Dean Packs Wallop Before Weakening… & other PM Headlines

The deadly whirlwind continues: Belize and Mexico are taking the brunt of the hurricane’s high winds and driving rain. The good news… Dean is starting to run out of steam.

Powerful Hurricane Dean Hits Mexico’s East Coast – Voice of America

What else is your government hiding? A three-year veil of secrecy in the name of national security kept the public in the dark about the handling of highly enriched uranium at a nuclear fuel processing plant – including a leak that could have caused a deadly, uncontrolled nuclear reaction.

Tenn. Nuclear Fuel Problems Kept Secret – AP

Good news from Iraq? No US withdrawal from Iraq yet, but a reduced role for the military there is in the offing.

US military looks to reduce role in Iraq  – AP

At ease, peaceniks: Meanwhile, the Pentagon says it will shut down an anti-terror database criticized for improperly storing information on peace activists and others whose actions pose no threat to the US.

Pentagon to Suspend Anti-Terror Database –

No touchdown for Vick: A National Football League quarterback accused of involvement in a massive dogfighting ring decides to cop a plea, reportedly in hopes of avoiding further charges.

Michael Vick to plead guilty to dogfighting-related charges – NPR

RIP to the “Queen of Mean”: In the end, the little people can’t avoid death or taxes. Neither could Leona Helmsley.

Hotelier Helmsley Dies –

Abu Ghraib court-martial under way: Opening statements began today at Fort Meade, MD, in the court-martial of the only officer charged with abusing prisoners at the notorious Iraq prison.

2 charges dropped against Abu Ghraib officer – CNN

Is there a vaccine? Researchers say a virus could lead to being overweight.

Common virus linked to obesity – Food Consumer


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