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Apr 27,2009
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. will shed up to 8,000 more U.S. jobs, cancel its Pontiac brand and drop 2,600 dealerships, the Detroit automaker said Monday. The moves, to be accomplished by next year, are part of a revised restructuring plan developed in conjunction with the Obama administration, the Detroit Free Press reported. The new layoffs would bring the total number of non-salaried job eliminated by GM under the plan to 21,000, the newspaper said. The ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
KENT, Ohio -- Police at Ohio's Kent State overreacted and shot weekend partygoers with rubber bullets and mace, students who were arrested for the riot said. The 53 charged with failure to disperse were to be arraigned Wednesday and Thursday after being arrested at the annual College Fest, The Daily Kent Stater reported Monday. Students and city police and firefighters reported minor injuries in Saturday's melee, which ignited when police began arresting people for open containers ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
WASHINGTON -- The climate-change debate in Congress has resulted in juiced-up spending on lobbyists by U.S. electric utilities, a review of documents reveals. The utilities, from Duke Energy to American Electric Power, together spent a total of $51 million on lobbying lawmakers during the last six months of 2008, which was 30 percent, or $12 million, higher than the same period of 2007, USA Today reported Monday. The amped-up spending came as then-U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
TAIYUAN, China -- Eighteen local Chinese officials accused of negligence in a landslide that killed 277 people will soon face trial, prosecutors say. Two courts in Shanxi province have received the criminal files compiled against the officials for their roles in last year's disastrous collapse of an unlicensed iron ore dreg-retaining pond, which triggered a massive Sept. 8 landslide in Xiangfen county, the state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Monday. The avalanche of mud and mining waste ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
MOSCOW -- An off-duty police chief allegedly killed three people and injured six others Monday in a supermarket shooting in Moscow, police said. The killings may have been sparked by a family argument, said Vladimir Markin, police chief in Moscow's Tsaritsino district. Denis Yevsyukov, chief of police in Moscow's southern district, was arrested after allegedly killing the driver of the car who dropped him at the store, a female cashier and a man inside the store, RIA ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
BIRMINGHAM, England -- A British man was rescued after kidnappers strapped gas canisters to his body and left him in a car, police in Birmingham, England, said. A passerby summoned police Sunday night after finding the terrified man bound and gagged, The Times of London reported Monday. The unidentified man was in the car for eight hours as police evacuated the area, closed nearby rail lines and imposed a no-fly zone, Chief Superintendent Tom Coughlan said. "This action ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
SEOUL -- Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun used his right to remain silent during questioning in a bribery scandal, sources said Monday. Unnamed sources close to the investigation told the South Korean news agency Yonhap that Roh, in a 16-page written response to prosecutors' questions, declined to answer a key query that specifically asked how $1 million supposedly taken from an indicted businessman was used. Roh has admitted that his wife accepted money from Park Yeon-cha, ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
BEIJING -- Twenty couples who met after losing their spouses in a 2008 earthquake were married in China in a group wedding, officials in Sichuan Province said. The service Sunday, funded by the local government, was conducted according to the customs of the Qianq ethnic group in Beichuan County, which lost two-thirds of its population in the May 12, 2008 quake. Each couple planted a sapling to symbolize caring and happiness, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reported. The ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka said Monday it has stopped using heavy weapons in a bid to spare the lives of civilians trapped in a Tamil rebel-held "no-fire" zone. The country's defense ministry said it has also stopped launching air strikes in the northeastern Sri Lanka enclave held by the remnants of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Colombo Page reported. "Government of Sri Lanka has decided that combat operations have reached their conclusion," an ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Hungary's national police chief said he suspects killings of Gypsies in northeastern Hungary could be blamed on the same ring of extremists. Jozsef Bencze said he increased an original reward of $45,000 to $227,000 for information that could lead to the killers of members of the Romany (Gypsy) minority, the Hungarian news agency MTI said Monday. Bencze said two Romanies were killed in the town of Nagycsecs in November, a father and his 5-year-old ... [full story]
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