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Wednesday, May 17

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House passes $2.8 trillion budget plan

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The House early Thursday passed a $2.8 trillion budget blueprint.

The vote was 218-210.

Casting ballots against the GOP package were all House Democrats, with 12 Republicans crossing the aisle to oppose it. House Speaker Dennis Hastert applauded the budget resolution, calling it fiscally responsible.

"This legislation outlines our spending priorities for this year's budgetary process: reining in spending, reducing the federal deficit and continuing America's strong economic growth," Hastert said in a written statement.

U.S. sailor dies in Anbar province

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- A U.S. sailor was killed in Iraq's Anbar province Wednesday "due to enemy action," a military statement said.

The sailor was deployed with the Marines' Regimental Combat Team 5.

Since the start of the war, there have been 2,450 U.S. military fatalities in Iraq. (posted 12:30 a.m.)

FBI conducts dig to look for Jimmy Hoffa

(CNN) -- More than 30 years have passed since Jimmy Hoffa was last seen, but FBI agents and Bloomfield Township, Mich., police officers were digging for Hoffa's bones Wednesday on a rural horse farm outside Detroit.

About 10 FBI officials and local police were using shovels to dig on property in Milford Township, Mich., for "evidence of criminal activity that may have occurred when the properties were under previous ownership," FBI agent Daniel Robert said in a written statement.

"The search warrant is based on a lead which is one of numerous leads received through the years following the disappearance of Mr. Hoffa on July 30, 1975," he said.

Investigators have cordoned off a section of farm property where the bones of the long-missing union official may lie. (posted 12:30 a.m.)

Opponents of proposals to end illegal crossings stage rally near Capitol

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Opponents of President Bush's proposals to clamp down on illegal immigration at the Mexican border waved American flags and chanted at a rally Wednesday near the Capitol, where senators debated legislation on the volatile issue.

The rally was sponsored by the National Capital Immigration Coalition, a bloc of immigrant, religious, civil rights and business groups, mostly from the Washington area.

Turnout for the three-hour rally was lower than expected, organizers said, possibly because not everyone received the word that the protest had been moved up from Friday to Wednesday because of the Senate session. Rain was also a factor. A march to the Capitol was canceled because of the bad weather.

One CNN reporter estimated that as few as 300 people may have participated, instead of the hoped-for thousands.

Coalition members were encouraged to lobby their congressmen before the rally. (Posted 8:49 p.m.)

Mass. governor seeks federal aid for businesses, home owners

AMESBURY, Mass. (CNN) -- After the worst floods New England has seen in 70 years, New England Governor Mitt Romney is seeking emergency federal aid, he said at a news conference Wednesday.

Earlier this week Romney sent a letter to President Bush requesting him to declare New England a major disaster.

If the president does declare New England a major disaster, individual homeowners and individual business could receive federally funded assistance, Romney said.

He is also requesting public entity assistance, which would address businesses and municipalities in need. (Posted 8:36 p.m.)

Bill Clinton to write a second book

NEW YORK (CNN) -- After the success of his autobiography "My Life," former President Bill Clinton will write a second book, Sonny Mehta, the Chairman of Alfred A. Knopf Publishing announced Wednesday.

The book, which does not yet have a title, is due to be published in late 2007 or early 2008 and will focus on stories of individual activism as well as inform readers about ways they can get involved in these efforts.

Alfred A. Knopf, who will publish the book, would not disclose the financial terms of the deal. Clinton is said to have received a $10 to $12 million advance for writing "My Life," which Knopf published in 2004. (Posted 8:23 p.m.)

House ethics panel to probe Ney, Jefferson

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The House Ethics Committee will launch investigations into Reps. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, and William Jefferson, D-La., who have both been entangled in criminal corruption cases.

The committee issued a statement Wednesday evening announcing the probes.

In a statement released by his office, Ney said he welcomed the investigation and "will cooperate in any way possible."

Ney has previously denied any wrongdoing in his dealings with disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who has pleaded guilty to corruption charges.

