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The 57-year-old singer made the announcement at an outdoor performance in Los Angeles on Thursday

The 57-year-old singer made the announcement at an outdoor performance in Los Angeles on Thursday.

“A Wonder Summer’s Night” will feature 13 concerts from Aug. 23 to Sept. 20 in eight states. Stops in California include San Diego, Lake Tahoe, Concord, Santa Barbara, Saratoga and 경기도출장샵 Los Angeles. Other cities include Portland, Ore.; Woodinville, Wash.; Chicago; Detroit; Atlanta; and Baltimore. The final concert will be in Boston.

Although Wonder has given numerous performances worldwide, his last full-scale tour in the U.S. was in 1995.

The Motown legend has some two dozen Grammy Awards and dozens of hits. His song “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” featured in the movie “The Woman in Red,” won the Academy Award for best original song in 1985.

Well, I would put myself between them to try and keep the peace, and I felt good doing that.” The 21-year-old strawberry blonde began modeling before kindergarten, taking an exhilarating ride from suburban obscurity to Hollywood stardom

Tabloid fodder, all — but with the Lohans of Merrick, the media mania is multiplied by three.

韩国游-济州-景点-城山日出峰·10<strong data-recalc-dims=11<\/strong>314916″ style=”max-width:400px;float:left;padding:10px 10px 10px 0px;border:0px;”>Daughter Lindsay seems headed for her third rehab stint this year following a California arrest on suspicion of drunken driving and cocaine possession. Back home, “momager” Dina and rehab-prone dad Michael shuttle between Long Island courthouses, trying to end their two-decade marriage as cameras flash and videotape rolls.

Their last court appearance drew more than two dozen paparazzi, camera crews and reporters, all for a divorce case once thought settled two years ago. The Lohans are also battling over visitation issues involving Lindsay’s younger siblings.

Photos: The Life Of Lindsay

No official word from Lindsay or her representatives, but sources told TV’s “The Insider” that the actress has checked into a Utah rehab center for an intense treatment program expected to last a minimum of 30 days.

With a family like this, how could the celebrity media resist?

“I feel like a second parent in the sense that I helped raise my family,” Lindsay told Allure magazine earlier this year. “And I was put between my mother and father a lot. Well, I would put myself between them to try and keep the peace, and I felt good doing that.”

The 21-year-old strawberry blonde began modeling before kindergarten, taking an exhilarating ride from suburban obscurity to Hollywood stardom. Yet even as her name graced movie marquees, she never quite escaped her dysfunctional upbringing.

2Lohan directed a 2005 autobiographical music video, “Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father),” depicting a husband resembling Michael verbally abusing a blonde-haired beauty who could easily be mistaken for Dina. A child in a tutu (Lindsay’s younger sister, Ali?) quakes in fear in an adjacent bedroom.

“It was really to let girls, boys, anyone that’s in an abusive relationship, anyone who is going through things like that … to put it out there that it’s OK to express how you feel,” she told The Associated Press in December 2005.

Michael Lohan, a former Wall Street broker, married Donata “Dina” Sullivan in 1985. Matrimony soon turned to acrimony.

In the late 1980s, he was sentenced to four years in prison in a stock fraud case. He returned to jail in 1998 after violating his probation by leaving the state to visit Lindsay on a California movie set. He received another 27 days in 2000 after violating an order of protection obtained by Dina to prevent him from seeing their children.

Two years ago, he was sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison for drunken driving, brawling with his brother-in-law at a first communion party, 부산중구출장샵 and other charges. He was released in March 2007 and entered a Christian-based drug and rehabilitation center in West Babylon.

The born-again Lohan has repeatedly said his daughter needs to do the same.

Dina Lohan has told interviewers she considers herself a single parent, since Michael was behind bars for years. All four of her children tried show business, but it was the eldest who became a superstar with movies like “Mean Girls” and “Freaky Friday.”

Dina became her combination mother and manager. Along the way, she’s enjoyed enough reflected glow from her daughter’s stardom to get a second-hand sunburn.

She worked for the syndicated “Entertainment Tonight” show as a red carpet “reporter,” and claimed in bios that she was once a Radio City Rockette although the landmark theater says it has no record of her high-kicking on the big stage.

