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WikiLeaks may cost ambassador to Libya his post


Wikileaks may cost diplomat his posting

In what could be the first diplomatic casualty from the latest WikiLeaks revelations, the U.S. ambassador to Libya has been recalled to Washington and may be in danger of losing his post. Ambassador Gene Cretz, a veteran American diplomat, authored several secret cables to Washington that speculated on longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's health, and described his personal proclivities, including his reliance on a "voluptuous" Ukrainian nurse.


Park cross ruled unconstitutional

A war memorial cross in a San Diego public park is unconstitutional because it conveys a message of government endorsement of religion, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a two decade old case. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the unanimous decision in the dispute over the 29-foot cross, which was dedicated in 1954 in honor of Korean War veterans. The court said modifications could be made to make it constitutional, but it didn't specify what those changes would be.


Archdiocese files bankruptcy action

The Roman Catholic archbishop of Milwaukee, Jerome E. Listecki, announced Tuesday that the archdiocese had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying it will allow the church to continue its ministry while giving fair compensation to the victims of sexual abuse by priests. Advocates for victims say the church's real motivation is to avoid disclosing information about priests accused of abuse and officials who covered it up. The filing comes ahead of depositions of key church officials Twenty-three people have sued or announced intent to sue for fraud.


New lawmakers raising money

Several freshmen lawmakers have begun, even before they're sworn in, to raise campaign cash. Several House freshmen, including Florida Panhandle Rep. Steve Southerland, held a big-dollar fundraiser in a swanky Washington hotel Tuesday, inviting lobbyists and Washington insiders. "It's important. Without money, the machine doesn't move," said GOP strategist and fundraiser Javier Ortiz.


TOKYO: A giant bluefin tuna fetched a record price of nearly $396,000 in the first auction of the year at the world's largest wholesale fish market in Japan.

TEHRAN: Iran has invited Russia, China and several European Union members to visit its nuclear facilities this month, but pointedly snubbed the United States, European diplomats said.

Montgomery, Ala. : NewSouth Books is publishing a new edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" replaces the n-word 219 times throughout the book with "slave."

MINNEAPOLIS: A new study reported Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that nearly one in four patients treated with a defibrillator don't meet established guidelines to receive the heart-shocking device.

BEIJING: Two murder suspects killed three police officers in a shootout after going on a carjacking spree in eastern China, a news report said Wednesday, a rare case in a country where firearms ownership is illegal.

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