Jefferson has also denied any wrongdoing in his dealings with Vernon Jackson, a Kentucky businessman who pleaded guilty to charges that he paid more than $400,000 in bribes to an unnamed congressman, identified by several sources as Jefferson, in order to secure government contracts for his company. (Posted 7:50 p.m.)

Cuban cigars seized at former CIA official's home

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Family photographs, bank account information, computer hard drives, as well as Cuban cigars were among items seized by federal agents who raided the home of former CIA executive director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, Foggo's attorney William Hundley said Wednesday.

Foggo's house in Virginia was raided last Friday as part of investigations by the FBI, CIA, and other law enforcement agencies into his relationship with defense contractor and longtime friend Brent Wilkes, who is in turn linked to the bribery case of former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

Cunningham pleaded guilty in November to accepting $2.4 million in bribes. Foggo denies any wrongdoing. (Posted 7:48 p.m.)

New rules aim at tightening air cargo security

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Transportation Security Administration outlined new security regulations Wednesday for tightening up air cargo security, but critics immediately characterized them as inadequate.

A TSA spokeswoman said that the new rules covered only all-cargo carriers, not passenger aircraft that carry cargo.

The regulations will extend the secure areas of airports to include ramps and cargo facilities. The TSA said this will require an additional 50,000 cargo aircraft operator employees to receive full criminal history background checks.

In addition, background checks will be required of 51,000 employees of off-airport freight forwarders, and more than 4,000 employees of those companies will be required to attend enhanced security training courses.

The TSA said it is also consolidating its database of participants in its Known Shipper program. Under the program, shippers certify that their cargo is secure. But critics say the program amounts to little more than a paper check-off.

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., issued a statement saying the TSA was shrinking from its responsibility to scan cargo placed on passenger planes. He argued that that makes air passengers vulnerable to another terrorist attack. (Posted 7:13 p.m.)

Senate defeats move to strip legalization process from immigration bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Senate Wednesday turned back an attempt by conservatives to kill off a proposal to allow some of the more than 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States to work their way toward legal status and eventual citizenship, but senators did agree to build 870 miles of fencing and vehicle barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., moved to strip the legalization process -- endorsed by President Bush in a speech Monday night -- from the immigration reform bill being debated on the Senate floor.

But Vitter's use of the word "amnesty" prompted Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to take the floor to complain he was "weary" of the term, which he said was an "unfair interpretation" of the legalization plan laid out in the bill.

In the end, Vitter's amendment was defeated 66 to 33, but a majority of Senate's 55 Republican members -- 31 -- voted for it.

The Senate bill, as currently written, allows illegal immigrants who entered the United States before April 2001 to move toward eventual citizenship by paying $2,000 in fines and any back taxes they owe, undergoing a background check, working for at least six years and learning English. They would also have to wait in line behind people who applied to legally emigrate. (Posted 7:03 p.m.)

Former GOP figure sentenced to 10 months for N.H. election phone jamming

(CNN) -- A former New England regional director of the Republican National Committee was sentenced Wednesday to 10 months in prison for his role in an operation to jam Democratic phone banks in a 2002 New Hampshire election.

In addition, James Tobin faces two years of probation and was fined $10,000, the Justice Department announced.

Tobin, 45, was convicted by a jury in December for his involvement in setting up the phone jamming in order to tie up the lines of Democratic get-out-the-vote phone banks.

The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe in Concord, N.H.

Two others have previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme. Former New Hampshire Republican official Charles McGee was given a seven-month sentence, and businessman Allen Raymond pleaded guilty to hiring a telemarketing firm to actually make the hundreds of repeated phone calls to tie up the Democratic phone banks. Both testified against Tobin at his trial. (Posted 6:39 p.m.)

FBI searching area as part of Hoffa investigation

(CNN) -- FBI agents and Bloomfield Township, Mich., police officers are searching in a rural area outside Detroit after receiving a tip relating to the disappearance in 1975 of union leader Jimmy Hoffa.

Operating under a search warrant, officials are looking for Hoffa's body, a federal law enforcement official speaking under anonymity told CNN's Kevin Bohn.

