WASHINGTON — Richard C. Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, was in critical condition Saturday after undergoing surgery to repair a tear in his aorta, a State Department spokesman said.
Holbrooke, 69, underwent surgery Saturday morning after becoming ill at the State Department the day before, spokesman P.J. Crowley said.
The special envoy was in an intensive care unit at George Washington University Hospital, Crowley said in a terse written statement, noting that he "has been joined by his family."
Just days into office, President Obama named Holbrooke the special representative in Afghanistan and Pakistan, making him the point man in the administration's bid to forge a policy to stabilize the two fragile states.
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Police think remains are those of girl, 5
CITRONELLE, Ala. —Police said a search of woods next to a rural Alabama road on Saturday uncovered human remains that likely belong to a young girl whose father is charged with killing her and her brother.
Search teams found the skeletal remains about 40 feet from a county road in Citronelle, about 30 miles north of Mobile, Mobile Police Maj. Kara Rose said. They had been searching the site for only a half-hour.
Rose said investigators believe the remains belong to Natalie DeBlase, who would have turned 5 in late November. Skeletal remains found Wednesday in the woods of rural Mississippi are believed to belong to her 3-year-old brother, Chase.
'Strippermobile' carries donated toys for kids
LAS VEGAS — The "strippermobile" has made another run in Las Vegas, this time with properly dressed Santa's helpers riding for a good cause.
A year after agreeing to stop a promotion that involved hauling bikini-clad exotic dancers in a truck with clear plastic sides, a company that owns several Las Vegas strip clubs used the vehicle to help deliver Christmas donations to a local charity.
Deja Vu's truck was part of a convoy that delivered $19,000 in donated bikes and toys Friday to HELP of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit group that assists the poor.
Inside the large Plexiglas cubicle were a bearded St. Nick and eight female entertainers who wore long red dresses or camisole dresses paired with leggings.
There was no gyrating or pole dancing this time.