Seven O'Clock News/Silent Night

Silent Night, Holy Night

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — President Mahmoud Abbas will dissolve the Palestinian Authority's government Thursday after fighting between rival parties Hamas and Fatah consumed the Gaza Strip and was expected to call for a state of emergency, sources close to Abbas confirmed to FOX News.

All is calm, All is bright.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., — During a speech to the 73rd national convention of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Vice President Dick Cheney suggested that the best way to honor fallen soldiers is not through protests and candlelight vigils but by supporting completion of the war in Iraq. 'Every man and woman who fights and sacrifices in this war is serving a just and noble cause. This nation will always be grateful to them and we will honor their sacrifice by completing our mission,' Cheney said

Round yon virgin, mother and child.

RICHMOND, Va. — Relatives of the student gunman who killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus allowed the university to turn over his mental health records to a gubernatorial panel investigating the shootings, the panel's chairman said Thursday.

Holy infant so tender and mild

BAGHDAD, Iraq — A handful of Sunni mosques were attacked or burned Thursday, but curfews and increased troop levels kept Iraq in relative calm a day after suspected Al Qaeda bombers toppled the towering minarets of a prized Shiite shrine.

Wednesday's attack on the Askariya shrine in Samarra, which was blamed on Sunni extremists, stoked fears of a surge in violence between Muslim sects. A bombing at the same mosque complex in February 2006 that destroyed the shrine's famed golden dome unleashed a bloodbath of reprisals.

Sleep in heavenly peace.

CHANNAHON, Ill. — Police offered little new information Thursday about the murders of three children and a woman found shot to death earlier in the day in a red SUV parked off Interstate 55 in northeast Illinois.

Authorities said a 35-year-old woman, a 12-year-old girl, an 11-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy were found dead in the vehicle, but they wouldn't release the victims' names, their relationship or other details of the shooting spree.

That is it for the seven o’clock news.

Good evening and thanks for tuning in

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Sleep in heavenly peace.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Credits: I thank Simon and Garfunkel's song 7 O'clock News/Silent Night for the inspiration. Fox News and MSN News for the reports. It occurred to me as I listened to the song how little the news has changed since the time the song came out. Only the names and places have changed, but the same problems still are plaguing the world.

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