The Pentagon announced that it will issue microwave pain guns to its forces in Iraq. [Daily Telegraph] The United States military was planning a large new offensive in Iraq to prepare for the scheduled January elections. The Transportation Security Administration announced that it plans to force airlines to provide personal information about passengers so that it can test a new system for identifying potential terrorists. Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, was refused entry to the United States because his name appears on a list of terrorism suspects. More flaws were found in Diebold Election Systems’ electronic voting machines. [Wired News]
The Israeli government seized 80,000 cans of dog food that had been labeled as foie gras. [Haaretz]
The BBC canceled a satirical cartoon series called “Popetown,” which featured corrupt bishops and depicted the pope jumping around the Vatican on a pogo stick. [Guardian, Associated Press]
Jimmy Swaggart said that he would kill any gay man who “looks at me like that.” [The Advocate]
Wal-Mart agreed to stop selling The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, a nineteenth-century anti-Semitic forgery, on its website.
In Italy, an old woman was killed by a falling crucifix. The company that makes Hostess Twinkies and Wonder Bread went bankrupt. [Reuters] American researchers developed a device that uses spinach to generate electricity, and scientists [New Scientist] were hoping to use rat brainwaves to find people buried by earthquakes. [New Scientist] California banned necrophilia. [Scotsman]