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Delta, Northwest face challenge of merging fleets, employees

Delta and Northwest executives want to smoothly complete their deal to create the world's largest airline by the end of the year. But investors reacted negatively Tuesday, amid word there are no plans for further domestic flight cuts as well as the challenges of integrating companies with contrasting cultures, planes and labor relations.

April 30, 2008 | By HARRY R. WEBER and JOSHUA FREED Associated Press Writers | National


Pope Benedict XVI says he is ’deeply ashamed’ of clergy sex abuse scandal

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Traveling on his first papal journey to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI confronted the clergy sex abuse scandal, saying Tuesday that he was ''deeply ashamed'' of the problem and vowing to keep pedophiles out of the priesthood.

April 30, 2008 | By VICTOR L. SIMPSON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Carter embraces Hamas official at West Bank meeting

JERUSALEM - Former President Carter angered Israel's government Tuesday by embracing a Hamas politician during a visit to the West Bank, ignoring Israeli and U.S. designation of the Islamic militants as a terror group.

April 30, 2008 | By JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


19 Ugandan schoolgirls killed in dormitory fire

KAMPALA, Uganda - Sobbing Ugandan parents sifted through the ashes of a school dormitory Tuesday, searching for their daughters after a fire swept through the building, killing 19 schoolgirls and two adults.

April 30, 2008 | By GODFREY OLUKYA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


25 Egypt opposition members sentenced

CAIRO, Egypt - An Egyptian military court on Tuesday convicted 25 key members of Egypt's largest opposition group and sentenced them to up to 10 years in jail, a security official said.

April 30, 2008 | By MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Rice vouches for diplomats’ commitment

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday defended the commitment of the nation's diplomats, despite recent resistance by many foreign services officers to a proposal to require tours in Iraq.

April 30, 2008 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press Writer | Washington


Strong election showing means Nepal’s former Maoist rebels to play major role in government

NEW DELHI - Two years after coming out of the bush, Nepal's Maoists are marching across the Himalayan kingdom - just not in the way many thought they would.

April 29, 2008 | By MATTHEW ROSENBERG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Former President Carter says he wants to become ’communicator’ between Hamas, US officials

AIRPORT CITY, Israel - Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday he hoped to help open talks between Hamas and U.S. leaders, saying Washington's policy of not meeting with people it labeled terrorists was counterproductive.

April 29, 2008 | By BETH MARLOWE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Obama questions Clinton on trade, mocks her visit to an Indiana bar

PITTSBURGH - Democratic Sen. Barack Obama on Monday questioned rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's opposition to free trade agreements that some voters contend have eliminated thousands of U.S. jobs and mocked her weekend visit to an Indiana bar as pandering to the working class.

April 29, 2008 | By BETH FOUHY Associated Press Writer | National


After 53 arrests, chronic NYC subway groper could face life in prison

NEW YORK - About two weeks after he was released from prison, Freddie Johnson was arrested on charges of illegally rubbing up against a woman on a crowded Manhattan subway train.

April 29, 2008 | By COLLEEN LONG Associated Press Writer | National


Abuse investigation of polygamous sect moving into courtroom

SAN ANGELO, Texas - A court began laying the groundwork Monday to sort out the custody arrangements for hundreds of young children seized from a polygamist sect, with nearly four dozen lawyers seeking to represent the children in attendance.

April 29, 2008 | By JENNIFER DOBNER Associated Press Writer | National


Detroit City Council silences embattled mayor, says it doesn’t want to hear his budget plan

DETROIT - The City Council rebuffed embattled Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's attempts to propose a budget on Monday, the latest sign of increasingly frosty relations between the mayor and city leaders.

April 29, 2008 | By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press Writer | National


Delta, Northwest eye Tuesday to possibly announce combination deal; pilot issues still linger

ATLANTA - Northwest pilots have threatened to oppose a combination with Delta if the decision-makers don't keep the pilots' interests in mind. That may not be enough to stop the carriers from pushing ahead with a deal.

April 29, 2008 | By HARRY R. WEBER AP Business Writer | National


Officials worry that aerial spraying to fight moth in California could harm local commerce

SOQUEL, Calif. - As the state prepares to spray the San Francisco Bay Area with pesticides to fight an invasive moth, local officials are worrying not only about the potential impact on human health, but on local commerce as well.

April 29, 2008 | By GARANCE BURKE Associated Press Writer | National


Militants sneak up on sleeping Afghan police, killing 11

MIRANJAN, Afghanistan -Taliban militants crept through groves of grape vines and pomegranate trees to launch a surprise assault Monday, killing 11 policemen sleeping on a mud floor in southern Afghanistan.

April 29, 2008 | By NOOR KHAN and JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Writers | Associated Press


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