Friday, January 26, 2007

National and International News-Friday, Jan. 26th

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Another American is dead in Iraq, a Marine killed today in fighting west of Baghdad. At least 14 people are dead and dozens more wounded in a Baghdad bombing today. It happened in a marketplace for pet sales. Authorities say the bomb was hidden in a box of pigeons.

WASHINGTON (AP) - This morning's Washington Post reports the Bush administration has launched an aggressive new campaign to weaken the influence of Iran. The paper says it includes an authorization for U-S troops to kill or capture Iranian operatives inside Iraq.

CAPITOL HILL (AP) - Newly installed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading a congressional delegation on a fact-finding mission to Iraq. The trip comes as the Senate prepares to confirm the Army general President Bush has chosen to lead a new effort to secure Baghdad.

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - Interstate 90 through northwestern Pennsylvania has reopened after a 15-hour shutdown caused by a massive chain-reaction pileup yesterday in a snowstorm. One person was killed when about 50 cars and trucks skidded into each other. Looking at the carnage, a Pennsylvania safety official says he
can't believe anybody survived.

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - B.B. King is listed in good condition with an undisclosed ailment at a hospital in Galveston, Texas. The legendary bluesman missed a performance last night but the hospital says he could be out today or tomorrow. President Bush awarded King the Presidential Medal of Freedom last month.


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