December 29, 2004

Millions Hunt for Food as Tsunami Toll Nears 80,000

Millions of people around the Indian Ocean scrambled for food and clean water on Thursday, with the threat of disease now stalking survivors of the most devastating tsunami on record.

Car Bombs Detonated Near Saudi Security Buildings

Suicide bombers tried to storm Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry and a security unit in the capital Riyadh on Wednesday in what appeared to be the latest brazen strike by al Qaeda in the world's top oil exporter.

U.S. Army Kills 25 Rebels in Fierce Iraq Fight

U.S. troops backed by warplanes killed 25 guerrillas in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday after facing a coordinated assault involving two suicide bombs and dozens of insurgents, the military said.

Bush Vows More U.S. Aid for Tsunami Victims

President Bush said on Wednesday that a $35 million U.S. pledge for victims of the Asian tsunami was only the beginning and any suggestions America was stingy were "misguided and ill-informed."

Agencies at Odds Over Fingerprint Checks

Terrorists and criminals could slip into the United States because immigration and law enforcement agencies have not coordinated their fingerprint databases, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.

'Law & Order' Star Jerry Orbach Dies

Jerry Orbach, acclaimed as a quintessential New York actor for his work on Broadway, in films and as the star of television's "Law & Order," has died from cancer. He was 69.

Pentagon Plans Deep Cuts in Costly F/A-22 Fighter

The Pentagon is planning deep reductions in spending on the costliest fighter jet ever built, the Air Force's F/A-22 Raptor, amid rising spending on the Iraq war, U.S. defense officials said on Wednesday.

Ukraine PM Makes Last-Ditch Bid to Keep Power

Ukraine's defeated presidential candidate made a last-ditch but seemingly hopeless attempt on Wednesday to challenge the victory of his liberal opponent, Viktor Yushchenko.

Hmong Hunter Pleads Innocent in Wisconsin Slayings

A Laotian immigrant pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in a Wisconsin court to charges he murdered six hunters and attempted to murder two others, court officials said.

Expert Sees More Aftershocks But No Killer Quake

Strong aftershocks from the Indonesian earthquake will be felt for "weeks and months" but more killer-magnitude tremblers and deadly tsunamis were unlikely, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday.

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