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charges leveled for
Authorities yesterday filed mur-
der and arson charges carrying the
death penalty against a man sus-
pected of setting a Southern Cali-
fornia wildfire last week that killed
The suspect, Raymond Lee
Oyler, 36, was already under arrest
on suspicion of setting two other
wildfires over the summer. Offi-
cials were investigating whether he
was involved with more than three
dozen fires since May.
Last week's blaze was the deadli-
est for firefighters since July 1994,
when 14 were killed near Glenwood
Springs, Colo., according to the
National Interagency Fire Center.
District Attorney-elect Rod
Pacheco said the evidence against
Oyler was "overwhelming." Pros-
ecutors charged him with five
counts of murder, 11 counts of arson
and 10 counts of use of an incendi-
ary device. The charges include
seven fires in June, one in July, one
in September and two in October.
Iran test-fires longer
range missiles as
part of maneuvers
Irantest-fired dozens of missiles,
including the Shahab-3 that can
reach Israel, in military maneuvers
yesterday that it said were aimed at
putting a stop to the role of world
powers in the Persian Gulf region.
The show of strength came three
days after U.S.-led warships fin-
ished naval exercises in the Gulf
that Iran branded as "adventurist."
Iran remains locked in dispute with
the West over its nuclear program,
which Washington says is geared
to producing atomic weapons but
Tehran says is only for electricity.
Asked about yesterday's maneu-
vers, Secretary of State Condo-
leezza Rice said she thought the
Iranians "are tryingto demonstrate
that they are tough."
"The Iranians also I think are
not unaware that the security envi-
ronment is one in which if they
actually were to do something Iran
would suffer greatly and so I think
they probably understand that,"
Rice said on the Bill Cunningham
radio show on WLW Cincinnati.
Bush: Chief justice
a good reason to
vote for the GOP
Searching for new arguments to
mobilize conservative voters, Presi-
dent Bush said yesterday that Chief
Justice John Roberts would not be
on the Supreme Court if Democrats
controlled the Senate.
Bush told voters at rallies in the
red states of Montana and Nevada
that if Democrats take control of the
Senate, they could affect what kind
of judges sit on federal courts.
Roberts' earlier nominations to
a lower federal appeals court were
blocked by the Senate when it was
under Democratic control, Bush
said. The Senate approved Bush's
nomination of Roberts to head the
Supreme Court last year with 22
Democrats voting for him and 22
Democrats voting against him.
Laura Bush stumps
for GOP candidates
Dick DeVos is dedicated to cre-
ating jobs in the state while Mike
Bouchard and Tim Walberg are keen
on keeping federalspendingin check,
Laura Bush said yesterday during a
Republican campaign rally.
"These candidates care deeply
about the people in your state, and in
Washington and Lansing, they'll be
passionate advocates for Michigan's
families," the first lady told a couple
hundred cheering supporters.
DeVos, the former head of direct
marketer Amway Corp. and its par-
ent company, Alticor Inc., is chal-
lenging Democratic Gov. Jennifer
Granholm in Tuesday's election.
He wasn't at the event, which was
held at the Western Michigan Uni-
versity College of Aviation, but he
was represented by his running
mate, Oakland County Clerk Ruth
Johnson, and by his wife.
Daily wire reports
DIDY Y1 KNW?
The boxed wine you
drank at the fraternity
party Tuesday night
might actually have been
beneficial to your health.
Research shows that a sub-
stance in wine, grape skins and
peanuts might protect people from
the damage caused by a fatty diet.
Mice that were fed the substance,
called resveratrol, gained as much
weight as mice fed a diet without
the substance but didn't sustain the
L same heart and liver damage.
In S. Dakota, abortions
health impact key issue
Vote on state a fetus's right to live or vilifying said. "They have a lot of stories, but
abortion providers, the Vote Yes we don't make public policies on
abortion ban could For Life campaign has focused on anecdotal evidence."
depicting abortion as psychologi- There are indeed stories - hun-
carry implications for cally harmful to women. dreds of women who had abortions
"Support Women's Health," says provided them to a South Dakota
GOP strategy the campaign website. Its ads fea- task force, which concluded that
ture women detailing their post- abortion should be banned because
abortion despair, it is "destructive of the rights, inter-
(AP) - The rival sides in South The South Dakota Campaign for ests and health of women."
