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Bostonians wait for clean water

Crews made faster-than-expected progress Sunday repairing a broken pipe that cut the clean water supply to 2 million Boston-area residents, prompting Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to urge schools, businesses and commuters to resume their normal routines as the workweek began.

"Boston's open for business," Menino declared during a joint news conference.

Nonetheless, a boil-water alert remained in effect for Boston and 29 surrounding communities. Health officials warned of the risk of a parasite infection if residents used unboiled tap water for brushing their teeth, washing raw vegetables or making ice.

Vandalism mars immigrants' march

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.— Close to 20 businesses were damaged after an immigrants' rights march in downtown Santa Cruz turned violent, requiring police to call other agencies for help, authorities said.

Police spokesman Zach Friend said an estimated 250 people started marching through the city around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

It was a harmonious but "unpermitted and unsanctioned event," he said, until some started breaking windows and spraying paint on retail shops.

Friend said he wasn't sure if the damage was caused by people marching in support of immigrants' rights, or if the group was "infiltrated by anarchists."

Lobbying blitz greets financial debate

WASHINGTON — One of the costliest lobbying wars in memory will crank into high gear this week as the Senate begins debate on the most sweeping overhaul of financial industry regulation in more than half a century.

Wall Street and other critics are flooding the halls of Congress and mounting multimillion-dollar advertising campaigns to argue that the legislation would discourage innovation, reduce profits and harm U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.

President Obama and congressional Democrats, meantime, are seizing every opportunity to warn that failure to create more effective financial oversight could bring on a repeat of the economic crisis that has cost millions of ordinary people their homes, jobs and financial security.

Countries urge action on climate

KOENIGSWINTER, Germany — With the fight against global warming in trouble, Germany and Mexico are calling on world leaders to get international negotiations back on track and reach concrete results by the end of the year.

"We need to show the world how serious the threat is," Mexican President Felipe Calderon said as he opened an international climate change conference in Germany on Sunday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked nations around the world for more ambition in their efforts to cut greenhouse gases.

Polanski: U.S. wants to serve me 'on platter'

PARIS — Filmmaker Roman Polanski, breaking a months-long silence, said Sunday that the U.S. is demanding his extradition from Switzerland on a 33-year-old sex case largely to serve him "on a platter to the media."

Polanski, under house arrest in his Alpine Swiss chalet, laid out his case against extradition on an online magazine.

"I am not going to try to ask you to pity my lot in life," he wrote. "I ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else."

—Associated Press

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