In the News: 11/14/06

Pope to hold Vatican summit on married priests Pope Benedict XVI has called a meeting Thursday with top Vatican officials to discuss lifting the celibacy requirement for priests.

Officials: Students can use ‘text speak’ on testsNew Zealand’s high school students will be able to use “text-speak” — the mobile phone text message language beloved of teenagers — in national exams this year, officials said.

Scientists develop T-shirt that makes music from air guitarScientists announced Monday that they have developed a high-tech T-shirt that turns the strumming of an air guitar into music. The T-shirt has motion sensors built into its elbows that pick up the wearer’s arm motions and relay them wirelessly to a computer which interprets them as guitar rifts.

Google CEO sees free mobile phones, funded by adsGoogle’s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, sees a future where mobile phones are free to consumers who accept watching targeted advertisements.

Power struggles unravel Democrats’ unity Democrats returned to Capitol Hill on Monday to prepare for a transfer of power in Congress, but their postelection emphasis on unity quickly dissolved into power struggles and jockeying over the spoils of victory.

Giuliani forms ’08 exploratory panel washington — Rudolph W. Giuliani has taken a giant first step toward a 2008 White House run, creating an exploratory committee and beating his pal John McCain to the punch in filing presidential paperwork.

Joel Stein: Borat’s biggest patsies — reporters Why are journalists interviewing Sacha Baron Cohen’s alter ego as if he were actually real?

Cal Thomas: Dems’ win must please al-Qaida The biggest winners in last week’s election were the enemies of the United States, who see the results as confirmation of one of their doctrines: The United States is weak and lacks the commitment to fight a protracted war.Religious right’s agenda endangers liberty, author saysBarry Lynn is out with a new book entitled “Piety & Politics: The Right-Wing Assault on Religious Freedom” which focuses on his belief in a government that leaves decisions about God and faith in the hands of individuals, not the state.

Pastor to appear on ‘Today’ Dr. David Foster, who was ousted as pastor of Bellevue Community Church in late July, is scheduled to appear on The Today show Tuesday morning to discuss the relationship of church and state in America. A show spokeswoman said via e-mail that Foster will be part of a taped panel discussion.

Court won’t hear ‘Da Vinci Code’ case The Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to the author of the The Da Vinci Code, refusing to consider a case alleging copyright infringement.

Justices to weigh school diversity The school districts in Louisville and Seattle are at the heart of a pair of legal disputes, now before the U.S. Supreme Court

Middle-aged women are less likely to be happyWomen from the mid-30s to mid-50s are less likely than Americans overall to be very happy, and many are racked by worries about aging parents and other family members, a national survey reports Monday.

Man elected to county board seat despite being dead for a monthA candidate for a county board who appeared in newspaper ads the weekend before the election sailed to victory with 12,000 votes though he had died one month earlier.

In Backing Murtha, Pelosi Draws Fire House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi’s endorsement of Rep. John P. Murtha’s bid for House majority leader set off a furor yesterday on Capitol Hill.

Flu Drug Label Will Warn of Risks, FDA Says Patients who take Tamiflu should be closely monitored for signs of abnormal behavior, health officials said yesterday in announcing an updated label for the flu drug.

Breast Cancer Risk Linked To Red Meat, Study Finds Younger women who regularly eat red meat appear to face an increased risk for a common form of breast cancer, according to a large, well-known Harvard study of women’s health.

Persistent Race Disparities Found Decades after the civil rights movement, racial disparities in income, education and home ownership persist and, by some measurements, are growing.

U.S. Catholic Bishops Call for ‘Honest Dialogue’ on Iraq BALTIMORE, Nov. 13 — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Monday that the United States should keep its troops in Iraq only as long as they are contributing to a “responsible transition” to Iraqi rule.

Diversity In Cannon Fodder It didn’t work. The Republican Party put up three high-profile black candidates to try to weaken the bond between the Democratic Party and African Americans, and all three got slammed by the voters, big-time.

Democrats’ Real Victory LITTLE ROCK — Elections provoke myth-spinning. Republicans are in danger of spinning away from a full appreciation of the magnitude of their defeat last week. Democrats could spin themselves into useless arguments rooted in the past and ignore the opportunity American voters have offered them.

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