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Saturday  April 19, 2003

Former prisoners of war arrive in Texas to patriotic cheers from family - 4/19/03 11:19 PM
FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) -- Seven former prisoners of war returned home Saturday to a crowd of flag-waving family and friends, one week after they were rescued in Iraq.
Bush offers hope, prayers to families of war's dead and wounded - 4/19/03 10:55 PM
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- President Bush said Saturday that with the country emerging from war, the weekend's religious observances remind him of "the value of freedom and the power of a love stronger than death."
Former POWs arrive in Texas to patriotic cheers from family - 4/19/03 10:42 PM
FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) -- Seven former U.S. prisoners of war returned home Saturday to a crowd of flag-waving family and friends, one week after they were rescued in Iraq.
Former prisoners of war arrive in Texas to patriotic cheers from family - 4/19/03 10:36 PM
FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) -- Seven former U.S. prisoners of war returned home Saturday to a crowd of flag-waving family and friends, one week after they were rescued in Iraq.
Tastes of freedom in Iraq and stateside: Whiskey, religion and a homecoming - 4/19/03 10:09 PM
Seven U.S. captives from the Iraqi war flew to a jubilant Texas homecoming Saturday, while in Baghdad, Iraqis began to taste the freedoms -- from whiskey to religion -- denied them during years of dictatorial rule.
EL PASO: were rescued - 4/19/03 9:51 PM
Thousands of well-wishers hoisted American flags and burst into cheers as a C-17 loaded on a wind-swept runway. Two servicemen emerged from a hatch on the plane, holding an American flag and waving to the crowd as the plane taxied.
Former prisoners of war arrive in Texas to patriotic cheers from family - 4/19/03 9:48 PM
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- A military transport plane carrying seven former U.S. prisoners of war landed Saturday at Fort Bliss to cheers from flag-waving family and friends, a week after they were rescued.
Australia's foreign minister says coalition forces to declare war over within days - 4/19/03 9:31 PM
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Coalition military forces in Iraq are putting the finishing touches to a proclamation formally declaring the war over, Australia's foreign minister said Sunday.
Bush offers hope, prayers to families of war's dead and wounded - 4/19/03 8:43 PM
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- President Bush said Saturday that with the country emerging from war, the weekend's religious observances remind him of "the value of freedom and the power of a love stronger than death."
Test of U.S. credibility: A peaceful Shiite pilgrimage in Iraq - 4/19/03 8:14 PM
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- Chanting prayers and carrying black flags, Shiite pilgrims walked the roads of central Iraq on Saturday toward one of their holiest shrines for a religious gathering that could present a major test for U.S. forces.
Tastes of freedom in Iraq and stateside: Whiskey, religion and a homecoming - 4/19/03 7:54 PM
From whiskey to religion, Iraqis tasted freedoms denied for years Saturday in a slow climb back to a normalcy an entire generation never knew. Completing their own journey to freedom, seven U.S. captives from the war flew to a Texas homecoming.
Bush offers hope, prayers to families of war's dead and wounded - 4/19/03 5:52 PM
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- President Bush said Saturday that with the country emerging from war, the weekend's religious observances remind him of "the value of freedom and the power of a love stronger than death."
Spanish prime minister Aznar to meet with British, French leaders next week - 4/19/03 5:46 PM
MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Spain's prime minister, a staunch supporter of the U.S.-led military campaign that ousted Saddam Hussein, will meet his French and British counterparts next week for talks on Iraq and the Middle East, his office said Saturday.
Texans prepare to welcome home former POWs - 4/19/03 5:28 PM
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Seven former prisoners of war were on their way back to their home posts Saturday, much to the relief of community members who for weeks anxiously hoped for their safe return.
Iraqi currency to get facelift in bid to bolster economy - 4/19/03 4:38 PM
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Amid toppled statues and paint-splattered murals, one image of Saddam Hussein endures in postwar Iraq: the stoic portrait of the former president in a suit and tie that graces pastel-colored bank notes.
