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L.A. Mayor’s Back in Town

After traveling to El Salvador and Mexico during the week that began with a May Day clash between immigration rights demonstrators and the LAPD, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wisely decided on Friday to cut his sojourn short by five days and return home to deal with the fallout.

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Survey: Many Soldiers Approve of Torture

An Army survey of troops in Iraq has found some disturbing attitudes, and recommends shorter deployments for the mentally exhausted soldiers. Asked whether civilians should be treated with dignity and respect, less than half said yes and more than a third found torture acceptable.

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Bush: Hate Crime Bill ‘Unnecessary’

The House has passed an expansion of hate crimes legislation to include discrimination against gender, sexual orientation and disability. Though the measure succeeded with bipartisan support and is expected to make it through the Senate, President Bush has vowed to veto the bill, calling it unnecessary.

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Stone Shoots Ad Supporting U.S. Troop Withdrawal

Director Oliver Stone has announced the winning entry, chosen by voting members of MoveOn.org, from a series of videotaped interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families.  Stone has cut the interview with former infantry Sgt.  John Bruhns into a 30-second TV spot, ending with a voice-over by Vietnam vet Ron Kovic saying: “Support our troops. Bring them home.”

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Twenty Haitians Dead in Capsize Tragedy

A boat carrying about 150 Haitians capsized near the Turks and Caicos Islands in the early hours of Friday.  Local police had tallied 20 fatalities later in the day, but the U.S. Coast Guard was still on the case, hunting for dozens still missing after about 70 had been rescued.

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The Final Hustle

French presidential candidates Segolene Royal (above) and Nicolas Sarkozy are fervently pressing flesh and swapping barbs in the remaining hours before Sunday’s vote.  Royal, a socialist, warned that a win for Sarkozy could trigger violence, while front-runner Sarkozy sniffed that his rival’s attack was a byproduct of her lagging status in pre-election polls.

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They Wanna Be Like Ron

With President Bush slumping in the polls, it’s no wonder the Republican candidates chose to model Ronald Reagan at their first debate. The front-runners, especially, avoided mentioning Bush almost as urgently as the topic of abortion. Iran-Contra just pales in comparison to Niger-WMD-Katrina-U.S. Attorney-Missing E-mail-Secret Prison-Jeff Gannon-Domestic Spying-Halliburton-Abu Ghraib-Plame-Gate.

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Oregon Will Have Civil Unions

Oregon is about to become the seventh state to offer civil unions to gay couples, including all the rights and privileges of marriage except one—the title.

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Time to Reevaluate Hillary?

Hillary Clinton has come under fire for her relatively hawkish stand on the war, but the candidate made an aggressive move Thursday to counter that perception. Joined by antiwar Sen. Robert Byrd, Clinton announced plans to de-authorize the war, saying: “If the president will not bring himself to accept reality, it is time for Congress to bring reality to him.” Update: Kucinich calls out Clinton…

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Thousands Demand New Government in Israel

Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv on Thursday, calling for a new government. The protest was organized around the handling of the Lebanon war. A recent investigation blamed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for a “serious failure in exercising judgment, responsibility and prudence.”

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