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A8 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON THURSDAY, JUNE 15,2006 Senate approves $94.5 billion for wars, hurricane WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate today sent President George Bush an emergency spending bill meeting his funding requests for America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and aid to Gulf Coast hurricane victims. The 98-1 vote on the $94.5 billion House-Senate compromise legislation gave much-needed funds to support U.S. troops overseas. Most of the money — $66 billion — goes to the Pentagon for military operations overseas. Bush has said he will sign the bill into law. The bill would bring to almost $320 billion the tally for the campaign in Iraq and $89 billion for the one in Afghanistan. Only Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., voted against the bill. He is opposed to a provision endorsing Bush's $873 billion "cap" on the annual appropriations bills that Congress passes each year. Specter is pushing for $7 billion in additional mon- ey for education and health programs. Still, there is increasing concern in Congress about the cost of the war in Iraq and the fact that the spending is kept on a set of loosely policed books that are kept separate from the rest of government operations. Final action on the bill was welcomed by Gulf Coast lawmakers, especially relatively junior Louisiana delegation members who felt their Katrina-devastated state was shortchanged in a similar measure last December. The bill contains $3.7 billion for Louisiana flood control projects, and Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and GOP colleague David Vitter are confident their state will receive $4.2 billion of $5.2 billion contained in the bill for direct grants to states. Louisiana plans to use its share to repair and rebuild housing stocks. "Many people didn't have insurance because they weren't in a flood plain," Landrieu said. "And then the levees broke and people, middle-income families, wealthy families and poor families lost the largest asset they had." An earlier veto threat by Bush forced senators to strip some things out: • More than $14 billion for such things as aid to farmers outside the hurricane zone and for the Gulf Coast seafood industry. • Democratic initiatives to beef up port security and veterans medical services. • A controversial plan backed by Mississippi GOP Gov. Haley Barbour and the state's powerful Senate delegation to pay CSX Transportation $700 million for a recently rebuilt freight rail line along the coast so the state could use its path for a new highway. Notwithstanding approval of the emergency spending measure, lawmak- ers are getting restless over the practice of funding wars through ad hoc supplemental bills outside the annual budget and thus not subject to budget limits that curb the growth of other government programs. On an unrelated defense policy bill, senators Wednesday voted 98-0 for an amendment by John McCain, R-Ariz., to require future funding for the wars to be considered in the same way as other government spending measures. "This bill continues the charade that this war should be funded off budget instead on including the money our troops need in the regular budget that's requested by the president and sent to us," said Patty Murray, D-Wash., as debate closed today. The bill adheres to Bush's demand of a bill capped at $94.5 billion — including $2.3 billion to combat avian flu — though lawmakers found extra money for grants for Mississippi, Texas and Alabama by cutting back on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's chief disaster fund. That move raises the likelihood that more FEMA funds will have to be passed before the end of the year if not before Election Day. The compromise bill includes Bush's plan to provide 1,000 more Border Patrol agents along the Mexican border, send about 6,000 National Guard troops there and build detention space for 4,000 illegal immigrants. Efforts by Gregg to add funding for capital needs for border security such as helicopters and other aircraft and new vehicles to patrol the border were rebuffed by the White House. The overall emergency bill's long path into law began in February as a $92.2 billion request by Bush. He later agreed to additions for Louisiana levee projects, border security and avian flu. Scientists revel in birds' 'missing link' WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of fossils of an ancient loon-like creature that some say is the missing link in bird evolution have been discovered in northwest China. The remains of 40 of the nearly modern amphibious birds, so well- preserved that some even have their feathers, were found in Gan- su province, researchers report in Friday's issue of the journal Science. Previously only a single leg of the creature, known as Gansus yumenensis, had been found. "Gansus is a missing link in bird evolution," said Matt Lamanna of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. "Most of the ancestors of birds from the age of dinosaurs are members of groups that died out and left no modern descendants. But Gansus led to modern birds, so it's a link between primitive birds and those we see today," Lamanna, a co-leader of the research team, said. It was similar to loons or div- HAI-LU YOU / Associated Press This photo provided by the journal Science shows a nearly complete fossil skeleton of Gansus yumenensis. ing ducks, he explained, and one of the fossils even has skin preserved between the toes, showing that it had webbed feet. "Gansus is the oldest example of the nearly modern birds that branched off of the trunk of the family tree that began with the famous proto-bird Archaeopteryx," added Peter Dodson of the University of Pennsylvania, a co-author of the paper along with Lamanna, Hai-lu You of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, and others. The remains were dated to about 110 million years ago, making them the oldest for the group Ornithurae, which includes all modern birds and their closest extinct relatives. Previously, the oldest known fossils from this group were from about 99 million years ago. The fact that Gansus was aquatic indicates that modern birds may have evolved from animals that originated in aquatic environments, the researchers said. Bush to announce creation of world's largest marine sanctuary WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's largest protected marine area is being created around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, an archipelago 1,400 miles long and 100 miles wide that is home to rare marine mammals, fishes and birds. President George Bush is to announce today his decision to create the nation's newest national monument from the vast chain of largely uninhabited islands, atolls, coral reef colonies and seamounts. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the new protected area in Hawaiian waters would dwarf all others. "It's the single-largest act of ocean conservation in history. It's a large milestone," Lauten- bacher said. "It is a place to maintain biodiversity and to maintain basically the nurseries of the Pacific. It spawns a lot of the life that permeates the middle of the Pacific Ocean." The region hosts more than 7,000 species, at least a fourth of them found only there and including some on the government's endangered list, such as the Hawaiian monk seal and the nesting green sea turtle. News Hotline HDN (436) GotHewstoReportP Call: 628-1081 1-800-657-6017 *HDN (436) on your Nex-Tech Wireless phone Help us stay on top of the latest news and weather. Now you also can dial *436 on your Nex-Tech Wireless phone when you see news or weather events happening. Each time you report news from your wireless phone you'll be entered to win a free t-shirt from Nex-Tech Wireless. Also, visit the Nex-Tech Wireless website at www.nex-techwireless.com to register for a year's subscription to the Hays Daily News wireless UunterofUt* Sprint jt> HunlAUUiuw . THE VOICE OF THE H IQH PLAINS . Partnering together to keep the community informed! Your Garage Sale Kit >4nd Make Your Event a Success! GARAGE SALE Each Kit Includes: • 2 Bright 11" x 14" All-Weather Signs • Pre-Priced Labels • Successful Tips for a "No Hassle" Sale • Pre-Sale Checklist • Sales Record Form Court upholds evidence in searches without knocking WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled today that police can use evidence collected with a warrant even if officers fail to knock before rushing into a home. Justice Samuel Alito broke a 44 tie in siding with Detroit police, who called out their presence at a man's door then went inside three seconds to five seconds later. The case had tested previous court rulings that police armed with warrants generally must knock and announce themselves or they run afoul of the Constitution's Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, said "whether that preliminary misstep had occurred or not, the police would have executed the warrant they had obtained, and would have discovered the gun and drugs inside the house." Briefs Bush's speechwriter leaving his post WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who has been putting words in President George Bush's mouth for the past seven years said Wednesday that he is leaving the White House. Michael Gerson, who went from chief speechwriter in the first term to senior adviser in the second, wants to pursue other writing and policy work, said Bush spokesman Ken Lisaius. Gerson's departure follows some of Bush's other longtime ' ' aides, including Chief of Staff Andy Card and press secretary Scott McCleUan. Card and McClellan left as part of a shake-up designed to improve Bush's standing when polls are low and some policy ideas have been failing, but White House officials said Gerson was not part of that. Gerson told The Washington Post that he had been talking with Bush for months about leav- ing but waited until the White House political situation had stabilized somewhat. U,S, deaths in Iraq war hit new milestone—2,500 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon confirmed today that 2,500 U.S. troops have died in the Iraq war since it began more than three years ago. The grim milestone was announced just hours before the House was to begin a symbolic election-year debate over the war, with Republicans rallying against calls by some Democrats to set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. While there were no details on who it was or where the 2,500th death occurred, it underscored the continuing violence in Iraq, just as an upbeat President Bush returned from Baghdad determined that the tide was beginning to turn in the war, which began in 2003. Today is Thursday, June 15, the 166th day of 2006. There are 199 days left in the year. Today in History By The Associated Press Today's Highlight in History: On June 15, 1215, England's King John put his seal to Magna Carta ("the Great Charter") at Runnymede ,-. , On this date: In 1520, Pope Leo X threatened to excommunicate Martin Luther if he did not recant his religious beliefs. In 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army. In 1844, Charles Goodyear received a patent for his process to strengthen rubber. In 1864, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery. In 1904, more than a thousand people died when fife erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York's East River. In 1944, American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan during World War II. Meanwhile, B- 29 Superfortresses made their first raids on Japan. Ten years ago: A truck bomb blew up in a retail district of Manchester, England, injuring more than 200 people in an attack claimed by the Irish Republican Army. Five years ago: On the eve of his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, President Bush, in Poland, chastised Russia for suspected nuclear commerce and encouraged the former Cold War rival to help "erase the false lines that have divided Europe." One year ago: Former Baylor basketball player Carlton "DotSbn was sentenced to 35 years in prison, a week after he unexpectedly pleaded guilty to murdering teammate Patrick Dennehy. Today's Birthdays: Rock musician Lee Dorman (Iron Butterfly) is 64. Rock singer Steve Walsh (Kansas) is 55. Comedian- actor Jim Belushi is 52. Actress Julie Hagerty is 51. Actress Eileen Davidson is 47. Actress Helen Hunt is 43. Actress Courteney Cox is 42. Actor-rapper Ice Cube is 37. Actress Leah Rcmini is 36. Actor Jake Busey is 35. Actor Neil Patrick Harris is 33. Rock musician Billy Martin (Good Charlotte) is 25. Thought for Today: "In trying to make something new, half the undertaking lies in discovering whether it can be done. Once it has been established that it can, duplication is inevitable." Helen Gahagan Douglas, U.S. representative (19001980). Newspapers in Education Sponsored By: Newspaper Activity Find a picture. Before you read the caption, write down what you think is going on. Then read the caption. Were you right? S JRAL ELEPHONE 877 625.7872 • www.nex-tech.com Nicodemus 4th Annual Jazz/Blues Festival June / 7th, 2006 Noon— 9:00pm • C • c • c • c • c • c • c • c • : •: • c • c • t • c • c • : • c • [ •: •: . ' •: • c •: Featuring On* of Kansas City's Master Saxophonist —fenny Clover BMW *Brotherj Making Waves K-3*aixJan Comto TklceAi Nice Jan Due Nfeocfamu Chair A Other Gotpci Singer* It WILDCATS (****,.^^j U HltlMil MIV«/H«|* IN=0(7»1)4JIJ1II Titteti; 910 PK-F«ltivali JS twvm Chwr ft SPONSOR! 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