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SEOUL, South Korea
' y.--Rice: U.S. won't coerce on N.K. sanctions
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday she would not try to dictate
how U.S. allies enforce sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear program, and there
were signs South Korea wouldn't quickly embrace Washington's approach.
"The key is to live up to the obligation that all of us undertook" to bar North Korea
AP PHOTO from exporting nuclear technology or receiving overseas help for its nuclear pro-
Iraqis walk past a car bomb wreck Wednesday gram, Rice said after meetings with South Korea's president and top diplomat.
In Baghdad. A parked car bomb blast wounded South Korea and China are the communist North's closest neighbors and trading
seven bystanders In Baghdad's central Alwiya partners, accounting for two-thirds of its foreign commerce.
district. Both nations are pledged to carry out U.N. restrictions approved after North
Korea's Oct. 9 test explosion of a small nuclear device, but they have hedged on
lB id to secu re details. Rice visits Chinese leaders Friday in Beijing.
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Baghdad has not
Three American deaths bring
October total to 74, on pace to
be the deadliest for U.S. forces in
nearly two years
BAGHDAD (AP) - The U.S. military acknowl-
edged yesterday that its two-month drive to crush
insurgent and militia violence in the Iraqi capital had
fallen short, calling the raging bloodshed dishearten-
ing and saying it was rethinking its strategy to rein in
gunmen, torturers and bombers.
The admission by military spokesman Maj. Gen.
William B. Caldwell came as car bombs, mortar
fire and shootings around the country killed at least
66 people and wounded 175. The dead included the
Anbar province police commander, slain by gunmen
who burst into his home in Ramadi.
The U.S. military also announced the deaths of
three U.S. troops in fighting, raising the toll for
American troops in October to 74. The month is on
course to be the deadliest for U.S. forces in nearly
The high death tolls this month for both Americans
and Iraqis have pushed the long and unpopular war
back into the public eye in the United States, forcing
the Bush administration and the military to address
difficult questions in the final weeks of the midterm
U.S. election campaign.
Vice President Dick Cheney said the United States
was not looking for a way out of Iraq. "I know what
the president thinks. I know what I think. And we're
not looking for an exit strategy. We're looking for vic-
tory," Cheney said in an interview posted on Time
magazine's Web site Thursday.
Caldwell told reporters the U.S.-Iraqi bid to
crush violence in the capital had not delivered the
desired results, with attacks in Baghdad rising by
22 percent in the first three weeks of the Muslim
holy month of Ramadan when compared to the
three previous weeks.
Priest denies that he had sex with Foley
A priest acknowledged yesterday that he was naked in saunas and went skin-
ny-dipping with Mark Foley decades ago when the former congressman was a
boy in Florida, but denied that the two had sex.
The Rev. Anthony Mercieca, 69, speaking by telephone from his home on the
Maltese island of Gozo, made his comments after the Sarasota Herald-Tribune
published an interview in which he described several encounters that he said
Foley might perceive as sexually inappropriate. Mercieca said the Florida news-
paper report was "exaggerated.
"We were friends and trusted each other as brothers and loved each other as
brothers," Mercieca told The Associated Press in Rome. Asked if their associa-
tion was sexual, the priest replied: "It wasn't."
Football stadium threat deemed a hoax
Internet threats of "dirty bomb" attacks at NFL stadiums this weekend
were a hoax inspired by a writing competition'between two men trying to
come up with scary threats, a law enforcement official said yesterday.
The threats, which were posted on a Web site last week and mentioned sta-
diums in seven U.S. cities, were deemed to be false by the FBI on Thursday
after agents questioned a 20-year-old Milwaukee man.
"This is a hoax," said Special Agent Richard Kolko, a spokesman at the
FBI's Washington headquarters.
A joint statement from the FBI and Homeland Security said fans "should
be reassured of their security as they continue to attend sporting events this
LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla.
Stingray flops into boat, stings man in chest
An 81-year-old man was in critical condition yesterday after a stingray flopped onto
his boat and stung himleaving a foot-long barb in his chest similar to the accident that
killed "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin.
"It was a freak accident," said Lighthouse Point acting fire Chief David Donzella. "It's
very odd that the thing jumped out of the wateriand stung him. We still can't believe it."
Fatal stingray attacks like the one that killed Irwin last month at the Great Bar-
rier Reef are rare, marine experts say. Rays reflexively deploy a sharp spine in their
tails when frightened, but the venom coating the barb usually causes just a painful
sting for humans.
James Bertakis of Lighthouse Point was on the water with his granddaughter and
a friend Wednesday when a stingray flopped onto the boat and stung Bertakis. The
women steered the boat to shore and called 911.
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