A Harper’s Bazaar profile earlier this year, complete with provocative photos of the 40-something mom, found Dina boasting about living the American dream. And while she told George Clooney that she was Lindsay’s assistant, rather than a parent, Dina insists she’s no “party mom.”

Yet Michael Lohan has insinuated on a number of occasions that his estranged wife may have been drinking or using drugs, possibly with Lindsay — claims Dina has vehemently denied. Only last week, in what he called an effort to make the peace with his ex-wife, did Michael drop a Family Court bid to have Dina drug tested.

Both parents, and their younger children, will undergo counseling before a decision is made on his visitation rights; currently, he’s limited to phone calls.

It’s easy to blame her parents for Lindsay’s addiction woes. But is it fair?

Dr. Mitchell S. Rosenthal, a child psychiatrist and founder of the nationally known Phoenix House drug and alcohol treatment program, declined to comment specifically on the Lohans. But, he noted, “parents who use drugs or abuse alcohol have a much higher incidence of kids who use drugs.”

He called Yanukovych’s pledge to allow the fleet to stay a “policy of being colonized.” In a statement, Yanukovych responded to Yushchenko’s attack with a pledge to pursue a balanced and pragmatic foreign policy

韩国游-济州-景点-城山日出峰·10<strong data-recalc-dims=11<\/strong>314916″ style=”max-width:440px;float:left;padding:10px 10px 10px 0px;border:0px;”>Yushchenko made the statements, some of his harshest against President-elect Viktor Yanukovych, at a news conference nine days before he is due hand over power.

“The victory of Yanukovych is a Kremlin project. It is a policy of deep dependence on Russia,” Yushchenko said.

Yushchenko was the leader of mass street protests in 2004 against Yanukovych’s Kremlin-backed election victory that year. Dubbed the Orange Revolution, those demonstrations urged the Supreme Court to overturn Yanukovych’s fraudulent win and call for a revote, which Yushchenko won.

Since then, Yanukovych has capitalized on Yushchenko’s ineffectual rule, the slow progress of European integration, and the economic meltdown of the past year. He won the presidential ballot Feb. 7 against the heroine of the Orange Revolution, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Yushchenko saved particular venom for Yanukovych’s plans to give Russia a stake in managing Ukraine’s natural gas pipelines and to extend the lease Russia has on a Black Sea naval base.

“It is painful and demeaning for me to hear these pledges. It discredits us as a nation, as Ukrainians,” Yushchenko told a sparsely attended briefing, appearing dejected but calm.

Yushchenko has fought bitterly to kick out Russia’s Black Sea fleet, which he sees as a threatening military presence on Ukrainian soil. He called Yanukovych’s pledge to allow the fleet to stay a “policy of being colonized.”

In a statement, Yanukovych responded to Yushchenko’s attack with a pledge to pursue a balanced and 부산중구출장샵 pragmatic foreign policy.

“I can only say one thing to anyone who expects my presidency to weaken Ukraine — don’t count on it,” Yanukovych said.

J. Lo & Marc Anthony Announce Tour Dates

The 14-date tour will open Sept. 29 in Atlantic City, N.J., and wrap up Nov. 2 in Miami. It will be Lopez’s first concert tour. She will perform songs from her Spanish-language album, “Como Ama una Mujer (How a Woman Loves),” which was mainly produced by Anthony.

Lopez, 39, is set to release her new CD, “Brave,” on Oct. 9.

The couple married in 2004.

Other stops on the tour, produced by Live Nation, include Uncasville, 부산중구출장샵 Conn.; Washington; New York; Toronto; Chicago; San Jose, Calif.; Los Angeles; Anaheim, Calif.; San Diego; Las Vegas; Dallas; and Houston.

So John Crawford, 70, wants his criminal record cleaned up for good, so that he doesn’t have to disclose his conviction when he seeks volunteer work, and because of a deeply held belief that he should not be punished for his sexual orientation

Fayoum, EgyptSo John Crawford, 70, wants his criminal record cleaned up for good, 부산중구출장샵 so that he doesn’t have to disclose his conviction when he seeks volunteer work, and because of a deeply held belief that he should not be punished for his sexual orientation.

“I came into this world without a criminal record and I’d like to leave this world without one,” said Crawford, a retired butler. “The police beat me and beat me and forced me to confess to being gay, but I know in my heart I did nothing wrong.”