U.S. general brings tribal leaders together to lay down law - 4/19/03 4:30 PM
KUT, Iraq (AP) -- A U.S. Marine commander called tribal leaders together Saturday to seek their support in running their city but emphasized that he considers himself to be in charge. Patrols of low-flying attack helicopters drove home the point.
Tastes of freedom in Iraq and stateside: Whiskey, religion and a homecoming - 4/19/03 4:23 PM
From whiskey to religion, Iraqis tasted freedoms denied for years Saturday in a slow climb back to a normalcy an entire generation never knew. Completing their own journey to freedom, seven U.S. captives from the war flew to a Texas homecoming.
Bush offers hope, prayers to families of war's dead and wounded - 4/19/03 4:09 PM
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- President Bush said Saturday that with the country emerging from war, the weekend's religious observances remind of "the value of freedom and the power of a love stronger than death."
Business is booming at Connecticut maker of villain action figures - 4/19/03 4:09 PM
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) -- Emil Vicale's business really began to surge when he put Osama bin Laden in a pink dress.
U.S. soldiers, small child wounded in apparent mishap with leftover American ordnance - 4/19/03 3:55 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Four U.S. soldiers on patrol were wounded Saturday when an Iraqi girl handed them an explosive and it blew up, American military officials said. They said they believed it was an accident.
Iraqi police credited with finance minister arrest; Marines start handing off to Army - 4/19/03 3:54 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The country's newly revived police force was credited Saturday with nabbing Saddam Hussein's finance minister -- the first time authorities of the new Iraq arrested a top official of the old regime.
Syria tightens visa restrictions on Iraqis in apparent effort to ease tensions with United States - 4/19/03 3:52 PM
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria has banned Iraqis without visas from entering the country, airline sources confirmed Saturday, an apparent effort to counter U.S. charges that it is sheltering former members of Saddam Hussein's regime.
Saddam appeared in Baghdad's northern neighborhood on April 9, residents say - 4/19/03 3:51 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Warplanes roared overhead. Haze and smoke rose from the city's edges as U.S. troops battled their way in.
Red Cross asks for speedy restoration of basic services - 4/19/03 3:37 PM
GENEVA (AP) -- The international Red Cross urged coalition forces Saturday to swiftly instill order at Iraq's hospitals and restore services like water, electricity and garbage collection.
Revived railroad restores hope to Iraqi residents - 4/19/03 3:29 PM
UMM QASR, Iraq (AP) -- With a creaky groan, a locomotive roared to life Saturday as British and Iraqi officials formally reopened the rail line between Umm Qasr and Basra -- the expected route for aid into the rest of southern Iraq.
Administration weighs a series of U.N. resolutions leading to lifting of sanctions - 4/19/03 3:12 PM
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- The Bush administration envisions a series of U.N. resolutions on postwar Iraq to help close rifts within the Security Council, working up to the toughest questions such as lifting sanctions against Baghdad.
Iraqi fighters for Saddam's regime, held in Kurdish prison camp, begin journey home - 4/19/03 2:54 PM
ASHKOTWAN PRISON CAMP, Iraq (AP) -- He moved north, an Iraqi man journeying across a nation at war in search of the soldier who was his brother. Ali Abdel Karim checked hospitals, prisons, even graveyards. He feared the worst.
Iraqi currency to get facelift in bid to bolster economy - 4/19/03 2:37 PM
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Amid toppled statues and paint-splattered murals, one image of Saddam Hussein endures in postwar Iraq: the stoic portrait of the former president in a suit and tie that graces pastel-colored bank notes.
Syria tightens visa restrictions on Iraqis in apparent effort to ease tensions with United States - 4/19/03 2:30 PM
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria has banned Iraqis without visas from entering the country, airline sources confirmed Saturday, an apparent effort to counter U.S. charges that it is sheltering former members of Saddam Hussein's regime.
Tastes of freedom in Iraq and stateside: Whiskey, religion and a homecoming - 4/19/03 2:04 PM
Thousands of Shiite pilgrims marched down Iraq's dusty roads Saturday on a journey to holy cities -- a flowering of long-prohibited religious expression and a potential nightmare for U.S. security forces.
