- - Yahoo! News: Top Stories Copyright (c) 2007 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved. http://news.yahoo.com/i/716 Top Stories en-us Fri, 12 Jan 2007 09:28:15 GMT 5 - Yahoo! News 142 18 http://news.yahoo.com/i/716 http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/nws/th/main_142b.gif - Blast at U.S. embassy called 'terrorism' (AP) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070112/ap_on_re_eu/greece_us_embassy ap/20070112/greece_us_embassy Fri, 12 Jan 2007 08:13:02 GMT

The U.S. Embassy is seen after an explosion in Athens early Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. Police cordoned off streets around the U.S. Embassy in Athens early Friday after an explosion inside the embassy compound. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)AP - An anti-tank shell was fired at the U.S. Embassy early Friday, striking the front of the building but causing no injuries. A senior police official said the blast was an act of terrorism, raising fears of a resurgence of far-left Greek militant groups.


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- Pentagon abandons active-duty time limit (AP) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070112/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_iraq_military ap/20070112/us_iraq_military Fri, 12 Jan 2007 06:18:44 GMT

Cpl. Matthew Venn, foreground, and his wife Theresa Venn embrace at Fort Stewart, Ga., Jan 10, 2007, prior to his departure with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment to Iraq. He is one of the soldiers of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division that said goodbye to their families as they deployed on their third tour. (AP Photo/Savannah Morning News, John Carrington)AP - The Pentagon has abandoned its limit on the time a citizen-soldier can be required to serve on active duty, officials said Thursday, a major change that reflects an Army stretched thin by longer-than-expected combat in Iraq.


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- Bush war plan draws fire on Capitol Hill (AP) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070112/ap_on_go_co/us_iraq ap/20070112/us_iraq Fri, 12 Jan 2007 08:47:14 GMT

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice takes questions from reporters about the details of President Bush's Iraq strategy during a news conference in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)AP - President Bush's new plan to send more troops to Iraq is getting a chilly reception in Congress. Skeptical lawmakers say they don't believe the Iraqis are up to the challenge.


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- Anti-war activists rush to hold protests (AP) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070112/ap_on_re_us/iraq_protests ap/20070112/iraq_protests Fri, 12 Jan 2007 08:12:21 GMT

Pamela Hall, right, with the United American Committee, is part of the only counter-demonstration during a rally against President Bush announcement of plans to send possibly 21,500 more troops into Iraq Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007 in New York's Times Square. Activists angered by President Bush's decision to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq rushed Thursday to organize protests from New York to San Francisco. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)AP - Activists angered by President Bush's decision to send more troops to Iraq staged anti-war demonstrations in several major cities Thursday, protesting that the buildup will cause more bloodshed and give insurgents new American targets.


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- Iraq seeks release of Iranians seized by U.S (Reuters) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070112/ts_nm/iraq_iran_usa_dc nm/20070112/iraq_iran_usa_dc Fri, 12 Jan 2007 06:50:15 GMT

U.S. soldiers provide security during a patrol in the Zafaraniyah area of Baghdad, January 7, 2007. Iraq's foreign minister said he was seeking the release of five Iranians seized by U.S. troops from a representative office of the Tehran government in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Arbil on Thursday. (U.S. Army photo by Staf f Sgt. Bronco Suzuki/Handout/Reuters)Reuters - Iraq's foreign minister said he was seeking the release of five Iranians seized by U.S. troops from a representative office of the Tehran government in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Arbil on Thursday.


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- Sergeant in trouble for Playboy spread (AP) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070112/ap_on_re_us/playboy_military ap/20070112/playboy_military Fri, 12 Jan 2007 08:11:37 GMT

U. S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michelle Manhart poses for a photo in San Antonio, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007. Manhart, who is featured in the February issue of Playboy magazine, has been relieved of her duties pending an investigation. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AP - An Air Force staff sergeant who posed nude for Playboy magazine has been relieved of her duties while the military investigates, officials said Thursday.


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- Alaska stargazers excited about comet (AP) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070112/ap_on_sc/alaska_comet ap/20070112/alaska_comet Fri, 12 Jan 2007 06:43:14 GMT

The Comet McNaught steaks across the sky in Barrow, Alaska, Monday Jan. 8, 2007. The comet, discovered last year by Australian astronomer R.H. McNaught, is expected to remain visible in the Northern Hemisphere, conditions permitting, through Friday. (AP Photo/ Cindy Shults)AP - Nothing can keep dedicated stargazers from trying to get a glimpse of the brightest comet seen in decades — not even temperatures as low as 40 below zero.


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- State Farm loses Katrina claim case (AP) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070112/ap_on_bi_ge/katrina_insurance ap/20070112/katrina_insurance Fri, 12 Jan 2007 05:27:18 GMT

U.S. District Judge L.T. Senter Jr., confined to a wheelchair, leaves the federal courthouse in Gulfport, Miss. July 19, 2006. Senter Jr. ruled Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, that State Farm is liable for $223,292 in damage caused by Hurricane Katrina to a Biloxi couple's home and left it to a jury to decide whether to award punitive damages. (AP Photo/Nicole LaCour Young, File)AP - A federal judge's ruling in a Hurricane Katrina insurance dispute on the Mississippi Gulf Coast could raise the standard for proof in the wind vs. wave legal battles over who pays for storm damages.


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- Croc hunter's daughter makes TV debut (AP) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070112/ap_on_en_tv/people_bindi_irwin ap/20070112/people_bindi_irwin Fri, 12 Jan 2007 06:44:44 GMT

Bindi Irwin, daughter of Australian environmentalist and television personality Steve Irwin reads out her speech for her father at a memorial service for her father at Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Australia, in this Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006 file photo. Irwin, the 8-year-old daughter of the late 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin, followed in her dad's footsteps Thursday, using her American television debut to talk about animals. (AP Photo/Steve Holland, POOL-File)AP - Bindi Irwin, the 8-year-old daughter of the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, followed in her dad's footsteps Thursday, using her American television debut to talk about animals.


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- Barry Bonds comes to teammate's defense (AP) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070112/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_bonds_amphetamines ap/20070112/bbn_bonds_amphetamines Fri, 12 Jan 2007 06:09:12 GMT

San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds rounds second base on his way to third on a Ray Durham double against the Washington Nationals in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Washington, in this July 26, 2006 file photo.. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)AP - Barry Bonds said he did not get amphetamines from teammate Mark Sweeney, but did not deny a report Thursday saying he tested positive for the drugs last season. According to a story in the New York Daily News, the San Francisco slugger failed an amphetamines test in 2006. The newspaper reported that when first informed of the positive result, Bonds attributed it to a substance he had taken from Sweeney's locker.


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- Attackers fire rocket at U.S. embassy in Athens (Reuters) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070112/ts_nm/greece_explosion_dc nm/20070112/greece_explosion_dc Fri, 12 Jan 2007 08:38:28 GMT

The U.S. Embassy is seen after an explosion in Athens early Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. Police cordoned off streets around the U.S. Embassy in Athens early Friday after an explosion inside the embassy compound. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Reuters - Assailants fired a rocket at the U.S. embassy in Athens on Friday but no one was hurt in the attack, which anonymous callers said was staged by Greek leftists, authorities said.


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- U.S. lawmakers hammer Bush's new Iraq plan (Reuters) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070112/ts_nm/iraq_dc nm/20070112/iraq_dc Fri, 12 Jan 2007 00:31:42 GMT

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb) spars with Secretary of State Rice about Iraq at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, January 11, 2007. (Larry Downing/Reuters)Reuters - U.S. lawmakers on Thursday hammered President George W. Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq, leaving the White House increasingly isolated over deepening American involvement in the unpopular war.


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- U.S. urges fast African peace mission to Somalia (Reuters) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070112/ts_nm/somalia_conflict_dc nm/20070112/somalia_conflict_dc Fri, 12 Jan 2007 09:28:15 GMT

Members of the Ugandan army (UPDF) undergo military drills at the Singo military training school, 42 miles (68 km) north of Kampala in this undated photograph. Uganda's strategic objective in sending peacekeepers to help pacify chaotic Somalia is to halt the flood of weapons fuelling conflict and banditry in other east African nations like itself, the army said on January 10, 2007. (UPDF/Handout/Reuters)Reuters - The United States appealed on Friday for a speedy deployment of African peacekeepers in Somalia to prevent a "security vacuum" that could spawn fresh anarchy after a war to oust militant Islamists.