Crawford’s bid to clean up his record is backed by gay organizations looking to help others who were convicted under Britain’s once draconian anti-homosexuality laws, which began to be eased in 1967 as social values changed and sex acts between consenting adults began to be decriminalized.

“These laws were homophobic in the first place, that’s why they were rescinded, but the laws are still penalizing people,” said Deborah Gold, director of Galop, a gay rights group that has helped Crawford. “We’ve always had a regular trickle of people asking about it, how to get their records cleaned up.”

She said Crawford suffered horrific treatment from the police and should not have to disclose his criminal conviction when seeking employment or volunteer work.

His lawyers wrote to Justice Secretary Jack Straw last week asking that the law be changed so that Crawford and others in his position would not have to disclose their convictions during the job interview process.

If no action is taken by March 12, attorneys will seek a formal judicial review because the policy is not compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights, said lawyer Anna Mazzola.

“John Crawford wants to do it, to change the law for other people,” she said. “Others are in exactly the same position. The justice secretary has the power to do this, without going through Parliament.”

Mazzola’s firm has also filed a freedom of information request for data about the number of people convicted of consensual sexual offenses that would now be legal.

“I think there are quite a lot,” she said.

Crawford’s legal campaign has already been productive. In response to a letter from his lawyers, police have removed the record of his conviction from the criminal database, meaning it will not turn up during a computerized criminal records search.

“We are very sympathetic to Mr. Crawford’s concerns,” said a Hampshire police spokesman, who asked not to be identified under department policy. “We recognize that this is an exceptional case and have acted quickly to resolve it.”

The spokesman said the conviction is no longer relevant and has been taken out of the Police National Computer database. The special ruling applies only to Crawford, however, not to other gay or bisexual men with similar offenses in their past.

This welcome decision removes one substantial obstacle Crawford faces in his retirement as he pursues voluntary positions, such as hospital work where he would be helping to feed ill people.

He is not satisfied, however, because he is still legally required to reveal the 1959 episode when asked if he has ever been convicted of any criminal offense. This happens frequently on questionnaires when applying for volunteer work with vulnerable persons.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” Crawford said.

His lingering anger comes in part from the humiliation he suffered at the hands of police officers in 1959. He said they abused him physically and harassed him with vulgar taunts, then coerced him into pleading guilty by threatening to continue beating him if he did not cooperate.

As a result of that plea, he said he was saddled with a conviction that would not have been possible otherwise, especially since he was not accused of having sex in public.

“I wanted to plead not guilty, and the case would have been thrown out and I wouldn’t be talking about it now,” Crawford said. “Until the police drop it completely, I won’t be happy. I’ve got to be able to put my hand on my heart and say to the world, I haven’t got a criminal record, and I can’t say that now.”

Mohammad Esah said Tuesday one Afghan soldier died in the offensive

Also Tuesday, U.S. artillery fired non-lethal smoke rounds to disperse Taliban fighters in Marjah – the first time cannons have been used in the fight to drive the militants from their logistical and opium poppy-smuggling base. Commanders refused a Marine request to fire deadly high-explosive rounds because the unit on the ground could not be sure civilians weren’t at risk.

韩国游-济州-景点-城山日出峰·10<strong data-recalc-dims=11<\/strong>314916″ style=”max-width:400px;float:left;padding:10px 10px 10px 0px;border:0px;”>The linkup between the two Marine rifle companies and their Afghan army partners will enable the U.S. to expand its control in Marjah, situated in Helmand province 380 miles (610 kilometers) southwest of Kabul.

Special Report: Afghanistan

Lima Company of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines moved through fields of hidden bombs and bobby traps and braved heavy sniper fire to join up with the same battalion’s Kilo Company, which was airdropped into the town in the first hours of the operation Saturday.

Lt. Gordon Emmanuel, a platoon commander in Kilo Company, said the Marines landed without encountering Taliban fire but came under sustained attack as they fanned out from the landing zone.

“When it is daytime, there is nonstop contact until the sun goes down … every day,” Emmanuel said.

A Taliban spokesman, however, claimed that insurgents retain control of the town and that coalition forces who “descended from helicopters in limited areas of Marjah” were now “under siege.”

Spokesman Tariq Ghazniwal extended an invitation by e-mail to foreign journalists to visit Marjah, saying the trip would “show who have the upper hand in the area.”

