Army Sgt. Ryan Pitts will be the ninth living veteran to receive the nation's highest award for valor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan, when President Obama presents him with the Medal of Honor later today.
As NPR's Tom Bowman reports, Pitts is credited with holding off a brutal Taliban attack back in 2008. Tom filed this report for our Newscast unit:
"Soldiers from Chosen Company were setting up an outpost in the rugged hills near the Pakistan border. Suddenly they came under attack by more than a hundred Taliban fighters.
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At least 47 people have been killed in fighting over the past 24 hours between rival Libyan militias battling for control of Tripoli's international airport.
The country's health ministry said late Sunday that the fighting also wounded 120 people. The Associated Press reports:
"The weeklong battle over the airport is being waged by a powerful militia from the western city of Zintan, which controls the facility, and Islamist-led militias, including fighters from Misrata, east of Tripoli. The clashes resumed Sunday after cease-fire efforts failed.
We celebrate Cat Stevens' birthday this evening with this snapshot of his 1976 tour, his last appearance on stage before his 30 year hiatus, though he was pretty much at the top of his game in terms of success at this time. "Wild World", "Moonshadow", "Where Do the Children Play", "Father and Son", and a little insight he shares as he performs "Peace Train" and "Two Fine People", as well. Strangely, this is the only live release of his, and it didn't show up until 2004. Better late than never. Happy birthday, Yusuf Islam, born Steven Georgiu on 7/21/48.
Willie hasn't had an album hit #1 on the Billboard Country chart since 1986. But this great new release debuted at #1 this past month, and for good reason -- it's 14 songs, nine of which he wrote or co-wrote, that capture the sound Willie Nelson does best. So, maybe Willie can't get any higher, but we'll see how long the 81-year-old legend can keep those younger wannabe outlaw stars from achieving their pipe dreams with this great one. We have a feeling he'll be high on WNCW's Top 100 list at year's end with this one, too.