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2007/02/17 (Sat) 01:33
parque el manzano事故現場報道

Il bus urta il cancello, passeggera ferita e ricoverata in ospedale


Il bus che urta, accidentalmente, un cancello del cantiere dell'autosilo di viale Lecco a Como. Una improvvisa quanto brusca sterzata ed una passeggera a bordo - una donna di Como di mezza età -


che cade malamente e si ferisce. Niente di grave anche se è stata ricoverata all'ospedale in osservazione.

E' successo oggi in centro città. Un incidente decisamente strano e che ha avuto come conseguenza, facilmente immaginabile, quella di bloccare il traffico in tutta la zona per diversi minuti.
Lunghe code in viale Lecco e viale Battisti, ma pure nelle strade adiacenti. Un pò di confusione a bordo dell'autobus dopo questa violenta sterzata che ha fatto cadera a terra la passeggera.

2007/02/13 (Tue) 16:03
Magistrate: New questions for Anna Nicole's man

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NASSAU, Bahamas (CNN) -- In light of Anna Nicole Smith's death, Bahamian authorities are now more interested in questioning her attorney and partner in connection with the death of Smith's son Daniel, the country's chief magistrate said Monday.

Daniel Smith, 20, died in his mother's hospital room September 10, 2006, three days after she gave birth to a daughter, Dannielyn.

Roger Gomez, the Bahamas' chief magistrate, told CNN that island authorities now have a heightened interest in questioning Howard K. Stern, Smith's longtime attorney and companion.

Gomez said Smith and Stern were in the hospital room when Daniel Smith died.

"Anna Nicole, the mother of Daniel, is dead, and Howard is the only one who was alive who was in the room," Gomez said. "And it really arouses our suspicions to exactly what happened in the room."

Ron Rale, a lawyer for Smith's estate, said he gave "no credence" to any suspicions of wrongdoing.

"It's going to unfold, and everyone will see that there's no basis for any kind of criminal allegations," said Rale.

The inquest into Daniel Smith's death has been set for March 26. Gomez said he expected about 30 witnesses to appear.

"He died suddenly. He came here for what would normally have been a festive occasion, to see his newborn sister," Gomez said. "So it's unusual for someone to die suddenly. About that, we want to know exactly why."

Pathologist Cyril Wecht, who obtained test results from a Pennsylvania laboratory, told CNN that Daniel Smith died from a combination of methadone along with antidepressants Lexapro and Zoloft.

The celebrity Web site TMZ.com posted pictures of what it said was a bottle of methadone in the refrigerator of Smith's home in the Bahamas, which friends said was burglarized the day after her death.

"If that is verified by evidence at the inquest, it will certainly increase our interest, because methadone is allegedly one of the drugs he may have died from," Gomez said.

Stern also claims paternity of the 5-month-old Dannielyn, but that claim has been challenged in court by her former boyfriend, Larry Birkhead.

Disputes over the baby girl's parentage and the ownership of the home where she lived were overshadowed on Monday by photographs in the Bahamas edition of The Miami Herald which showed her in the arms of Shane Gibson, the government immigration minister whose office granted her residency.

The opposition Bahamian Democratic Movement called for Gibson's resignation. But in a televised statement, he said Smith was a friend of his wife and family, and that the "innocent photographs" were taken by Stern.

He refused the calls to resign, saying he did not act improperly.

"Sometimes it's normal to accelerate residency cases, but the relationship did not influence it," he said.

Anna Nicole Smith, 39, died Thursday at a hotel room in Hollywood, Florida, near Miami. The cause of death has not yet been determined, Broward County Medical Examiner Joshua Perper said Monday.

Perper said the autopsy found no needle marks, no pill residues in her stomach or any indication she had been drinking alcohol. Nor was there any evidence of recent plastic surgery, he said.

"Rumors are flying like balloons, but many balloons are pierced by reality," Perper said.

Investigators are now waiting on test results from blood and spinal fluid to learn more about what killed Anna Nicole Smith, he said.

Perper said he spoke with Stern and a friend of Smith's by telephone Monday morning. They provided information about her medical history, and Stern said he would meet with the medical examiner in person, Perper said.

CNN's Susan Candiotti contributed to this report.

2007/02/13 (Tue) 16:02
Tentative 'deal struck' over N. Korean nukes

BEIJING, China (CNN) -- North Korea has tentatively agreed to close down its nuclear weapons program in exchange for energy aid, U.S. and Chinese officials said Tuesday.

But the proposed deal was being reviewed by officials in the negotiators' capitals before becoming final.

Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, the lead American official at the talks, said the United States will give an unspecified amount of energy assistance to North Korea in exchange for North Korea freezing its production of plutonium. (Watch what North Korea is demanding Video)

Hill said negotiators are running the agreement by their capitals and would reconvene later Tuesday.

"We feel it's an excellent, excellent draft," Hill said. "I don't think we are the problem."

