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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Posted by J. J. Jackson @ 7:00 PM


Moussaoui pleads guilty
The Washington Times

Zacarias Moussaoui pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to conspiring with the 19 terrorists who slammed hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, killing nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001.

"It is correct, I want to plead guilty to the six charges in the indictment," Moussaoui told a judge who read the charges of conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism, to commit aircraft piracy, to destroy aircraft, to use weapons of mass destruction, to murder U.S. employees and to destroy property...



Brass cleared in Abu Ghraib scandal
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The Army has cleared four top officers, including the three-star general who commanded all US forces in Iraq, of all allegations of wrongdoing in connection with prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, officials said yesterday.

Lieutenant General Ricardo A. Sanchez, who became the senior commander in Iraq in June 2003, two months after the fall of Baghdad, had been faulted in earlier investigations for leadership lapses that may have contributed to prisoner abuse. He is the highest-ranking officer to face official allegations of leadership failures in Iraq, but he has not been accused of criminal violations...


China, Japan Fail to Settle Bitter Feud
Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Leaders of China and Japan met Saturday to try to settle their nations' worst dispute in three decades, but failed to reach an agreement in the bitter feud over Tokyo's handling of its World War II atrocities.

Chinese President Hu Jintao told Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi that Tokyo had to back up its apologies for wartime atrocities with actions, while Japan played down the tension...


Triumphs, Defeats Mark Gay-Rights Battle
Associated Press

Gay and lesbian activists are tearful in Washington state, joyful in Connecticut and angry in Texas after a series of legislative votes that reflect America's tumultuous, seesaw debate over whether to broaden or narrow their rights.

Connecticut, in a historic step last week, became the first state to approve marriage-like civil unions for same-sex couples without the prodding of a court order. However, on the same day the Texas House voted to bar gays from being foster parents; the next day the Washington Senate, by one vote, defeated a major gay civil-rights bill.


Democrats: Bush Social Security plan is 'dead'
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

President Bush's plan to partially privatize Social Security is dead, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada said in a visit to Pittsburgh yesterday.

Reid along with Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, chairman of the Senate's Democratic Policy Committee, and Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, came to Coraopolis for a town meeting about Social Security...



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