About 10 FBI officials and local police are using shovels to dig on property in Milford Township, Mich., for "evidence of criminal activity that may have occurred when the properties were under previous ownership," FBI agent Daniel Robert said in a written statement.

"The search warrant is based on a lead which is one of numerous leads received through the years following the disappearance of Mr. Hoffa on July 30, 1975," he said. (Posted 6:32 p.m.)

Georgia to appeal ruling striking down same-sex marriage ban

ATLANTA (CNN) -- Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said Wednesday that the state will appeal a court ruling striking down its ban on same-sex marriage, adding that if the state Supreme Court doesn't take the issue up soon, he'll call a special session of the legislature to write a new law.

"I've spoken with the attorney general and he has assured me that he will move forward with an immediate appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court," Perdue said in a written statement. "We will ask for an expedited review and I have confidence that the Supreme Court will handle this in a timely fashion."

Judge Constance Russell found that the amendment violated the Georgia constitution by including more than one issue -- in addition to banning same-sex marriage in the state, it declared that the state would not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions from other states. (Posted 5:37 p.m.)

Hamas puts 3,000 on Gaza streets to fight 'chaos and anarchy'

GAZA CITY (CNN) -- The Palestinian ruling party Hamas put 3,000 armed followers on the streets of Gaza on Wednesday in a show of force aimed at gunmen from rival factions who have clashed with Hamas in recent days.

Interior Minister Saeed Seyam told reporters that Hamas wants to tackle what he called "chaos and anarchy and increasing assaults on our people."

Fighters from rival Palestinian factions, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah, have fought frequent street battles since a Hamas-led government took power in late March. Abbas still claims the right to control Palestinian Authority security forces, 300 of which were deployed to southern Gaza late Wednesday in a move that appeared to be in response to Hamas' move.

Representatives of several Palestinian parties met in Gaza City in an effort to defuse the situation Wednesday, issuing a statement urging talks between Hamas and Fatah and a removal of armed forces from the streets. Hamas and Islamic Jihad did not take part in the meeting. (Posted 5:25 p.m.)

Internet gambling operators indicted for $250 million in laundered proceeds

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Operators of Internet sports gambling enterprises have been indicted for allegedly laundering as much as $250 million in proceeds from illegal wagers, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

The 12-count indictment names William Scott and Jessica Davis and their enterprise, WorldWide Telesports Inc. (WWTS), based in Antigua. The Justice Department said Scott and Davis are fugitives. A company official told CNN they are still employees.

The indictment, returned secretly by a federal grand jury more than a year ago, was unsealed by a federal court in Washington Wednesday. --From Justice Producer Terry Frieden (Posted 4:59 p.m.)

Murtha still calling for U.S. troop pullout from Iraq

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Troops are still dying and the United States is in the middle of a civil war in Iraq, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., said Tuesday, six months after his initial call for a U.S. troop withdrawal in Iraq.

"Six months ago today I introduced my resolution to redeploy the troops," Murtha, a retired Marine colonel, said at a news conference. "Since that time we've lost 370 Americans, we're spending $9 billion a month, with an increase in incidents from 550 a week to 900 a week."

The Pentagon estimates the cost of funding the war in Iraq is $5 billion a month.

Murtha, a senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, supported the resolution that authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq but has since called the Bush administration's management of the conflict "a flawed policy wrapped in illusion." (Posted 4:48 p.m.)

Judge keeps AT&T records under seal in domestic spying case

SAN FRANCISCO (CNN) -- The judge hearing a case challenging the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program said Wednesday that the plaintiffs may keep documents AT&T says contain proprietary information for use in preparing their case, but the documents must remain under seal.

The lawsuit has been brought against the telecommunications giant by Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization that advocates for privacy. The organization says AT&T gave phone and e-mail records to the National Security Agency without warrants, violating federal law.

EFF in its case will be allowed to use the sealed documents, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker said, among them a declaration from retired AT&T technician Mark Klein and several internal AT&T documents. Additionally, the judge instructed AT&T to work with EFF to find limited redactions that would allow some public disclosure. (Posted 4:06 p.m.)

