Monday, November 20, 2006

National and International News-Monday, Nov. 20th

BOGOR, Indonesia (AP) - President Bush is heading back to the U-S from the Vietnam economic summit by way of Indonesia. His meeting with that country's leaders during a layover today comes despite massive anti-Bush protests by Indonesians upset over Iraq and Afghanistan.

BERLIN (AP) - Authorities in Germany are investigating what they say may have been a plot to blow up an airplane. Prosecutors say the plot, believed to involve at least a-half dozen people, was being cooked up on behalf of "so far unknown" terrorist backers.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The bodies of at least 18 more torture victims have been found in the streets of Baghdad. Fourteen of them were kidnapped from their homes last night in a mostly Sunni neighborhood. Meantime, troops looking for four kidnapped Americans and an Austrian report four arrests but no sign of the missing men.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 89-year-old Los Angeles man is to be sentenced today for a 2003 traffic mishap that killed ten people and injured dozens more. His car sped through an outdoor farmers market. His lawyers say he panicked after confusing the accelerator with the brake.

UNDATED (AP) - The price of oil may be slipping, but the price of gas at the pump is rising heading into the holiday driving season. The industry's Lundberg Survey puts the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular at two dollars, 23 cents. That's about a nickel jump in the past two weeks.


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