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n V v 11 MONDAY, June 7,2010 5 J- I, 'c 1 v 9 OUR STATE , 2JIosquitoes test positive for virus SHAWNEETOWN - Mosquitoes in southern Illinois' Gallatin County are the first in the state to test positive for West Nile virus this year. The Illinois Department of Public Health said the Egyptian Health Department collected the positive mosquito sample on June 3 in Shawneetown. Birds have tested positive for West Nile so far this year in seven counties across the state. Public health director Damon Arnold said the positive samples are a reminder to people to protect themselves against mosquito bites. West Nile is transmitted through being bitten by an infected mosquito or eating an infected bird. Search may resume for Stacy Peterson PEORIA - A search in Central Illinois for the remains of Drew Peterson's fourth wife could resume as early as today. Investigators combed a remote area near Peoria on Saturday for Stacy Peterson, who disappeared in 2007. Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll confirmed no human remains were found Saturday. Authorities said they were acting on a tip, but didn't search Sunday or offer other details. Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Tom Burek said investigators aren't finished with the search and consider the lead active. Drew Peterson is a former suburban Chicago police officer awaiting trial for the murder of a previous wife. He has pleaded not guilty. Radiation helps treat prostate cancer CHICAGO - Doctors are reporting a key advance in treating men with cancer that has started to spread beyond the prostate: survival is significantly better if radiation is added to standard hormone treatments. Results of the study were given Sunday at a cancer conference. The prostate study has the potential to change care right away. About 20 percent of the nearly 200,000 men diagnosed with the disease each year in the United States are like those in the study -with cancer that has spread to the area around the prostate. "It is this group of patients in whom many of the deaths from prostate cancer occur," because the condition is usually incurable, said study leader Dr. Padraig Warde, a radiation expert from the University of Toronto's Princess Margaret Hospital. The new study assigned 1,200 men to get hormones plus radiation or hormones alone. After seven years, 74 percent of men receiving both treatments were alive versus 66 percent of the others. Those on both treatments lived an average of six months longer than those given just hormones. OUR NATION 3 2 accused of trying to join terrorists ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. -Two New Jersey men who envisioned a terrorist attack in the U.S. with a body count twice that of the Fort Hood massacre were arrested at a gate New --- V ; .... -. : XT : ( Associated Press. The News 4 AdvanceKIM RAFF D-Day veterans stand during a prayer at The National D-Day Memorial ceremony Sunday in Bedford, Va., on the 66th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Top U.S. officer: Vets need not suffer alone By Robert Burns ASSOCIATED PRESS ' BEDFORD, Va. - In a stirring tribute to the D - Day sacrifices of American soldiers and their allies, the U.S. military's top officer said Sunday that World War IPs defining moment should remind all that returning warriors need not "suffer in quiet desperation." Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke in the peaceful setting of this small town, which bore the heaviest share of American loss -es in the June 6, 1944, landings on the beaches of Normandy. The National D-Day Memorial was established here in 2001 as a tribute to those who died in the invasion of German - occupied Europe. Mullen drew a parallel with the needs and aspirations of the men and women returning from today's battlefields, many with the invisible psychological wounds of war. "They, too, have seen and done things we cannot know,' ' York's Kennedy Airport as they were about to board flights on their way to Somalia to seek terror training from al-Qaida-affil-iated jihadists, officials said. - Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 26, were arrested Saturday before they could board separate flights to Egypt and then continue on to Somalia, federal officials in New Jersey and the New York Police Department said. Law enforcement became aware of the men in the fall of 2006, after receiving a tip. New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said they had traveled to Jordan in 2007 and tried to get into Iraq, but were turned back by their would-be recruiters. Alessa and Almonte face charges of conspiring to kill, maim, and kidnap persons outside the United States by joining al-Shabab. Teams of state and federal law enforcement agents who have been investigating the men took,them into custody, authorities said. They are scheduled to appear today in federal court in Newark. ' K V"' f ' ' 1 .' 'A IN THE SPOTLIGHT he said. "Their lives, too, are forever changed. And just as previous generations of heroes did, they must likewise adjust themselves to Mike Mullen peace." Over much of his nearly three years as Joint Chiefs chairman, Mullen has repeatedly implored the government, as well as communities and volunteer organizations, to help care for returning veterans, as well as families of the fallen. He has called it an obligation that will face the nation for decades after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have come to a close. The memorial tells the D-Day tale with details steeped in symbolism, including the height of the triumphal arch inscribed "Overlord," the code name for the operation. The arch is 44 feet, 6 inches high to commemorate the year and month of the a McCain struggles to retain seat LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. -A serious re-election fight wasn't what Republican John McCain expected when he returned to the Senate after losing the presidency. Yet that's just what he's got. The four-term