Dakota's historic vote on abortion Healthy Families, which opposes The chief of the pro-ban cam-
each are claiming their position the abortion ban, leads in the polls paign, Leslee Unruh, talks often of
protects women's health - an old butstillhas foundthestrategy chal- regrets over an abortion she had,
argument on the abortion rights lenging to counter. It says there is and says "the time has passed for
side but a new campaign tactic for no scientific evidence of pervasive any other strategy" by the anti-
anti-abortion advocates that has psychological or medical problems abortion movement.
significantly changed the debate. among women who had abortions. She expresses annoyance at
At stake is a South Dakota law "The marketing is ingenious on anti-abortion militants, some from
passed earlier this year that would their part," said Dr. Maria Bell, a out-of-state, who use more strident
ban virtually all abortions. Voters Sioux Falls gynecological oncolo- tactics such as harassing women at
will decide Tuesday whether to gist who opposes the ban in part the state's one abortion clinic. "It
reject this toughest-in-the-nation because she feels it jeopardizes can't be someone on my side," she
ban or uphold it, likely triggering a women's health. It would allow said.
lawsuit that could lead to the U.S. abortions only to save a women's Nationally, groups like Silent No
Supreme Court. life, with no exceptions for other More and Operation Outcry are
The vote also will serve as a health factors or cases of rape or mobilizing women who had abor-
barometer, watched by activists incest. tions to campaign against abor-
nationwide, gauging the effective- " 'Abortion hurts women' - tion rights, often using words like
ness of the distinctive pro-ban that's a great slogan, but they don't "empowerment" that recall previ-
strategy. Rather than stressing have the data to back that up," Bell ous feminist campaigns.
Bloody October in Iraq gives
way to a violent November
Actor Patrick Stewart, in town with the Royal Shakespeare Company, con-
ducts the Michigan Marching band during their practice yesterday at Elbel
Field in preparation for tomorrow's game. The program will include the theme
song from Star Trek.
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At least 49 people
killed yesterday, more
than 44 injured .
BAGHDAD (AP) - A blood-drenched October has
passed into a violent early November as a motorcycle
rigged with explosives ripped through a crowded
Shiite market in Sadr City yesterday and suspected
Sunni insurgent gunmen killed a Shiite dean of
The attacks showed no signs of abating after at
least 1,272 Iraqis were killed in the first full month
of autumn and the 43rd month of the U.S. bid to quell
violence and build democracy in Iraq, according to
an Associated Press count. The figure is a minimum
since many deaths go unreported, but the total is
higher than any other month since the AP began
keeping track in May 2005.
AP statistics also showed nearly-twice as many
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Iraqi security forces died last month as U.S. forces
- 194 versus 106. The Interior Ministry said at least
119 Iraqi policemen were killed.
With shootings, bombings and abductions tear-
ing apart Iraq three years after the U.S.-led invasion,
the war in Iraq is the top issue for voters before next
week's U.S. congressional elections.
The Iraqi president, visiting Paris, said yesterday
all American forces could be gone from Iraq within
"Two to three years are needed to build our secu-
rity forces and say bye-bye to our friends," Jalal Tal-
The president, a Kurd whose ethnic group owes
its relative prosperity and independence in northern
Iraq to the U.S. invasion, has repeatedly predicted
an earlier departure for American forces than U.S.
Asked about Talabani's remarks, Pentagon spokes-
man, Lt. Col. Todd Vician, said: "All parties agree on
the desire to hand over control for security to the
Iraqis as soon as possible."
hockey team a boost
SAGINAW (AP) - Fake news partner, told The Saginaw News
has been very good to the Saginaw for a story this week.
Spirit. When the team announced it
The junior hockey club has TV was seeking a name for its new
host Stephen Colbert to thank for eagle mascot, Colbert - host of
the sudden interest in the team's "The Colbert Report" on Comedy
jerseys and hats, which now are Central - began pleading on the
selling in places as far and wide as air to have it to name it after him.
California, Ireland and Scotland. The team obliged in September,
"Our hatsales are up 25 percent and Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle
over last year, and Stephen Colbert was born. Colbert showed the
has helped us in a big way by talk- mascot's debut on his program
ing about us every week," Craig and has given weekly updates on
Goslin, the Spirit's managing the team's progress ever since.
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