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SOUTH ASIA EARTHQUAKE 2C RENO GAZETTE-JOURNALRGJ.COM MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2005 NATION Senators to look into 'assurances' on Miers WASHINGTON Senators from both parties said Sunday they plan to question whether White House adviser Karl Rove might have given inappropriate "backroom assurances" to secure conservative support tor Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers. U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said his committee "is entitled to know whatever the White House knew" regarding Miers and her views on important legal issues. "If there are backroom assurances, and if there are backroom deals, and if there is something which bears upon a precondition as to how a nominee is going to vote, I think that's a matter that ought to be known by the Judiciary Committee and the American people," Specter said on ABC's "This Week." Car flies into house, killing four passengers MILWAUKEE A car went airborne at the bottom of a hill and flew into a house, killing four women and seriously injuring the driver. The sedan rolled down a steep hill, sped through a busy intersection and went airborne for about 1 00 feet before plowing into the house Saturday evening in the Town of Superior, about 390 miles northwest of Milwaukee. Three elderly women in the back seat died at the scene of the crash. A fourth woman died later at a hospital, Fire Chief Brian Laverdiere said. The driver remained unconscious at the hospital, preventing Investigators from learning more about what caused the accident, Sheriff Tom Dalbec said. There were no witnesses. The couple in the front seat were married, and two of the women in the back seat were the man's sisters. "The family took a big hit, Dalbec said. The victims were coming from a church dinner. All were over 70 years old. The sedan rammed through Jeff Chrlstman's bedroom just as he was walking in. "I went flying and got knocked out but I'm fine," said Christman, 48. "It scared me. There was a big boom like a bomb went off." Thich NhatHanh leads 3,000 in peace march... LOS ANGELES There was no cheering, no chanting and no sign waving. The march organized by Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh brought together 3,000 people to enjoy an unusual state In this city silence. Activist mom Cindy Sheehan, who garnered national attention this summer with her anti-war vigil outside President Bush's Crawford ranch, was among those who attended the event at MacArthur Park west of downtown Los Angeles. She and Hanh embraced before the march began, but Hanh was not shy about expressing his view of Sheehan's tactics. "I don't think shouting angrily at government can help us end the war," he said. "When we are able to change our own thinking, the government will have to change." 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Saturday's magnitude-7.6 quake, centered just outside Pakistan's capital, was about six miles deep, causing buildings to sway in three nations and killing thousands as weak structures tumbled, crushing people under mounds of rubble. "It's how close you are to where the earthquake initiated, because ground motions fall off very rapidly away from the earthquake," said Harley Benz, a seismologist who runs the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado. "Shallow earthquakes are very dangerous because they're very close to the built environment, unless they're in remote areas," he said. In comparison, a 7.5-mag-nitude earthquake jolted Peru last month. He said it occurred about eight miles beneath the surface in a more remote area. Only a handful of people died Indian survivors complain BY MATTHEW ROSENBERG ASSOCIATED PRESS URI, India Angry villagers blocked roads in earthquake-ravaged regions of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Sunday, complaining the government was too slow in getting rescue and aid efforts to them. Hundreds were known dead from the 7.7-magnitude earthquake that rocked South Asia on Saturday and rescue workers and soldiers were still pulling bodies from wreckage in the frontier Tangdar region, 65 miles north of Srinagar, summer capital of Jammu-Kashmir state. While the worst of the quake's devastation came in neighboring Pakistan, where tens of thousands were reported dead, damage was severe in parts of Jammu-Kashmir. Collapsed houses and shops line the streets in towns and villages nestled in Tangdar's deep valleys as well as in the towns of Uri, Punch and Srinagar. Hundreds of people were injured. Most people spent the night in the open, lighting fires with wood pulled from fallen houses to keep warm in near-freezing temperatures. After mosques announced warnings of another quake over loudspeakers, hundreds of Kashmiris spent Sunday night outdoors. People jumped out of their beds and hurried into the streets, holding their children. "I don't want to take a chance. What if there is a quake?" asked Atiqa Bano, a terrified 65 -year old housewife. Sonia Gandhi, head of India's governing political alliance, vis- Insurance for all your precious possessions. That's why we specialize in providing auto, home and life insurance policies needs. FARMERS 4.25' faults intensify temblors i t- . r-'" t ffrT1'"'1""! JfiW e-nl ' yr:4 Zena, 45, cries Sunday outside her house India. A powerful earthquake jolted South and several hundred homes were destroyed. The December magnitude-9.0 earthquake that occurred off Indonesia's Sumatra island and spawned a tsunami that killed more than 1 76,000 people in 1 1 countries occurred about 18.6 f CPi3 P , A O MAN1SH SWARUPASSOCIATED PRESS Women stand in line Sunday for relief supplies at Jabla, in Uri, India. Soldiers and volunteers used bulldozers and bare hands Sunday to pull survivors and bodies from