About 15,000 NATO and Afghan troops are taking part in the big offensive around Marjah, which has an estimated 80,000 inhabitants and was the largest southern town under Taliban control. NATO hopes to rush in aid and public services as soon as the town is secured to try to win the loyalty of the population.

NATO said a service member taking part in the Marjah operation was killed by a roadside bomb Tuesday – the third confirmed death among international forces since the attack on the town began. An American and a Briton were killed on Saturday.

NATO did not identify the latest victim by nationality. Afghan military spokesman Lt. Mohammad Esah said Tuesday one Afghan soldier died in the offensive. But he did not say when.

U.S. officials said Taliban resistance in Marjah seemed more disorganized Tuesday than in previous days, when small teams of insurgents swarmed around Marine and Afghan army positions firing rifles, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

“We’re not seeing coordinated attacks like we did originally. We’re still getting small-arms fire, but it’s sporadic, and hit-and-run tactics,” said Marine spokesman Capt. Abraham Sipe. “As a whole, while there is still resistance, it is of a disorganized nature.”

Nevertheless, Taliban have not given up. Insurgent snipers hiding in haystacks in poppy fields exchanged fire with Marines and Afghan troops as they swept south.

Insurgents tried but failed to shoot down an Osprey aircraft with rocket-propelled grenades as Cobra attack helicopters fired missiles at Taliban positions, including a machine gun bunker.

Marines and Afghan soldiers continued house-to-house searches, removing bombs and booby-traps as they moved through town. Inside some compounds Tuesday, squads found small doses of heroin, a Taliban photo album with fighters posing with AK-47s, and large propaganda wall paintings of insurgents shooting down helicopters.

Residents said they were scared to be seen with NATO forces. As Marines searched his compound, one man, Wali Mohammad, warned an AP reporter, “Don’t take pictures or the Taliban will come back to kill me.”

Mohammad said he strongly suspected insurgents would return to the area as soon as the Marines moved on. He said Taliban fighters had targeted U.S. and Afghan troops, firing from his neighbors’ houses.

“When they come, we try to tell them not to use our house, but they have guns so they do what they want,” the poppy farmer said.

Three more Afghan civilians were killed in the assault, NATO forces said, highlighting the toll on the population from an offensive aimed at making civilians safer.

The deaths – in three separate incidents – come after two U.S. missiles struck a house on the outskirts of Marjah on Sunday, killing 12 people, half of them children. Afghan officials said three Taliban fighters were in the house at the time.

The commander of U.S. forces was quick to apologize, reports CBS News correspondent Mandy Clark.

“When President Karzai approved this operation he gave us very specific guidance, which was to protect the people of Afghanistan, and this operation was done with this in mind,” said Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

NATO first said the missiles went 300 yards (meters) off target and hit the house. On Tuesday, however, British Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, 부산중구출장샵 commander of NATO forces in the south, told reporters in London via a video link that the rockets hit the intended target.

As the NATO offensive aims to break the Taliban influence in southern Afghanistan, the militant group received another blow with the news of its top military commander’s arrest in Pakistan.

Taliban’s Top Military Commander Captured

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group’s No. 2 leader behind Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar and a close associate of Osama bin Laden, was captured in the port city of Karachi, U.S. and Pakistani officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information. The arrest appeared to have occurred as many as 10 days ago, and it was unclear if it had any effect on the Marjah battle.

The offensive is the biggest joint operation since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan and is a major test of a retooled NATO strategy to focus on protecting civilians, rather than killing insurgents.

But in two incidents confirmed Tuesday, Afghan men came toward NATO forces and ignored shouts and hand signals to stop, NATO said. Troops opened fire and killed them. In the third incident, two Afghan men were caught in the crossfire between insurgents and NATO forces. Both were wounded and one died despite being given medical care, NATO said.

NATO has confirmed 15 civilian deaths, but an Afghan human rights group said Tuesday that it counted 19 civilians killed since the operation began. Four were caught in the crossfire when they left their homes.

“Their neighbors tell us that the bodies are outside and they want someone to pick them up. They say they’re scared if they go outside they will also be shot dead,” said Ajmal Samadi, director of Afghanistan Rights Monitor. It was unclear whether NATO or insurgent forces were to blame for the deaths, he said.

