Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Morning Buzz
Morning Folks!!! I hope everyone had a great holiday!!! Grab your coffee or some egg nog, it is morning buzz time!!! Here is a quick look at this morning's headlines....

Top Stories

Tiger kills 1, injures 2 at zoo
A tiger escaped from its enclosure in the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day, mauled one man to death and left two others seriously injured. The tiger was shot and killed by police after it charged officers.

Plane crash...teen survives
The bodies of two Americans and a Panamanian pilot -- who were among four people missing after their plane disappeared in a mountainous area of Panama -- were found Christmas Day, officials in the country said.

Illegal Immigration slowing down?
Lorenzo Martinez, an illegal immigrant who has lived in Los Angeles for six years, has a message for his kin in Mexico's Hidalgo state: Stay put.

Ruptured Pipeline
A ruptured gasoline pipeline exploded in flames, killing at least 34 people near Nigeria's main city of Lagos as they tried to scoop fuel from the gushing leak, police said Wednesday.

Air Assault
Turkish warplanes hit eight suspected Kurdish rebel hideouts in northern Iraq on Wednesday, the third cross-border air assault in 10 days, Turkey's military said.

Indonesian landslides
Soldiers, police and volunteers dug for survivors of landslides that killed as many as 78 people Wednesday in western Indonesia, including dozens who were celebrating the cleanup of a mud-covered home, a rescue official said.

Shiite Contest Sharpens In Iraq
Posted at the door of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's office recently, a flier denounced the arrests of his followers. Up and down the barricaded street, soldiers and policemen loyal to his Shiite rivals stood sentry, some in tan armored personnel carriers, questioning anyone they suspected of links to the populist cleric.

Holiday Spending Growth at 5 -Year Low
A surge in spending over the weekend may not have been enough to rescue Target, Sears Holdings and Macy's from the slowest holiday spending season in five years.


Raw Politics

Many Iowa conservatives still undecided
Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee would seem to be the answer to their prayers, yet for many Christian conservatives in Iowa, he has not closed the deal for the Republican caucuses.

Campaign in Homestretch
Say good-bye to peace on earth, and goodwill among men: Christmas is over, and the presidential campaign has hit the homestretch. With just over a week to go until the Iowa caucuses, most of the candidates are spending the day in the Hawkeye State, with a few notable exceptions.

Hillary's Resume as First Lady
As first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton jaw-boned the authoritarian president of Uzbekistan to leave his car and shake hands with people. She argued with the Czech prime minister about democracy. She cajoled Roman Catholic and Protestant women to talk to one another in Northern Ireland. She traveled to 79 countries in total, little of it leisure; one meeting with mutilated Rwandan refugees so unsettled her that she threw up afterward.


Crime & Punishment

Student Failed to Arrive Home for Christmas
Matthew J. Wilson never made it home for Christmas. His disappearance adds to the roll of young people reported missing-12,657 active cases of 18- to 20-year-olds in 2006, according to the Justice Department.


Woman's whereabouts a mystery
Nearly two months after Stacy Peterson was last seen, the investigation into her disappearance and suspicions surrounding her husband have produced many intriguing questions. But few answers.


Keepin' Them Honest

Clemens Will Talk to Reporters
The lead attorney for Roger Clemens said Tuesday night that he and other attorneys working for his firm have begun their own investigation into allegations that link Clemens to the use of steroids and human growth hormone.

Boston's $14.8B Big Dig finally complete
When the clock runs out on 2007, Boston will quietly mark the end of one of the most tumultuous eras in the city's history: The Big Dig, the nation's most complex and costliest highway project, will officially come to an end.


AC360 folo (updates on stories covered by AC360)

Report: New Orleans pop. nears 300,000
Despite slow progress in rebuilding some neighborhoods, New Orleans' population is nearing 300,000, or about 65% of its pre-Hurricane Katrina size, according to a new report.


What YOU Will be talking about TODAY

Merry Christmas from the great beyond
Even in death, Chet Fitch is a card.Fitch, known for his sense of humor, died in October at age 88 but gave his friends and family a start recently: Christmas cards began arriving -- written in his hand with a return address of "Heaven."

White House Christmas
It's hard to imagine a tough guy from Texas shopping for a pocketbook, but President Bush gave his wife a new purse and a silver tray for Christmas, according to an aide to First Lady Laura Bush.

Kin battle over daughter's life support
Sixteen-year-old Javona Peters sat up in bed at Montefiore Medical Center the morning of Oct. 17, smiling and chatting, ready for her operation.
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Jamie,
I hope you had a great holiday also!!

I didn't hear about the tiger escaping from it's enclosure until this morning on the radio. That was SO sad! I can't believe that they didn't really watch that thing seeing as though it had attacked someone before!! It seems like they would have really taken extra precautions with it.

It's about time that the people of Iraq stood up to al-Sadr and his gang! Maybe this is a real turning point and all of them can either be captured or ran out of Iraq!!

It doesn't suprise me that holiday spending was at it's lowest in five years. I mean people are struggling to make it so spending frivolously isn't in the cards.

I could care less what Hillary did as first lady! Being president is a whole different ball game!!

I can't wait until the Iowa caucus is over! I am SO tired of hearing about it!! I think the media really started too early reporting on all of this!!

It seems to me like Drew Peterson is going to get away with another murder! After all this time and they have nothing on him makes it look kindof impossible at pinning anything on him.

Hey...it's about time you all did something on NOLA again!! I was beginning to wonder if you had forgotten it! Looking forward to that report!

That would be weird getting a card from someone that had passed away months before Christmas! I guess Fitch knew he was about to die and made out the cards as to get one last laugh!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 8:32 AM ET
Iraq Why is nobody talking about the great awakening project in Iraq? This is where we are paying insurgents (I believe it is in the billions) not to attack US troops, Sunni, Shi'ites or Iraqi forces. This project is a major factor in reducing violent in Iraq as most of the insurgents took us up on this deal. The problem may be that these insurgents are taking our money and using it to rearm and using the time to reinforce their forces. Why have you not addressed this item?
Posted By Anonymous James : 7:55 PM ET
Sen Clinton will do best to graciously accept her loss, I feel if she really goes on the offensive we will definately turn our back to her. (I am an Obama guy from FL) I am glad to see Thompson doing ok on the other side and I like Hukabee
Posted By Anonymous Doug : 10:18 PM ET
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