A compilation of brief news reports for Wednesday, April 23, 2008.

An attack on a U.S. Marine checkpoint in the western Iraqi town of Ramadi saw two marines killed and an additional three wounded. The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who detonated explosives in his vehicle at the checkpoint.


  • “2 U.S. Marines die in Iraqi checkpoint bombing” — MSNBC, April 22, 2008
  • “Suicide car bomber kills 2 US Marines in near Ramadi” — Jerusalem Post, April 22, 2008

Following a weekend where Chicago saw 36 people shot, two stabbed, and a total of nine deaths, suspected gang crime continues to take a toll.

Today one person was shot dead in a suspected gang-related incident, and a teen wounded in a separate shooting.


  • “Man killed, teen wounded in gang-related attacks on West Side” — Chicago Tribune, April 23, 2008
  • “Police: 36 Shot, 2 Stabbed, 9 Dead Over Weekend” — CBS, April 23, 2008

There has been an underground explosion in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The explosion, which occurred at 15:30 yesterday (local time), resulted in an evacuation of several properties.


  • “Underground Explosion Rattles Fort Lee, N.J.” — wcbstv, April 22, 2008
  • “Suspected Underground Fire Forces Evacuations in Fort Lee” — 1010 Wins, April 21, 2008

A gang in San Antonio chased a car on a busy street. The incident, which occurred on Monday, involved a gang which were carrying machine guns. San Antonio is a city located in the American state of Texas.


  • Lomi Kriel. “Gang members firing machine guns chase car on busy S.A. street” — Houston Chronicle, April 22, 2008
  • AP. “One injured in shooting on busy San Antonio street” — Star Telegram, April 22, 2008

Sperm has allegedly been stolen from a sperm bank in Aurangabad, India. Two people have been arrested as a result. A local official said that “We are caught in a very difficult situation, as we do not know how many samples have been smuggled out of the laboratory.”


  • AP. “Police arrest 2 in India for allegedly stealing sperm” — Yahoo! News, April 22, 2008
  • “Man arrested for stealing frozen sperm” — iol.co.za, April 23, 2008

A US commander in Iraq today called for an end to violence in Iraq. He also asked Muqtada al-Sadr to use his influence to help end the violence in the country.


  • AP. “No. 2 US commander hopes al-Sadr will stop attacks” — Yahoo! News, April 23, 2008
  • AFP. “US general urges Sadr to do more to stem bloodshed” — Google News, April 23, 2008

Bottle’s containing cat body parts have been found. Authorities are investigating the incident, which occurred in the US state of Arkansas. All the body parts were from kittens.


  • “Deputies Discover Bottles Filled With Cat Body Parts” — Today’s THV, April 23, 2008
  • “Jacob Ln Cabot, AR 72023” — Google Maps, Retrieved April 23, 2008

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