The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays, for January 2, 2005 - 6:00pm
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The tsunami death toll continues to rise; official figures now put it at 124,000, but aid officials estimate it could hit 150,000. meanwhile, air drops of food and medicine reached remote Indian ocean islands, and in hardest hit Aceh, independence fighters accuse the Indonesian government of stepping up attacks against them.
Separate attacks kill 18 Iraqi national guard, five police and several civilians in Iraq. with elections just weeks away, prominent Shiite leaders called for Sunni Arabs, who have called for a boycott, to participate in the election despite the violence.
Bay Area activists angered by U.S. election irregularities plan to march on senator Barbara Boxers office tomorrow and urge her to protest on the floor on congress with her house colleagues
The government gave more than one billion dollars to faith based organizations in 2003--civil libertarians say it violates the constitutional separation of church and state