Elsewhere in Helmand province, NATO and Afghan forces killed more than 10 militants while pursuing a Taliban commander in Washir district, west of the Marjah area.

Michael Lohan, a former Wall Street broker, married Donata “Dina” Sullivan in 1985

Tabloid fodder, all — but with the Lohans of Merrick, the media mania is multiplied by three.

Daughter Lindsay seems headed for her third rehab stint this year following a California arrest on suspicion of drunken driving and cocaine possession. Back home, “momager” Dina and rehab-prone dad Michael shuttle between Long Island courthouses, trying to end their two-decade marriage as cameras flash and videotape rolls.

Their last court appearance drew more than two dozen paparazzi, camera crews and reporters, 부산중구출장샵 all for a divorce case once thought settled two years ago. The Lohans are also battling over visitation issues involving Lindsay’s younger siblings.

Photos: The Life Of Lindsay

No official word from Lindsay or her representatives, but sources told TV’s “The Insider” that the actress has checked into a Utah rehab center for an intense treatment program expected to last a minimum of 30 days.

With a family like this, how could the celebrity media resist?

“I feel like a second parent in the sense that I helped raise my family,” Lindsay told Allure magazine earlier this year. “And I was put between my mother and father a lot. Well, I would put myself between them to try and keep the peace, and I felt good doing that.”

The 21-year-old strawberry blonde began modeling before kindergarten, taking an exhilarating ride from suburban obscurity to Hollywood stardom. Yet even as her name graced movie marquees, she never quite escaped her dysfunctional upbringing.

2Lohan directed a 2005 autobiographical music video, “Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father),” depicting a husband resembling Michael verbally abusing a blonde-haired beauty who could easily be mistaken for Dina. A child in a tutu (Lindsay’s younger sister, Ali?) quakes in fear in an adjacent bedroom.

“It was really to let girls, boys, anyone that’s in an abusive relationship, anyone who is going through things like that … to put it out there that it’s OK to express how you feel,” she told The Associated Press in December 2005.

Michael Lohan, a former Wall Street broker, married Donata “Dina” Sullivan in 1985. Matrimony soon turned to acrimony.

In the late 1980s, he was sentenced to four years in prison in a stock fraud case. He returned to jail in 1998 after violating his probation by leaving the state to visit Lindsay on a California movie set. He received another 27 days in 2000 after violating an order of protection obtained by Dina to prevent him from seeing their children.

Two years ago, he was sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison for drunken driving, brawling with his brother-in-law at a first communion party, and other charges. He was released in March 2007 and entered a Christian-based drug and rehabilitation center in West Babylon.

The born-again Lohan has repeatedly said his daughter needs to do the same.

Dina Lohan has told interviewers she considers herself a single parent, since Michael was behind bars for years. All four of her children tried show business, but it was the eldest who became a superstar with movies like “Mean Girls” and “Freaky Friday.”

Dina became her combination mother and manager. Along the way, she’s enjoyed enough reflected glow from her daughter’s stardom to get a second-hand sunburn.

She worked for the syndicated “Entertainment Tonight” show as a red carpet “reporter,” and claimed in bios that she was once a Radio City Rockette although the landmark theater says it has no record of her high-kicking on the big stage.

A Harper’s Bazaar profile earlier this year, complete with provocative photos of the 40-something mom, found Dina boasting about living the American dream. And while she told George Clooney that she was Lindsay’s assistant, rather than a parent, Dina insists she’s no “party mom.”

Yet Michael Lohan has insinuated on a number of occasions that his estranged wife may have been drinking or using drugs, possibly with Lindsay — claims Dina has vehemently denied. Only last week, in what he called an effort to make the peace with his ex-wife, did Michael drop a Family Court bid to have Dina drug tested.

Both parents, and their younger children, will undergo counseling before a decision is made on his visitation rights; currently, he’s limited to phone calls.

It’s easy to blame her parents for Lindsay’s addiction woes. But is it fair?

Dr. Mitchell S. Rosenthal, a child psychiatrist and founder of the nationally known Phoenix House drug and alcohol treatment program, declined to comment specifically on the Lohans. But, he noted, “parents who use drugs or abuse alcohol have a much higher incidence of kids who use drugs.”

