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Nov. 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM   |   Comments

Obama hits the links

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- President Obama, fresh off his re-election victory, got in a little relaxation Saturday, shooting a round of golf.

A White House official said Obama played with three White House aides -- Eugene Kang, Joe Paulson and trip director Marvin Nicholson -- at the Andrews Air Force Base course.

The president's week also included having to deal with the resignation of CIA Director David Petreaus and recommencing efforts to work with congressional Republicans to find a way to pull the United States back from the edge of the so-called fiscal cliff.


Israel retaliation leaves 4 dead in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Israeli shelling in retaliation for an attack on an Israeli military jeep that wounded four soldiers killed four people and wounded 25 Saturday, officials said.

The initial attack and retaliatory strikes were followed Saturday night by the firing of dozens of rockets into Israel from the Strip, Ynetnews reported.

The Israeli military said its aircraft hit a terrorist cell preparing to fire rockets. Palestinians sources in Gaza said one man was killed and another man was injured, Ynetnews said.

The Israeli news website reported the four Israeli troops were injured when their vehicle was hit by an anti-tank missile while patrolling near Karni crossing. Two of the wounded soldiers were in serious condition and the other two were in moderate condition.

Ynetnews said the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack, though the Israeli military suspected Islamic Jihad militants were to blame. Ynetnews said the Al-Arabiya network later reported the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility.

Ynetnews said its Gaza medical sources reported Israel's retaliatory shelling produced four fatalities and 25 civilian casualties, including children.

The Israeli Defense Ministry ordered the temporary closing of the Kerem Shalom crossing, the key passageway for goods to the Gaza Strip, following the attack.


Blizzard hits upper U.S. Northern Plains

MONTANA CITY, Mont., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- After dumping up to 4 feet of snow on parts of the Rockies, a blizzard started moving across the U.S. Northern Plains and parts of Canada, forecasters said.

AccuWeather.com said the potent storm would spread across North and South Dakota and parts of Manitoba Sunday.

Already, Montana City, Mont., had just under 2 feet of snow, while Crosby, N.D., had 15 inches, Williston, N.D., had 12, Terry, Mont., had 10 and Rapid City, S.D., reported bout 2 1/2.

AccuWeather.com said moderate to heavy snow would develop through Saturday night across the western part of the Dakotas. Winds will continue to build, gusting up to 45-55 miles per hour, and cause severe blowing and drifting of the snow that will reduce visibility to zero in some areas, the weather service said.

Rapidly falling temperatures could lead to rain changing to snow, producing slippery roads. AccuWeather.com recommended motorists if traveling on Interstates 29, 90, 94 Saturday night.

NBC News reported Nick Wiltgen of Weather.com said intense winds were reported over much of the West.

"Winds over higher terrain have been especially impressive, with a top gust of 111 mph at Meteor Crater in northern Arizona," Wiltgen said.


No jail for computer tech in Vatileaks

VATICAN CITY, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A Vatican judge gave a computer technician a suspended sentence Saturday for obstructing justice in the "Vatileaks" scandal.

Claudio Sciarpelletti told the chief judge, Giuseppe della Torre, that his arrest on charges of aiding the papal butler in leaking documents to the news media sent him into a state of "shock" and "panic," NBC News reported. He said his state of mind was to blame for his giving investigators misleading statements.

The former butler, Paolo Gabriele, was sentenced in October to 18 months in jail, although Vatican officials have hinted Pope Benedict XVI might show leniency. Della Torre initially imposed a four-month sentence on Sciarpelletti, cut it in half because of his clean record and then suspended the sentence.

Vatican investigators found an envelope of documents on Sciarpelletti's desk in May. Gabriele said he was the source of the documents.

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