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Apr 23,2007
WASHINGTON - A top Senate Republican Sunday said U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee was "damaging" to the administration. Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., was asked whether Gonzales aides should be "celebrating" because Specter did not join Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., in urging Gonzales to resign during Gonzales' appearance before the committee last week. "I don't think they should be celebrating that, because the attorney general's ... [full story]
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Apr 23,2007
BEAUFORT, S.C. - The pilot killed in the crash of a Navy Blue Angels jet at a weekend airshow in South Carolina was identified Sunday as Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Davis. Davis, 32, a native of Pittsfield, Mass., had more than a decade of service under his belt and had flown with the Navy's prestigious precision flight team for less than two years. Davis had accumulated about 2,500 flight hours, including service in the war in ... [full story]
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Apr 23,2007
NEW YORK - Gov. Eliot Spitzer plans to introduce a bill in the New York Legislature to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, his spokeswoman told The New York Times. Spitzer has supported same-sex marriage in the past and promised during his 2006 campaign to introduce legislation to legalize it in New York. However, he did not mention the issue in his State of the State speech in January or in a briefing this month ... [full story]
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Apr 23,2007
ATLANTA - Firefighters from six states battled a blaze in southern Georgia that had burned more than 55,000 acres by Sunday. Nearly 700 firefighters from Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi joined to fight the fire that reached into the Okefenokee Swamp, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It's in the swamp, but so far not in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge itself," said Blaine Eckberg of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department. The ... [full story]
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Apr 23,2007
NEW ORLEANS - A legal agreement with Louisiana officials means contractors have the green light to begin improving regional levees and floodwalls. With local governments throughout southern Louisiana receiving additional benefits through the new deal, the stalled construction work on levees and floodwalls may now continue as hurricane season rapidly approaches, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Saturday. By renegotiating the construction deal with clearly defined wording on Thursday, state officials got legal permission for construction ... [full story]
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Apr 23,2007
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chair said families must be able to mourn and the campus return to calm before probing the Virginia Tech massacre. Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," Senate Judiciary chair Patrick Leahy said, "I think Governor (Tim) Kaine's doing exactly the right thing -- letting the families mourn the dead, let the school settle back down and then go on and find out exactly what happened." Once a state ... [full story]
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Apr 23,2007
ST. JOHNS, Newfoundland - Efforts were under way Sunday to rescue about 450 seal hunters whose boats were trapped by ice off the Newfoundland coast. Capt. Brian Penny, a Canadian Coast Guard spokesman in St. Johns, said rescuers were counting on a change of wind direction, otherwise "it would be too severe even for the heavy icebreakers" to clear a path, The Washington Post reported. Three icebreakers were at the scene with three larger ones ... [full story]
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Apr 23,2007
PARIS - The picture of who will be France's next president became clearer Sunday when Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal finished 1-2 in the first round of voting. Sarkozy, a 52-year-old conservative and former interior minister, pulled in 29.6 percent of the votes cast. Royal, the 53-year-old Socialist Party's standard-bearer, garnered 25.1 percent. The other two serious contenders, Francois Bayrou and Jean Marie Le Pen, received 18.7 percent and 11.5 percent, respectively. Sarkozy and Royal, ... [full story]
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Apr 23,2007
LAGOS, Nigeria - Sixteen police officers were killed in separate incidents during Nigeria's violence- and voter fraud-plagued presidential election. At least 18 people died in Election Day violence. Officials had hoped the election would be a display of democracy, to mark the first handover from one civilian president to another in a country that has seen years of military rule, observers said. An attempt to car bomb the main electoral office in the capital, Abuja, ... [full story]
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Apr 23,2007
JERUSALEM - Israel's Justice Ministry forbid Knesset member Azmi Bishara entry into his office Sunday after the Israeli Arab party leader tendered his resignation. With allegations being laid against Bishara regarding his political dealings, the Balad party chairman officially resigned Sunday in Cairo. Jerusalem authorities promptly placed the entry ban onto his Knesset office, Haaretz reported. Bishara's resignation of his parliamentary seat was visually confirmed by Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Shalom Cohen and his deputy. ... [full story]
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