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The KPFA Evening News, Weekdays – August 19, 2004

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U.S. occupation forces employ AC-130 gunships against Shiite militiamen in
Najajf, Iraq after their leader Moqtada Al-Sadr apparantly defies a final
demand from the interim prime minister to disarm

Sources say an army investigation of the torture and abuse of Iraqis at Abu
Grhaib prison finds no senior officers involved…. .a study by a bioethicist
finds that doctors working for the U.S. military collaborated with
interrogators there and in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, violating
medical ethics and human rights

The Senate Judiciary Committee examines how security recommendations from
the September 11th Commission would affect civil liberties and immigrants. . . . .Senator Ted Kennedy tells the Committee he was mistakenly put on a no-fly list and had a struggle getting off it

In a landmark expansion of gambling operations in California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenneger announces agreements with five Indian tribes that will add
thousands of new slot machines around the state and create one of the world’s
largest casinos in San Pablo here in the Bay Area

The State Senate passes legislation requiring health insurers to cover maternity services in all health insurance sold in California

And a bid to make California’s minimum wage the highest in the nation most
likely faces a veto by the Governor

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