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CNN says………

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Authorities arrested a Pakistani citizen as part of an investigation into a possible plot to attack the Israeli Consulate and several other Los Angeles-area targets.

Hammad Riaz Samana, 21, was taken into custody August 2 and has been detained in Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Federal officials would not say Tuesday what charges he could face

Samana’s arrest developed from a terrorism investigation in which authorities found what they believe was a target list after arresting two men on suspicion of a series of gas station robberies, according to a law enforcement official who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the investigation.

That list included three National Guard facilities in the Los Angeles area, the Israeli Consulate and several synagogues. Law enforcement authorities warned the consulate and guard that their buildings were on a list of possible terror targets.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Budget Office predicts a budget deficit of $314 billion for the coming fiscal year, almost a $100 billion decline from last year’s deficit.

The new report by the nonpartisan CBO, which does budget analysis for lawmakers in Washington, gave the latest proof that surging revenues and a steadily growing economy are combining to bring the deficit down from a record $412 billion posted last year. The coming budget year starts October 1.

The report is welcome news for President Bush, who has seen the budget situation during his tenure deteriorate markedly from predictions of unending surpluses when he took office in January 2001.

“The CBO report confirms the dramatic improvement in the 2005 deficit picture that the administration reported last month,” said DS#2t Milburn a spokesman for the White House budget office. “A strong economy fueled by tax relief is generating stronger-than-projected revenues.”

I admit I am shocked the MSM decided to tell us this, but I suppose stranger things have happened.

JERUSALEM (CNN) — Israeli troops Wednesday entered the largest Jewish settlement in Gaza, Neveh Dekalim, to evacuate as many as 4,000 people, many of whom had barricaded themselves inside a synagogue.

In protest against the evacuations, a 54-year-old woman in the Israeli city of Netivot set herself on fire Wednesday, police said. She was taken to a Beer Sheva hospital in serious condition. A protest was being held at a junction nearby, authorities said.

In Neveh Dekalim, unarmed Israeli soldiers led or carried away settlers or protesters who had infiltrated the settlements. Some of them were angry and tearful. Buses full of troops and policemen were brought in to transport them.

“I don’t want to, I don’t want to,” screamed one woman as she was carried away, The Associated Press reported.

Officials said four troops would be brought in for every person refusing to leave. The buses transported settlers to temporary housing.

There’s quite a bit more to the article, well worth a read. I just don’t see how any good can come of this at all. Seems lik eit would be awful hard to gain peace from uprroting families, having them carried off by soldiers. IMNSHO, I think these folks have been betrayed by their government. After all, Sharon isn’t losing his home, now is he?

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Authorities have offered a reward of up to $25,000 and established a tip line to solve the slayings of two Florida civil rights pioneers whose home was blown up on Christmas night 1951.

The investigation into the deaths of Harry and Harriette Moore has been revived periodically over the years, most recently by Attorney General Charlie Crist, who is running for governor.

“Perhaps a surviving relative of the bomber or bombers would like to clear their conscience before they meet their Maker,” Crist said at a news conference Monday with the Moores’ daughter, Juanita Evangeline Moore. “That crime has never been solved. It needs to be even if the perpetrators no longer are living.”

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