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                                                                                    Cyclone Kills Hundreds In Myanmar
Yahoo CEO On Hot Seat As Shareholders Vent
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Jerry Yang                      Junta Response A Concern                                      ‘‘International expertise in dealing with natural disasters is urgently
has gotten what he wanted: a chance to prove his company is worth                                                                              required. The military regime is ill-prepared to deal with the aftermath
more than the $47.5 billion that Microsoft Corp. offered to buy the                     YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A powerful
Internet pioneer.                                                                   cyclone killed more than 350 people and                    of the cyclone.’’
    It will be a daunting challenge, as Yang will be pointedly remind-              destroyed thousands of homes, state-run                                                    NAING AUNG
ed Monday when investors are expected to show how little they                       media said Sunday. Some dissident groups
think of Yahoo without a takeover bid on the table. Faced with                      worried that the military junta running
resistance from Yang and the rest of Yahoo’s board, Microsoft with-                 Myanmar would be reluctant to ask for inter-
drew its offer over the weekend.                                                    national help.                                                Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been              to do in the past.
    Many analysts believe Yahoo’s stock price, which had climbed                        Tropical Cyclone Nargis hit at a delicate             under military rule since 1962. Its govern-                It would be difficult for other countries to
nearly 50 percent since Microsoft’s initial offer, will surrender most,             time for the junta, less than a week ahead of             ment has been widely criticized for human               help unless they received a request from
if not all, of that gain, leaving the Sunnyvale-based company’s mar-                a crucial referendum on a new constitution.               rights abuses and suppression of pro-democ-             Myanmar’s military rulers.
ket value around $30 billion.                                                       Should the junta be seen as failing disaster              racy parties such as the one led by Nobel                  “International expertise in dealing with
    Disillusioned shareholders are bound to question whether the                    victims, voters who already blame the                     Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who              natural disasters is urgently required. The
rejection of Microsoft’s sweetened $33-per-share offer was driven                   regime for ruining the economy and squash-                has been under house arrest for almost 12 of            military regime is ill-prepared to deal with
more by emotion and ego than sound business sense.                                  ing democracy could take out their frustra-               the past 18 years.                                      the aftermath of the cyclone,” said Naing
    “Clearly there’s frustration,” said Darren Chervitz, co-manager of              tions at the ballot box.                                      Last September, at least 31 people were             Aung, secretary general of the Thailand-
the Jacob Internet Fund, which owns Yahoo stock. “I am not even                         Some in Yangon complained the 400,000-                killed and thousands more were detained                 based forum.
sure if Yahoo cares about its shareholders because they didn’t show                 strong military was doing little to help vic-             when the military cracked down on peaceful                 The U.N. said from New York that a disas-
much regard for shareholders’ best interests in this process.”                      tims after Saturday’s storm.                              protests led by Buddhist monks and democ-               ter assessment and coordination team has
                                                                                        “Where are all those uniformed people                 racy advocates.                                         been organized and was on standby to assist
Zimbabwe Teachers Are Targets Since Election                                        who are always ready to beat civilians?” said
                                                                                    a trishaw driver who refused to be identified
                                                                                                                                                  The Forum for Democracy in Burma and
                                                                                                                                              other dissident groups outside of Myanmar
                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Myanmar government and was prepared
                                                                                                                                                                                                      to help mobilize more international aid.
   HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Educators have become targets in                         for fear of retribution. “They should come
Zimbabwe’s postelection violence, a teachers union said Sunday,                                                                               urged the military junta Sunday to allow aid               The storm’s 120 mph winds blew the
threatening a nationwide strike unless the government stops the
                                                                                    out in full force and help clean up the areas             groups to operate freely in the wake of the             roofs off hospitals and cut electricity to the
attacks.                                                                            and restore electricity.”                                 cyclone — something it has been reluctant               country’s largest city.
   The Roman Catholic Justice and Peace Commission also protest-
ed political violence and called on the United Nations and African
Union to supervise a planned presidential runoff.