They came up with a wide range of potential estimates, including one as low as $4.1 billion

Fayoum, EgyptA report by three Inter-American Development Bank economists found last month’s earthquake to be more devastating than the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was for Indonesia, and five times deadlier than the 1972 earthquake that leveled Nicaragua’s capital.

Complete Coverage: Devastation in Haiti Haiti Quake: How You can Help

“It is the most destructive (natural disaster) a country has ever experienced when measured in terms of the number of people killed as a share of the country’s population,” the report says — killing one in every 50 Haitians.

Economists Eduardo Cavallo, Andrew Powell and 부산중구출장샵 Oscar Becerra estimated the magnitude-7 quake wrought damage worth between $8.1 billion and $13.9 billion.

Haiti produced only $7 billion worth of goods and services in 2008, according to the World Bank.

“This is just an assessment of damage; it gives no indication of the amount of money to get the country back as if nothing had happened,” Cavallo told The Associated Press by phone.

He said an ongoing assessment will be needed to determine the total amount Haiti needs to rebuild.

The authors used statistical models based on data compiled from about 2,000 natural disasters since 1970 — taking into account estimated death tolls, levels of economic development and other factors — and they caution the study is preliminary.

They came up with a wide range of potential estimates, including one as low as $4.1 billion.

But because there is so little precedent for a disaster this size — killing more than 200,000 people and striking directly at the heart of the country’s political and economic center — Cavallo said they believe the final figure will be closer to their highest estimates.

That is devastating news for a country whose economy was faltering before the disaster and is the Western Hemisphere’s smallest per capita.

The Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and has a similarly sized population, had a $46 billion economy in 2008.

Disasters on the scale of Haiti’s quake tend to induce long-term poverty that is difficult to reverse.

In many of the countries studied after their disasters, the authors found, personal wealth remained 30 percent lower 10 years after the events even with large amounts of international aid.

The 14-date tour will open Sept

The 14-date tour will open Sept. 29 in Atlantic City, 부산중구출장샵 N.J., and wrap up Nov. 2 in Miami. It will be Lopez’s first concert tour. She will perform songs from her Spanish-language album, “Como Ama una Mujer (How a Woman Loves),” which was mainly produced by Anthony.

韩国游-济州-景点-城山日出峰·10<strong data-recalc-dims=11<\/strong>314916″ style=”max-width:450px;float:left;padding:10px 10px 10px 0px;border:0px;”>Lopez, 39, is set to release her new CD, “Brave,” on Oct. 9.

The couple married in 2004.

Other stops on the tour, produced by Live Nation, include Uncasville, Conn.; Washington; New York; Toronto; Chicago; San Jose, Calif.; Los Angeles; Anaheim, Calif.; San Diego; Las Vegas; Dallas; and Houston.

But he did not say when

Also Tuesday, U.S. artillery fired non-lethal smoke rounds to disperse Taliban fighters in Marjah – the first time cannons have been used in the fight to drive the militants from their logistical and opium poppy-smuggling base. Commanders refused a Marine request to fire deadly high-explosive rounds because the unit on the ground could not be sure civilians weren’t at risk.

韩国游-济州-景点-城山日出峰·10<strong data-recalc-dims=11<\/strong>314916″ style=”max-width:420px;float:left;padding:10px 10px 10px 0px;border:0px;”>The linkup between the two Marine rifle companies and their Afghan army partners will enable the U.S. to expand its control in Marjah, 부산중구출장샵 situated in Helmand province 380 miles (610 kilometers) southwest of Kabul.

Special Report: Afghanistan

Lima Company of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines moved through fields of hidden bombs and bobby traps and braved heavy sniper fire to join up with the same battalion’s Kilo Company, which was airdropped into the town in the first hours of the operation Saturday.

Lt. Gordon Emmanuel, a platoon commander in Kilo Company, said the Marines landed without encountering Taliban fire but came under sustained attack as they fanned out from the landing zone.

“When it is daytime, there is nonstop contact until the sun goes down … every day,” Emmanuel said.

A Taliban spokesman, however, claimed that insurgents retain control of the town and that coalition forces who “descended from helicopters in limited areas of Marjah” were now “under siege.”

Spokesman Tariq Ghazniwal extended an invitation by e-mail to foreign journalists to visit Marjah, saying the trip would “show who have the upper hand in the area.”

