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Nation & World briefs, June 9

Massachusetts

Former governor
Cellucci, 65, dies

Former Massachusetts governor Argeo Paul Cellucci, who led the state from 1997 to 2001 before becoming U.S. ambassador to Canada, died yesterday of complications from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 65.

His death was announced on behalf of his family by Dr. Michael F. Collins, chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where Cellucci was involved in raising funds for ALS research.

Cellucci was a moderate cast in the mold of New England Republicans – fiscally conservative yet middle of the road on many social issues. In three decades in politics, starting at the local level on a hometown commission, he never lost an election.

Obama, Chinese leader wrap up joint summit

President Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping “blazed a new trail” away from the two nations’ past differences, a senior Chinese official said yesterday after a two-day summit in the California desert that ended with few policy breakthroughs but the prospect of stronger personal ties.

Xi’s senior foreign policy adviser, Yang Jiechi, said the two leaders “talked about cooperation and did not shy away from differences” in about eight hours of talks Friday and yesterday. The gathering at the sprawling Sunnylands estate was their first meeting since Xi took office in March.

Syria

Seven killed in
car bomb attack

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car yesterday in Syria’s central city of Homs, tearing through an area largely populated by the regime’s Alawite sect and killing seven people, a state-owned TV station reported. Meanwhile, government troops took control of a key village as the regime presses its offensive to clear a path between Damascus and the Mediterranean coast.

With the help of Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, President Bashar Assad’s regime has been chasing rebels from long-held strategic areas linking the capital, Damascus, with the government stronghold areas along Mediterranean coast. It gained momentum this past week after seizing the strategic city of Qusair and the army has begun advancing north toward the cities of Homs and Aleppo.

Maine

6 vehicles collide with moose in one night

It’s not unusual for drivers to hit moose in northern Maine in late spring, but it is unusual to have six moose-vehicle collisions in one night, the Maine State Police said.

Six drivers hit moose in different parts of northern Maine Thursday night.

The crashes happened in Connor, Staceyville, Frenchville, Bridgewater and two other areas. A seventh vehicle collided with a deer in Hersey the same night.

Most of the drivers were unharmed except one who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the police said. In all the crashes, the moose were able to run off, said Maine State Police Sgt. Brian Harris.

The Associated Press

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