   In a statement to coincide with Sunday services, the Catholic                    Obama: Clinton’s Talk On                                                                 Rice Pushes For Peace Progress,
human rights body said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission could
no longer be relied on as a “neutral and nonpartisan electoral
umpire” after its five-week delay in announcing final results of the                Iran Too Much Like Bush’s                                                                  Israel Denies Hidden Agenda
March 29 national election amid witness reports of politically moti-                                                                                                            JERUSALEM (AP) — Facing             tainly, that would suggest that there
vated murder, abduction and torture.                                                            BY LIZ SIDOTI                                                               mounting Palestinian frustration at     is any prejudicing of the final
   “All fair minded Zimbabweans have lost faith and confidence in                          Associated Press Writer                                                          the pace of peace talks, the United     terms,” of a deal setting up a sepa-
ZEC which can no longer be trusted to superintend a runoff,” the                                                                                                            States leaned on Israel on Sunday to    rate Palestinian state in the West
commission said.                                                                        INDIANAPOLIS — Barack                                                               lift restrictions that chafe West       Bank, Rice continued. “The United
   Zimbabwe’s opposition and international and local human rights                   Obama likened Hillary Rodham                                                            Bank residents and stifle an already    States will consider nothing that is
groups have accused the ruling party, its militant allies and the                   Clinton to President Bush for                                                           limping economy.                        done to have prejudiced the final
army of waging a campaign of terror since President Robert Mugabe                   threatening to “totally obliterate”                                                         Secretary of State Condoleezza      status negotiations.”
came in second in the March 29 vote. Electoral officials have said a                Iran if it attacks Israel and called                                                    Rice did not directly criticize close       Rice emphasized that a year-end
second round of voting is necessary because neither Mugabe nor                      her gas-tax holiday a gimmick as he                                                     U.S. ally Israel, but had unusually     goal for an Israeli-Palestinian peace
his rival Morgan Tsvangirai won a simple majority, and there are                    tried to fend off her challenge                                                         direct remarks about the conse-         deal is still achievable, even though
fears of increased violence in the lead-up to the runoff.                                                                      Democratic presidential hopeful              quences of Israeli housing and road-    both sides question whether the
                                                                                    ahead of two pivotal Democratic
                                                                                                                               Hillary Clinton (D-NY) smiles                blocks in the West Bank. Palestinian    target is realistic.
Boiler May Have Caused Paper Mill Blast                                                 Clinton, in turn, stood by both        after walking up to the stage at
                                                                                                                               the North Carolina Auto Racing
                                                                                                                                                                            claims that Israel is deliberately
                                                                                                                                                                            expanding Jewish settlements on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Both sides face new obstacles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    unrelated to the substance of
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Investigators hoping to determine the                     her comment on Iran and her tax
                                                                                                                               Hall of Fame during her cam-                 land the Palestinians claim for a       peacemaking. Palestinian President
cause of a deadly explosion at a paper mill must wait to make sure                  proposal as she gave chase in                                                           state have dampened the high            Mahmoud Abbas, 73, underwent an
                                                                                    Indiana and North Carolina to the          paign stop in Mooresville, North
that a boiler being restarted when the blast occurred is safe, the                                                             Carolina, Saturday, May 3, 2008.             hopes for a peace deal before           unannounced heart test last week,
company said Sunday.                                                                front-runner for the nomination.                                                        President Bush leaves office next       raising new questions about his
                                                                                        The competitors squabbled              (Yalonda M. James/Charlotte
    At least 400 International Paper Co. employees, including con-                                                             Observer/MCT)                                year.                                   health and the lack of a clear suc-
tractors, were on site Saturday when the explosion tore through mill                over the issues — one foreign, one                                                          Asked about settlements, Rice       cession plan within the moderate
in Redwood, about 30 miles west of Jackson. One worker was killed                   domestic — from a short distance,                                                       said she “continues to raise with       West bank government he leads.
and 17 others were injured.                                                         first during separate appearances          an interview with ABC. “In the next          the Israelis the importance of creat-   Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
    The boiler had been shut down for annual maintenance before                     on Sunday news shows and then as           10 years, during which they might            ing an atmosphere that is con-          has become the subject of a new
the blast.                                                                          they courted voters for Tuesday’s          foolishly consider launching an              ducive to negotiations.”                police investigation, the fifth since
    “We’re in the process of making sure the boiler is safe to access               primaries.                                 attack on Israel, we would be able               “That means doing nothing, cer-     he took office two years ago.
