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BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Obituary: Paul Newman

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Obituary: Paul Newman: "Screen legend Paul Newman has died from cancer, aged 83.

With his piercing blue eyes and laid back style, Paul Newman became one of the most recognised leading men in Hollywood.

But he always doubted his own acting ability, once claiming that 'I only got by on looks and energy.'

Paul Leonard Newman was born on 26 Jan 1925 in the Shaker Heights suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.

His father, Arthur, who ran a successful sports goods store, was Jewish while his mother Theresa came from a Slovakian Catholic family."

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 09/26/2008 | Pakistani tribesmen organize to fight Taliban insurgents

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 09/26/2008 | Pakistani tribesmen organize to fight Taliban insurgents WARI, Pakistan — A popular resistance movement is emerging in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province to challenge Islamic extremists, who now exercise control over whole districts and maintain a stranglehold over the local population.
The movement in both the province and the lawless tribal territory bordering Afghanistan relies on fierce tribal customs and widespread ownership of guns in the north west of the country, to raise traditional private armies, known as a lashkar, each with the strength of hundreds or several thousand volunteers.

The movement arose after local tribal leaders came to realize decided that the state can't or won't come to their aid as a radical, alien, form of Islam seeks to impose itself on them down the barrel of an AK-47.

There are parallels with the "Sunni Awakening" in Iraq, where tribesmen took on al Qaida militants in Anbar province an…

America Spends More for Killing Machines.

With All Eyes on the Bailout, House Passes Trillion-Dollar Defense Bill | War on Iraq | AlterNet

With All Eyes on the Bailout, House Passes Trillion-Dollar Defense Bill | War on Iraq | AlterNet: "On Wednesday, the House passed a mammoth defense bill by a 392-39 vote. It's expected to clear the Senate with little difficulty next week.

It was part of a trillion-dollar stop-gap measure to keep programs running through next March, allowing lawmakers to skip town without passing a final budget. The Associated Press reports, 'The legislation came together in a remarkably secret process that concentrated decision-making power in the hands of a few lawmakers.'

In keeping with the tradition of recent years, Bush held a gun to his own head and threatened to pull the trigger if his demands weren't met. According to the AP, 'To earn President Bush's signature rather than a veto, House and Senate negotiators dropped several provisions he opposed. They include a ban on private interrogators in U.S. military detention facilities and what would have amounted to congres…

BBC NEWS | Americas | 'Car sleepers' the new US homeless

BBC NEWS | Americas | 'Car sleepers' the new US homeless
By Rajesh Mirchandani
BBC News, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara boasts a classic laidback California lifestyle, with uncongested beaches, wholesome cafes and charming Spanish-style architecture.
Of course there's a hefty price tag: nestled between the gentle Santa Ynez mountains and the inviting Pacific Ocean are multi-million dollar homes.

But in this sun-washed haven of wealth, many live far from the American dream.

In a car park across the street from luxury mansions, the evening brings a strange sight.

A few cars arrive and take up spaces in different corners. In each car, a woman, perhaps a few pets, bags of possessions and bedding.

Across the street from homes with bedrooms to spare, these are Santa Barbara's car sleepers.

Homeless within the last year, they are a direct consequence of America's housing market collapse.

4x4 homes

In this woman-only parking lot, Bonnee, who gives only her first name, wears a smart blu…