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GAO: U.S. Vulnerable to WMD Attack

Despite spending billions of dollars, the United States is woefully unprepared for an attack involving either chemical or biological weapons, according to a report recently declassified by the Government Accountability Office. The strain of the Iraq war has contributed to problems with staffing, equipping and training the military units expected to respond in the event of such a crisis.

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U.S. Will Protect Alleged Kidnappers

A State Department official said the U.S. will not extradite 26 suspected CIA agents to Italy, where they are accused of carrying out “extraordinary rendition.” Legal adviser John Bellinger added a veiled threat, saying further legal action in Europe would hamper “intelligence cooperation.”

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Worst Stock Market Slide Since 9/11

The stock market Tuesday had its worst day since 9/11 as investors around the world began to lose faith in the U.S. economy. The Dow fell by 4.3 percent, and S&P estimated total losses at $632 billion. The development came only a day after Alan Greenspan warned of a potential recession.

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Castro Pokes His Head Out

Fidel Castro has finally made a public appearance—the first since surgery prompted speculation about his health and rule. Appearing on his buddy Hugo Chavez’s radio show, Castro said, “I feel good and I’m happy.”

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U.S. Will Attend Meeting With Iran and Syria

Despite ramping up its verbal attacks on Iran and Syria, the U.S. will participate in a conference in Iraq next month that will include the two regional powers. A State Department spokesman said he would not “exclude any particular interaction” with the diplomatic foes.

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Conflicting Reports About Ramadi Explosion

Breaking story: The BBC originally reported the deaths of at least 18 Iraqi boys who were lining up to play football today in Ramadi.  However, the BBC story has apparently changed: The headline now reads “Confusion over Iraq soccer blast,” and the article cites an American official who claims that U.S. troops carried out a “controlled explosion” near a football field in the volatile western city.

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Cheney Dodges Bomb Attack

A suicide bomber attacked a U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday in a failed attempt to blow up Vice President Dick Cheney. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, which killed between nine and 14 people.

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Starbucks Feels the Strain of World Domination

In a memo distributed to top executives, Starbucks’ chairman warned that rapid expansion had unfortunately contributed to the “dilution” and “commoditization of the Starbucks experience.” Howard Schultz charmingly went on to lament specific examples of the company’s “cookie cutter” problem, but then concluded the letter in a manner one would expect from a Starbucks executive: “This must be eradicated.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Most Americans Want Out of Iraq, No Matter What

A majority of Americans—56 percent—now favor a withdrawal from Iraq, even if it leaves the country in chaos. According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, two-thirds also opposed a “surge” of troops, and 58 percent approved of Jack Murtha’s plan to stop the escalation.

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Israel Plans Attack Drill

Israel will shore up its defenses by staging simulated chemical and nuclear attacks around the country in March.  The large-scale rehearsal probably reflects increased security concerns in light of Iran’s nuclear developments and recent clashes with Hezbollah forces.

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