Tuesday, October 31, 2006

National and International News-Tuesday, Oct. 31st

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - No letup in the violence in Iraq. The U-S says two more soldiers have been killed in the Baghdad area, raising October's total to 103. Three Iraqis have died in a morning car bombing in Sadr City, the Baghdad slum where a Shiite militia is in charge.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan says the U-S helped out with intelligence, but did not actually execute a raid that killed 80 suspected militants. A Pakistani general says American forces did not fire any missiles in yesterday's assault on a religious school that supposedly was a front for an al-Qaida training camp.

CABAZON, Calif. (AP) - Crews have now completely contained a Southern California wildfire that killed four firefighters and destroyed more than 30 homes. Officials have questioned two men about setting the fire, but made no arrests.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A second Marine charged with kidnapping and murdering an Iraqi man has agreed to plead guilty to reduced charges. His lawyer says Lance Corporal Tyler Jackson will enter the plea in court at Camp Pendleton, California next week. Another Marine and a Navy corpsman have also pleaded guilty.

SUPREME COURT (AP) - The Supreme Court today considers the question of whether juries should be allowed to make huge damage awards that go beyond the court's own guidelines. The case involves the widow of a longtime smoker and a punitive damage award of 80 million dollars against Philip Morris.


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