million bonus, the team's general manager Rich McKay said. (Posted 1:18 p.m.)

Blank: Vick not cut from team

ATLANTA (CNN) -- Hours after suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Monday the team "has to move on" but has not decided to cut Vick from the team.

He said that move would not be in the best interests of the team, long-term.

Many legal and contractual issues are still being examined and addressed, Blank said. (Posted 12:43 p.m.)

Report finds U.S. obesity epidemic growing

(CNN) -- Americans are already among the fattest people in the world, and they just keep adding pounds, according to a Monday report that found obesity rates have swelled during the last year.

The survey found obesity rates have grown in 31 states, with no state reporting that its obesity rate shrank. And, for the first time, more than 30 percent of residents in one state -- Mississippi -- are classified as obese.

Nationwide, two-thirds of U.S. adults are obese or overweight, according to the fourth annual report from the Trust for America's Health, titled "F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America." The report's co-author says the government needs to treat this trend as an epidemic that threatens the health of Americans and put a national plan in place to combat obesity.

"The key recommendation in the report is we need a national strategy," said report co-author Jeffrey Levi.

He noted that the federal government has created a comprehensive plan to be implemented in the event of an outbreak of pandemic flu.

"We need something like that in obesity that says this is what every agency of the federal government is doing, what we can do, to directly affect this problem and motivate individual communities and businesses to play their role as well," Levi said.

Counting overweight and obese adults together, 32 states have totals exceeding 60 percent. West Virginia ranks highest in the combined statistic, with nearly two-thirds of its adults obese or overweight. (Posted 12:43 p.m.)

Coloradans rank among the nation's fittest

(CNN) -- Residents of Colorado, where outdoor sports are a major part of the state's culture, were ranked among the nation's fittest by the annual report on obesity.

The state ranked 51st in obesity -- the rankings included the District of Columbia -- with 17.6 percent of its 4.3 million residents squeezing into that category. And it ranked 48th in inactivity, with just 17.8 percent being classified that way.

That appeared to pay off in health benefits, with Colorado ranking into ranking 50 in diabetes and high blood pressure.

These figures did not surprise Spenser Havlick, the former deputy mayor for the city of Boulder, where exercise and good nutrition rank high in the public consciousness and attract like-minded people from other parts of the country, he said. (Posted 12:42 p.m.)

Hulk Hogan's son released from hospital after high-speed car wreck

(CNN) -- The teenage son of wrestling icon Hulk Hogan was discharged Monday from a Florida hospital after he slammed his Toyota Supra into a palm tree in a wreck local police called "spectacular."

A representative answering the patient information line at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, said Nick Bollea, 17, had been discharged. Bollea is the son of Hogan, whose real name is Terrence Bollea.

Bollea's passenger in the Sunday crash, John Graziano, 22, remained in critical condition at Bayfront on Monday afternoon, said hospital spokeswoman Nancy Waite.

Nick Bollea was driving at a "high rate of speed" Sunday evening when he lost control of the yellow Supra, said Wayne Shelor, a spokesman for the Clearwater police.

The car "inexplicably left the roadway" jumped a median and crashed into a palm tree just east of downtown, Shelor said.

"It destroyed the car," he said. (Posted 12:18 p.m.)

Vick: 'Dogfighting is a terrible thing'

RICHMOND, Va. (CNN) -- Shortly after entering a guilty plea to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge, suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick offered his "deepest apologies" Monday and admitted he was not forthright with his teammates about his involvement.

"I want to personally apologize to (NFL) Commissioner (Roger) Goodell, (Atlanta Falcons owner) Arthur Blank, Coach Bobby Petrino, my Atlanta Falcons teammates, for our previous discussions that we had," Vick said.

"You know I was not honest and forthright in our discussions, and I was ashamed and totally disappointed in myself, to say the least."

In addition, Vick apologized "to all the young kids out there for my immature acts."

He said he was especially "disappointed in myself ... because of all the young people, young kids that I've let down who look at Michael Vick as a role model." (Posted 12:15 p.m.)

Vick pleads guilty; Dec. 10 set as sentencing hearing

RICHMOND, Va. (CNN) -- Suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick entered a guilty plea Monday to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge, his attorney said.

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson set Dec. 10 as the date for Vick's sentencing hearing. During the brief court proceeding on Monday, Hudson asked Vick if he understood the charges and Vick responded, "Yes sir", according to CNN's Rusty Dornin who was at the proceedings.

Referring to the upcoming sentencing hearing, Vick's attorney Billy Martin said, "We hope that Judge Hudson will see the real Mike Vick."

Vick is scheduled to hold a separate news conference later in the day, Martin said.

The plea deal calls for a sentence of 12 to 18 months, but Hudson could ignore that recommendation and impose a harsher sentence. (Posted 11:13 a.m.)

Gonzales resigns; says he told Bush Sunday

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation Monday, telling reporters he informed President Bush on Sunday that he will leave his post "effective as of" Sept. 17.

In a very brief statement before reporters, Gonzales offered no explanation for his decision and did not take questions.

"I am profoundly grateful to President Bush for his friendship and for the many opportunities he has given me to serve the American people," Gonzales said.

As the grandson of Mexican immigrants, Gonzales also said he has "lived the American dream."

"Even my worst days as attorney general have been better than my father's best days," he said. (Posted 10:47 a.m.)

Facing likely jail time, Vick to appear in court to push for plea deal

RICHMOND, Va. (CNN) -- Facing likely jailtime, a hefty fine, and a possible requirement that he return millions of dollars to the team that made him a star, suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick appeared at the federal courthouse here Monday to throw himself at the mercy of a judge, asking that his plea deal be accepted.

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Vick will likely have to answer questions from U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson that go beyond Vick's admissions in court filings Friday.

As part of an agreement negotiated with federal prosecutors, Vick agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge alleging he traveled across state lines to engage in unlawful activities and sponsor a dog in a dogfighting contest.

The charge carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Under the plea agreement, prosecutors and Vick's attorneys agreed to federal sentencing guidelines calling for a sentence of 12 to 18 months, with prosecutors saying they would recommend a sentence "at the low end of the applicable guideline range" if Vick meets the conditions of the agreement. (Posted 10:33 a.m.)

Gonzales, fierce defender of administration secrecy, resigns as attorney general

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- After months of resisting mounting calls for his ouster from even some of the Bush administration's allies in Congress, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is resigning, senior administration officials said Monday.

Bush will likely nominate Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to the position, senior administration officials said. Chertoff is a former prosecutor and was overwhelmingly confirmed as assistant U.S. attorney general in 2001. But he has faced heated criticism over his handling of Hurricane Katrina two years ago.

Clay Johnson, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, would likely be nominated to replace Chertoff, the officials said.

Gonzales, a fierce defender of the Bush administration's insistence on secrecy -- particularly in issues involving the battle against terrorism -- informed Bush on Friday that he was leaving.

Gonzales and his wife joined the president for lunch at his ranch in Crawford, Texas on Sunday. (Posted 10:25 a.m.)

Gonzales' last day Sept. 16; Clement to step in

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Alberto Gonzales' last day as attorney general will be Sept. 16, a senior administration official said Monday.

Paul Clement, Solicitor General of the United States, will be the acting Attorney General. (Posted 10:11 a.m.)

Father of kidnapped Israeli soldier denies Hamas contact

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- The father of abducted Israeli soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit said he has not been contacted by any of his son's kidnappers or their direct representatives, despite a recent statement from Hamas' exiled leader.

Shalit told CNN on Sunday that he has spoken to Hamas leaders, including former Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad, but has not been in touch with any "relevant" elements in Hamas.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal told CNN's Nic Robertson on Friday -- in his first interview with Western television in two years -- that "we gave free information to Gilad's father and to his family that Gilad is still alive."

Meshaal also said that Hamas has reached out to Shalit's father to let him know that Hamas provided him with eyeglasses when he requested them.

Shalit told CNN that Hamas has made conflicting statements in the past about his son's health, sometimes saying he is OK and sometimes saying he is not. (Posted 10:04 a.m.)