Attorney general presses battle against child predators, Internet porn 'epidemic'

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Wednesday visited an FBI facility devoted to combating Internet pornography and child predators in an effort to rally federal agencies and the public to support tackling what he termed an "epidemic."

He said that during his tour of the FBI's Innocent Images Unit in Calverton, Md., he had observed firsthand the "aggressive behavior and graphic language" used by online pedophiles as they solicit children.

"It is not an exaggeration to say we are in the midst of an epidemic of sexual abuse and exploitation of our children," he declared upon returning to the Justice Department.

Gonzales later unveiled what he called Project Safe Childhood, a program for improved coordination and training among law enforcement agencies and $14 million to beef up crimes-against-children task forces. --From CNN Justice Producer Terry Frieden (Posted 3:14 p.m.)

Chinese agent pleads guilty in Florida to seeking arms for PRC

MIAMI (CNN) -- A Taiwanese man who worked for several years for a U.S. defense contractor pleaded guilty Wednesday, admitting he tried to buy high-tech arms and weapons technology for the Chinese government.

Ko-Suen Moo, 58, said in federal court in Miami he had been a covert Chinese agent, federal authorities announced. He was accused of trying to purchase and export weapons, including an F-16 aircraft engine and cruise missiles.

"This is a very serious case," Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Julie Myers told reporters Wednesday. "The fact that this individual was plotting to purchase advanced U.S. cruise missiles for a foreign govenment is truly alarming." --From CNN Justice Producer Terry Frieden in Washington (Posted 2:47 p.m.)

President Bush signs tax cut bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Calling it "a good day for American workers, families and businesses," President Bush on Wednesday signed a $70 billion tax cut bill that extends tax breaks on capital gains and dividends through 2010 and changes the unpopular alternative minimum tax so that it snags 15 million fewer middle-class taxpayers.

"You have passed a bill that will keep our taxes low and keep our economy growing," Bush said, before signing the bill.

Congress passed the measure last week, handing Bush a key victory.

With his job approval ratings at low ebb heading into the mid-term elections, Bush had pushed hard for extensions of the tax cuts, which were the centerpiece of his 2003 tax cut package. (Posted 2:10 p.m.)

Retired aircraft carrier Oriskany sunk for reef off Florida

(CNN) -- The retired U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany became the largest ship ever sunk as an artificial reef Wednesday when a Navy demolition team sent it to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle.

The bow of the 888-foot carrier slipped beneath the waves shortly after 11 a.m. (noon ET), about 37 minutes after a round of explosions opened its hull to the sea, the Navy said. The ship was sunk about 24 miles off Pensacola, Fla., in 212 feet of water.

Florida conservation officials hope the sunken carrier will soon become a habitat for fish and other sea life, and Florida Panhandle boosters have already begun touting it as an attraction for diving and fishing. (Posted 1:42 p.m.)

House majority leader tells lawmakers to get ready to vote long-stalled budget

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Under pressure to get lawmakers to agree on a budget, House Majority Leader John Boehner promised Wednesday that the long-stalled spending blueprint will be brought to the floor for a vote by the end of the day.

"Do we have the votes on the budget? No, we do not," the Ohio Republican said. "But we're going to vote later this afternoon or tonight on a responsible budget to help us govern this appropriation process.

"As I've told my colleagues, 'Put your saddles on, we're doing it today.'"

Boehner's office said a vote is likely to take place around 9 or 10 p.m. (Posted 1:28 p.m.)

Costs, benefits of using Guard for border duty still being calculated, Rumsfeld says

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The costs and benefits of sending National Guard troops to support the Border Patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border are still being studied by the Bush administration, but governors will have the final word on whether guardsmen from their states will be sent, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said.

Rumsfeld, appearing at a Senate budget hearing Wednesday, defended the plan announced this week by President Bush to bolster border security with a two-year deployment of National Guard units.

