Hurricane ends run through Florida

Melbourne, Fla – Hurricane Jeanne tore a fresh path of
destruction as it finished its march up storm-ravaged Florida. The
fourth hurricane in six weeks shut down much of the state and
prompted recovery plans on a scale never before seen in the

At least six people died in the storm as it plowed across
Florida’s midsection in a virtual rerun for many residents
still trying to regroup from hurricanes that have crisscrossed the
Southeast since mid-August.

“This is the price we pay for living in paradise,”
said Phyllis Cole, laughing at her predicament as she waited along
with about a dozen others yesterday on a promise that a Home Depot
store in Stuart would reopen. Everyone wanted the same thing: a
generator. None were in stock, but the manager thought some were on
the way.

Jeanne came ashore around midnight Saturday with 120 mph wind,
striking the same area hit three weeks ago by Hurricane Frances and
rocketing debris scattered by earlier storms. Roofs were torn off,
stop lights dangled precariously and bridges were flooded from the
mainland to barrier islands. About 2.6 million homes and businesses
lost power, but some 800,000 had it restored by midday.

U.S. troops, Iraqi guardsmen killed in Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq – Two car bombs killed seven Iraqi national
guardsmen and a rocket barrage hit a police academy yesterday as
insurgents kept up their offensive to subdue Iraq’s
beleaguered security forces. U.S. jets pounded suspected militant
positions in a Baghdad slum.

Two U.S. soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division were killed in
separate incidents yesterday near Balad, north of the capital. The
first died in a car crash and the second was killed when a patrol
came under fire as it returned from the crash, the military said.
More than 1,040 U.S. military members have died since the start of
U.S. operations in Iraq in March 2003.

The American attack took place before dawn in the Sadr City
neighborhood, where residents said explosions lit up the night sky
for hours, leaving a trail of mangled vehicles, damaged buildings
and shards of glass. At least two children wrapped in bloodstained
bandages could be seen lying in hospital beds.

Qassem Saddam of the Imam Ali hospital said the strikes killed
at least five people and wounded 46 — including 15 women and
nine children. The U.S. military said the claim of such high
casualties was “suspect.”

Israelis kill militants, wound commander

Jerusalem, Israel – Israelis killed seven Palestinians in
attacks yesterday, including a Gaza airstrike that killed one
militant and wounded a militia commander, who vowed revenge from
his hospital bed.

The Gaza attack came as each side pummels the other in the
run-up to Israel’s planned pullout from the crowded seaside
territory next year.

An Israeli helicopter fired a missile at a car east of the city
of Khan Younis, killing Ali al-Shaer, a member of the Popular
Resistance Committees, an umbrella of dissidents from several
militant groups.

But Israeli military sources, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said the target was the other occupant of the car
— Mohammed Abu Nasira, southern Gaza commander of the

Police arrest Al-Queda suspects after raid

Karachi, Pakistan – Security forces following up on a raid that
killed a top al-Qaida fugitive arrested four more suspected
extremists yesterday, and Pakistan’s president predicted the
investigation would lead to more high-profile militants.

President Gen. Pervez Musharraf lauded the killing of Amjad
Hussain Farooqi, who died in a four-hour gun battle Sunday after
vowing never to surrender. Farooqi was wanted for his alleged role
in the 2002 beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl
and in two assassination attempts on the Pakistani president in
December 2003.

— Compiled from Daily wire reports

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