On the Radar: Kabul attack planner killed, U.S. troops die in Iraq, teacher layoffs
The Hotel Inter-Continental in Kabul, Afghanistan, was attacked Tuesday.
June 30th, 2011
08:17 AM ET

On the Radar: Kabul attack planner killed, U.S. troops die in Iraq, teacher layoffs

Kabul hotel attack - A man suspected of helping to organize this week's deadly hotel attack in Kabul was killed Thursday in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force said. The Taliban claimed credit for the carnage at the Hotel Inter-Continental, a place which has long been popular with politicians, foreign journalists and Westerners.  The alleged terrorist is Ismail Jan, the deputy to the senior commander of Haqqani, a group linked to the Taliban. Jan was killed along with several other fighters, ISAF said.

American troops killed in Iraq - Three U.S. service members were killed Wednesday in southern Iraq, the U.S. military said. The military is not giving information about how they were killed. Their deaths happened around the same time Secretary of Defense Robert Gates released his final goodbye to the military.

Wisconsin teacher layoffs - The Milwaukee Public Schools are laying off more than 300 teachers. Their last day is Friday. The move is blamed on $84 million in state budget cuts and the system's efforts to control costs.  The layoffs could be repeated throughout the country as states slash funds for education, social services and local governments.

Tropical Storm Arlene - The first named storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season made landfall on Mexico's eastern coast around 5 a.m. ET Thursday. It's moving at 9 mph with sustained winds of about 65 mph, slightly under hurricane status.  Forecasters warned of possible flash floods and mudslides.  On Wednesday, the storm caused heavy rains hundreds of miles away in Florida. News media there reported the drenching was a welcome respite from a long drought which has dropped water levels in the Everglades.

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  1. sandyk

    when a politician runs they always tell us how horrible the education system is and how they are the only one to save it... it is always first cut. Shame on us if we vote for these same type of people again. on a side note, conservatives I ask please do not fall for Michelle Bachman.

    June 30, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    One sees no reason to pay taxes for schools if the prevalent mentality of the pupils and their parents is that it is completely the responsibility of the teacher to entertain the pupil until he has learned.

    June 30, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    But I always thought that the teaching profession was a secure job.

    June 30, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Three more American servicemen killed in Afghanistan.
    The cost of wars to US is $ 3.7 trillion & counting. The cost in American lives and civilians killed in Iraq, Afghanistan & Pakistan runs into tens of thousands & counting.
    Teachers are being laid off , so what? We can do without Education or Health Care or Medicare or Social Security or Infrastructure. We can live with our country going bankrupt, our states & cities going bankrupt.
    Let those up on the Hill have their fun & fireworks. We are Americans we do not mind , we'll go hungry rather than bother them.
    God Bless America.

    June 30, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Well put, saywhat. Yes, we'll do anything for a Victory in the Middle East, saywhat, no matter how useless it is!!!

      June 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. i rock

    get the white back in the whitehouse and many of our troubles will fade

    June 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fernace

    Excuse me i rock, but seems to me the white in the White House caused this mess & the black is having to clean up the white mess...as usual! In my state we've been decimated in all areas, but I never thought I'd see the feeding frenzy of cuts to education! It was appalling! what are the PTB thinking? Not the average citizen, thats clear!!

    June 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    Sorry, that should be "thinking of"? otherwise it makes no sense!!

    June 30, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |