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U.S., Afghan soldiers kill 40 suspected rebels



Published: Tue, August 23, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



U.S., Afghan soldierskill 40 suspected rebels

KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. and Afghan troops killed at least 40 suspected rebels in an offensive targeting militants who ambushed Navy SEAL commandos and shot down a special-forces helicopter -- the deadliest attacks on American forces in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Monday.

The military declared the weeklong operation in lawless Kunar province near Pakistan a success, following the spate of insurgent attacks that already has made 2005 the bloodiest year for American forces in the country since the Taliban's ouster.

This year alone, 66 American service members have been killed -- more than a third of the 187 who have died in and around Afghanistan since 2001. Four were slain Sunday when a massive roadside bomb blew up an under armored humvee.

Blast at shopping centerin Beirut suburb injures 3

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- A powerful explosion late Monday rocked a shopping center and hotel in the Zalka neighborhood in north Beirut, injuring at least three people and causing extensive damage, security officials said.

Heavily armed Lebanese soldiers cordoned off the area, punching and hitting journalists to keep them back.

Two workers could be seen helping a black-clad, veiled woman down the glass-covered front stairs of the Promenade Hotel. She appeared shaken but not injured. Shattered glass and plaster filled the hotel lobby, but no residents were hurt.

Police find five bodiesin home after standoff

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Police stormed a home Monday where an armed man was holed up inside and found five people dead, including two children. Authorities believe they were victims of a murder-suicide.

The dead included the suspect, his sister-in-law, her husband and their two children, said Lt. Mike McBride of the Inglewood Police Department. No further details on the suspect or the victims were immediately released.

The standoff began early Monday when the wife of a man from nearby Lennox called to report him missing and told authorities he was distraught over financial problems, McBride said.

Wisconsin university topslist of best party schools

MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison topped a list of the nation's best party schools released Monday, despite a decade-long effort by the school to reduce its reputation for heavy drinking.

Ohio University in Athens ranked second.

Meanwhile, Brigham Young University led "stone cold sober" schools for the eighth straight year.

The rankings are based on survey responses regarding alcohol and drug use, hours of study each day, and the number of students in fraternities and sororities.

Schools often criticize the list, while the American Medical Association has urged Princeton Review to stop putting it out, saying it legitimizes students' drinking.

Thesaurus pulls entry for'Arab' after complaints

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- An online thesaurus struck a listing Monday for the word "Arab" after Arab-American groups complained the entry listed derogatory synonyms.

The entry, which appeared on thesaurus.com, listed the word as a noun meaning "beggar," and gave 16 pejorative synonyms including "homeless person" and "welfare bum."

The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee contacted the synonym book's online publisher Friday to complain about the entry; the American Arab Forum also criticized the listing on Monday.

"I looked it up and I couldn't believe what I was seeing," said Aref Assaf, president of the American Arab Forum, which is based in Paterson.




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