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Charges dropped in Duke lacrosse rape case

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper dropped all charges against three Duke University lacrosse players. He said the athletes were innocent victims of a “tragic rush to accuse” by an overreaching district attorney, namely Mike Nifong. The year-long case saw Reade Seligmann, David Evans and Collin Finnerty indicted for rape, kidnapping and sexual assault charges tied to an alleged attack at a lacrosse team party on March 13, 2006.

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Sadrist Movement threatens to leave Iraqi government

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Controversial cleric Muqtada al-Sadr criticized Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s lack of support for a timetable for a United States withdrawal from Iraq. Although it is not the first time the Sadrist Movement has threatened to leave the government, a statement released by the bloc said: “The Sadrist movement is studying the option of withdrawing from the Iraqi government – a government that has not fulfilled its promises to the people … We are serious about withdrawing.”

Al-Maliki’s coalition relied on the Sadrist Movement to give it the mandate needed to form a government and the withdrawal could threaten to topple the government. The Sadrist Movement holds six ministerial positions and represents about a quarter of the MPs in the coalition.

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Two Canadian soldiers killed, three injured in Afghanistan

Two Canadian soldiers killed, three injured in Afghanistan

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Military officials have confirmed that two Canadian soldiers were killed in two separate road-side bombings targeting the same convoy within hours of each other in southern Afghanistan Wednesday night. The bombings occurred about 38 kilometres west of Kandahar said Colonel Mike Cessford, deputy commander of Task Force Afghanistan in a late-night briefing.

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—Colonel Mike Cessford, deputy commander of Task Force Afghanistan.

Another three were injured but according to reports they are in stable condition. A Canadian Forces tanker truck was damaged. All the soldiers are from CFB Petawawa in Petawawa, Ontario. A bomb also exploded at around noon but no one sustained injuries.

The two road-side bombings took place in the same general area, about a kilometre apart. In the first incident a soldier was injured, while the second road-side bomb, approximately two hours later, killed the two soldiers. The names of the dead soldiers are being withheld until the families are notified. Colonel Cessford provided the details to reporters in Kandahar Thursday morning. “There was a significant separation between the two incidents,” said Cessford. “These were two separate vehicles from two separate areas that were in roughly the same area.”

Six Canadian soldiers that were killed in southern Afghanistan last Sunday were returned to CFB Trenton in Trenton, Ontario today.

53 Canadian soldiers have been killed in the war-torn country since 2002.

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Terrorist attacks in Algiers, Algeria kill 23 people and wound 162

Terrorist attacks in Algiers, Algeria kill 23 people and wound 162

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Algiers at night

This morning, Algiers, the capital of Algeria, was targeted by two deadly terrorist bombings. The first target was the Government Palace, the main offices of the government, located in downtown Algiers, killing 12 people and wounding 118, according to civil defense. Several cars were burned out, while the Government Palace sustained some heavy damage, as well as the rest of the neighborhood. The other target was the police station of Bab Ezzouar, east of Algiers, causing the death of 11 people and wounding 44 others. Civil defense authorities and witnesses say that these bombings were carried out by suicide bombers.

In an Internet statement, responsibility for the attacks was claimed by {{w|Al-Qaeda group in the Maghreb]], known formerly as the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, renamed in January 2007 to indicate affiliation with al Qaeda. The website with the claim showed photos of the purported bombers, identified as Muadh bin Jabal, al-Zubair Abu Sajda, and Abu Dajjana.

This attack follows a series of smaller-scale bombings that took place in December 2006 and March 2007.

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NHL: Vancouver comes out on top after four overtimes

NHL: Vancouver comes out on top after four overtimes

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Canucks lead series 1-0. (Best of Seven)

Dallas Stars 4 5 Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks came out on top after the sixth longest game in NHL Playoff history. The final goal came after a scoring opportunity that was able to find the back of the net, finally, after Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco kept the net empty for over 90 minutes. Henrik Sedin connected on a pass from brother, Daniel Sedin, which unleashed a celebration from the remaining crowd at General Motors Place in Vancouver.

Vancouver’s goalie, Roberto Luongo had a very successful performance as he stopped a total of 72 shots to keep the Canucks in the game for as long as it lasted. On the other hand, the Stars’ Turco performed fairly well, fending off 48 shots, but will likely fall to criticism as he has been unable, at least in previous seasons, to continue his all star season performances with playoff success.

The game was the longest ever in Vancouver Canucks’ history.

Vancouver looks to extend its 1-0 series lead over the Dallas Stars after the first game as they continue the series in Vancouver on Friday at 6:00pm (PDT). Vancouver eventually won the series 4-3.

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary
No. Period Time Team Scorer (No.) Assists Score
1 1st 4:20 VAN Daniel Sedin (1) PP Henrik Sedin, Mattias Ohlund 1-0
2 1st 5:28 DAL Brenden Morrow (1) PP Mike Ribeiro, Darryl Sydor 1-1
3 2nd 6:26 VAN Mattias Ohlund (1) Lukas Krajicek, Markus Naslund 2-1
4 2nd 10:00 DAL Trevor Daley (1) Brenden Morrow, Loui Eriksson 2-2
5 2nd 13:47 VAN Markus Naslund (1) Unassisted 3-2
6 3rd 7:36 VAN Bryan Smolinski (1) Sami Salo, Trevor Linden 4-2
7 3rd 8:31 DAL Antti Miettinen (1) Niklas Hagman, Jussi Jokinen 4-3
8 3rd 13:46 DAL Ladislav Nagy (1) Antti Miettinen, Sergei Zubov 4-4
9 4OT 18:06 VAN Henrik Sedin (1) Daniel Sedin, Mattias Ohlund 5-4

Goaltending

Goaltending
Team Player Shots Saves Save Pct.
VAN Roberto Luongo 76 72 .947
DAL Marty Turco 56 51 .911

Three Stars of the Game

  • #1 = Roberto Luongo, G, “Vancouver Canucks” – 1.74 GAA, 72 saves
  • #2 = Henrik Sedin, C, “Vancouver Canucks” – Game-winning goal, 1 Assist
  • #3 = Sergei Zubov, D, “Dallas Stars” – 1 Assist

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NHL: Sharks defeat Predators, take 1-0 lead in series

NHL: Sharks defeat Predators, take 1-0 lead in series

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Sharks lead series 1-0. (Best of Seven)

San Jose Sharks 5 4 Nashville Predators

Game Recap

The San Jose Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators Wednesday night, taking a 1-0 series lead in the 2007 NHL Playoffs. It was the Sharks second victory over the Predators this season in five meetings between the two teams. It was a tough defeat for the Predators to swallow, giving up the deciding goal with 8:14 left in the second overtime.

After the Sharks took a 4-2 lead in the middle of the second period, Alexander Radulov scored his second goal of the game in the third period with 7:55 remaining in regulation. With about a minute to go, and a one goal lead, the Sharks’ Patrick Rissmiller gave up the puck twice leading to a J.P. Dumont goal. Dumont’s second goal of the game came with :51 remaining in regulation to knot it up at four goals apiece.

Neither team managed to score in the first overtime, although the Nashville Predators dominated with a noticeably large number of shots. The Predators continued to pile on the shots at the Sharks’ Evgeni Nabokov in the second overtime period. The final score came from Patrick Rissmiller, who buried one behind Tomas Vokoun, forgiving his missteps which led to the late Nashville goal. The goal lifted the Sharks to the 5-4 victory and a 1-0 series lead.

Evgeni Nabokov picked up the win for the Sharks, stopping 39 of 43 shots faced, allowing four goals while Nashville’s Tomas Vokoun stopped 33 of 38 faced shots, and was saddled with the loss.

The Sharks have now won five straight playoff games against the Predators, dating back to their Western Conference Quarterfinal series in the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This was also the Sharks’ first overtime victory in the playoffs since beating St. Louis in the first round of the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The series is just getting started, and the Sharks will face the Predators again on Friday at 8:00 PM (CDT), when Nashville will try to even the best of seven series at home in Nashville Arena before the teams head to HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary
No. Period Time Team Scorer (No.) Assists Score
1 1st 7:18 SJ Matt Carle (1) Joe Thornton, Craig Rivet 1-0
2 2nd 2:35 NSH Alexander Radulov (1) Peter Forsberg, Greg Zanon 1-1
3 2nd 3:56 NSH J.P. Dumont (1) Jason Arnott, Scott Hartnell 1-2
4 2nd 5:31 SJ Mike Grier (1) Patrick Rissmiller, Curtis Brown 2-2
5 2nd 12:57 SJ Craig Rivet (1) PP Patrick Marleau 3-2
6 2nd 15:52 SJ Milan Michalek (1) Joe Thornton, Marc-Edouard Vlasic 4-2
7 3rd 13:05 NSH Alexander Radulov (2) Shea Weber 4-3
8 3rd 19:09 NSH J.P. Dumont (2) Shea Weber, Martin Erat 4-4
9 2OT 8:14 SJ Patrick Rissmiller (1) Patrick Marleau, Mike Grier 5-4

Goaltending

Goaltending
Team Player Shots Saves Save Pct.
SJ Evgeni Nabokov 43 39 .907
NSH Tomas Vokoun 38 33 .868

Three Stars of the Game

  • #1 = Patrick Rissmiller, C, San Jose Sharks – Game-winning goal, 1 Assist
  • #2 = Alexander Radulov, RW, Nashville Predators- 2 Goals
  • #3 = J.P. Dumont, RW, Nashville Predators – 2 Goals

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NHL: Nasty start to playoffs for Penguins, Senators

NHL: Nasty start to playoffs for Penguins, Senators

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Senators lead series 1-0. (Best of Seven)

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Pittsburgh Penguins 3 6 Ottawa Senators

The young Pittsburgh Penguins were given their first taste of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Wednesday night. Needless to say, they didn’t enjoy it. The Ottawa Senators defeated the Penguins 6-3 to take a one game advantage in the best of seven series. The game went from bad to downright nasty, with 20 penalties between the two clubs throughout the game, keeping the officiating crew busy throughout the game.

The experienced Senators exploded out of the gates, taking an early lead just 1:37 into regulation, when Andrej Meszaros scored the first goal of the series. Chris Kelly would score 5:01 later to double the Sens’ lead to two goals. In the second period, Tom Preissing would give Ottawa a 3-0 advantage at 14:38. The Penguins would finally get on the scoresheet 2:20 later, when rookie Jordan Staal scored his first career playoff goal, to make it a two goal game. Dany Heatley scored the Senators’ second power play goal of the night, just 0:09 into the final period, beating Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who was under siege for most of the night. Ottawa wouldn’t let up, scoring two more goals before Sergei Gonchar found the back of the net. Sidney Crosby would tally his first career playoff goal with :49 left in the game, burying the puck behind Ottawa goaltender Ray Emery.

Crosby appeared to have scored earlier in the third period to narrow the score to two goals, when both Crosby and the puck plowed into the net, but the ruling was overturned, leaving Crosby and the Penguins bench shaking their heads in disgust. In the post game press conference, Crosby said that he would have to see the replay before ruling for himself if he had scored or not.

Fights erupted several times throughout the game, and the penalties mounted for each team as the tension grew. The teams entered the game with a mutual dislike for each other, and no doubt left loathing each other. Perhaps the most exciting outcome of the game is the anticipation for the next game of the series. The Penguins and Senators face each other again, Saturday afternoon, in the best of seven series.

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary
No. Period Time Team Scorer (No.) Assists Score
1 1st 1:37 OTT Andrej Meszaros (1) Mike Fisher, Peter Schaefer 1-0
2 1st 6:38 OTT Chris Kelly (1) Joe Corvo, Chris Neil) 2-0
3 2nd 14:38 OTT Tom Preissing (1) PP Jason Spezza, Joe Corvo 3-0
4 2nd 16.58 PIT Jordan Staal (1) Maxime Talbot, Ryan Whitney 3-1
5 3rd 0:09 OTT Dany Heatley (1) PP Daniel Alfredson, Anton Volckenkov 4-1
6 3rd 5:39 OTT Chris Neil (1) Wade Redden 5-1
7 3rd 8:22 OTT Mike Comrie (1) Peter Schaefer, Anton Volchenkov 6-1
8 3rd 12:42 PIT Sergei Gonchar (1) PP Evgeni Malkin, Mark Recchi 6-2
9 3rd 19:11 PIT Sidney Crosby (1) PP Sergei Gonchar, Mark Recchi 6-3

Goaltending

Goaltending
Team Player Shots Saves Save Pct.
PIT Marc-Andre Flury 36 30 .833
PIT Jocelyn Thibault 1 1 1
OTT Ray Emery 26 23 .885

Three Stars of the Game

#1 = Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Ottawa Senators – 1 Assist

#2 = Chris Neil, RW, Ottawa Senators – 1 Goal, 1 Assist

#3 = Anton Volchenkov, D, Ottawa Senators – 2 Assists

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NHL: Ducks edge Wild in Playoff opener

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Ducks lead series 1-0. (Best of Seven)

Minnesota Wild 1 2 Anaheim Ducks
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  • 21 May 2007: NHL: Ottawa Senators eliminate Buffalo Sabres to advance to Stanley Cup finals
  • 17 May 2007: NHL: Sharks Lose Game 5 to Wings

Dustin Penner scored the game winning goal with 5:20 remaining in regulation, and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1, Wednesday night. The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven game series, thanks in part to Penner’s goal.

After a scoreless first period highlighted by good defensive play from both teams, Pavol Demitra scored the game’s first goal in the second, beating Anaheim goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead. 3:51 later, Teemu Selanne scored on a breakaway, knotting the score up at 1-1.

With the score tied in the third, the Ducks picked up a rebound off a shot by the Wild. Quickly, the Ducks mounted a counter-attack, passing the puck up to Penner. Penner shot from the left side of the net, but the puck was stopped by Minnesota goaltender Nicklas Backstrom. However, the puck would richochet off of the pad of Backstrom, allowing Penner to shove the puck into the net, sealing the Ducks win. Commenting on his score after the game in the post game press conference, Penner said: “If the puck didn’t go in after the initial shot I wanted to be able to pick up any loose change.” And that was exactly what he did.

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary
No. Period Time Team Scorer (No.) Assists Score
1 2nd 6:01 MIN Pavol Demitra (1) Kurtis Foster, Marian Gaborik 0-1
2 2nd 9:52 ANA Teemu Selanne (1) Francois Beauchemin 1-1
3 3rd 14:40 ANA Dustin Penner (1) Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf 2-1

Goaltending

Goaltending
Team Player Shots Saves Save Pct.
MIN Nicklas Backstrom 34 32 .941
ANA Ilya Bryzgalov 25 24 .960

Three Stars of the Game

  • #1 = Teemu Selanne, RW, Anaheim Ducks – 1 Goal
  • #2 = Chris Pronger, D, Anaheim Ducks – 3 Shots on Goal
  • #3 = Samuel Pahlsson, C, Anaheim Ducks

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MLB: Alex Rodriguez hits sixth HR in seven games

MLB: Alex Rodriguez hits sixth HR in seven games

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New York Yankees 10 1 Minnesota Twins

Yankee Alex Rodriguez, who hit his sixth home run of the season Tuesday

Alex Rodriguez’s home run streak was extended Tuesday in the Yankee’s win over the Twins in Minneapolis. A-Rod hit a two-run shot off of Twins starter Boof Bonser in the first inning, making it the fourth game in a row that he has cleared the fence. Bonser gave up six hits and seven runs in the four and one third innings he pitched, including a Johnny Damon three-run homer over the right field wall in the fifth inning. before being relieved by Jesse Crain. Dennys Reyes pitched the final inning, giving up three runs to bring the Yankee’s lead to nine runs.

Andy Pettitte threw six shutout innings, allowing only four hits. Minnesota’s only run came from a Jason Kubel sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, scoring Justin Morneau from third base. The Twins had many opportunities to score early, but ended up leaving their runners in scoring position without any hits to bring them home.

The Twins and Yankees will wrap up the series tomorrow, each hoping for a win to stay above .500. Mike Mussina will be starting for the Yanks, and Ramon Ortiz will be starting for the Twins.

Box score

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 2 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 10 13 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 1

W: Pettitte (1-0)
L: Bonser (0-1)

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Fire burns home of late singer Johnny Cash

Fire burns home of late singer Johnny Cash

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A fast-moving fire engulfed the home of late singer Johnny Cash on Tuesday. The lake-side home, located in Hendersonville, Tennessee, was the home of the late singer and his wife, June Carter, from the late 1960s until their deaths in 2003.

The home was purchased by former Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb in 2006, and was undergoing renovations at the time. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but it is believed that a flammable wood preservative that construction workers had applied contributed to the speed in which the flames spread. Firefighters responded within 5 minutes of the fire breaking out. No workers were killed in the fire, but one firefighter suffered minor injuries.

“Maybe it’s the good Lord’s way to make sure that it was only Johnny’s house,” said Richard Sterban of The Oak Ridge Boys, who lived down the road from Cash. Neighbor Marty Stewart said “So many prominent things and prominent people in American history took place in that house—everyone from Billy Graham to Bob Dylan went into that house.” The home was where Cash wrote many of his hit songs, and appeared in the Cash music video for “Hurt”.

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Former \”crossover\” Canadian MP to leave politics

Former “crossover” Canadian MP to leave politics

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Canadian MP Belinda Stronach has officially announced she will not run for re-election in her riding of Newmarket—Aurora in the next federal election. She will re-join her father Frank Stronach’s company Magna International Inc., a large auto parts company, as the executive vice-chairwoman.

“My father is looking to the future, the company is facing important strategic decisions, and the Canadian and global auto sector and economy are in a period of great challenge,” Stronach announced. “So I am stepping aside from elected politics for the time being and will now take part in public life in a different way…I will continue to represent the interests of the constituents I serve until such time as a federal election is called,” she said. “I also plan to continue to play an active role in the community.”

During Stronach’s career a series of events have made national headlines.

In 2004, she ran against now Prime Minister Stephen Harper for leadership of then the new formed Conservative Party of Canada and finished second on the first ballot. She was later elected as Conservative MP for Newmarket—Aurora. Stronach had many differences to Stephen Harper and his Conservatives supporting abortion and same-sex marriages. She also claimed the party was going too far-right. In 2005, two days before a non-confidence vote to bring down the Liberal government, she crossed the floor to the Liberal Party of Canada and retained her seat. Upon her crossing she immediately became Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal. It also ended her personal relationship with fellow Conservative MP Peter MacKay. If Stronach had not joined the Liberals an election would have been called. On April 6, 2006, Stronach held a news conference announcing that she would not seek the leadership of the Liberals, which was later won by Stephane Dion.

In September, she was caught cheating with former NHL player Tie Domi. In October 2006, Peter MacKay referred to Stranach as a “dog”. Stronach, a feminist, demanded an immediate apology and said that it offended all Canadian women.

CTV bureau chief Robert Fife speculated the decision by Stronach, not to seek re-election, may have had something to do with her dissatisfaction over a diminished role in the new Dion caucus. “She did not have a high-profile critic’s role and she had not been prominent in asking questions in question period after Mr. Dion took over,” suggested Fife.

Stronach has been serving as Critic for Competitiveness and New Economy. She previously served as Critic for the Minister of Transport under interim leader Bill Graham.

The public is also questioning Stronach’s move to keep her seat until the next federal election, they happen every five years or less. If she had decided to leave her seat completely, an immediate by-election would be called.

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