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Illinois man, 25,
drowns in northern
Michigan river
The Alger County Sheriff's
Department says an Illinois man
apparently drowned while fishing
in the Upper Peninsula's Whitefish
WLUC-TV says deputies got a
call about 4 p.m. Sunday saying a
25-year-old man from Westmont,
Ill., was overdue at his destination.
A four-hour search by the depart-
ment, state police and the Eastern
U.P. Search and Rescue led to the
discovery of the man's body floating
face down.
The site is in the West Branch of
the Whitefish River in Limestone
Township, about 20 miles east of
Authorities didn't immediately
release the man's name and say an
autopsy should pinpoint the cause
of death.
Tropical Storm
Lee sweeps across
Southern states
The slow-moving remnants of
Tropical Storm Lee dumped a tor-
rent of rain across the South yester-
day and whipped up tornadoes as it
pushed further inland. One death
was reported, and at least one per-
son was injured.
In Mississippi, a man was swept
away by floodwaters after trying to
cross a swollen creek, authorities
said yesterday, the first death caused
by flooding or winds from Lee. The
system was sweeping across Ala-
bama and pushing into Georgia,
where suspected tornadoes sent
trees falling into homes and injured
at least one person.
Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee
County Sheriff's office northwest
of Atlanta said he'd gotten scat-
tered reports of homes damaged by
falling trees, but couldn't say how
Still undecided,
Palin campaigns
against Obama
Sarah Palin left open the possi-
bility of a presidential bid yesterday
afternoon, while encouraging tea
party activists to unite against Pres-
ident Obama.
And the former Alaska governor
praised Republican presidential
candidates for working harder to
appeal to the tea party movement.
"Now we're seeing more and more
folks realize the strength of this
grassroots movement and they're
wanting to be involved," she told
hundreds of activists at a Tea Party
Express rally in the Granite State's
largest city. "I say, 'Right on, better

late than never,' for some of these
campaigns, especially."
Iran offers U.N.
'full supervision' of
nuclear program
Iran's nuclear chief proposed
yesterday to allow the U.N. nuclear
watchdog "full supervision" of its
nuclear activities for five years pro-
vided that sanctions against Tehran
are lifted, but the official did not give
details of his offer.
The United Nations has imposed
four rounds of Security Council
sanctions over Tehran's refusal to
halt uranium enrichment, a tech-
nology that can be used to produce
nuclear fuel or materials for an
atomic bomb.
Iran's nuclear program is already
subject to routine IAEA inspections.
IAEA cameras monitor Iran's nucle-
ar activities. including its conten-
tious uranium enrichment sites.
Vice President Fereidoun Abbasi
told the semiofficial ISNA news
agency, "We proposed that the agen-
cy keep Iran's nuclear program and
activities under full supervision for
five years provided that sanctions
against Iran are lifted."

In this Sunday, March 30, 2008 file photo, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi attends the closing session of the annual
summit of the Arab League in Damascus, Syria.
""Secret Libyan files dsrb
final days of Gadhafi regime

Secret reports
uncover Gadhafi's
draft letter to
President Obama
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -
As the uprising grew against
Moammar Gadhafi, secret
reports from his vaunted intel-
ligence service flowed back to
Tripoli. Some were mundane -
how agents erased anti-regime
graffiti. Others were more dead-
ly - a spy volunteered to poison
rebel leaders' food and drink.
The reports grew more des-
perate as the Libyan rebellion
veered into civil war: Military
leaders in the western moun-
tains were disregarding orders;
troops in the city of Misrata ran
out of ammunition, turning the
situation into "every man for
These reports and hundreds
of other intelligence docu-
ments seen by The Associated
Press in Tripoli trace how the
tide shifted in the six-month
uprising that ended Gadhafi's
42-year reign. They show how
an authoritarian regime using
all its means failed to quash an
armed rebellion largely fueled
by hatred of its tools of control.
The Arab-language docu-
ments read and photographed
by an AP reporter during a visit
to Tripoli's intelligence head-
quarters contain a mixture
of military data and regime
propaganda. Amid reports on

