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FRIDAY, JUNE 9,2006 WASHINBTON THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A9 Zarqawi was soil alive at site of U.S. air strike Briefs By ROBERT BURNS AP MILITARY WASHINGTON — A mortally wounded Abu Musab al'-Zarqawl, still alive after a U.S. airstrike on his hideout, mumbled briefly and attempted to "turn away off the stretcher" he had been placed on by Iraqi police, the U.S. military said today. U.S. officials had said Thursday in announcing the attack that Zarqawi was dead when U.S. troops arrived on the scene. Maj. Gen. Bill CaldweU, briefing military reporters at the Pentagon from his post in Baghdad, said he learned after getting briefings today that Zarqawi was alive when Iraqi police first arrived on the scene, but he died a short time later. "We did in fact see him alive," Caldwell said. "He mumbled a little something but it was indistinguishable and it was very short." al-Zarqawi Asked whether Zarqawi was shot after U.S. ground troops arrived, Caldwell said he could not give a definitive, answer based on what he had read in the latest official U.S. military report on the event. "I'll go back and specifically ask that," he said. "But no, there was nothing in the report that said he had received any wounds from some kind of weapons system like that." Zarqawi's safehouse was destroyed by two 500-pound bombs launched from an Air Force F-16 on Wednesday evening. Caldwell said the U.S. military was still compiling some details of the event, including the exact amount of time Zarqawi was alive after the attack. He said an initial analysis of Zarqawi's body had been done but he was not certain whether it constituted a full autopsy. "I know that there was, quote, an autopsydone, but I'll go back and make sure it was performed by the certified kind of person that we're supposed to have so we can call it an autopsy and make sure I'm exactly correct before I tell you that," he said. In an interview earlier today with Fox News Channel, Caldwell was more descriptive of Zar- qawi's actions before he died. "He was conscious initially, according to the U.S. forces that physically saw him," Caldwell told Fox. "He obviously had some kind of visual recognition of who they were because he attempted to roll off the stretcher, •as I am told, and get away, realizing it was U.S. military" Caldwell indicated that U.S. troops "went into the process to provide medical care to him" before Zarqawi expired. He did-not elaborate on the medical assistance. He said U.S. officials are in discussions with Iraqi government officials about the disposition of Zarqawi's body The spokesman also provided a revised accounting of the dead. He said the six people killed in the airstrike included three women. On Thursday U.S. officials had said one woman and one child were among the dead. Caldwell said today the latest information available to him gave no indication that a child was killed. Lawmakers promise lower cable bills WASHINGTON (AP) — Monopolies in many cable TV markets could end under House- passed legislation that supporters said would increase competition and drive down prices. The far-reaching telecommunications legislation, passed 321-101 Thursday night, would encourage telephone companies and others to enter video markets by scrapping the time-consuming system where prospective providers must negotiate individually with every locality. "This legislation can increase competition not only for cable services, but also unleash a race for who can supply the fastest, most sophisticated broadband connections that will provide video, voice and. data, services,",.-,, i said HouseEnergy and'Gom- lllir (™ merce Committee Chairman Joe '" Barton, R-Texas. ' " Barton noted that because of the impediments created by the local franchising system, the United States doesn't even rank in the top 10 worldwide in broadband deployment. "This bill should change that statistic," he said. The issue now moves to the Sen- ate, where the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is to vote on its version of the bUl later this month. "We urge Senate to act soon because every year reform is delayed costs Americans more than $8 billion in their cable bills," said Peter Davidson, Verizon senior vice president for federal government relations. While there was wide agreement on the principle of increasing competition, the House was divided over the issue of "net neutrality" or how to ensure that telephone, cable and other Internet providers don't discriminate against competitors or users by limiting access or charging higher fees. The Barton bill gives the Fed,i eral CommUftiqatiQns Qpijimis- ,Ja •{ sion aut|<rt|$r ^e^^^t'nf^; 1 ; '. trality principles and set fines of up to $500,000 for 1 violations. "' " Many Democrats, backed by a diverse lobby of content providers such'as Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., and users ranging from religious broadcasters to liberal bloggers, said this wasn't enough to maintain the Internet's freewheeling openness. Presents Wah-Shun-Gah Days Kaw Nation All 3 Days.,. InterWbalPcwWow Flea Market Food Vendors FRIDAY Two Bands 5:30-12:00 SATURDAY 1+1/2 mi. Parade at 10:00 Hypnotist Band Concert Puppet Show Children's Music Show Antique Tractors Street Dance 0:00 -12:00 Street Musicians Early Americana Story Telling Arts & Crafts Show Car Show SUNDAY 10:00 - 4:00 Family Fun Activities 800-732-9211 FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JUNE 9 & 10,2006 The Breakup (PG13) fflLlttl OverTtoJte^ 'm, ' The U.S. military earlier had displayed images of the battered face of al-Zarqawi and reported that he had been identified by fingerprints, tattoos and scars. Biblogical samples from his body also were delivered to an FBI crime laboratory in Virginia for DNA testing. The results were expected in three days. Caldwell said today that authorities made a visual identification of al-Zarqawi upon arriving at the site of the airstrike. "Zarqawi attempted to sort of turn away off the stretcher, everybody resecured him back onto the stretcher but he died almost Immediately thereafter from the wounds he'd received from this airstrike," Caldwell said. Caldwell said it was unclear whether Zarqawi was trying to get away as he made movement on the stretcher. "We did in fact see him alive," Caldwell said. "There was some kind of movement he had on the stretcher and he did die shortly thereafter. But yes, it was confirmed by other than the Iraqi police that he was alive initially." Rasmussen U.S. backs troops, opposes war WASHINGTON (AP) — Support the troops, oppose the war. The latest Associated Press-Ip- sos poll found that many Americans perceive the alleged atrocities against Iraqi civilians by U.S. forces as isolated incidents while saying the U.S.-led invasion was a mistake, an unusual disconnect that sets this conflict apart from Vietnam. The survey of 1,003 adults was completed Wednesday, shortly before the announcement that U.S. airstrikes had killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq, and the Iraqi parliament's approval of candidates for ministers in charge of the army and police. It remains to be seen how those events could affect opinion, especially among a public paying close attention to war dispatches. Some 76 percent of those questioned said they were following reports about allegations that US-, troops killed unarmed 11raqitfMHa'&J:" 1 "* |ri|!iolv ' '"' |!l >" The military is investigating reports that a small number of Marines murdered 24 Iraqi civilians — including unarmed women and children — in the town of Haditha on Nov. 19. It also is conducting a probe of an incident in Hamdaniya following allegations that Marines pulled an unarmed Iraqi man from his home on April 26 and shot him to death without provocation. Regardless of whether the allegations turn out to be true, 63 percent of those surveyed said they thought the killings of civilians were isolated incidents. That view especially was true among Americans over 35, whites and those living in the South, where the military has a strong presence. "I think they're doing everything possible to avoid such things," said Christine Berchelmann, a retired nurse and Republican-leaning independent from '"' SaniAntonio. Leader of Denmark meets Bush at Camp David CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) — President Bush and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a staunch U.S. ally in Iraq, opened talks today about the war, with the elimination of an infamous terrorist leader as the backdrop. The Bush administration was generally supportive of Denmark early this year during a controversy that erupted over the publication of cartoons in a Danish newspaper that many Muslims found offensive. Amid furious anti-Danish demonstrations by Muslims in many capitals, Fogh Rasmussen resisted demands that he apologize, asserting that his country's freedom of speech must not be compromised. America's productivity helped by technology WASHINGTON (AP) — America's strong productivity performance has been bolstered not only by the greater use of computers and other technologies but also by the economy's flexibility, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said today. Bernanke Those were some of the explanations the Fed chief offered to explain why productivity since 1995 has been growing at a significantly faster rate than it had in the previous two decades. Productivity — the amount of output produced per worker — is a key ingredient to the economy's long term vitality In his remarks, Bernanke did not talk about the future course of interest rates. Vaccine to protect against cervical cancer soon available WASHINGTON (AP) - The first vaccine against cervical cancer will be available to girls as young as 9 later this month. Its manufacturer, Merck & Co. Inc., is already taking orders for Gardasil. The three-shot series costs $360. The newly approved vaccine works by preventing infection by four of the dozens of strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease. The Food and Drug Administration licensed it for use in girls and women 9 to 26. It's still being studied in males. Gardasil protects against the two types of HPV responsible for about 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. The vaccine also blocks infection by two other strains responsible for 90 percent of genital wart cases. "FDA approval of the HPV vaccine, the first vaccine targeted specifically to preventing cancer, is one of the most important advances in women's health in recent years," said Dr. Carolyn Runowicz, president of the American Cancer Society. VISIT, NETWORK Satellites and More 2522 Vine, Ste. 1 • Hays | Offer ends 6-30-06 All prices, packages and programmings subject to change without notice. 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