the rubble of buildings toppled by Saturday's earthquake. ited Uri on Sunday and talked with some of the injured in hospitals. "We have come here to share your grief," she said. Gandhi told reporters the immediate aim was to provide food and shelter, especially tents and blankets. "The requirement is 40,000 blankets and tents so that those who have lost their houses get a shelter over their heads," she said. The Indian army has flown in medicine, food and drinking water to the worst-hit Baram-ulla district, said Jammu-Kashmir state's chief secretary, Vijay Bakaya. More than 1,000 tents were being distributed in remote villages flattened by the quake. However, many people said they had received no help. A crowd of some 200 people blocked the main road between The Oldest and the Best since 1949 1635 Greg Sparks 359-8113 "If you want the best, insist on Grove street " A. r w Saturday & Sunday C 1 " ' -rnr Uli I . niunue ixmniy jemur service ucnier I Corner of 9th & Sutro tJ Holiday gifts & decorations, toys, dolls, baby tin - M 1 "D I RAF1Q MAQBOOLASSOCIATED PRESS damaged in an earthquake at Jabla, near Uri, about 69 miles north of Srinagar, Asia on Saturday, killing at least 20,000 people. miles below the surface. The crash between the Indian plate and the Eurasian plate in the latest quake triggered the temblor along a range front that extends about 1,250 miles, Benz said. It's the same type of collision that formed the Himalayas, mil of slow relief Baramulla and Uri for about 45 minutes, demanding that journalists and soldiers with relief supplies go to their mountainside villages, which they said were being ignored. "Everything is destroyed. The ground shook and took everything down," said Syad Hassan, pointing toward the peaks surrounding the valley road. The quake killed at least 65 people in his home village of Namala and three neighboring hamlets, he said, but no aid had been provided to them. "All the government people, the press people, they are just driving past," he said. Kashmir's finance minister, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, said the government was doing its best. Mud, debris and knee-high slush from landslides blocked roads, cutting off many remote villages. AUthfirL.J, wee it 2 ra ' 'Of OlfM -J2 re .""aired Nov 5 & 6 IU U.J pill C- -' f . . domes, nome accessories and more! All made by Talented Senior Artisans! FREE ADMISSION & FREE PARKING Managed by Assistance Uague of Reno-Sparhs AL aswtance league Reno-Sparks lions of years ago. As the Indian subcontinent continues to creep about 1.6 inches farther north every year, mountains are still being formed in the Himalayan, Karakoram, Pamir and Hindu Kush ranges by the uplift from the collisions, he added. Fathers of schoolgirls blame deaths on government NEWSDAY GARHI HABIBULLAH, Pakistan When the earth's crust popped six miles below this village surrounded by steep, pine-studded mountains, the ground vibrated like a tuning fork. In an instant, the main classroom building at the girls' high school crumbled into tons of stone and concrete rubble. The collapse killed about 200 girls ages 11 to 19, nearly a quarter of the 750-member student body, in one of the deadliest single disasters known so far in Saturday's earthquake. Nearby, the boys' high school and the hospital both recently built by the government also caved in, killing another 15 people. Pakistan on Sunday was a nation still stunned by what seems an incomprehensible act of God. But as the men of Garhi Habibullah crowded into the cemetery, burying their daughters and sisters, they said firmly that theirs was a tragedy caused by the corruption of their government. "The private schools around here didn't fall only the government schools," said Muhammad Firdaus, a middle-aged veterinary assistant whose daughter escaped the girls' school with injuries. mud U U I M Upcominq Cookinq Classes . f ' jr kX''W 'far I. r i t jennner Baraara fiSSM ' Bushmanf r Mite fiMF HUE Call Us First. We Rebuild Cordless Tool Battery Packs. BatteriesPIus. -S? 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Since May 1,2003, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 1 ,81 5 U.S. military members have died, according to AP's count. That includes at least 1 ,41 2 deaths resulting from hostile action, according to the military's numbers. Latest deaths reported by the military A Marine was killed Saturday by a roadside bomb In Ramadi, Iraq. Latest Identifications reported by the military Marine Lance Cpl. Shayne M. Cabino, 19, Canton, Mass.; killed Thursday when an explosive detonated near Karmah, Iraq; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Marine Cpl. Nicholas 0. Cherava, 21, Ontonagon, Mich.; killed Thursday when an explosive detonated near Karmah, Iraq; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Marine Pfc. Jason L. Frye, 19, Landisburg, Pa.; killed Thursday when an explosive detonated near Karmah, Iraq; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Darfur gunmen kidnap 19, including one American KHARTOUM, Sudan Dissident rebels kidnapped 1 8 African Union personnel and an American monitor Sunday In Sudan's western Darfur region, U.S. and African officials said. Some of the hostages were later released. ine aoauctions neartuaans western border with Chad came a day after two African Union troops were killed by another rebel group the first fatalities suffered by the pan-African body since It deployed peacekeepers to Darfur in April 2004. Eighteen union personnel and one American were taken hostage by a faction from one of two main Darfur rebel groups, the Justice and Equality Movement, said an African Union official who declined to be Identified. It was unclear if the American was among those released or what his role was. 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