rebels' movements, phone tap
records and dispatches from
Gadhafi's domestic agents are
memos claiming that al-Qaida
was behind the rebellion and
that 4,000 U.S. troops were
about to invade from Egypt.
The uprising began in mid-
February when security forces
used deadly fire to suppress
anti-government protests in
the eastern city of Benghazi.
The opposition responded to
the fierce crackdown by tak-
ing up arms, quickly seizing a
large swath of eastern Libya
and establishing a temporary
The conflict changed to civil
war as rebel forces grew, expel-
ling government forces from of
the western city of Misrata and
seizing much of the western
Nafusa mountain range. It was
from there that they pushed to
the coast, then stormed into the
capital on Aug. 21, effectively
ending Gadhafi's rule.
Throughout the war, Gad-
hafi's security offices in Tripoli
directed efforts to quash the
rebellion. Among those lead-,
ing the charge was intelligence-
chief Abdullah al-Senoussi,
whose well-fortified compound
received reports from around
the country.
Early on, his office struggled
to understand the situation in
Benghazi, birthplace of the reb-
els' National Transitional Coun-
One of the handwritten
intelligence reports, writ-
ten by a man who said he had

"infiltrated" the rebel council,
gave the names of five mem-
bers, their background and the
hotels they frequented. None of
the material would be unfamil-
iar to a Benghazi resident.
The note concluded with an
offer to kill the council mem-
"I can carry out any suicide
operation I'm given to assassi-
nate members of the council or
poison their food and water," it
The author is not identified.
No council members have been
killed by Gadhafi's regime.
Another report parroted
stories spread by Libyan state
media that the rebels were
linked to Osama bin Laden's al-
Qaida terrorist group, that they
lacked local support, and that
they carried Viagra and con-
doms into battle so they could
rape women.
The regimetook these claims
to the international commu-
nity, especially after NATO
began bombing Libyan military
targets under a U.N. mandate to
protect civilians.
One document discovered
was a draft letter from Gadhafi
to President Barack Obama.
"It is necessary to support
Libya to get rid ofthe armed men
of al-Qaida before all of north
Africa falls into the hands of bin
Laden," it said. It is unclear if the
letter was ever sent.
The documents refer to the
rebels as "insurgents," "sabo-
teurs" "armed gangs" and

GOP candidates pledge
support for tea party
Bachmann "The track record we have
creating jobs, I'd put up against
calls Obama's anyone running for president of
the United States, particularly
political agenda the current resident of the White
, House," said Perry, whose late
unconstitutional entry into the race threatens
Romney's one-time auraof inevi-
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - tability with support from tea
Pledging fidelity to the Constitu- partyers.
tion and vowing to carry the tea And Bachmann sought to sus-
party's priorities to the White tain her status as a movement
House, the Republicans chasing darling and suitable alterna-
the GOP's presidential nomina- tive to Romney. Although she
tion pitched themselves yester- never engaged him directly, her
day to their party's libertarian remarks seemed centered on
activists as the strongest candi- Romney.
dates to roll back four years of Bachmann warned that
President Barack Obama's ten- Obama and Democrats' health
ure. care legislation was taking away
Former Massachusetts Gov. freedoms and giving Washing-
Mitt Romney said the Obama ton abject power.
administration flouted the Con- "They will become a dictator
stitution to push a political over ourlives," she said of feder-
agenda. Rep. Michele Bachmann al requirements included in the
of Minnesota stridently called overhaul that requires Ameri-
Obama's policies "unconstitu- cans to have health insurance.
tional" at the same tea party- Massachusetts requires a similar
backed forum on Labor Day. And mandate.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the third "This is the foundation for
member of his party's top tier, socialized medicine. Make no
told a separate town hall-style mistake about it. It will change
audience earlier in the day that the face of this nation forever,"
he has a better record on jobs she warned.
than the president. After keeping the tea party
With Labor Day marking at arm's length most of this
the unofficial start to the 2012 campaign, Romney appeared
campaign, the contenders were at two tea party-related events
painting themselves to the this holiday weekend, first in
tea party during an afternoon New Hampshire on Sunday and
forum with Sen. Jim DeMint in then yesterday here. He slightly
his home state - site of the first tweaked his pitch and acknowl-
nominating contest in the South. edged critics of Massachusetts'
The event was designed to probe health plan.
the candidates on their views "Our bill dealt with 8 percent
of spending, taxes and the Con- of our population, the people
stitution - bedrock principles who weren't insured," Romney
for the tea party activists whose said.
rising clout is likely to shape the "He dealt with 100 percent of
nominating process. American people. He said, 'I'm
"I don't think I've ever seen going to change health care for
an administration who has go all of you.' It's simplyunconstitu-
further afield from the Constitu- tional. It's bad law. It's bad medi-
tion ... than the Obama adminis- cine. ... It has got to be stopped
tration, not just with regulation, and I know it better than most."
but with energy policy, with Aware of the tea party's poten-
financial regulatory policy and, tial to pick the nominee, all can-
with the worst example, Obam- didates have tailoredtheir pitches
acare," Romney said, :oftdining. ' appeal to the libertarian and
conservatives' broad indictment grassroots activists.
of Obama's tenure. Bachmann, a former federal
It also was a prime opportu- tax lawyer, called the Constitu-
nity for the candidates to level tion "that sacred document" and
pointed - though, in many cases, challenged Obama's understand-
familiar - criticism of Obama. ing of his powers under it.

