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ENDWELL, N.Y. -- Aaron Zhang wades through water after checking on his merchandise inside Endwell Professional Building on East Main Street. Portions of the Southern Tier in the Binghamton area were closed Sunday because of rising waters.
Social Security ads aimto defeat Bush's plan
WASHINGTON -- A new organization created to defeat President Bush's plans for Social Security intends to open a television ad campaign this week depicting the proposal as the tip of an iceberg that will cut benefits and raise the national debt. Erik Smith, a spokeman for ProtectYourCheck.org, said the group will spend nearly $1 milion to show the commercial on cable stations nationally over the next three weeks. Other ads will follow on broadcast stations, he said, aimed at individual lawmakers of both parties. The new organization is the latest entry into what has become something of an extention of last year's presidential campaign. The White House, Republican Party and outside groups are working to build support for Bush's Social Security proposal. The ad will air as Congress returns from a two-week break and the administration moves into the second half of an intensive 60-day campaign to raise public support for Bush's call for Social Security legislation.
Man storms church; 1 dies
STUTTGART, Germany -- A man wielding a sword stormed into a Protestant church in southern Germany on Sunday, killing one person and injuring three, including a man whose hand was hacked off, police said. Some 65 members of the local Tamil community, about half of them children, were in the middle of a service at the church in Stuttgart when the 25-year-old man attacked, police investigator Michael Kuehner said. He killed a 43-year-old woman and injured others who got in his way, including another woman who suffered life threatening injuries, and two men, one of whom lost a hand, Kuehner said. Police subdued the man with pepper spray before arresting him.
Details on Syria's plans
DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syria plans to pull all its troops and intelligence agents from Lebanon by April 30, and a U.N. team could be dispatched to verify the withdrawal, a U.N. envoy said Sunday after meeting President Bashar Assad. The full withdrawal will mark the end of Syria's 29 year military presence in Lebanon and will comply with the demands in a U.N. resolution, helping to relieve the international pressure on Damascus. U.N. envoy Terje Roed-Larsen said Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa had informed him "all Syrian troops, military assets and the intelligence apparatus will have been withdrawn fully and completely" by April 30, at the latest.
Royal wedding to go on
LONDON -- Prince Charles' wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles will go ahead Friday as planned, even if it clashes with the funeral of Pope John Paul II, the prince's office said Sunday. The prince's Clarence House office said there were no plans to change the wedding date if the pope's funeral also was scheduled for Friday. In line with church protocol a funeral for the pope, who died Saturday, must be held sometime between Wednesday and Friday.
Earthquake rattles Japan
TOKYO -- A 5.4-magnitude earthquake rattled northeastern Japan early today, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami alert was issued, a news report said. The quake shook Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures northeast of Tokyo at 2:57 a.m., Kyodo News reported, citing the Japan Meteorological Agency.