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Giuliani urges increase in size of Army

Published May 6, 2007


CHARLESTON, S.C. - Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani called on Saturday for a large-scale increase in the overall troop strength of the Army and the creation of a special force to specifically handle post-combat operations. In a speech before the graduating class at the Citadel, Giuliani said he would like to see the Army grow to 582, 000 troops from its current 512, 000, a larger increase than President Bush has advocated. The two other leading candidates for the Republican nomination - Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts - have also called for an increase in the size of the Army, as has Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.


Note found at site of Cho shooting

BLACKSBURG, VA. - Minutes before Seung-Hui Cho's rampage inside Virginia Tech's Norris Hall, a note found on a second-floor stairwell door warned, "Bomb will go off if you open the door, " a school employee said Saturday. Virginia State Police confirmed a threatening note was found in the room where the employee, janitor Pamela Tickle, says she left it after the shooting, but they have not linked it to Cho. He chained the three main entrances to Norris before killing 30 people and himself April 16. He killed two other students earlier that morning in a dormitory.


Teenager accused of killing 5-year-old

PITTSBURGH - A 13-year-old is accused of killing a 5-year-old in the home where they both lived, a death the teen said happened while he was practicing wrestling moves on the boy. The teenager, who was not named, told investigators he was practicing wrestling moves on Tyeir Bruce on Thursday when he became unresponsive, police said. The boys were not related. In 1999, Lionel Tate of Fort Lauderdale was convicted of beating Tiffany Eunick, 6, to death when he was 12. He claimed he accidentally killed her while imitating pro wrestling moves he had seen on television. The conviction was later overturned and he was allowed him to plead guilty to a lesser charge.


President urges nation to exercise

BELTSVILLE, MD. - Just before climbing on his mountain bike Saturday, President Bush urged people to get up off their couches and walk, jog, pedal and swim. "It doesn't take much time to stay fit - 30 minutes, five days a week, " Bush said at a Secret Service training facility just outside Washington where he went for a bike ride. He was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt and members of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and June will mark the fifth anniversary of the HealthierUS Initiative. Bush launched it in 2002 to encourage people to exercise and make healthy lifestyle choices.


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