Saturday March 3, 2012Section A1A1
Obama: Strong US-China Ties Help Rest o The World
By Matthew PenningtonWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama assured China’s heir apparent to leadership thatthe United States welcomes Beijing’s rise in the world, saying Tuesday that strong cooperationbetween the two powers is good or the rest o the world. Obama oered a warm welcome toChinese Vice President Xi Jinping amid sharp policy dierences over Syria, Iran and economic issues,as well as longstanding U.S. concerns over Chinese human rights practices.
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President Obama hosts China Vice-President Xi Jinping
Meeting Vice-President Xi Jinping in the OvalOce, Mr Obama also said it was “vital” thatWashington maintained a strong relationship withBeijing. Mr Xi said he hoped his visit would deepenmutual understanding and riendship between thetwo powers.
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Deense: Feds “Manipulated”Facts About Militia
DETROIT - Deense lawyers at the trial o seven Midwest militia members say ederalauthorities greatly overreached by charging them with conspiring to overthrow the government.
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Bahrain Police Arrest Demonstrators onProtest Anniversary
By Donna Abu-NasrFeb. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Mainly Shiite Muslim protesters in Bahrain marked the rst anniversary o their anti-government rallies by marching toward the ormer Pearl Roundabout, ocus o last year’s demonstrations.Riot police red tear gas at the protesters heading to the roundabout, which has been demolished andturned into an intersection, while dense black smoke rose in the distance as demonstrators burned tires inShiite villages.
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“All the News that’s Fit to Print”
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Parents o Slain FAMU Band Member Sue Bus Driver and Bus Company
ORLANDO, Fla. - The parents o a Florida A&Mband member who died ater being hazed led a wrongul death lawsuit Monday against the ownerand driver o the charter bus where the ritual took place. The suit also revealed new details about whatmight have happened the night Robert Championdied.
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Rapper Lil Boosie Indicted or First-Degree Murder; Death Penalty Possible
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge-born rapper, Torrence Hatch, known to ans as Lil Boosie, wasindicted by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury Thursday aternoon on a rst-degree murder chargeor his alleged involvement in a shooting incidentin October that let one man dead,
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Israel Says Iran Is Behind Bombs
JERUSALEM — Tensions between Israel and Iran rose sharply on Monday whenbombers struck at Israeli Embassy personnel in the capitals o India and Georgia.
By Ethan Bronner The wie o an Israeli deense envoy to New Delhi was hurt along with several other people when her car was destroyed by an explosive deviceplaced on it by a motorcyclist at a red light. In Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, a similar device was discovered on the car o a local sta member o theIsraeli Embassy, but was deused by the police. Both resembled attacks that have killed ve o Iran’s nuclear scientists in recent years, most recently lastmonth. Iran has attributed the assassinations to Israeli agents and has vowed to take revenge. The scientists’ assassinations — along with sabotage o Iran’s nuclear program through cyberwarare and aulty parts — are aimed at delaying what the West believes is Iran’s drive to build a nuclear weapon.I actually carried out by Iran, the attacks would be another indication that the leadership in Tehran was willing to reach beyond its borders against itsenemies and expand its attacks to civilians. The United States has charged that Iran was behind a plot to assassinate a Saudi ambassador on American soil,and Israel has said that Iran has planned to attack its citizens in various countries, but that those plots were stopped. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahucontended that Monday’s attacks t that pattern.“In recent months, we have witnessed several attempts to attack Israeli citizens and Jews in several countries, including Azerbaijan, Thailand andothers,” he said. “In each instance, we succeeded in oiling the attacks in cooperation with local authorities. Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah, were behindall o these attempted attacks.” Iran’s Foreign Ministry rejected Israel’s accusations on Monday. A spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, said, “Israel hasbombed its embassies in New Delhi and Tbilisi to tarnish Iran’s riendly ties with the host countries,” adding, “Israel perpetrated the terrorist actions tolaunch psychological warare against Iran.”Iran has deended its nuclear program as peaceul and has deantly pursued uranium enrichment through years o international pressure and sanctions.Israel’s increasingly urgent warnings on the need to halt Iran’s nuclear progress, beore it gets much closer to being able to build a bomb, have promptedconcerns that Israel might unilaterally mount a military strike — and have added to the implacable enmity between the two. Iran’s oil and bankingindustries are suering rom sanctions implemented by the United States and Europe to pressure the country to back o its nuclear program. Iranianleaders have vowed to ght back through shutting the vital Strait o Hormuz and through military strikes on countries that are used as launching pads orattacks on it. Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, a spokesman or Iran’s Joint Armed Forces Sta, said recently that “the enemies o the Iranian nation, especially theUnited States, Britain and the Zionist regime, have to be held responsible or their activities.”Iranian leaders have called Israel a tumor that must be removed, and Iran arms and nances Hezbollah and Hamas, wh ich are ounded on the principlethat Israel has no right to exist. On Monday, Israeli ocials said there was enough evidence rom the scenes in Georgia and India to say that the bombs were the work o Iranian agents. “Iran’s ngerprints are all over this,” one ocial said ater emerging rom high-level meetings in Jerusalem, speaking onthe condition o anonymity. Some American Jewish leaders have expressed concern that synagogues and American Jewish centers could be targets inthe increased tensions. In 1994, a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires was bombed, killing 85 people. The authorities there have accused Iraniandiplomats o being behind that attack.Hezbollah, the Lebanese Islamist group with close ties to Iran, has promised to take revenge or the killing o its top commander, Imad Mugniyah,
A forensic official, left, photographed an Israeli Embassy car after anexplosion in New Delhi on Monday.
our years ago this week. Mr. Mugniyah had been sought by the UnitedStates in terrorist attacks that killed hundreds o Americans in the 1980s.Israel held him responsible or Hezbollah military operations in southernLebanon rom the mid-1990s. Israel is widely thought to have killed him with a powerul bomb in Damascus, the Syrian capital.Israeli analysts said the attacks on Monday were insignicant enoughthat the Israeli government would not eel driven to counterattack.