Iraq's respected air defenses had little success against U.S. warplanes - 4/19/03 1:54 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Saddam Hussein's air defense network has established a reputation as a strong point of Iraq's military, yet American planes flew more than 40,000 wartime missions with remarkably few losses.
At community meetings, Iraqis and Americans learn to work together - 4/19/03 1:33 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- One Iraqi man sought wheat for his bread factory. Another wanted to replace the furniture stolen from his school so it could reopen. Others came seeking an end to violence in their neighborhoods.
Test of U.S. credibility: A peaceful Shiite pilgrimage in Iraq - 4/19/03 1:16 PM
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces are preparing for a major test of the order they are seeking to establish in Iraq: A pilgrimage in coming days by as many as 2 million faithful to one of Shiite Islam's holiest sites.
U.S. holds thin hand of wanted Iraqi leaders - 4/19/03 1:16 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- So far, the U.S. government has been dealt a pretty weak hand from the deck of cards displaying its most wanted Iraqi leaders.
U.S. general brings tribal leaders together to lay down law - 4/19/03 1:14 PM
KUT, Iraq (AP) -- A U.S. Marine commander called tribal leaders together Saturday to seek their support in running their city but emphasized that he considers himself to be in charge. Patrols of low-flying attack helicopters drove home the point.
WASHINGTON TODAY: Bush's fence-mending ability put to test - 4/19/03 1:11 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush is not known for giving up grudges easily. But soon, the demands of diplomacy will require him to sit down with his sharpest international critics -- and in France, of all places.
After decades of fear, Iraqis revel in their greatest new freedom _ speech - 4/19/03 1:10 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The entire neighborhood was ordered out onto the street. Militiamen with machine guns stood guard on surrounding rooftops. Commandos brought out the young man, hands bound behind him. His parents gasped.
Military town where minister preached peace looks to heal as war winds down - 4/19/03 12:16 PM
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) -- There is a Bible passage that brings the Rev. Joseph Matoush comfort and courage in what has been a time of trial: A prophet is not despised but in his own town, among his kinsmen and in his own house.
For one infantry officer, war is a test of courage, endurance _ and simple decency. - 4/19/03 12:15 PM
EDITOR'S NOTE -- From the staging area in Kuwait to the victory in Baghdad, AP Staff Writer Chris Tomlinson chronicled one U.S. Army captain and the 120-man company he commanded. This is their story.
U.S. soldiers, small child wounded in apparent mishap with leftover American ordnance - 4/19/03 12:12 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Four U.S. soldiers on patrol were wounded Saturday when an Iraqi girl handed them an explosive and it blew up, American military officials said. They said they believed it was an accident.
Plane carrying seven POWs rescued in Iraq takes off for the United States - 4/19/03 11:46 AM
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) -- Seven former U.S. prisoners of war smiled and waved to a crowd of well-wishers Saturday as they boarded a C-17 in Germany that was carrying them home to their families in the United States.
Saddam's former finance minister is captured; top chemical weapons expert surrenders - 4/19/03 9:13 AM
Officers from Iraq's newly revived police force arrested Saddam Hussein's former finance minister -- one of the 55 ex-leaders on the U.S. most-wanted list -- and turned him over to the Marines, the U.S. Central Command said Saturday.
Plane carrying seven POWs rescued in Iraq takes off for the United States - 4/19/03 9:04 AM
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) -- Seven former U.S. prisoners of war smiled and waved to a crowd of well-wishers Saturday as they boarded a C-17 in Germany that was carrying them home to their families in the United States.
Jordanian customs officials seize 42 paintings believed stolen from Iraq - 4/19/03 8:48 AM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordanian customs authorities have seized 42 paintings believed to have been looted from Iraq's National Museum, government officials said Saturday.
Iraqi finance minister arrested by Iraqi police, handed over to Marines - 4/19/03 8:21 AM
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Iraqi police arrested Saddam Hussein's former finance minister -- one of the 55 most-wanted members of the ex-regime -- and turned him over to the U.S. Marines, the Central Command said Saturday.
