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Michael Moore rallies protesters

MADISON, Wis.

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore urged Wisconsin residents Saturday to fight against Republican efforts to strip most public workers of their collective-bargaining rights, telling thousands of protesters that “Madison is only the beginning.” The crowd roared in approval as Moore implored demonstrators to keep up their struggle against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s legislation, saying they’ve galvanized the nation against the wealthy elite and comparing their fight to Egypt’s revolt. He also thanked the 14 state Democratic senators who fled Wisconsin to block a vote on the bill.

Obama offers more cuts to avert impasse

SAN FRANCISCO

President Barack Obama said Saturday that he is willing to offer deeper spending cuts if it means Republicans and Democrats can work out their differences and reach an agreement on the federal budget.

“My administration has already put forward specific cuts that meet congressional Republicans halfway. And I’m prepared to do more,” Obama said in his weekly address.

Mom of twins found in truck is charged

MIAMI

The mother of a 10-year-old girl who was found dead in an exterminator’s truck in Florida was charged Saturday with murder and faces numerous other abuse and neglect accusations.

Carmen Barahona was arrested in the death of Nubia Barahona, the Miami-Dade Police Department announced nearly three weeks after the girl was found in the pickup along Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach. She was wrapped in plastic and had been doused with a toxic chemical.

Her twin brother, Victor, was in the front seat, critically burned by a chemical, authorities said, and their father was lying on the ground nearby, unresponsive. Police said the father doused the boy with a chemical so toxic it sickened rescue workers.

Cuban trial of US contractor ends

HAVANA

The trial of a U.S. government contractor facing up to 20 years in jail on charges he sought to undermine Cuba’s government wrapped up Saturday after both sides gave closing arguments, but there was no indication of when a verdict might come.

A statement by the Cuban government Saturday night said that during the trial, Alan Gross, a 61-year-old Maryland native, accepted some responsibility but added that he had been “used” and blamed the company that sent him to the island.

Police arrest man in pastor’s slaying

ARLINGTON, Texas

A convicted felon was arrested Saturday and faces a capital-murder charge in the slaying of a pastor at his Texas church in an apparent robbery, police said.

Steven Lawayne Nelson, 24, was arrested at an apartment complex after a brief standoff with Arlington police, department spokeswoman Tiara Ellis Richard said. Nelson apparently had been staying in an apartment a few blocks away from NorthPointe Baptist Church, where the Rev. Clint Dobson was found dead and his assistant was severely beaten Thursday.

Tornado hits La., killing young mom

RAYNE, La.

A tornado slammed a southwestern Louisiana town Saturday, killing a young mother who was sheltering her child and injuring 11 other people. More than 100 homes were damaged, many of them destroyed, authorities said, and about 1,500 people were evacuated because of natural-gas leaks.

Maxine Trahan, a spokeswoman for the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, said 21-year-old Jalisa Granger was killed when a tree fell on her house.

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