Friday, November 10
Bush, Pelosi, hold White House talks in effort to move forward from Election Day
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Times sure have changed. On Monday, President Bush was using Nancy Pelosi as a laugh line in his campaign speeches. By Thursday, the joke was on him, and he was serving up her favorite food in his private dining room.
Now that Election Day turned Washington upside down and promoted Pelosi from mere leader of the minority Democrats in the House to the soon-to-be speaker in control of his Capitol Hill agenda, Bush pulled out all the stops.
On the menu for their make-nice luncheon at the White House: pasta salad, in tribute to her Italian heritage, and a dessert called "chocolate freedom," in deference to her premier gastronomic passion. And for him? Just a little bit of crow.
"The elections are now behind us, and the congresswoman’s party won," Bush said, the pair sitting side by side in the Oval Office afterward. "But the challenges still remain. And therefore, we’re going to work together to address those challenges in a constructive way."
Leaning forward eagerly from the edge of their silk-upholstered seats, both the president and the woman whose party trounced his promised cooperation in a government that, come January, will be divided between a Republican White House and a Democratic Congress.
Bush piled on praise for Pelosi not only as Tuesday’s victor but as the first woman who will ascend to the position of House speaker, putting next in line to the presidency after the vice president.
Said Pelosi, like Bush all smiles: "We both extended the hand of friendship, of partnership to solve the problems facing our country."
‘60 Minutes’ correspondent Ed Bradley, who forged a style all his own, dead at 65
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NEW YORK (AP) — Ed Bradley’s lifelong love of jazz helps explain what set him apart.
With his signature beard and earring, he more resembled the image of a musician than an award-winning journalist and 26-year veteran of "60 Minutes." But Bradley, who died Thursday of leukemia at 65, straddled many worlds during his career at CBS News.
He covered Vietnam and the White House. He profiled singer Lena Horne and scored the only TV interview with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. He collected the latest of his 19 Emmys for a segment on the reopening of the 50-year-old racial murder case of Emmett Till.
He defied expectations and stereotypes, and, as a black man who penetrated an overwhelmingly white profession, broke racial barriers along the way.
Though he had been ill and had undergone heart bypass surgery about a year ago, he remained active on "60 Minutes." In a segment airing last month, he scored the first interview with the Duke lacrosse players accused of rape.
Scientists create artificial liver from stem cells
TOKYO — Researchers at Okayama University’s graduate school have succeeded in creating an artificial liver from embryonic stem cells and improving the condition of mice with liver failure by implanting it.
The research is expected to be applied to assist with devices for patients with lowered liver functions from hepatitis or other diseases.
The group has published its findings in the electronic edition of the science journal Nature Biotechnology.
The researchers cultured a mouse’s stem cells together with human liver vascular endothelial cells and liver cell growth factors and succeeded in changing as many as 70 percent of the stem cells into liver cells.
Iraqi official estimates at least 150,000 Iraqis killed by insurgents
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VIENNA, Austria (AP) — About 150,000 Iraqis have been killed by insurgents since the U.S.-led invasion more than three years ago, a senior Iraqi official said Thursday.
For every person killed about three have been wounded in violence since the war started in March 2003, Iraq’s Health Minister Ali al-Shemari told reporters in Vienna.
The 150,000 — which is three times most other estimates — was the first overall casualty figure for the war to be released by the Iraqi government, which took office on May 20.
Al-Shemari did not explain how he arrived at the figure or say whether that number included Iraqi soldiers and police, as well as civilians.
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More bones recovered in new search for Sept. 11 remains at World Trade Center site
NEW YORK (AP) — Seven more pieces of remains were found Thursday in the same manhole at ground zero where the discovery of bones prompted a renewed search for Sept. 11 victims.
In all, 210 body parts — ranging from small fragments to full arm and leg bones — have been recovered from three manholes in the service road that had been used to bring construction trucks in on the western edge of the World Trade Center site.
Most — 199 — were found in a nonworking manhole after utility workers came across remains during a routine excavation.
The pieces of bone found Thursday were at the bottom of that manhole, which was checked again in a final sweep, said Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the city medical examiner’s office. The bones were 1 to 4 inches long; it couldn’t be determined which parts of the body they came from, she said.
Workers have found four other bone fragments in two other manholes along the service road this week, and they completely excavated four of 12 manholes and service boxes that officials said were missed during the initial recovery of remains, which ended in 2002.
City officials have said they hope to finish searching manholes on the 16-acre site in the next few weeks.
3M to sell lagging drug unit for $2 billion
MINNEAPOLIS — 3M Co. announced Thursday that it has agreed to sell its slow-growing pharmaceutical division in a four-part deal that will bring the company a combined $2.1 billion.
The long-anticipated sale, which will close in the fourth quarter, is expected to allow 3M to focus on faster-growing products that don’t require as much money, research, regulation and time to bring to market.
