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Iran Releases Brits; Bomber Strikes In Pakistan; More Arrests Likely In Seattle

Along with the reaction to President Barack Obama's address about his new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, which we posted about earlier, the stories making headlines this morning include:

— BBC News — Iran Releases British Crew And Yacht: Five British yachtsmen held by Iran's Revolutionary Guard for a week have been released, the UK has confirmed. The crew are said to have drifted into Iranian waters mistakenly while sailing from Bahrain to Dubai for a race. Foreign Secretary David Miliband said the men had left the island of Siri and were heading for international waters."

Los Angeles Times — Thousands Seek Few Hundred Jobs At Hotels: "As hotels and restaurants continue to bleed jobs, thousands of people are applying for newly opened positions, overwhelming hiring staff and pointing up how hard the recession has hit service-sector workers. Nearly 11,000 people have applied for 400 jobs at the swanky W Hollywood Hotel & Residences slated to open in Hollywood early next year. About 3,500 have applied for 550 openings at the new Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles near Staples Center. And it's not just happening in Southern California."

The Guardian — Another Bomb Attack In Pakistan: "A bomb has gone off in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, killing a navy security officer and injuring three others in a suspected suicide attack. The blast was at the entrance to the heavily guarded navy headquarters, police said."

Related report from NPR's Julie McCarthy in Islamabad: "The chief commissioner of Islamabad told reporters that the attacker detonated his explosives when security personnel challenged him at the gate of the heavily fortified complex. Officials said he had approached the main entrance of the Naval Headquarters on foot and that a dark jacket hid a suicide vest. An eyewitness described the bomber as a teenager. Evidence of his explosion lay in the streets. Pieces of flesh stuck to the pavement along the leafy boulevard in the heart of Islamabad."

The Seattle Times — Hunt Is On For Friends Of Alleged Cop Killer: "Even as Maurice Clemmons announced he had gunned down police officers in a Pierce County coffeehouse Sunday, a network of friends and family stood by him, helping him hide from a massive manhunt that had hundreds of officers scouring two counties, according to charging documents." Clemmons was killed yesterday by an officer in Seattle. So far, six people have been arrested for allegedly helping him. More arrests are expected.

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