April 27, 2007

Pentagon captures al-Qaida operative

By Jennie Wander

The Pentagon said one of al-Qaida's senior operatives was captured Friday and put into custody.

Captive Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi was trying to return to his home country when caught, Star Tribune said. A spokesman for the Pentagon would not say where al-Iraqi was captured, Kare 11 said.

Al-Iraqi is described as an associate to Osama bin Laden and at one time served in the Iraqi military, Kare 11 said. He is suspected of planning attacks from Pakistan to U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, Star Tribune said.

April 26, 2007

Tornadoes kill 10 on Tex-Mex border

By Jennie Wander

At least 10 victims of tornadoes are killed Tuesday night on the Texas and Mexico border with another dead in Louisiana, Star Tribune said.

A community just south of Eagle Pass was hit by tornadoes that demolished two elementary schools, a church, a business, and hundreds of homes, Star Tribune said. The storm stretched along a 4-square-mile radius, Pioneer Press said.

All five people inside one home died, Pioneer Press said. The five victims were related, Star Tribune said.
Eighty-one people were injured, Pioneer Press said.

Iraq withdrawal date passes House

By Jennie Wander

The House approved a $124 billion war spending limit Wednesday requiring troop withdrawal from Iraq to begin Oct. 1, Pioneer Press said.

The House vote was 218-208, Pioneer Press said. The deadline also has a goal of ending U.S. combat operations by March 2008, Pioneer Press said.

Senate was not able to overthrow the president's threatened veto in a vote Thursday, which was 51-46, Kare 11 said. This is the first challenge Democrats have thrown at Bush since they took over both houses in January, Kare 11 said.

April 6, 2007

High deductible insurance unfair to women

By Jennie Wander

High deductible health insurance becomes unfair to women because women need more regular check ups than men, study finds.

A Harvard Medical School study found the amount spent by women under 45 for routine check ups is more than double what men spend, Star Tribune said. Women need mammograms, cervical cancer vaccine, pap tests, and more tests that men do not need, Star Tribune said.

Consumer-driven health plans are becoming more popular, even though less than 3 percent use them now, Star Tribune said.

March 30, 2007

Spring storms destroying the Midwest

By Jennie Wander

Four deaths were caused by the spring storms that hit three states Wednesday and Thursday and flooded parts of North Texas, Kare 11 said.

The storm released more than 65 tornadoes in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska, Kare 11 said. The storm also caused snow in Wyoming leading to pile-ups on highways and road closings, Kare 11 said.

More severe weather is expected Friday for several states including North Dakota, Iowa, and Texas.

March 23, 2007

Rat poison found in pet food

By Jennie Wander

Rat poison was found in pet food that allegedly caused kidney failure and 16 deaths between cats and dogs, Kare 11 said.

The chemical has only been identified as a rodent poison, Kare 11 said. Sixty million cans and pouches of pet food have been recalled throughout North America, Kare 11 said. The recall included 95 brand names.

A conference has been scheduled Friday by the New York state agriculture to release laboratory tests, Kare 11 said.

March 16, 2007

Missing boy's body found in Georgia

By Jennie Wander

A week long search for a 6-year-old boy ended Thursday after officials found him in a black trash bag on the side of the road in Georgia.

Christopher Barrios was found just three miles away from the Glynn County trailer park, which is where he disappeared, Pioneer Press said.

Some of the search volunteers wore shirts with Barrios' picture on the front, Star Tribune said.

Police have allegedly arrested four suspects all of which will be expected to be charged, Star Tribune said.

March 2, 2007

Astronaut accused of attempted kidnapping

By Jennie Wander

Police charged an astronaut Friday with attempting to kidnap a woman who was supposedly romantically after a space shuttle pilot she was interested in, Kare 11 said.

Lisa Nowak, 43, was charged a month after she was arrested at an airport in Orlando where she drove 900 miles to confront a woman who supposedly threatened her romance with another man, Kare 11 said.

Nowak's backseat contained a BB-gun, steel mallet, knife, and rubber tubing. Police suggested an attempted murder charge, but prosecutors declined to do so, Star Tribune said.

February 23, 2007

Clarification on remarks toward Iran/Iraq

By Jennie Wander

U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann is attempting to apologize and clarify her previous remarks about Iraq and Iran.

Bachmann told the St. Cloud Times Feb. 9 that Iraq should have more Iranian influence, Star Tribune said. She now apologizes and said "Sorry if my words have been misconstrued," Pioneer Press said.

This statement is not a reflection of any decision already made by Iraq, Star Tribune said.

February 16, 2007

Smith's 2001 will brings confusion

By Jennie Wander

The release of Anna Nicole Smith's 2001 will left the courts with confusion since it states her estate should be given to her son who died last year.

Since Smith's son died, the estate will most likely go to her baby daughter, although her will did not state how much she was worth, Kare 11 said.

The will was not filed in court so technically, it will not be depended upon for this case, Star Tribune said.

The judge is allowing Smith to be buried after the long delay, but her burial place has not yet been decided, Star Tribune said.

February 8, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith dies Thursday

By Jennie Wander

Anna Nicole Smith, 39, died Thursday after collapsing in her hotel room.

According to CNN, Smith's attorney said she had been suffering from flulike symptoms for a few days. Smith was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital where she died. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

Just a few months earlier, Smith gave birth to her daughter and a few days later her son, Daniel, 20, died in what was believed as a drug-related death, according to Kare 11.

Smith is often in the news for her legal battles. More recently, however, for her advertisements with a weight loss program, TrimSpa.

February 2, 2007

Florida storms leave 14 dead, dozens injured

By Jennie Wander

Storms flew through Florida early Friday producing at least one tornado killing 14, destroying many homes and leaving dozens hospitalized.

Among the debri from hundreds of homes was a flattened church built to withstand 150 mph winds, Star Tribune said.

The storm also produced several accidents on I-4 causing the interstate to be closed for several hours, New York Times said.

The storm also left 20, 000 customers without power, Kare 11 said."