3M announced early this year that it would explore the possible sale of the unit after sales of the division’s most promising product, the skin-cancer drug Aldara, failed to meet expectations. In April, 3M hired Goldman Sachs to examine possibilities for the division, which employs 1,050 workers worldwide. About 70 percent of all the workers are expected to be offered jobs with the new owners, 3M officials said.
The companies purchasing 3M’s drug unit include Tennessee-based Graceway Pharmaceuticals Inc., which will pay $875 million for the U.S., Canada and Latin America drug operations. Those businesses generate roughly $350 million in annual revenue.
Millions of acetaminophen pills recalled
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A pill designed to give people relief from headaches is instead causing them.
Consumers are having to read the fine print on bottles of acetaminophen to see if the ones in their medicine cabinet are being recalled because of possible contamination with metal.
Perrigo Co. said Thursday it was recalling 11 million bottles of acetaminophen after finding bits of metal, including portions of wire as long as one-third of an inch, in some of the 500-milligram pills it made.
The company is no household name, but it makes and sells acetaminophen to more than 120 of America’s best-known retailers, including Wal-Mart, CVS and Safeway. Those companies in turn sell Perrigo products under their own or other private labels.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or illness. Still, at least two of the companies have begun yanking the Perrigo 500-milligram acetaminophen pills from store shelves.
The Food and Drug Administration warned that consumers who take any of the contaminated pills could suffer minor stomach discomfort or possible cuts to the mouth and throat. Even though the risk is remote, anyone who suspects they have been injured should contact a doctor.
The contaminated pills included metal fragments, some as small as "microdots." The FDA could not describe further the type of metal.
BP settles last lawsuit over fatalities in Texas City refinery blast; amount undisclosed
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GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Eva Rowe slowly wiped away tears as her attorney talked about how the settlement of a lawsuit against BP PLC for her parents’ deaths in last year’s deadly Texas City refinery explosion would bring her closure.
The civil lawsuit was concluded on Thursday as parties from both sides announced the settlement just before jury selection was to begin. It was the last of the lawsuits involving fatalities that had not been resolved out of court.
Rowe had previously pledged to take her case to trial to shed light on what caused the March 2005 blast that killed 15 people, including her parents, 48-year-old James Rowe and his wife, Linda Rowe, 47, of Hornbeck, La., and injured more than 170 others. Coon said the settlement will still do that plus benefit the community.
The settlement awarded an undisclosed amount to Rowe. It also called for London-based BP to continue to release documents related to the case and to donate millions of dollars to schools and medical facilities, including one where victims were treated after the explosion.
Xcel Energy proposes hike in natural gas distribution rates
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Xcel Energy on Thursday asked the state Public Utilities Commission to authorize an increase in its natural gas distribution rates, the company said.
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Man kills 3, himself over fence dispute in Oklahoma, officials say
SKIATOOK, Okla. (AP) — A man apparently angry over a fence dispute fatally shot three men before committing suicide in front of police officers, authorities said Thursday.
Howard Hawthorne is believed to have shot his next-door neighbor and two other men, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Capt. Fred Cotton said.
He fired on them with a shotgun as one pulled up a fence post with a tractor, said Undersheriff Brian Edwards.
Hawthorne’s property just outside this Tulsa suburb shares a driveway with his neighbor, and the dispute was over a fence along the driveway, Edwards said.
Skiatook police officers responding to a call about gunshots saw bodies on the ground and Hawthorne on a lawn tractor, Cotton said. As they pulled up, Hawthorne shot and killed himself.
Hawthorne had complained to sheriff’s deputies earlier Thursday that his neighbors had moved or destroyed his fence, Cotton said. They went to his home, advised him of what he could do and left.
"He seemed satisfied and thanked the deputies," he said.
About a half-hour later, authorities received an emergency call about shots fired, he said.
The victims were next-door neighbor Anthony Graham, 44; Graham’s son Joshua LeForte, 24; and Dewayne Goodwin, a friend of LeForte’s, Cotton said.
1 of 2 formerly conjoined twins released from hospital
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of two formerly conjoined twins born to Wisconsin parents was discharged from the hospital Thursday, and their doctor said he hopes the other twin can be released in about a week.
Six-month-old McHale Twain Shaw, who was separated from brother Mateo Asher Shaw in September, was released from Children’s National Medical Center. McHale and parents Angie Benzschawel, 25, and Ryan Shaw, 28, of Sheboygan, Wis., will stay at a nearby apartment.
"It was very emotional to be able to finally bring our son home," Benzschawel said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press about 20 minutes after returning from the hospital. "We’ve never been able to walk with him without wires, without a monitor, without oxygen. This was the first time we could actually walk him just being a baby and take him outside."
The chief surgeon on the case, Dr. Robert Keating, said McHale’s condition was excellent.
For prisoners, keep color schemes soft
BUFFALO, Mo. (AP) — Prisoners returning to a southwest Missouri county jail damaged in a failed breakout will find a new color scheme — pink with blue teddy bear accents.
