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Public option may not survive

WASHINGTON — Two House Democrats who favor a government insurance plan, a central element of health care legislation passed in their chamber, acknowledged Sunday it might have to be sacrificed as negotiators work out a final agreement with the Senate. Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, the No. 3 Democrat in the House and one who had appealed to President Obama not to yield on the public plan, set out conditions for yielding himself.

Malcom X's civil rights attorney dies at 89

NEW YORK — Percy Sutton, the pioneering civil rights attorney who represented Malcolm X before launching successful careers as a political power broker and media mogul, has died. He was 89. Marissa Shorenstein, a spokeswoman for Gov. David Paterson, confirmed that Sutton died Saturday. She did not know the cause.

Rescuers save 43 beached whales

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Some 125 pilot whales died in New Zealand after stranding on the beach over the weekend — but vacationers and conservation workers Sunday saved 43 others.

Rescuers monitored the survivors as they swam away from Colville Beach on North Island's Coromandel peninsula, and by this morning they were at sea.

Suicide bomber kills five at Shiite gathering

ISLAMABAD — A suicide bomber targeted a large gathering of Shiite Muslims in the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on Sunday, killing five people and wounding 80 — a rare sectarian attack in an area police said has little history of militant violence.

Muslim militants have fought for decades for Kashmir, which is split between India and Pakistan. But while Muzaffarabad has been a base for attacks, the capital — and most of the Pakistani side — has largely been spared.

Argentinians on trial for brutal leadership

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Prosecutors say the 15 defendants standing trial before a three-judge panel were henchmen of a brutal military dictatorship.

Argentina has tried military men before. But this trial, of officers and policemen who ran clandestine torture centers known as the Athletic Club, the Bank and Olimpo, is one of a string of new proceedings that by next year will close some of the most emblematic cases of terrorism under Argentina's 1976-1983 dictatorship.

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