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- Israeli soldiers held by Hezbollah alive: report (Reuters) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070112/ts_nm/israel_lebanon_dc nm/20070112/israel_lebanon_dc Fri, 12 Jan 2007 07:49:24 GMT

Shlomo Goldwasser (3rd R), father of kidnapped Israeli soldier Ehud Goldwasser, Israeli Finance Minister Abraham Hirchson (4th R), and Benny Regev (2nd L), brother of kidnapped Israeli soldier Eldad Regev, attend a candle lighting ceremony for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem December 17, 2006. Two Israeli soldiers who were captured by Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas in a cross-border raid in July, triggering 34 days of war, are alive, former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel was quoted as saying on Friday. (Yonathan Weitzman/Reuters)Reuters - Two Israeli soldiers who were captured by Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas in a cross-border raid in July, triggering 34 days of war, are alive, former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel was quoted as saying on Friday.


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- Pakistan: U.S. hasn't shared information on al Qaeda (Reuters) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070112/ts_nm/pakistan_alqaeda_dc nm/20070112/pakistan_alqaeda_dc Fri, 12 Jan 2007 07:01:45 GMT

National Intelligence Director John Negroponte (L) and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller talk before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing regarding 'The Annual Threat Assessment' on Capitol Hill in Washington January 11, 2007. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)Reuters - Pakistan said on Friday the United States had not given it any information about the presence of al Qaeda leaders, following remarks from U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte that they were holed up in Pakistan.


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- Second U.S. soldier pleads guilty in Iraq killings (Reuters) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070111/ts_nm/iraq_usa_assault_dc nm/20070111/iraq_usa_assault_dc Thu, 11 Jan 2007 23:42:25 GMT Reuters - A U.S. soldier was sentenced to 18 years in jail on Thursday after becoming the second to plead guilty in the killing of three Iraqi detainees who prosecutors said were gunned down after they were set free and tried to run, officials at Fort Campbell in Kentucky said. - More guns equal more murders in U.S. states: study (Reuters) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070112/ts_nm/guns_murders_dc nm/20070112/guns_murders_dc Fri, 12 Jan 2007 02:58:44 GMT

Seized handguns are displayed at the Boston police headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts in this December 7, 2005 file photo. American states where more people own guns have higher murder rates, including murders of children, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health reported on Thursday. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)Reuters - American states where more people own guns have higher murder rates, including murders of children, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health reported on Thursday.


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- Senators fear Iraq war may spill to Iran, Syria (Reuters) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070111/ts_nm/iran_usa_dc nm/20070111/iran_usa_dc Thu, 11 Jan 2007 23:53:06 GMT

Iranian technicians work inside the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, in southern Iran, February 2006. Weary of the drawn-out diplomatic battle to rein in Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, Washington welcomed signs that unilateral US measures designed to squeeze Tehran financially are starting to bear fruit.(AFP/File/Behrouz Mehri)Reuters - U.S. Democratic and Republican senators voiced strong concern on Thursday that the Iraq war could spread to neighboring Iran and Syria if the U.S. military were to chase militants across the border.


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- Rocket attack on US embassy in Athens, damage, no casualties (AFP) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070112/pl_afp/greeceusblast afp/20070112/greeceusblast Fri, 12 Jan 2007 08:24:34 GMT

Police guard the entrance of the US Embassy in Athens after unknown assailants fired a rocket into the facility causing damage to the building but no casualties, police and US officials said. Police sources said the rocket penetrated the building near the front-entrance emblem and exploded inside, damaging toilet facilities on the embassy's third floor(AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)AFP - Attackers fired a rocket into the US embassy in Athens, damaging the building but causing no casualties, officials said.


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- US lawmakers blast Bush's Iraq plan (AFP) http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/topstories/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070112/pl_afp/usiraqbush afp/20070112/usiraqbush Fri, 12 Jan 2007 06:12:18 GMT

(AFP iactiv)AFP - President George W. Bush faced a pitched battle with US lawmakers over his plan to send more troops to Iraq, as even a top member of his Republican Party dismissed the strategy as the worst blunder since Vietnam.


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