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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday, lanuaiy 7, 2007 — Hi rai d Zf.itung Page 5A FROM THE WIRE From The Associated Press GRANITEVILLE, S C. TOWN RECALLS DEADLY TRAIN DERAILMENT 2 YEARS AGO — Firefighter Clay Swearingen remembers that morning two years ago when a toxic chlorine cloud blanketed his car and nearly killed him after a deadly train derailment. Swearingen was one of the first responders on Jan. 6,2005, when a Norfolk Southern train veered off the main track onto a spur, rear-ending a parked train whose crew failed to switch the tracks back to the main rail. file wreck ruptured a car carrying chlorine and released a poisonous cloud over this tiny mill town, killing nine people and injuring 250. Some 5,400 people were evacuated. “It had to be the good Lord because I don’t know how I made it," Swearingen said. WASHINGTON MCCAIN'S PUSH FOR MORE TROOPS IN IRAQ RAISES POLITICAL STAKES - Sen. John McCain’s call for a substantial and sustained influx of IJ.S. troops in Iraq sets the Republican apart from other White I louse candidates — and it could help him or haunt him come 2008. The Arizona senator’s hawkish position that the United States must do what is necessary to win the war might appeal to hard-core Republicans, but it also has the potential to turn off most Americans whose support for the nearly 4-year-old war has diminished. TIJUANA, Mexico POLICE SUSPEND PATROLS AFTER SOLDIERS SEIZE THEIR GUNS — Federal and state police manned checkpoints within city limits as local police suspended their patrols because soldiers sent to crack down on drug gangs and corruption seized most of their guns on suspicion they aided traffickers. Tijuana Public Safety Secretary Luis Javier Algor-ri said that without arms, it was too dangerous for the force of 2,000 police to patrol the streets of the city where 13 officers were shot dead last year. lU.’ION rn lit JSP^I M rn ! 'W I ™ &W0RLD ii THEY SAID IT Normally you have to crawl up there and root them out. But he came out on his own - the hard way." — Police Capt. Tommy Rabon, speaking about an elusive criminal who crashed through a ceiling from his attic refuge and landed near the officers who had come to arrest him Officials: Avalanche buries cars in Colorado DENVFR (AP) —A huge avalanche knocked two cars off a mountain pass Saturday on the main highway to one of the state’s largest ski areas, shortly after crowds headed through on the way to the lifts, authorities said. Eight people were rescued from the buried vehicles and all were taken to area hospitals, said state Patrolman Erie Wynn. Details of their conditions were not available. “(Xu crews said it was the largest they have ever seen. It took three paths,” Stacey Stegman of the transportation department said of the massive slide on U.S. 40 near 11,307-foot Berthoud Pass, about 50 miles west of Denver on the way to Winter Park Resort. Crews were probing the area for other vehicles, including any others that might have gone off the road, Stegman said. The avalanche hit between IO and 10:30 am and was about IOO feet wide and 15 feet deep, Stegman said. The area usually has slides 2 feet to 3 feet deep because crews trigger them before more snow can accumulate, said Spencer Logan of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Three snow storms in as many weeks have dumped more than 4 feet of snow on parts of Colorado and authorities haven’t had time to test all slide areas, .Spencer said. “This is a tremendous amount of snow to come down the mountain for us,” Stegman said. Mile Cikara, who was headed to Winter Park to ski, told KMCI L I V in Denver that he joined others furiously digging out victims. “I, along with 30 other people, grabbed shovels and started digging to get people out. I had a shovel but people were using their hands, skis, ski poles, whatever, to dig out. until rescue teams arrived, besaiel. The timing meant most traffic headed to the ski area had already passed through. “Good thing it didn’t happen a con pie of hours earlier,” said I )arcy Morse, a Winter Park spokeswoman. On an average January weekend day, the resort draws more than 10,000 skiers and snowhoarders, with lifts opening at 8:30 or 9 a.m. Wynn said the {Kiss was closed and would not reopen until Sunday at the earliest. Hamas says it will defy attempts to disband force Iraq launches battle to clear Baghdad violence GAZA CITY, Caza Strip (AP) — Hamas defied President Mahmoud Abbas’ decree Saturday that its paramilitary unit is illegal, saying it will fight any attempt to disband the force in an increasingly bloody faceoff between the Islamic militant group and Abbas’ Latah party. Three more llamas supporters were killed in the factional fighting that is threatening to plunge the Palestinian territories into civil war. The two groups have been wrangling over power since I lamas defeated Fatah in par liamentary elections a year ago and gained control over most Palestinian government functions. However, Fatah continued to dominate security forces and last spring, Hamas formed its own security unit known as the Executive force, recruiting many former members of its military wing. Tensions between the rival security forces erupted into large-scale fighting last month. Since then, more than two dozen people have been killed. I lamas defeated Fatah in par- been killed. Protesters rage in Mogadishu, vowing that they won’t disarm BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — In the opening battle of a major drive to tame the violent capital, the Iraqi army reported it killed 30 militants Saturday in a firefight in a Sunni insurgent stronghold just north of the heavily fortified Green Zone. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, speaking only hours earlier at a ceremony marking the 85th anniversary of the Iraqi army, announced his intention for the open-ended attempt to crush the militant fighters who have left Baghdad in the grip of sectarian violence. Bassan al-Suneid, a key aide and member of al-Mali-ki’s Dawa Party, said the Iraqi leader had committed 20,000 soldiers to the operation and would call upon American troops and airpower only when needed. A stern al-Maliki told the nation the operation in Baghdad would continue “until all goals are achieved and security is ensured for all citizens. “We are fully aware that implementing the plan will lead to some harassment for all beloved Baghdad residents, hut we are confident they fully understand the brutal terrorist assault we all face,” he said. State television said eight militants, including five Sudanese fighters, were captured in the battle near I laifa Street, a Sunni insurgent stronghold on the west hank of the Tigris where police reported finding the bodies of 27 torture victims earlier in the day. Al-Suneid, who is also a member of parliament, said MOGADISI IU, Somalia (AP) — I kindreds of furious protesters crowded the streets Saturday, burning tires and smashing car windows while denouncing the presence of Ethiopian forces and shouting defiance at the interim Somali government’s call for disarming Mogadishu. At least two [Hoople died in the violence, which exposed discontent in a city seeing its first legitimate governing force in years. Soldiers loyal to tile U.N.-backed government and Ethiopia’s military drove out a radical Islamic group last week that had lx*en in control six months. “We are protesting against the disarmament and the Ethiopian presence in the country. We cannot accept disarmament under occupation,” llaeyle Abdulle Hussein, 23, told The Associated Press. “We will wage a holy war instead.” It was not immediately clear what prompted the bloodshed or who was responsible. A 13-year-old boy was killed by gunfire and at least 17 people suffered bullet wounds, said I )r. I )ahir Mohamud, a physician at Medina I lospitai. Many in predominantly Muslim Somalia resent having troops from neighboring Ethiopia, which has a large Christian population. Cleaning For Your Health • Cleaning For Your Health YOUR WISH IS OUR COMMAND CLEANING FOR YOUR HEALTH Air Ducts • Dryer Vents Cleaned Carpet • Furn • Tile & Wood Cleaned Oriental Rugs are our Specialty Also Rug Repairs & Fringe Replacement We take major Credit Cards 24 HR. - Fire and Water Restoration Aladdin 606-7384 - FREE ESTIMATES 210 Trade Center Dr. < Cleaning For Your Health • Cleaning For Your Health Let LA Weight Loss... 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