Fire triggered by deadly plane crash
endangers 650 homes in California

One structure
destroyed, more
expected to follow
- Calmer weather yesterday
was aiding firefighters battling
a wildfire that was ignited by
a deadly plane crash and has
forced residents in about 650
homes in this mountain com-
munity to flee.
Forecasters had predicted
10- to 15 mph winds - simi-
lar to conditions that fanned
the blaze after the single-
engine Cessna went down near
Tehachapi on Sunday. However,
winds were fairly calm and
favorable for crews at the fire,
which has burned more than
7 square miles or 4,700 acres,
Kern County fire depart-
ment spokesman Cary
Wright said.
"It's nothing comparable
to yesterday," he said Mon-
day. "If the weather stays
the way it is today, it would
really help our effort."
Wright said that 650
homes in three rugged
communities were ordered
to evacuate.At least one
structure was destroyed,
but that number was
expected to go up.
About 600 firefighters,
backed by a DC-10 jumbo
jet tanker and more than
a dozen other aircraft,
were battling the fire, said
Nick Schuler, a California
Department of Fire and

ForestryProtection spokesman.
About5 percent of the blaze has
been contained.
Ground crews were focused
on creating a break betweenthe
fire and the trailer, ranch and
vacation homes in communi-
ties south of Tehachapi, a city
of 8,000 south of Bakersfield,
Wright said. Firefighters were
also working to protect the
nearby wind farms threatened
by the blaze.
Authorities did not know
how many people were on the
plane that crashed, but two peo-
ple have been confirmed dead.
Their names were not immedi-
ately released.
National Transportation
Safety Board investigators
reached the site of the wreck-
age yesterday to investigate the
cause of the crash, Wright said.

To the south, a barn fire
grew to more than 400 acres
of desert brush in northern
Los Angeles County yesterday
afternoon, county fire depart-
ment inspector Matt Levesque
told KNX-AM.
Video captured by a KCAL-
TV news helicopter showed
the fireburningclose to several
homes near the Vasquez Rocks
Natural Area and Nature Cen-
ter in Agua Dulce. The park's
rock formations have served
as the backdrop for many films
and television series, including
"Star Trek," "The Lone Rang-
er" and "Blazing Saddles."
Meanwhile, a nearly 2
square-mile - or 1,100-acre
- wildfire along the main
interstate between Southern
California and Las Vegas was
fully contained Monday.

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