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Sep 18 2011

The Abbreviated Evening Edition

Our erstwhile news editor, ek hornbeck, is once again on assignment that keeps him from his duties here at the Gazette. Tonight’s Evening Edition will be hosted by me, tada, and will be abbreviated but interesting.

Hundreds march in Georgia to oppose Troy Davis execution

By David Beasley

(Reuters) – More than 2,000 activists chanting and toting banners joined a march and rally on Friday to oppose the execution of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, convicted of the 1989 murder of a Savannah police officer.

Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Paroles is slated to meet Monday to consider whether to stop Davis’ execution by lethal injection, which is scheduled for next Wednesday.

Libyan fighters battle for last Gaddafi strongholds

By Maria Golovnina and Alexander Dziadosz

(Reuters) – Libyan interim government forces charged back into the besieged desert town of Bani Walid on Saturday, a day after diehard loyalists of fallen strongman Muammar Gaddafi beat them into a humiliating retreat.

The new authorities’ forces were also battling pro-Gaddafi fighters inside the ousted leader’s home city Sirte but making little headway against stiff resistance, while celebrating the capture of the town of Herawa 60 km (40 miles) to the east.

EU finance ministers break no new ground on debt crisis

By Jan Strupczewski and Gareth Jones

(Reuters) – EU finance ministers broke no new ground in dealing with the euro zone debt crisis in discussions over the weekend, instead absorbing some ideas and rejecting others and taking stock of progress on agreed steps.

Ministers and central bank governors from the 17 countries using the euro and the broader 27-nation European Union met on Friday and Saturday in the Polish city of Wroclaw to discuss Europe’s slowing economic growth and progress in beefing up euro zone defenses against the sovereign debt crisis.

U.S. links Pakistan to group it blames for Kabul attack

By Qasim Nauman

(Reuters) – The United States accused Pakistan on Saturday of having links to a militant group Washington blames for an attack on the U.S. embassy and other targets in Kabul and said the government in Islamabad must cut those ties.

“The attack that took place in Kabul a few days ago, that was the work of the Haqqani network,” the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, told Radio Pakistan in comments aired on Saturday.

“There is evidence linking the Haqqani Network to the Pakistan government. This is something that must stop.”

Greek PM cancels U.S. trip as debt crisis deepens

By George Georgiopoulos and Dina Kyriakidou

(Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou canceled a planned visit to the United States on Saturday to deal with a deepening crisis at home, days before European Union and IMF inspectors decide on further funding for the debt-ridden country.

Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos rushed to allay fears the canceled trip signaled imminent default, saying such talk was “ridiculous,” but the conservative opposition seized the opportunity to demand snap elections, fanning fears Greece lacks the will needed for tough measures ahead.

Nine killed at Nevada air race crash: authorities

By Stephen Ward

(Reuters) – Nine people were killed and more than 50 others were injured when a vintage World War Two fighter plane crashed near the grandstand at a Nevada air race, authorities said on Saturday.

Reno Deputy Police Chief Dave Evans said seven people died on the tarmac of Reno Stead Airport following the crash on Friday night.

SEC to seek Justice review in Madoff case: report

(Reuters) – The Securities and Exchange Commission’s inspector general plans to ask the Justice Department to review whether an SEC lawyer violated conflict-of-interest laws while working on the Bernard Madoff fraud case, Bloomberg News reported on Friday.

SEC Inspector General David Kotz is investigating whether former SEC General Counsel David Becker should have recused himself from advising the SEC on Madoff matters because he had inherited money from his late mother, who had invested with Madoff.

Amid China boom, job search for many grads goes bust

By Michael Martina

(Reuters) – Yan Minglong, one of millions of recent Chinese college graduates, is not impressed with the doors opened by higher education.

“Jobs? What jobs?” the 23-year-old said, whiling away his Saturday afternoon in a billiards hall in Shigezhuang, a gritty neighborhood on Beijing’s northern outskirts where cheap rent is the main draw for some of China’s white-collar hopefuls.

GM and UAW reach first labor deal since bankruptcy

By Bernie Woodall and Kevin Krolicki

(Reuters) – General Motors Co and the United Auto Workers union reached a proposed contract for about 48,500 production workers that would create new U.S. factory jobs and include profit-sharing bonuses.

The proposed four-year contract, which must be ratified by rank-and-file workers, represents the first since U.S. taxpayers bailed out GM and Chrysler Group LLC in 2009.

Bernanke, Europe hold key to aiding rally

By Chuck Mikolajczak

(Reuters) – Wall Street hopes for more Fed action and clear signs European leaders will follow through on their new urgency to tackle the euro zone debt crisis if U.S. stocks are to build on their best week since early July.

Investors expect the Federal Reserve to take steps to pull down long-term interest rates when policymakers meet on Tuesday and Wednesday to help revive the persistently weak U.S. economy.

Attack in western Ivory Coast kills 15: state TV

(Reuters) – Gunmen attacked Ivory Coast’s armed forces in the southwest of the country overnight on Thursday and 15 people were killed, state television said on Saturday.

RTI (Radiodiffusion Television Ivoirienne) said it appeared the attackers had come across the Liberian border into the Tai region of Ivory Coast and caught the soldiers by surprise.

Former Senator Charles Percy, a liberal Republican, dies

(Reuters) – Former Senator Charles Percy of Illinois, a leading moderate Republican voice during the Vietnam and Watergate years, died on Saturday, his daughter’s office said.

Percy, 91, who served in the Senate from 1966 to 1984, opposed the Vietnam war and sponsored a resolution calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the Watergate scandal during the administration of Richard Nixon, a Republican.

Daughter of late Senator Ted Kennedy dies at age 51

By Toni Clarke

(Reuters) – Kara Kennedy Allen, the only daughter of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, has died at age 51, a Kennedy family friend said on Saturday.

Kennedy died on Friday evening at a sports club in Washington, D.C., according to an employee at the club who said the club would likely put out a statement next week.

The cause of death was not immediately known. Kennedy was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2002 but media reports said she had been in remission. They quoted her brother, Patrick, as saying her heart had given out.

Eleanor Mondale dies of brain cancer at age 51

By David Bailey

(Reuters) – Eleanor Mondale Poling, 51, daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale, died at her Minnesota home early on Saturday after a six-year battle with brain cancer.

Mondale died in her sleep with her husband and dogs at her side, according to a statement posted on her journal page at the website CaringBridge.org.

[Tigers clinch division with win over A’s ]

(Reuters) – The Detroit Tigers clinched the American League Central on Friday with a 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics, capturing their first division title since 1987.

The Tigers (88-63) became the first team to win their division this season and joined the Philadelphia Phillies in the postseason. The Phillies, who have already claimed at least a wild card spot, failed to seal the National League East title after losing 4-2 to St. Louis.