Capture of chemical expert could help U.S. weapons hunt in Iraq - 4/19/03 7:10 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. field commanders in Iraq continue to reposition American forces to focus on humanitarian missions and the search for weapons and former government officials.
Shiite divisions raise specter of civil strife in Iraq - 4/19/03 6:11 AM
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- The mob went into a rage. Knives came out, and in a matter of seconds, the blood-soaked bodies of two senior clerics lay outside the shrine of Imam Ali, the holiest of Shiite Muslim saints.
Developments in Iraq's oil fields, world oil markets - 4/19/03 5:59 AM
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Developments regarding Iraq's oil, world oil markets:
Iraqi finance minister arrested - 4/19/03 4:27 AM
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Iraqi police arrested Saddam Hussein's former finance minister and turned him over to the U.S. Marines, the U.S. Central Command said Saturday.
DOHA: of spades. - 4/19/03 3:52 AM
The former minister is the fifth wanted regime figure to be taken into custody.
Iraq's neighbors criticize threats against Syria, urge troops to leave - 4/19/03 3:33 AM
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Foreign ministers from six countries that border Iraq condemned U.S. threats against Syria and urged coalition forces to quickly stabilize Iraq and withdraw their troops.
Air war chief: Time to get crews home 'so they can have a life' - 4/19/03 3:20 AM
After orchestrating the air war in Iraq and working nonstop in the region since October 2001, Lt. Gen. T. Michael Moseley hopes to return home soon. But it isn't quite time yet.
Tapes prompt more questions about what happened to Saddam Hussein - 4/19/03 3:18 AM
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- It's still not known if Saddam Hussein is alive or dead, in exile or in hiding, and the emergence of two new tapes has deepened the mystery.
Iraq's neighbors demand removal of "occupation forces"; Iraqi chemical weapons expert surrenders - 4/19/03 3:18 AM
Governments of Iraq's neighbors, even those who loathed Saddam Hussein, Saturday demanded the quick removal of U.S. and British "occupation forces." Seven U.S. soldiers were indeed heading home, joyfully -- the group freed six days ago from a makeshift Iraqi prison.
A snap election, pleas for help in meetings with U.S. military - 4/19/03 2:21 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- One Iraqi man sought wheat for his bakery. Another wanted to replace furniture stolen from his school so it could reopen. Others came seeking an end to violence in their neighborhoods.
Unguarded side of Iraqi border leaves door open for foreign influence - 4/19/03 2:04 AM
ARAFAT CHECKPOINT, Iraq-Iran Border (AP) -- Vanished are the men who once guarded the Iraqi side of this border crossing to Iran, Baghdad's historic foe. Their place in the guards' barracks has been taken by a pack of stray dogs.
In Saddam's hometown, Iraqis scramble for police jobs - 4/19/03 2:00 AM
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- Crowding outside the gates of the presidential palace, Iraqis jostled for a chance to join a new police force, to help Marines restore security in Saddam Hussein's hometown.
Many Security Council members back U.S. call to end Iraq sanctions but not quickly - 4/19/03 1:59 AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Many U.N. Security Council members agree with the Bush administration's call to lift sanctions against Iraq, but they won't act quickly because oil, disarmament, and influence in postwar Iraq are at stake.
E-mail, telephone calls bridge the miles for soldiers in Mideast and family back home - 4/19/03 1:40 AM
Worried she might miss a call from her husband in Iraq, Chelli Plummer has calls to her home telephone automatically forwarded to her cell phone.
Political clout helps Bechtel Corp. land Iraq reconstruction bid - 4/19/03 1:39 AM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- It's not just a history of building landmarks like the Hoover Dam that helped Bechtel Corp. win the first major Iraq reconstruction contract. The company is as well-connected as Washington insiders come.
From hotels to baseball teams, companies helping out military, families - 4/19/03 12:19 AM
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Hotels are offering free rooms. Baseball teams are giving away tickets. Banks are lowering rates. And restaurants are offering everything from doughnuts to dinners.

The Above Headlines were gathered from various news sites.

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