About 15,000 NATO and Afghan troops are taking part in the big offensive around Marjah, which has an estimated 80,000 inhabitants and was the largest southern town under Taliban control. NATO hopes to rush in aid and public services as soon as the town is secured to try to win the loyalty of the population.

NATO said a service member taking part in the Marjah operation was killed by a roadside bomb Tuesday – the third confirmed death among international forces since the attack on the town began. An American and a Briton were killed on Saturday.

NATO did not identify the latest victim by nationality. Afghan military spokesman Lt. Mohammad Esah said Tuesday one Afghan soldier died in the offensive. But he did not say when.

U.S. officials said Taliban resistance in Marjah seemed more disorganized Tuesday than in previous days, when small teams of insurgents swarmed around Marine and Afghan army positions firing rifles, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

“We’re not seeing coordinated attacks like we did originally. We’re still getting small-arms fire, but it’s sporadic, and hit-and-run tactics,” said Marine spokesman Capt. Abraham Sipe. “As a whole, while there is still resistance, it is of a disorganized nature.”

Nevertheless, Taliban have not given up. Insurgent snipers hiding in haystacks in poppy fields exchanged fire with Marines and Afghan troops as they swept south.

Insurgents tried but failed to shoot down an Osprey aircraft with rocket-propelled grenades as Cobra attack helicopters fired missiles at Taliban positions, including a machine gun bunker.

Marines and Afghan soldiers continued house-to-house searches, removing bombs and booby-traps as they moved through town. Inside some compounds Tuesday, squads found small doses of heroin, a Taliban photo album with fighters posing with AK-47s, and large propaganda wall paintings of insurgents shooting down helicopters.

Residents said they were scared to be seen with NATO forces. As Marines searched his compound, one man, Wali Mohammad, warned an AP reporter, “Don’t take pictures or the Taliban will come back to kill me.”

Mohammad said he strongly suspected insurgents would return to the area as soon as the Marines moved on. He said Taliban fighters had targeted U.S. and Afghan troops, firing from his neighbors’ houses.

“When they come, we try to tell them not to use our house, but they have guns so they do what they want,” the poppy farmer said.

Three more Afghan civilians were killed in the assault, NATO forces said, highlighting the toll on the population from an offensive aimed at making civilians safer.

The deaths – in three separate incidents – come after two U.S. missiles struck a house on the outskirts of Marjah on Sunday, killing 12 people, half of them children. Afghan officials said three Taliban fighters were in the house at the time.

The commander of U.S. forces was quick to apologize, reports CBS News correspondent Mandy Clark.

“When President Karzai approved this operation he gave us very specific guidance, which was to protect the people of Afghanistan, and this operation was done with this in mind,” said Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

NATO first said the missiles went 300 yards (meters) off target and hit the house. On Tuesday, however, British Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, commander of NATO forces in the south, told reporters in London via a video link that the rockets hit the intended target.

As the NATO offensive aims to break the Taliban influence in southern Afghanistan, the militant group received another blow with the news of its top military commander’s arrest in Pakistan.

Taliban’s Top Military Commander Captured

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group’s No. 2 leader behind Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar and a close associate of Osama bin Laden, was captured in the port city of Karachi, U.S. and Pakistani officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information. The arrest appeared to have occurred as many as 10 days ago, and it was unclear if it had any effect on the Marjah battle.

The offensive is the biggest joint operation since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan and is a major test of a retooled NATO strategy to focus on protecting civilians, rather than killing insurgents.

But in two incidents confirmed Tuesday, Afghan men came toward NATO forces and ignored shouts and hand signals to stop, NATO said. Troops opened fire and killed them. In the third incident, two Afghan men were caught in the crossfire between insurgents and NATO forces. Both were wounded and one died despite being given medical care, NATO said.

NATO has confirmed 15 civilian deaths, but an Afghan human rights group said Tuesday that it counted 19 civilians killed since the operation began. Four were caught in the crossfire when they left their homes.

“Their neighbors tell us that the bodies are outside and they want someone to pick them up. They say they’re scared if they go outside they will also be shot dead,” said Ajmal Samadi, director of Afghanistan Rights Monitor. It was unclear whether NATO or insurgent forces were to blame for the deaths, he said.

Elsewhere in Helmand province, NATO and Afghan forces killed more than 10 militants while pursuing a Taliban commander in Washir district, west of the Marjah area.