January 11 in the news.....
- US President George W. Bush today said he would dispatch about 21,500 extra US troops to Iraq, and in a rare admission said he made a mistake by not deploying more forces sooner. His comments shocked a nation as he went on live TV and said "Indeed, I did have a relationship with Iraq that was not appropriate. In fact, it was wrong."
- David Beckham is rumoured to be signing with a US team and will announce today. Soccer fans in Europe do not know for sure that his onfield exploits will ever be heard of again.
- A bill to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade won passage in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday as newly empowered Democrats moved quickly to keep campaign promises. The former members of New Kids on the Block praised the move.
- Bindi Irwin is tipped to be the new face of Australia, as the national tourism body downplays the role of controversial model Lara Bingle. It is thought that Bindi is good insurance for at least 10 years before any romance and sex scandals.