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2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 7, 2005


Tornado rampages and kills 21 NEWS IN BRIEF

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Twister rips through Kentucky and
Indiana at wind speeds of at least
158 miles per hour
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A tornado tore across
western Kentucky and Indiana early yesterday, killing
at least 21 people as it cut through a mobile home park
and obliterated trailers and houses as residents slept.
The tornado, estimated to have winds of at least
158 mph, hit a horse track near Henderson, Ky., then
jumped the Ohio River into Indiana around 2 a.m.
"It was just a real loud roar. It didn't seem like it
lasted over 45 seconds to a minute, then it was calm
again," said Steve Gaiser, who lives near the East-
brook Mobile Home Park in Evansville.
At least 17 people were killed in the mobile home
park, according to Eric Williams of the Vanderburgh
County Sheriff's Department.
More people were believed to still be trapped in the
debris, and National Guard units were called in to help
with search-and-recovery efforts. At least 200 people
were injured during the storm.
"They were in trailer homes, homes that were just
torn apart by the storm, so they're just now getting in
there trying to find people," said deputy Vanderburgh
county coroner Annie Groves. "It's just terrible."
Rescuers on the scene since 2 a.m. reported seeing
children wandering the area looking for their parents
and parents searching for missing children. Children's
bicycles and other toys were strewn amid the debris of
aluminum siding, mattresses, chairs and insulation.
Four other people were confirmed dead in neigh-
boring Warrick County, east of Evansville, where the
Ohio River city of Newburgh was hit. No deaths were
immediately reported in Kentucky.
The storm reduced homes to splinters and scattered
debris across the countryside. Entire blocks of build-
ings were nothing but rubble.
Indiana homeland security spokeswoman Pam
Bright said about 100 of the 350 or so homes in at the
Evansville mobile home park were destroyed and 125
others were damaged.
Larry and Christie Brown rode out the storm inside
their mobile home.
"Man, it was more than words can say," Larry
Brown said. "We opened the door and there wasn't
anything sitting there."
Chad Bennett, assistant fire chief in Newburgh, told
CNN that sirens sounded, but most people didn't hear
them because it happened in the middle of the night.
The tornado developed in a line of thunderstorms
that rolled rapidly eastward across the Ohio Valley.
The National Weather Service had posted severe thun-

U.N. recommends-U.S. repay Iraq
A U.N. auditing board has recommended that the United States reimburse Iraq
up to $208.5 million for contracting work carried out by KBR, a subsidiary of Hal-
liburton, in the last two years.
The International Advisory and Monitoring Board of the Development Fund for
Iraq said in a report that the work, paid for with Iraqi oil proceeds, was either over-
priced or done poorly by the Virginia-based company.
Compiled from an array of Pentagon, United States government and private audi-
tors, the report did not specify how or what work has been done poorly.
Halliburton said its subsidiary had cooperated with the auditing process
and that questions raised had to do with documentation rather than the costs
incurred by the company. It pointed to findings by the Pentagon's Defense Con-
tract Audit Agency.
"Many of DCAA's questions have been about the quality of supporting documen-
tation for costs that KBR clearly incurred," Halliburton spokeswoman Cathy Mann
said in an e-mailed statement. "Therefore, it would be completely wrong to say or
imply that any of these costs that were incurred at the client's direction for its benefit
are 'overcharges."'
x Lawmakers scrutinize use of Patroit Act
Lawmakers expressed concern yesterday that the FBI was aggressively pushing
the powers of the anti-terrorist USA Patriot Act to access private phone and financial
records of ordinary people.
"We should be looking at that very closely," said Sen. Joseph Biden, (D-Del.) who
is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "It appears to me that this is, if not
AP PHOTO abused, being close to abused."
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, agreed,
saying the government's expanded power highlights the risks of balancing national
k neigh- security against individual rights.
aid, and "It does point up how dangerous this can be," said Hagel, who appeared with Biden
1. on ABC's "This Week."
thought Under the Patriot Act, the FBI issues more than 30,000 national security letters
allowing the investigations each year, a hundredfold increase over historic norms,
husband The Washington Post reported yesterday, quoting unnamed government sources. The
wburgh letters, which were first used in the 1970s, give access to people's phone and e-nail
of the records, as well as financial data and the Internet sites they surf. The 2001 Patriot Act
for the removed the requirement that the records sought be those of someone under suspicion.
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Sharon McCoy helps remove debris from her parents' yard yesterday, after a tornado touched down early
yesterday in Munfordville, Ky.

