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August 26th, 2010
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Attack on Awakening Council checkpoint kills 6 in Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq(CNN) - Gunmen attacked a checkpoint manned by Awakening Council members in Baquba on Thursday and killed four people. When a local awakening council leader rushed to the scene, a roadside bomb killed him and another member, police said.

The attack on the checkpoint took place early Thursday morning in Diyala province.

Hearing about the attack, the Awakening Council leader Ali Qader Ameen headed to the scene with three other members, police said.

But before he reached the site of the attack, a bomb exploded - killing him and another occupant, and wounding the rest.

Awakening council members or Sons of Iraq are mainly made up of Sunni Arab fighters who turned on al Qaeda and are credited for being one of the main factors that contributed to the drop in violence across the country in the past two years.

They have been a frequent target of militants affiliated with al Qaeda in Iraq.

Attorneys general call for Craigslist to get rid of adult services ads

(CNN) - Attorneys general in 17 states have banded together to call on Craigslist, the online classified ad website, to discontinue its adult services section.

"The increasingly sharp public criticism of Craigslist's Adult Services section reflects a growing recognition that ads for prostitution - including ads trafficking children - are rampant on it," the attorneys general said in a Tuesday letter to Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster and founder Craig Newmark.

The letter continued: "We recognize that Craigslist may lose the considerable revenue generated by the Adult Services ads. No amount of money, however, can justify the scourge of illegal prostitution, and the suffering of the women and children who will continue to be victimized, in the market and trafficking provided by Craigslist."

A Craigslist spokeswoman said Wednesday that the site agreed with at least some of the letter. FULL STORY

Elin Nordegren: 'I feel stronger than I ever have'
( - Her divorce is final and she's ready to talk. Elin Nordegren breaks her nine-month silence in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE magazine.

"I have been through the stages of disbelief and shock, to anger and ultimately grief over the loss of the family I so badly wanted for my children," she says in the magazine's latest issue, out just days after her split from Tiger Woods was made official.

The 30-year-old mother of two, who is studying towards a college degree in psychology, says that despite her husband's betrayal, "I also feel stronger than I ever have. I have confidence in my beliefs, my decisions and myself."

In 19 hours over four visits to her Windermere, Florida, rental home, Nordegren shared never-before-seen personal photographs and opened up to PEOPLE about the emotional roller coaster she's been on, her life as a mother to Sam, 3, and Charlie, 19 months, and her hopes for the future. FULL STORY

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  1. Dianne

    I listened to Governor Pataki, and thought what a sorry public official. He could help put the fire out concerning the mosque, instead he is adding more fuel to the fire. It is his job to uphold the laws of the USA followed by New York. He keeps giving speeches on why the people are correct and if the Islamist people would understand the feelings of some of the others. The Islam faith is not the problem, it is the people of the Christian
    faith. The founding father's settled this question from the beginning. The Constitution exist for the protection of the few not the many. Yet, Governor Pataki will not follow the law of the land and place the burden unfairly on the people of the Islam faith. Governor Pataki, I am so glad you are not the President of the USA. You are a sheep, you refuse to support and follow the Constitution of the USA. Governor Pataki you govern according to what is popular not what is right. Those countries with dictators rule changes depending who is in charge. The Constitution is what makes us the "Best".
    Also, money is power. Of course Elin Wood feel stronger. Who would not with that kind of money? Without marrying Tiger, and his affairs, you probably would have never felt so financially secure.

    August 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  2. Lucille

    It seems as though the Checkpoint at Baghdad was not manned well enough. It is crazy to think that the West is involved in a war again in this new century. Peace ? Only when hearts change for the good. Idealistic? Yes.
    Craiglist. The owners do not care about people and the world. Money is there goal. At the expense of lives.
    Surely there are greater minds to combat that war between good and evil.
    Tiger and Elin are just another statistic. The settlement is their business. Divorce is a tough go for children who are swept into insecurity. A child needs to feel nurtured and safe with the adults in their life to thrive well.

    August 26, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  3. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    @John Roberts, get others to keep needling Mr Scott on his questionable past. Please do not let up.

    August 26, 2010 at 9:39 am |