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White House Party Crashers Met President, May Face Criminal Charges (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post |  Alex Leo & Alexander Belenky
First Posted: 11-27-09 11:51 AM   |   Updated: 11-28-09 11:15 AM

The White House released a picture today of Michaele Salahi shaking hands with the president despite earlier reports that the couple who allegedly crashed the state dinner never came in contact with Obama.

This revelation comes just hours after the Secret Service took responsibility for the breech. Director Mark Sullivan told the AP that his agency failed to verify whether the couple was invited to the party and expressed his deep concern and embarrassment. He went on to say that measures have been taken to ensure this will not happen again.

Despite that, the Secret Service has not ruled out bringing charges against Tareq and Michaele Salahi. The agency maintains they were not on the guest list despite protestations from the couple, who are auditioning for the Bravo reality show “The Real Housewives of DC”, that they did not crash the party.

“As this moves closer to a criminal investigation there’s less that we can say,” spokesman Jim Mackin said. “I don’t want to jeopardize what could be a criminal investigation. We’re not leaving any option off the table at this point.”

No specific charges were mentioned but the Salahis lawyer, Paul Gardner, claims the couple were indeed invited and that there is no risk of punishment. He posted a comment on Facebook saying, “My clients were cleared by the White House, to be there.”

PHOTOS HERE

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Earthquakes Rock Samoa, Indonesia (UPDATES)

KENI LESA and FILI SAGAPOLUTELE | 09/30/09 12:55 PM | AP

APIA, Samoa — Disaster officials rushed food, medicine and a temporary morgue to the Samoas on Wednesday after a powerful earthquake unleashed a tsunami that flattened villages and swept cars and people out to sea. At least 99 people were killed.

Survivors fled the waves for higher ground on the South Pacific islands after the magnitude 8.0 quake struck at 6:48 a.m. local time (1:48 p.m. EDT; 1748 GMT) Tuesday.

Four tsunami waves 15 to 20 feet (4 to 6 meters) high roared ashore on American Samoa about 15 minutes after the quake, reaching up to a mile (1.5 kilometers) inland, Mike Reynolds, superintendent of the National Park of American Samoa, was quoted as saying by a parks service spokeswoman.

Military transports carrying medical personnel, food, water, medicines and other supplies were headed to the stricken islands.

“Right now, we’re focused on bringing in the assistance for people that have been injured, and for the immediate needs of the tens of thousands of survivors down there,” said Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate. A Coast Guard C-130 plane loaded with aid and carrying FEMA officials was headed from Hawaii to American Samoa’s capital of Pago Pago, where debris had been cleared from runways to allow for emergency planes to land.

“I cannot tell you exactly what kind of damages we had. We’re getting reports just like everyone else that this is a significant impact,” he said.

New Zealand’s acting Prime Minister Bill English said tents, stretchers, the temporary morgue facilities and a body identification team were sent to Samoa after a “specific request” from local officials, who are “are very concerned about the growing death toll.”

The quake was centered about 120 miles south of the islands of Samoa, which has about 220,000 people, and American Samoa, a U.S. territory of 65,000.

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Asia Hit By Tsunamis, Earthquakes: Send Us Your Photos

Huffington Post
First Posted: 09-30-09 10:03 AM   |   Updated: 09-30-09 12:06 PM

Earthquakes and tsunamis have wreaked havoc on multiple nations in Asia and the South Pacific over the past few days, killing hundreds, causing serious damage and sometimes destroying entire villages.

Go here for the latest info on the disasters. And look at the slideshow below.

Do you have photographs or video of the earthquakes and tsunamis in the South Pacific, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, or elsewhere? Send them to us here. The best ones will be published on the HuffPost.

SLIDE SHOW AND SEND YOUR PHOTOS HERE

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Keep F***ing That Chicken: Ernie Anastos, News Anchor, Curses On Air (VIDEO)

Huffington Post |  David Weiner
First Posted: 09-17-09 12:46 AM   |   Updated: 09-17-09 09:24 AM

Legendary New York broadcaster Ernie Anastos had a momentary lapse of reason Wednesday night when he dropped the F-bomb live on TV.

During some playful banter with local weatherman Nick Gregory, Anastos complimented Gregory, or at least attempted to, by saying, “It takes a tough man to make a tender forecast, Nick.”

Looking confused, Gregory responded, “I guess that’s me.”

Without missing a beat, Anastos continued, “Keep f***ing that chicken,” a completely bewildering phrase that made co-anchor Dari Alexander’s eyes bug out of her head. Gregory, for his part, just threw his hands up and shook his head.

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