senator is battling for his political life in a race that embodies the volatility of an unpredictable election year. He's facing former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, a fellow Republican pushing him farther to the right as GOP voters demand conservative purity in their candidates and punish anyone with ties to the Washington, D.C., establishment. McCain's popularity fell in Arizona as he spent years cam- paigning outside of it, twice for the White House. Hayworth, a radio talk show host who had been in Congress for a dozen years but lost to a Democrat in 2006, saw a chance for a political comeback. ,- C I v. semi , ! TO I V ' W J J: ,' t U) landings. Concrete was poured on the pedestrian walkway to re -semble waves on the beaches of Normandy. On D-Day 2li years after Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II - allied forces charged the shores of five beaches on France's northern coast. They faced entrenched German forces, land mines, machine guns and heavy artillery. About 215,000 allied soldiers, and roughly as many Germans, were killed or wounded on D -Day and in the ensuing three months before the allies took control at Normandy, opening a path toward Paris that eventually took them to Germany and vie -tory over the Nazis. Congress chose Bedford as the D-Day memorial's site because it is said to have suffered the highest number of deaths on D-Day of any American community, in proportion to its population, just 3,200 at the time. Nineteen Bedford natives in Company A of the 116th Infantry Regiment were killed on D-Day. r 1 killed, 1 hurt in Colo, plane crash MARBLE, Colo. - Authorities say one person has been killed and one was critically injured in the crash of a single-engine airplane in western Colorado. The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane crashed at about 7 a.m. Sunday near Marble, 125 miles west of Denver. FAA spokesman Mike Fergus said the cause of the crash isn't known. Federal investigators are heading to the scene. Fergus said three people were aboard. He said the two survivors have been taken to a hospital, one with critical injuries. Fergus did not know the status of the other person. No names have been re -leased. i 6 At least 1 missing after avalanche SEATTLE - An avalanche on Mount Rainier sent a cascade of t 1 . Wandering bear 1 closes Calif, freeway LOS ANGELES - A Southern California freeway was briefly shut down while state wildlife off icials tried to re -move a bear that wandered into lanes. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Kerry Carter said the adult black bear was spotted just after midnight Sunday on surface streets near the Foothill Freeway in Duarte. The animal later walked onto the freeway, which was closed for about a half hour. Fish and Game Department workers were eventually able to corner the bear in a flood control channel, where they tranquilized it with a dart gun. The bear, estimated at 250 pounds, was taken to a remote forest area for release. snow sweeping over 11 people climbing to the summit early Saturday, but all except one were accounted for by nightfall, a national park spokeswoman said. A helicopter scoured the slope of Mount Rainier, some 60 miles east of Seattle, for the climber and a skier reported in the area who may also have been missing, said Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Patti Wold. But bad weather forced officials to call off the search in the afternoon. Continuing avalanche dangers prevented a ground search. Officials said it might not be safe enough to search again by air or land until today. OUR WORLD 7 Bombs kill 6 in Iraqi capital ' BAGHDAD - A car bomb exploded outside a Baghdad police station Sunday in the deadliest of a pair of attacks that killed six people in the Iraqi capital, security and hospital officials said. A suicide attacker drove the bomb -rigged car up to a gate protecting the police post in western Baghdad's al-Amil neighborhood during an early morning shift change when officers were gathered outside its blast walls. The blast killed four police officers and one civilian, and wounded 15 people, according to emergency security and hospital officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not ' authorized to talk to the media. Israel: Activists prepared to fight 8 JERUSALEM - Israel's prime minister claimed Sunday that the Turkish activists who battled Israeli naval commandos in a deadly clash last week prepared for the fight ahead of time, before boarding the ship in a different city from the rest of the passengers. Benjamin Netanyahu's charges highlight Israel's frantic efforts to portray the activists as terrorists and counter a wave of harsh international condemnation that has left the Jewish state isolated and at odds with some of its closest allies. Last Monday's operation, in which nine activists were killed aboard a ship headed to the blockaded Gaza Strip, damaged Israel's ties with Turkey - its main Mus -limally . Netanyahu told his Cabinet that "dozens of thugs" from "an extremist, terrorism-supporting" organization had readied themselves for the arrival of the naval commandos. 9 Vatican: Christians in Mideast ignored NICOSIA; Cyprus - The Vatican said Sunday that the international community is ignoring the plight of Christians in the Middle East, and that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war in Iraq and political instability in Lebanon have forced thousands to flee the region. A working paper released dur -ing Pope Benedict XVTs pilgrimage to Cyprus to prepare for a crisis summit of Middle East bishops in Rome in October also cites the "extremist current" unleashed by the rise of "political Islam' ' as a threat to Christians. In his final Mass in Cyprus on Sunday, Benedict said he was praying that the October meeting will focus the attention of the international community "on the plight of those Christians in the Middle East who suffer for their beliefs." .A.. V

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