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General News Archive - December 07, 2005

Osama bin Laden has vowed never to be taken alive and once gave his bodyguard a pistol with two bullets to shoot him if it appeared that he might be caught, according to a new book of interviews with people who know the al Qaeda leader.

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Republican favorite John Campbell won the race for a congressional seat in one of California's most conservative districts on Tuesday, capping a special election watched nationwide for its bitter debate over illegal immigration.

By Gideon Long LONDON (Reuters) - Rukhsana Naz was 19 when her mother pinned her to the floor of their family house and her brother strangled her with a length of plastic cable. Sahjda Bibi, 21, was preparing to celebrate her wedding when her cousin stabbed her 22 times with a kitchen knife.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush will detail progress in Iraqi reconstruction on Wednesday as he tries to counter deep mistrust of his Iraq policy before elections in the war-ravaged country next week.

New Orleans-born musicians Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. are backing a new housing program to lure blues and jazz artists who fled the city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

By Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A slowing of the hot U.S. housing market will cause "inevitable" weakness in the national economy, but a recession does not appear likely, a report by the UCLA Anderson Forecast predicted on Wednesday.

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States and Caribbean, which are still trying to rebuild from this year's devastating storms, should brace themselves for another busy hurricane season in 2006, a leading windstorm forecaster has warned.

By Saul Hudson KIEV (Reuters) - The United States is concerned about a proposed Russian law restricting foreign funding of pro-democracy bodies and charities, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. mortgage applications rose for the first time in a month, mostly driven by a robust rebound in home refinancing volume even as interest rates rose, an industry trade group figures showed on Wednesday.

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico has closed a boot camp for troubled U.S. teenagers south of this city on the California border and deported 13 youngsters whom workers are suspected of abusing, health authorities said on Tuesday.