Senior admin. officials: Gonzales resigns

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned, senior administration officials told CNN Monday.

He informed Bush on Friday, officials said.

But even his highest level aides and top level Justice Department officials were not informed until Monday morning, department sources said.

President Bush will likely nominate Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to the position, senior administration officials said.

Gonzales plans to announce his resignation Tuesday at a news conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m., the Department of Justice announced.

Many lawmakers -- including Republicans -- have long called for Gonzales' ouster, but President Bush has previously said Gonzales maintained his confidence. (Posted 9:11 a.m.)


DOJ: Gonzales to hold news conference

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Alberto Gonzales will hold a news conference Monday at 10:30 a.m. in which he is expected to announce his resignation as attorney general, the Department of Justice said. -- From CNN's Terry Frieden (Posted 8:55 a.m.)

Senior admin. officials: Chertoff likely to be nominated for A.G.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush will likely nominate Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to replace Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, senior administration officials told CNN Monday. (Posted 8:45 a.m.)

Fire contained at chemical storage site in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) -- A fire that broke out early Monday at a chemical storage facility at a United Arab Emirates port was under control shortly after fire and civil defense vehicles were deployed, a Dubai Civil Defense Department official said. Port operations were not affected.

Several blasts were reported in a chemical storage facility near two terminals and the general cargo areas of the Jebel Ali Port, Brigadier General Rashid al-Matroushi, head of Civil Defense Dubai Free Zone, said.

No casualties have been reported and the cause of fire, which sent choking black smoke into the sky, is under investigation. (Posted 8:37 a.m.)

Senior admin. officials: Gonzales resigns

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned, senior administration officials told CNN Monday.

Many lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have long called for his ouster, but President Bush has previously said Gonzales maintained his confidence. (Posted 8:30 a.m.)

Iraqi forces detain suspected terror leader with ties to Saddam's daughter

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Iraqi forces detained the suspected leader of a terrorist cell network believed to be funded by Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter, who is wanted by Iraqi authorities on terrorism charges, the U.S. military announced Monday.

The raid happened Sunday in Hussein's hometown of Tikrit. It was carried out by Iraqi forces, advised by U.S. Special Forces, the military said.

The network, believed to be funded by Raghad Hussein, has been "linked to a series of attacks on coalition forces" using rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs, the military said.

Earlier this month, the international police organization Interpol issued an alert to authorities across the world that Raghad Hussein is wanted by Iraqi authorities. (Posted 7:37 a.m.)

Strong winds fuel dozens of Greek fires; ancient city of Olympia dodges inferno

KRESTENA, Greece (CNN) -- Fanned by strong winds, dozens of deadly wildfires -- believed to be the result of arson -- continued to engulf parts of Greece on Monday, but the ancient city of Olympia managed to escape the inferno.

The national fire department reported early Monday that 89 new fires broke out in a 24-hour period, but it was not clear how many had been brought under control. As of Sunday night, over 100 wildfires were still burning.

Fire officials said at least 51 people have died in the fires, which have razed dozens of villages. Local media reported the toll rose to over 60 on Monday.

At least two people have been arrested in connection with the fires, Fire Brigade Officer Nikos Tsogas said Sunday.

European Union countries have sent aircraft and other equipment to battle the blazes that are affecting nearly half the country. (Posted 7:03 a.m.)

Police: Wrestling star's son, passenger recovering from 'spectacular' Florida wreck

(CNN) -- The teenage son of wrestling star Hulk Hogan remains in a Florida hospital Monday, after he was seriously injured in a high-speed wreck that left his passenger in critical condition, police said.

Hogan's son, Nick Bollea, 17, was the driver of a car that went out of control Sunday evening, crossed the median and struck a tree in Clearwater, Fla., police spokesman Wayne Shelor said.

Bollea's injuries are non-life-threatening while his passenger John J. Graziano, 22, of Dunedin, Fla., is still in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center hospital in St. Petersburg, police said Monday.

No charges have been filed in the ongoing investigation, according to Clearwater police. (Posted 6:52 a.m.)