But John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and onetime chief of the State Department's arms-control division, called the reported draft "a very bad deal."

It makes the Bush administration "look very weak, at a time in Iraq and dealing with Iran that it needs to look strong," Bolton told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Monday.

"I'm hoping that the president has not been fully briefed on it and still has time to reject it," he said.

The United States, China, South Korea, Japan and Russia have been holding talks with North Korean officials since 2002 in an effort to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program. (Read full story)

But the talks have been stalled for two years, and North Korea tested a low-yield nuclear weapon October 9.

North Korea became subject to a raft of UN sanctions, including an embargo on the sale of nuclear technology and large-scale weapons.

The U.S. government published a list of luxury goods it is also banning from sale to the reclusive east Asian nation, including cigars, plasma televisions, beer, iPods, Rolex watches and diamonds - presumed a blow to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il who reportedly loves living luxuriously. (Read full story)
More negotiation ahead

The latest round of talks stretched into the early morning hours Tuesday, and Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said negotiators would resume discussions later in the day.

"All parties had made their utmost efforts, and some positive progress has been made," Qin said. "But we still have to make further consultation discussions so as to confirm all the progress we have been made."

Hill said the talks would resume at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday (9:30 p.m. Monday ET).

In September 2005, North Korea committed to abandoning its nuclear program in exchange for aid and security guarantees. Pyongyang walked away from the talks weeks later to protest a U.S. crackdown on banks suspected of helping North Korea with illegal financial activities.

But in December, Hill announced that the North appeared ready to discuss specific steps toward ending its nuclear program.

Tuesday, he told reporters that the United States and its allies "have put everything on the table," and it was time for North Korea to make a decision.

2007/02/13 (Tue) 15:57
FBI loses laptops with classified information

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The FBI lost at least 10 laptop computers containing classified information during a four-year period ending in 2005, the Justice Department's inspector general has found.

The 10 were among the 160 laptops lost or stolen during a 44-month period ending September 30, 2005, Inspector General Glenn Fine reported. An equal number of weapons also went missing.

The report said the number of missing items, while still a problem, represents a sharp improvement over a 2002 audit, which found more than 300 laptops and 300 weapons lost or stolen during the previous 28-month period.

Fine said that among the 10 missing laptops known to contain sensitive or classified information was one that had identifying information on FBI personnel.

Several others may also contain sensitive counterintelligence or counterterrorism information, the report said.

"Most troubling, we found that the FBI could not determine for 51 additional lost or stolen laptops whether they contained sensitive or classified information," the report said. "Seven of these 51 laptops were assigned to the counterintelligence or counterterrorism divisions."

The report said the FBI maintains more than 50,000 weapons and more than 20,000 laptops in its inventory.

In its response, the FBI agreed with several recommendations for maintaining tighter control on its weapons and laptops.

"We acknowledge more needs to be done to ensure the proper handling of the loss and theft of weapons and laptops and the information maintained on them," said Assistant FBI Director John Miller.

He stressed the "significant progress" the FBI has made on the issue since the initial report five years ago, and said the bureau takes issue with the inspector general's count of missing firearms, saying 43 of the unaccounted weapons had been reported missing prior to the time period covered by the report.

But Miller vowed "to further increase the progress we have made in minimizing the loss of firearms and information technology components."

On Capitol Hill, outspoken FBI critic Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said, "Making progress may seem like a win for the FBI, but it's unacceptable when you're talking about lost weapons and computers with sensitive information

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2007/02/11 (Sun) 21:02

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two recent efforts to promote wide usage of a dollar coin proved unsuccessful. But maybe Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea should not take public rejection personally. It's not easy overcoming people's indifference to dollar coins, even those honoring such historic figures.

An AP-Ipsos poll found that three-fourths of people surveyed oppose replacing the dollar bill, featuring George Washington, with a dollar coin. People are split evenly on the idea of having both a dollar bill and a dollar coin.

A new version of the coin, paying tribute to American presidents, goes into general circulation Thursday. Even though doing away with the bill could save hundreds of millions of dollars each year in printing costs, there is no plan to scrap the bill in favor of the more durable coin.

"I really don't see any use for it," Larry Ashbaugh, a retiree from Bristolville, Ohio, said of the dollar coin. "We tried it before. It didn't fly."

A quarter-century ago, the dollar coin showed feminist Susan B. Anthony on the front; then one in 2000 featuring Sacagawea, the Shoshone Indian who helped guide the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The latest dollar coin will bear Washington's image, followed later this year by those of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. A different president will appear on the golden dollar coins every three months.

People have strong feelings about their money, even the penny, which occasionally is threatened with elimination.

When people were asked whether the penny should be eliminated, 71 percent said no, according to the poll of 1,000 adults conducted Nov. 28-30 that had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Some fear that getting rid of the penny will cause product prices to be rounded up, perhaps increasing inflation.

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