The Dallas County Detention Center is being repainted a soft shade of pink in an effort to better manage sometimes volatile detainees. Sheriff Mike Rackley said he decided to update the look as part of extensive repairs necessary after inmates set a fire and vandalized the interior in an escape attempt.
"Basically, if they are going to act like children and commit a childish act, then we’ll make a childish atmosphere," he said. "And it’s a calming thing; Teddy bears are soothing. So we made it like a day care, and that’s kind of like what it is, a day care for adults who can’t control their behavior in public."
A month after the Oct. 8 incident, the county’s 30-plus prisoners are in neighboring jails while repairs continue. The new paint job includes stenciled blue teddy bear accents.
"How do you feel tough in a pink atmosphere?" Rackley said of the new color scheme, which was inspired by similar redecorating efforts at jails in Texas and Arizona.
Senate Democrats pick Pogemiller as leader
ST. PAUL — Larry Pogemiller, one of Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s biggest critics, was elevated to Senate Majority Leader on Thursday while Democrats in the House chose Rep. Margaret Anderson Kelliher as speaker.
Pawlenty says Minnesotans will get his full attention
ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday discounted talk about any future in national office after winning a second term in an election season unfavorable toward Republicans. He said his "complete focus and total focus" will be on serving as governor.
First Muslim in Congress is reluctant trailblazer
MINNEAPOLIS — Keith Ellison wants to talk about more than being the first Muslim member of Congress, but the incoming Democrat with a suddenly national profile knows he may be pressed into becoming a spokesman for his adopted faith.
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Criminals now on camera in Minneapolis neighborhoods
MINNEAPOLIS — Fifteen surveillance cameras have been installed in four crime-ridden Minneapolis neighborhoods that will now be under constant police watch. The cameras, which can follow subjects and zoom in on faces and license plates, have been placed on corners where drug-trafficking and prostitution have been constant concerns.
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Bus driver in St. Paul delivers hijacker to cops
A Metro Transit bus was hijacked Thursday by a man who demanded to be taken on a different route, but police boarded the bus minutes later and arrested the suspect.
…The driver responded by pushing a covert "panic" button that alerted Metro Transit officials. After noticing police squad cars in her rearview mirror, she told her captor she had to go to the bathroom.
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WASHINGTON — Democratic control of Congress, public dislike for the Iraq war and the departure of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld could open the door for a policy shift in the conflict, but early maneuvering for the 2008 presidential election could slam the door shut. By Diplomatic Writer Anne Gearan.
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— VIRGINIA SENATE — GOP Sen. George Allen concedes in the ultra-close election that sealed his defeat and transfers Senate control to the Democrats. AP Photos VAGH101-109, VASH101-107. AP Video.
BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers avoid taking a formal stand on a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, recessing a constitutional convention instead of taking up the thorny issue. By Steve Leblanc.
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MEXICO CITY — Mexico City’s assembly votes to recognize gay civil unions, granting inheritance rights and other spousal benefits in the first such move by a legislative body in conservative, Roman Catholic Mexico. By E. Eduardo Castillo.
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NEW YORK — Ed Bradley’s dove of jazz helps explain what set him apart. Bradley, who died Thursday of leukemia at 65, straddled many worlds during his career at CBS News. By Television Writer Frazier Moore.
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DENVER — A blue oasis in the heart of the predominantly Republican Rocky Mountain West, Denver could lose its bid to lure the 2008 Democratic National Convention unless it can win the support of an important constituency — labor unions. By Steven K. Paulson.
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UNDATED — When the Rev. Ted Haggard fell spectacularly from grace, many wondered if New Life Church, so tied to his public persona, would crash with him. By Religion Writer Rachel Zoll.
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— RAINIER DAMAGE — YAKIMA, Wash. — Officials assess the flood damage at Mount Rainier National Park after nearly 18 inches of rain fell in 36 hours. AP Photos WASET101-102.
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — A week before a visit to Vietnam by President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, three Americans go on trial on charges they plotted to seize radio airwaves to call for an uprising against the communist government. By Margie Mason.
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GALVESTON, Texas — Eva Rowe slowly wipes away tears as her attorney talks about the settlement of a lawsuit against BP PLC for her parents’ deaths in last year’s deadly Texas City refinery. The civil suit was concluded on Thursday as parties from both sides announced the settlement just before jury selection was to begin. By Juan A. Lozano.
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Democrats win control of the Senate
Congress’ freshman Democrats come from a moderate base
Bush, Pelosi pledge to work together
Veteran television journalist Ed Bradley dies of leukemia
Bush discusses immigration reform with Mexico’s president-elect
Unions get up from their deathbed to help deliver midterm election
Iowa governor gets a head start on 2008 presidential campaign
Scientists create artificial liver from stem cells
— Senate Democrats pick Pawlenty critic Pogemiller as leader
— Pawlenty says Minnesotans will get his full attention
— First Muslim in Congress is reluctant trailblazer
— Criminals now on camera in Minneapolis neighborhoods
— Playing for two: Gophers, Spartans in same spot
DNR officer shoots wandering moose in Twin Cities LooseMoose 6"