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US Raid Kills Top al Qaeda Leader in Somalia

Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a top al Qaeda leader in Somlia, is believed to have been killed in a U.S. military operation. Six helicopters were involved in an attack on two vehicles and Nabhan’s body was said to have been taken into custody by U.S. military. Nabhan was affiliated with the Somali extremist group al-Shabab, BBC News.

Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the man who became famous for throwing his shoes at President George W. Bush, has been released from prison. He says he was tortured in prison with beatings and electric shocks, Al Jazeera. Shoe-throwing as an insult in Arab culture, BBC News.

A poll published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that 73% of physicians support a public option for health insurance, NPR.

In an escalation of the dispute between the U.S. and Chinna over tire tariffs, China will begin investigating auto and cchicken imports to China to see if unfair pricing practices are being used, Xinhua.  Tire tariff dispute main page, Xinhua.

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Strange/Interesting Sites

Betsy is on vacation until Tuesday, so check the Evening Edition for the news round-up.

A man blogs about his attempt to live without money, credit or debt, Moneyless World.

The Pirate Party is a political party supporting the decriminalization of file-sharing over the internet and calling for increased protections for individual privacy. It is the political party with the third largest membership in Sweden and it recently won a seat in 2009 European Union Parliament, PP International.

The NY Times News Blog reported on a blogger who documents the human rights abuses of the George W. Bush administration by depicting them in Lego form, New York Times.

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EU Issues Travel Warning for U.S. and Mexico Due to Swine Flu Scare

Swine flu warnings reach Europe. The EU has advised caution in travel to the U.S. and Mexico, BBC News.  The U.S. has called the warning unwarranted, EU Business.

USA Today on the differences between Presidents Obama and Bush in the first 100 days of the Obama presidency.

Torture Debate: The FBI says leads on catching the perpetrators of the September 11th attacks were obtained without the use of torture. The FBI learned from prisoner Abu Zubaydah that Khalid Sheik Mohammed was the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks and FBI agents familiar with the case said they got that information by bonding with the  prisoner as he recovered from a gunshot wound- not by torturing him. In some ways this is a conflict between the FBI, who used traditional law enforcement techniques to get information and the CIA, who used tactics such as waterboarding unsuccessfully. The CIA waterboarded Khalid Sheik Mohammed 183 times but never got any concrete information on Osama bin Laden. President Obama has rescinded White House approval to use techniques that violate the Geneva Conventions. The Justice Department is investigating Bush era officials who approved torture, NPR.

Interesting Op-Ed in the New York Times calling for the end of university education as we know it. Mark Taylor, chair of the religion department at Columbia, argues that graduate degrees are “the Detroit of higher learning,” putting students massively in debt for degrees that are not actually in demand.

George Zinkhan still at large. Police have few leads. Classes continues on schedule at the University of Georgia, Athens Online. See our previous coverage of the tragedy for more information.

Still little information on the Parente murder-suicide. We now know that William Parente’s wife and two daughters died by blunt force trauma and asphyxiation. William Parente cut himself and bled to death on the bathroom floor of the Towson Sheraton hotel room where the family was stying. The FBI has opened an investigation into Parente’s financial dealings, WBAL. Our previous update on the Parente murder-suicide.

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Obama Announces Rail Plan and Releases Torture Memos

The Justice Department has released four secret Bush administration memos that detail interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, used by the U.S. on 28 terror suspects. The ACLU has all 4 documents up on their website here. In a reactionary statement, President Obama has vowed to “ensure that the actions described within them never take place again.” The White House will not prosecute CIA officials for engaging in torture acts, BNO.

In the first of its kind, the Youtube Symphony Orchestra premiered at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night and wowed audiences. Almost 100 musicians were chosen to perform from 3,000 video submission. Organizers of the event are hoping the success will change the audition process for performers, CNN.

President Obama has kicked off his first trip to Latin America on a positive note. Obama wrote an op-ed piece that ran in many Latin America newspapers, saying “We will renew and sustain a broader partnership between the United States and the hemisphere on behalf of our common prosperity and our common security.” His big promise so far was made to Mexico in a show of support for fighting drug lords and rising violence in America’s neighbor, NPR.

In even more Obama news, the American president has announced a high-speed rail plan that will cut American dependence on cars and airplanes. The plan calls for 10 corridors that will connect America’s biggest cities and allow trains to reach more than 100 mph, The Guardian. Image of proposed line here.

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