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Oct 16th, 2010

Summary: There were two separate warnings to U.S. law enforcement authorities that an American businessman was plotting a terrorist attack in Mumbai, India, with the Pakistani extremist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, NBC News has confirmed. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 16, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported on a concert by Jacob Wetterling’s favorite singer, Red Grammer, to mark the 20th anniversary of Jacob’s abduction on October 22, 1989.

Sep 2nd, 2010

Summary: About $155 million in deposits have been withdrawn from Afghanistan’s largest bank in just the last two days, spurring fresh concerns among U.S. and Afghan officials that a financial panic could spread through the country and derail the U.S. war effort. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 2, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, in a fiery speech at an Independence Institute fundraiser in Denver that at times sounded more like the plot of a slasher movie, railed against the dangers of health care reform and other Democratic initiatives, warning the proposals “have the strength to destroy this country forever” and calling on her audience to “make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing.”