derstorm warnings for sections of northern Ohio.
Ryan Presley, a weather service meteorologist
in Paducah, Ky., said a single tornado touched
down near Smith Mills in western Kentucky and
cut a 15- to 20-mile swath through Indiana's Van-
derburgh and Warrick counties.
The tornado appears to have been an F3, with
winds ranging from 158 mph to 206 mph, and
may have been even stronger, Presley said.
Warrick County Sheriff Marvin Heilman said
the victims included a woman who was eight
months' pregnant, her husband and a young child
in the rural town of Degonia Springs. A teenage
girl was also killed near Boonville, and her father
was critically injured, he said.
Tim Martin, 42, was at his parents' mobile
home when the tornado struck. The three were
awakened by the wind, which picked up the home
and moved it halfway into the neighbor's yard.
He and his parents escaped unharmed, but they

heard several neighbors calling for help. A
boring mobile home was overturned, he sa
another appeared to have been obliterated
"All I could see was debris," he said. "It
it was a bad dream."
Patty Ellerbusch, 53, said she and her h
were in bed at their hilltop home in Ne
when a relative called and warned them
tornado. They heard a low roar and ran
She made it downstairs, but her husba
not. He was blasted with shattered drywal
and other debris as the tornado shred
home's roof.
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knocked him down and ripped his glas
He said it felt like being in a wind tunn
said. The storm stripped the roof off mos
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Leaders from across the Americas ended their tumultuous two-day summit Sat-
urday without agreeing to restart talks on a U.S.-favored free trade zone stretching
from Alaska to Chile.
Argentine Foreign Minister Rafael Bielsa said the 34-nation summit's declara-
tion would state two opposing views: one by 29 nations favoring the proposed Free
Trade Area of the Americas, and another by the remaining five saying discussions
should wait until after World Trade Organization talks in December.
The decision came after negotiations extended eight hours past the scheduled
deadline. Almost all the leaders - including President Bush - left during the
discussions and put other negotiators in charge.

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Scores of terrified Iraqis fled a besieged town yesterday, waving white flags and
hauling their belongings to escape a second day of fighting between U.S. Marines and
al-Qaida-led militants along the Syrian border. U.S. and Iraqi troops battled insurgents
house-to-house, the U.S. military said.
The U.S. commander of the joint force, Col. Stephen Davis, told The Associated
Press late yesterday that his troops had moved "about halfway" through Husaybah, a
market town along the Euphrates River about 200 miles northwest of Baghdad.
At least 36 insurgents have been killed since the assault began Saturday and about
200 men have been detained, Davis said.

At least 918 vehicles
were burned in the 10th
night of violence
PARIS (AP) - Ten nights of urban
unrest that brought thousands of arson
attacks on cars, nursery schools and
other targets from the Mediterranean to
the German border reached Paris where
at least 28 cars were burned overnight in
the French capital, government officials
said yesterday.
Some 2,300 police poured into the
Paris region to bolster security on a
restive Saturday night while firefight-
ers moved out around the city to douse
blazing vehicles.
At least 918 vehicles - including
those in Paris - were burned during the
10th night of violence, said the Interior
Ministry's operational center tracking
the violence. There was no word yet on
damage in Paris to shops, gymnasiums,
nursery schools and other targets which
have been attacked around the country.
Police made 186 arrests nationwide
For the second night in a row, a
helicopter equipped with spotlights
and video cameras to track bands of
marauding youths combed the poor,
heavily immigrant Seine-Saint-Denis
region, northeast of Paris, where
the violence has been concentrated.
Small teams of police were deployed
to chase down rioters speeding from
one attack to another in cars and on
On Friday night, 900 vehicles were
torched across France in the worst wave of
arson since the urban unrest began.
The violence - originally concentrated
in neighborhoods northeast of Paris with
large populations of Arab and African
Muslim immigrants - has now spread
across France, extending west to the roll-
ing fields of Normandy and south to resort
cities on the Mediterranean.
The Normandy town of Evreux, 60
miles west of Paris, appeared to suffer
the worst damage Saturday. Arsonists
burned at least 50 vehicles, part of a
shopping center, a post office and two
schools, said Patrick Hamon, spokes-
man for the national police. Five police
officers and three firefighters were
injured battling the Evreux blazes,

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