U.S. military announces 4 casualties in weekend fighting

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- The U.S. military Monday announced the deaths of two U.S. soldiers and two Marines in fighting over the weekend.

The soldiers, assigned to the Army's Task Force Lightning, were killed by enemy gunfire Sunday in Salaheddin province, north of Baghdad.

One Marine died Saturday, and another Sunday, in separate incidents while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, west of Baghdad.

Since the start of the war, the U.S. military has lost 3,732 troops in Iraq. (Posted 6:52 a.m.)

Interfax: 10 suspects arrested in death of Russian journalist

MOSCOW (CNN) -- Russian authorities have arrested 10 suspects in the murder investigation of an outspoken journalist who was found dead last year, Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Monday.

According to Interfax, Prosecutor General Yury Chaika told President Vladimir Putin that "criminal charges will be brought against them soon."

Interfax did not report when the arrests took place or when Chaika spoke with the Russian president.

Last October, Anna Politkovskaya, who worked for Novaya Gazeta, a Moscow-based newspaper, was found shot to death in the elevator of the building she lived in. A handgun and four empty cartridge cases were also found.

At the time, colleagues suggested it was a political killing, because of her outspoken criticism of Russia's Chechnya policies. (Posted 5:55 a.m.)

2 U.S. soldiers killed in Salaheddin province

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Two U.S. soldiers were killed by enemy gunfire Sunday in Salaheddin province, north of Baghdad, a U.S. military statement released on Monday said.

Both soldiers were members of the Army's Task Force Lightning.

Since the start of the war, the U.S. military has lost 3,730 troops in Iraq. (Posted 4:40 a.m.)

Olmert, Abbas to meet on Tuesday

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Tuesday in Jerusalem, an official in Olmert's office told CNN.

The two leaders last met three weeks ago, on Aug. 6, and indicated it was the first in a series of meetings that would be held.

At the time, an official in Olmert's office told CNN the two leaders discussed "steps to be taken in the longer way to bring about the creation of the Palestinian state, which Prime Minister Olmert would like to see happening as soon as possible."

Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat echoed that assessment, telling reporters in Ramallah, "They both discussed the most fundamental issues that are the basis for the creation of a Palestinian state." (Posted 2:30 a.m.)

Fire burns at chemical storage site in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) -- A fire broke out early Monday at a chemical storage facility at Jebel Ali port in the United Arab Emirates, sending choking black smoke into the sky, a Dubai Civil Defense Department official said.

According to the official, at least 15 fire engine teams are trying to put out the blaze at the company called ChemStor. He said the fire would take several hours to put out. (Posted 1:40 a.m.)

Roadside bomb kills 2 U.S. soldiers in Iraq

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Two U.S. Special Forces soldiers died in Baghdad Thursday from injuries caused by a roadside bomb, the U.S. military said a statement released over the weekend.

Sgt. 1st Class Adrian M. Elizalde, 30, of North Bend, Ind. and Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Tully, 33, of Falls Creek, Pa., were assigned to the Army's 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Fort Lewis, Wash.

Since the start of the war, the U.S. military has lost 3,728 troops in Iraq. (Posted 11:40 a.m.)

Wrestling star's son, passenger hurt in 'spectacular' wreck

(CNN) -- A high-speed car accident in Clearwater, Fla.,left the teenage son of wrestling star Hulk Hogan seriously injured and a companion in critical condition late Sunday, police said.

Nick Bollea was the driver of a car that went out of control while driving at a "high rate of speed" about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Clearwater police spokesman Wayne Shelor said. The Toyota Supra slammed into a palm tree just east of downtown, destroying the car, Shelor said.

Hogan, one of the top professional wrestlers of the 1980s and 1990s, is now featured in the VH1 reality show "Hogan Knows Best." His son, wife Linda and daughter Brooke regularly appear on the show, one episode of which documented the 17-year-old Nick's interest in a type of high-speed car racing known as "drifting."

Shelor said there was no evidence of drag racing or "drifting" in Sunday's wreck. (Posted 11:05 p.m.) E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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