Saif Al-Adel, shown in a photo released by the FBI on Oct. 10, 2001. Al-Adel spent years detained in Iran, where the U.S. couldn't target him.
Intelligence officials will tell you that no one in al-Qaida worries them more right now than a man named Saif al-Adel.
A former colonel in the Egyptian army, al-Adel served in its special forces before he joined the terrorist group. Soon after he was a member, U.S. officials say he was put in charge of the group's intelligence training. He ran a six-month course for promising operatives to teach them how to track people, and gather information, and lose someone who might be trailing them.
Barrio La Victoria Ciudad Delgado in San Salvador, El Salvador, is controlled by the Mara Salvatrucha gang. A gang leader says he sees the group as a social organization — one that provides services, like water, and protects "civilians."
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"Selling drugs is for the benefit of everyone," says a leader of the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS, gang in San Salvador's La Victoria neighborhood. "If someone sells drugs, it's because of all the needs of everyone in the community. There are colleagues who don't have a mother or anything, and only the gang helps them — no one else."
Engineers and workers at Tiara Yachts have found similarities between building boats and making wind turbines like this one.
The recession forced many small manufacturers to adapt to survive, especially in the industrial Midwest. In Michigan, a yacht-building company started a new venture in the wind-energy industry to keep its factory open.
In 2005 and 2006, Tiara Yachts was operating at full capacity, turning out about 400 yachts per year, with most of them going for around $1 million each. To keep up with demand, the company nearly doubled its manufacturing space in Holland, Mich.
As expected, The House of Representatives rejected a bill that would have raised the U.S. debt limit. The bill was a so called "clean bill," which did not include any spending cuts.
By a vote of 318-97, the Republican-controlled chamber overwhelmingly rejected President Barack Obama's call to increase the $14.3 trillion debt limit without conditions. Some Democrats who support Obama's position voted against it.
According to a report prepared for the U.S. Agency for International Development no more than 85,000 people died in the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti in January of 2010. That number is in great contrast to the more than 300,000 people the Haitian government said died because of the quake.
The report, which used statistical samplings to arrive at the figure, has not been released officially but the Associated Press obtained a copy on Monday. They report: