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Canada to assert Arctic rights

Canada’s prime minister is expected to assert his nation’s claim to the fabled Northwest Passage through the warming, resource-rich Arctic at talks with President Bush starting today.

Canada claimed the passage in 1973, but competition to control the Arctic has intensified with global warming. Shrinking polar ice has raised the possibility of new shipping lanes and development of what one U.S. study suggested could be as much as 25 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas.

The summit involving Bush, Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon is largely about expanding economic cooperation among the three nations, but Harper will assert Canada’s claim during a private meeting with Bush, Canadian officials said at a press briefing on the summit.


Graham recovering, watches TV service

Evangelist Billy Graham watched his usual televised worship service from a hospital as he continued to recover from intestinal bleeding Sunday, staff and family members said.

Graham, 88, was admitted Saturday for evaluation and treatment. Hospital officials said he watched the service of First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, S.C., as he does each Sunday at home, then ate chicken for lunch.


Sixth arrest in student slayings

Authorities arrested a sixth suspect Sunday in the killings of three college students in a Newark schoolyard, a crime that has thrown the city’s rate of gun violence into sharp relief.

The 18-year-old suspect, Melvin Jovel, was arrested at a relative’s home in Elizabeth about 3 a.m.

Jovel was charged with murder in the Aug. 4 shootings of Terrance Aeriel, 18; Dashon Harvey, 20, and Iofemi Hightower, 20. Aeriel’s sister, Natasha, was shot in the head but survived.

Jovel’s bail was set at $2 million. He was expected to be arraigned today on murder charges.

From wire reports


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