Las Vegas Embraces Bad Guys o Its Past
By Isaac BrekkenLAS VEGAS — Lety, Lucky, the Ant, Bugsy, the Snake, the Chin,Scarace, the Brain. The monikers o mobsters are like the nicknameso odd superheroes. They are two syllables o rat-tat ring, evokingcreepy animals, physical protrusions or uncanny powers. And now,here in a city where such gures were once as comortably in theirelement as Zeus and his amily on Olympus, they are nally gettingsomething close to the museum they deserve: the Mob Museum,a $42 million survey o the American gangster, unolding in 17,000square eet o exhibition space, on three foors o a 41,000-square-oot landmark building on Stewart Avenue.
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Randy Moss and ‘That Thing Called Quit
By Kevin Seiert
As ar as I’m concerned, Cris Carter has always been a knowledgeableand honest source o analysis on Randy Moss, his one-time teammateand protégé when both played or the Minnesota Vikings. And onceagain, I think Carter nailed his take on Moss’ plans to return to the NFLin 2012. Appearing Tuesday morning on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mikein the Morning,” Carter predicted that Moss would be “in abulousshape” ater a ull oseason o training and reiterated his suggestionthat Moss could still run the 40-yard dash in less than 4.4 seconds.But Carter accurately identied an important issue NFL teams will need to address beore seriously considering his acquisition.
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The Dilemma o CheapElectronics
By David PogueLast week, an important Times article set o shockwaves in theconsumer tech industry by ocusing on tragedies and workingconditions at Foxconn, the Chinese electronics actory that makesApple iPhones. It describes excessive overtime, crowding in workerdorms, improper disposal o hazardous waste and unsae workingconditions. These revelations have shocked a lot o Apple ans — andred up a lot o Apple oes. There are petitions and fooded commentboards. This morning, protesters delivered petitions at six major Applestores, including the new one in Grand Central Terminal. The articleand the response are healthy.
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Syria ResumesShelling, Rejecting U.N. Rebuke
By Neil MacFarquhar and Rick GladstonBEIRUT, Lebanon — The Syrian government on Tuesday brushed aside a stern castigation rom thetop United Nations human rights ocial about itsdeadly attacks on civilians, calling her assessmentpropaganda as Syria’s military resumed whatone activist described as the “brutal shelling”o the city o Homs. A day ater the ocial, NaviPillay, the United Nations’s high commissioneror human rights, oered a grim appraisal o theSyrian confict, activists said the shelling resumedin earnest at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, with rockets andtank shells whistling into parts o the city as otenas every two minutes.
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State o Emergency as Toll Rises
A string o violent storms demolished smalltowns in Indiana and cut o rural communitiesin Kentucky as an early season tornado outbreak killed more than three dozen people. The deathtoll continued to rise Saturday as searcherspicked through debris or survivors.Weather thatput millions o people at risk killed at least 38people inve states — Alabama,Indiana,Kentucky,Georgia andOhio —morethan 300people were reported injured in Kentucky alone.“We knew this was coming. We were watchingthe weather like everyone else,” said Clark County, Ind., Sheri Danny Rodden. “This wasthe worst case scenario. There’s no way you canprepare or something like this.”Ohio Gov. John Kasich proclaimed a state o emergency Saturday, as had the governors inIndiana and Kentucky. President Barack Obama oered Federal Emergency Management Agencyassistance as state troopers, the National Guardand rescue teams made their way throughcounties cut o by debris-littered roads andknocked down cellphone towers in a search orsurvivors.
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Rush Limbaugh LosesAnother Sponsor over ‘slut’ Remark
By Kim GeigerReporting rom Washington— Rush Limbaughhas lost another advertiser on his radio talk showas the allout continued rom his use o the terms“slut” and “prostitute” to ridicule a woman who hasadvocated or expanded access to birth control.Quicken Loans, Inc. has suspended its advertisingon the Limbaugh show, the company said in a statement posted to its website. It was a reversalor the Detroit-based online mortgage lender, which had initially issued a statement in support o Limbaugh’s right to express himsel.“While we do not condone or agree with Mr.Limbaugh’s statements regarding Sandra Fluke, we respect his right to express his views,” QuickenLoans spokesman Paul Silver told the Detroit FreePress in a prepared statement. “In no instance doesQuicken Loans ever have any control o the contentor comments o the shows.” That didn’t satisy Quicken customers, whose“valuable eedback” eventually led the companyto suspend advertising on the show. Dan Gilbert,the company’s ounder and the owner o the NBA’sCleveland Cavaliers, announced the decision on Twitter.
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