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Fence construction on U.S. border begins
TUCSON, Arizona
Construction has begun on vehicle barriers that will be part of a mix of fencing along the Arizona-Mexico border to discourage illegal border crossings.
The construction started Wednesday is part of a Bush administration initative announced last year that aims to provide a mix of high-tech virtual fencing and a traditional physical barrier.
The first phase of construction will be made up primarily of concrete-filled vertical tubes set into the ground to prevent vehicles from entering.
Department of Homeland Security spokesman Russell Knocke said some portions of the barrier may also contain traditional fencing.
The first phase will be placed along 15 kilometers at the western edge of a 60-kilometer stretch of desert in southwestern Arizona.
Kerry not running
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Democratic U.S. Senator John Kerry, who fell 118,601 votes short of the White House in 2004 when he lost the state of Ohio to U.S. President George W. Bush, said Wednesday he will not run for president in 2008.
"We came close ... certainly close enough to be tempted to try again," the Massachusetts senator said, recalling his defeat.
"There are powerful reasons to want to continue that fight now. But I have concluded this isn't the time for me to mount a presidential campaign."
His decision leaves a field of nine Democrats running or signaling their intention to do so, including Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, and John Edwards, Kerry's 2004 vice presidential running mate.
Stealing from priests
NEW YORK, New York
A New York man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from at least 60 priests across the United States by using fake names and bogus sympathy-inducing stories about needing money.
Robert Riggio, 60, called the priests between March 2004 and September 2006 and asked them to wire transfer him money, U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said in a statement. The religion of the priests was not disclosed.
Garcia said the scam generated more than US$200,000, with some priests targeted more than once. Riggio got the contact information for the priests from a clergy directory in the New York Public Library.
Cannabis busts sailor
MOSCOW, Russia
A sailor on one of Russia's flagship nuclear submarines was convicted on Wednesday of growing cannabis at his barracks and pushing it to his fellow servicemen on board.
Alexander Panov, who served on the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear submarine, started growing the cannabis on the window sill of the barracks more than a year ago, Russian news agencies reported.
"When the three plants he was cultivating grew above 1 meter, the sailor brought them into the stockroom," RIA news agency quoted judge Oleg Arkhipov as saying.
"He dried out the crop and then started to use it and distribute among his colleagues."
The military court in the Arctic town of Severodvinsk, the heart of Russia's northern submarine fleet, sentenced Panov to two years in a prison camp.area:World


Updated : 2021-05-14 07:05 GMT+08:00