so we can begin to investigate the cause and assess the damage and                      “This is the final push,” Clinton      to totally obliterate them.”
repair needs,” the company said in a statement. “We’ve met with                     told a cheering crowd of volunteer              Obama said, “It’s not the lan-
                                                                                    canvassers in Fort Wayne, embold-
employees and will continue to do so. Key priority is making sure
employees who are working can do so safely and stay focused.”                       ened by her Pennsylvania victory
                                                                                    two weeks ago as well as polls that
                                                                                                                               guage we need right now, and I
                                                                                                                               think it’s language reflective of
                                                                                                                               George Bush” akin to “bluster and
                                                                                                                                                                                              DERBY FEVER
    Marcus Christopher Broome, a 28-year-old contract worker, was
killed, the Warren County coroner said.                                             show her in a close race in Indiana        saber rattling.”
    Five people were transferred to a burn center in Georgia, while                 and narrowing Obama’s lead in                   “Senator Clinton during the
the others injured were treated at a nearby hospital and released,                  North Carolina.                            course of the campaign has said
officials said.                                                                         A few hours later and a few            we shouldn’t speculate about Iran,
                                                                                    miles away, Obama urged an audi-           we’ve got to be cautious when
                                                                                    ence of several thousand to vote           we’re running for president, she
Plans Are To Makeover The Green Zone                                                for him. “I need help,” he said.           scolded me on a couple of occa-
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Forget the rocket attacks, concrete blast walls                      The Illinois senator hopes that        sions on this issue, yet a few days
and lack of a sewer system. Now try to imagine luxury hotels, a                     wins this week will stop the bleed-        before an election, she’s willing to
shopping center and even condos in the heart of Baghdad.                            ing from a difficult campaign              use that language,” Obama added.
    That’s all part of a five-year development “dream list” — or what               stretch. Maneuvering for advantage              Clinton, asked on ABC’s “This
some dub an improbable fantasy — to transform the U.S.-protected                    and trying to put the controversy          Week” about Obama’s criticism,
Green Zone from a walled fortress into a centerpiece for Baghdad’s                  over his former pastor behind him,         didn’t back away from her com-
future.                                                                             Obama sought Sunday to portray             ment.
    But the $5 billion plan has the backing of the Pentagon and                     Clinton as a political opportunist              “Why would I have any regrets?
apparently the interest of some deep pockets in the world of inter-                 on both Iran and her gas-tax plan.         I’m asked a question about what I
national hotels and development, the lead military liaison for the                      On NBC’s “Meet the Press,”             would do if Iran attacked our ally
project told The Associated Press.                                                  Obama seized on an answer                  ... and, yes, we would have mas-
    For Washington, the driving motivation is to create a “zone of                  Clinton gave recently when asked           sive retaliation against Iran,”
influence” around the new $700 million U.S. Embassy to serve as a                   what she would do if Iran attacked         Clinton said. “I don’t think they                                        RAVIYA ISMAIL/LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER/MCT
kind of high-end buffer for the compound, whose total price tag will                Israel with nuclear weapons on her         will do that, but I sure want to            Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division sit in the “Millionaires Row”
reach about $1 billion after all the workers and offices are relocated              watch.                                     make it abundantly clear to them            area and watch the mock Kentucky Derby race on Saturday, May 3,
over the next year.                                                                     “I want the Iranians to know           that they would face a tremen-              2008, at the Camp Liberty military base in Baghdad, Iraq. The event
                                                                                    that if I’m the president, we will         dous cost if they did such a                was coordinated by the Kentucky National Guard 138th Fires
■ Get Updates At Yankton Online (                                   attack Iran,” Clinton said April 22 in     thing.”                                     Brigade.

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    The woman, who has pictures of
herself with the family, asked only to
be identified as Christine R. to avoid
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    Christine R. painted the most
complete picture to date of her sis-
ter Rosemarie and her belief that
daughter Elisabeth ran away from
home as a 17-year-old to join a cult.
That was about six months before
police say she was locked into the
windowless cellar.
    “We spoke about it often when
we met,” the woman said of her 68-
year-old sister. “And I would say,
’Rosemarie, where can Elisabeth be?’
I even told her myself, she is defi-
nitely in a cult where you can only
have a certain amount of children,
or they don’t want sick children.”
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