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The Week in Review
Scripps Howard News Service


November 13, 2005

Terrorists attack hotels in Amman

Suicide bombers attacked three U.S. chain luxury hotels in Amman, Jordan, killing at least 59 people, including guests at a wedding party. Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility, linking the blasts to the war in Iraq and calling Amman the "backyard garden" for U.S. operations. In response, hundreds of angry Jordanians rallied outside one of the hotels, shouting, "Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!"

Tornado kills 22 in Ohio Valley

A tornado with 200 mph winds killed 22 people in Indiana. A mobile-home park was obliterated. Emergency sirens sounded twice before the tornado struck, but many in the mobile-home park said they did not hear them because they were asleep.



Bad day for GOP

Democrats held on to the New Jersey and Virginia governorships, electing new people to the posts. Republicans, as expected, kept the New York mayor's seat - with Michael Bloomberg's landslide re-election - but in California, voters blocked reform measures sought by GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Governor calls for Aruba boycott

Alabama Gov. Bob Riley called for a travel boycott of Aruba, saying island authorities were failing to cooperate with the family of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, who has been missing since a graduation trip in May. Riley asked the governors of the other 49 states to join in the boycott. Holloway's family lives in suburban Birmingham, Ala.

Curfew ordered in France

French President Jacques Chirac declared a state of emergency and imposed curfews on riot-torn cities and towns. The measures were aimed at stopping France's worst civil unrest in decades. Arson fires and vandalism swept the country's impoverished neighborhoods with large African and Arab communities.

Another assassination of Saddam lawyer

Three gunmen in a speeding car killed a lawyer for a co-defendant in Saddam Hussein's trial in Baghdad. It was the second assassination of a lawyer on Saddam's defense team. Saddam's main lawyer blamed the government. He said "an armed group using government vehicles" carried out the attack "to scare Arab and foreign lawyers."

Blair loses bid to detain terrorism suspects

The British Parliament rejected Prime Minister Tony Blair's proposal to allow police to detain terrorism suspects for 90 days without charge. Instead, lawmakers approved a maximum detention period of 28 days without charge.

Oil executives defend high profits

Oil-company executives defended the industry's enormous profits at a Senate hearing. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said there's a "growing suspicion that oil companies are taking unfair advantage" of the public. But ExxonMobil chairman Lee Raymond dismissed suspicions of price gouging, saying industry earnings "go up and down" from year to year.

Boy opens fire at school

A 15-year-old boy opened fire in a high school in Jacksboro, Tenn., killing an assistant principal. The principal and another assistant principal were wounded before they could wrestle the gun away from the boy.

Robertson warns of God's wrath

Television evangelist Pat Robertson warned citizens of Dover, Pa., that they risked divine retribution by ousting school-board members who favored teaching intelligent design. "I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God. You just rejected him from your city," he said on his "700 Club" show. Later, he said, "If they have future problems in Dover, I recommend they call on Charles Darwin. Maybe he can help them."


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