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Apr 30,2009
WASHINGTON -- Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, who told a national pageant audience she opposed gay marriage, is in a new U.S. TV ad attacking gay-marriage activists. The ad called "No Offense" was launched in Washington Thursday by the National Organization for Marriage. It assails gay-marriage activists who "attack people for supporting (heterosexual) marriage." It alleges the activists "don't want to debate the consequences of same-sex marriage" and instead "want to silence the opposition." Prejean, 21, told NBC's ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is not closing the U.S.-Mexican border to contain swine flu based on experts' recommendations, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday. "(We) have contacted and been in constant contact with the leading health experts, both in the world as well as here in the United States, and they have suggested that that is not the way we should move," Biden said on NBC's "Today Show." Instead, experts recommended the country "deal with mitigation, ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has been asked to testify before Congress about his role in preparing memos allowing severe interrogation of prisoners, officials say. The two Justice Department memos in question permitted interrogators to engage in techniques such as simulating drowning and slamming prisoners against a wall, The Washington Post reported. Federal Judge Jay S. Bybee, who wrote the memos, has been on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the past six years and offered advice ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
MEXICO CITY -- Activities throughout Mexico will be curtailed through the weekend -- and longer in some cases -- in an attempt to slow the spread of swine flu, officials said. Mexicans braced for a national shutdown of public services, offices, restaurants, schools, museum and athletic events to counter swine flu, blamed for more than 150 deaths and at least 2,000 illnesses, The New York Times reported Thursday. Mexican President Felipe Calderon said in a nationally televised ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
WARSAW, Poland -- At least 50 workers were injured in a clash with Warsaw police during anti-government protests against job cuts, authorities said. Three policemen were also hurt when some 5,000 workers of the Polish National Railways and several hundred shipyard workers from the Baltic Sea port of Gdansk protested against the Polish government's economic policy, Polish Radio said Thursday. In the demonstration Wednesday, protesters burned tires and tossed firecrackers at riot police. Workers assembled in front of ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
GENEVA, Switzerland -- At least 148 confirmed cases of swine flu worldwide have been reported and the World Health Organization, based in Geneva, raised the alert level. WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan said she was raising the influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5 based on available information and consultations with experts. The scale goes up to 6. "This change to a higher phase of alert is a signal to governments, to ministries of ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
TORONTO -- Canada's confirmed number of swine flu infections rose to 19 after the diagnoses of three Toronto-area women who returned from Mexico, health officials said. By province Thursday, there were seven cases in Ontario, six in British Columbia, four in Nova Scotia and two in Alberta, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. Federal and provincial health officials said all of the cases are considered mild. Their various Web sites and public broadcasts all urge people with symptoms ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
TORONTO -- Toronto police arrested 15 Tamil demonstrators outside the U.S. consulate in their fourth day of rallying for international help in Sri Lanka. The crowd numbered about 1,000 Wednesday when a group of male demonstrators broke through barricades and grappled with police officers, Constable Tony Vella told the Toronto Sun. Nine people were charged with mischief and six with breach of the peace, Vella said. Riot police and mounted officers restored the barricades at the ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
MEXICO CITY -- Health officials say they're trying to unravel the riddle of why all but one of the 153 deaths in the swine flu outbreak occurred in Mexico. Also puzzling investigators is why the disease has killed young adults, the demographic that should have the greatest resistance to the flu strain, CNN reported Thursday. "They're good questions that we're asking, too," said Von Roebuck, spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. "We're still ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- An Italian-flagged merchant ship evaded an attack by Somali pirates and its 24-person crew was unharmed, shipping line officials said. The Jolly Smeraldo was about 300 miles southeast of Mogadishu when a small boat with seven pirates approached it Wednesday, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Thursday. The pirates fired shots at the Jolley Smeraldo, but the crew escaped injury and the ship made evasive maneuvers to escape the hijack attempt, the news agency ... [full story]
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