He said he couldn't estimate how many Border Patrol officers will be freed up for law enforcement duties when National Guard troops take over some of their logistical jobs starting next month.

He told senators that the governors of each state, not the president, will make the final decision on which of their troops, if any, will be sent to the border. (Posted 1:01 p.m.)

Case of Enron founder, former CEO goes to jury

HOUSTON (CNNMoney.com) -- The fates of Enron founder Kenneth Lay and former chief executive Jeffrey Skilling are now in the hands of the jury, which will begin deliberations after a lunch break.

Wrapping up closing arguments Wednesday, government prosecutor Sean Berkowitz reminded jurors to weigh the facts of the case, adding, "You get the final word in this historic case. You get to decide whether they told the truth or whether they lied. Black and white."

Berkowitz asked the jury to view the last 16 weeks of documents and testimony with "common sense and reason" and dismissed the defense team's assertions that the government bullied former executives to get testimony.

At the heart of Skilling's and Lay's defense is the notion that not only are the two innocent of any crimes but that there were no crimes committed at Enron. --From CNNMoney.com's Shaheen Pasha (Posted 12:40 p.m.)

Sun returns to New England, but flooding still a threat

AMESBURY, Mass. (CNN) -- After days of heavy flooding that strained New England's waterways and dams, submerged many of its roads and killed at least one person, residents began assessing the damage Wednesday as the rains ceased.

In Amesbury, Fire Department Chief William Shute said he was waiting for water levels to drop another foot before attempting to shore up the dam holding back the Powow River.

In New Hampshire, all but one of the state's dams appeared to have weathered the water well, said James Van Donten, a spokesman for the state's emergency management agency in Concord.

Engineers are still assessing a dam on the Newfound River in Bristol. Downstream from that dam, authorities evacuated 400 to 500 people as engineers tried to repair steel supports and inspect others that might be damaged.

Flood warnings still applied to three rivers: the Contoocook, the Warner and the Merrimack. (Posted 12:25 p.m.)

Warehouse fire darkens New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (CNN) -- A four-alarm fire in vacant commercial buildings on New Orleans' Orange Street Wharf in the city's Lower Garden District belched thick, black smoke into the air Wednesday as firefighters battled to contain it.

The fire ignited around 9 a.m. a few blocks from the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center, a fire department dispatcher said.

Coast Guard helicopters dropped buckets of water on the blaze, and firefighters trained their hoses on it from the ground.

In addition to the Orange Street Wharf, which a fire official described as "fully involved," the fire also affected the Market Street Wharf, about 300 yards away, which he said was "partially involved." (Posted 12:17 p.m.)

Iraqi parliament expects to receive, vote on Cabinet list on Saturday

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Iraq is inching closer to forming a permanent government. Iraq's parliament speaker on Wednesday said he received a letter from the prime minister-designate saying he'll present his Cabinet nominations before lawmakers Saturday.

Mahmoud Al-Mashhadani made the announcement in the 275-member parliament Wednesday. The body, officially called the Council of Representatives, is reconvening Saturday. Parliament is expected to vote on the nominations Saturday.

If it approves the Cabinet nominations, a government would be formed. Prime Minister-designate Nuri al-Maliki has a constitutionally-mandated deadline of Monday to come up with a Cabinet nomination list. (Posted 8:45 a.m.)

McCartney and wife: We can't work it out

LONDON (CNN) -- Paul McCartney and his wife, Heather Mills McCartney, announced Wednesday that they are separating after four years of marriage.

In a joint statement released through the British Press Association, the couple said: "Our parting is amicable and both of us still care about each other very much but have found it increasingly difficult to maintain a normal relationship with constant intrusion into our private lives, and we have actively tried to protect the privacy of our child," the joint statement said.

The couple have a 2-year-old daughter, Beatrice Milly.

"Separation for any couple is difficult enough, but to have to go through this so publicly, especially with a small daughter, is immensely stressful. "We hope, for the sake of our baby daughter, that we will be given some space and time to get through this difficult period." (Posted 7:59 a.m.)

Saddam trial adjourned until Monday

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- The Saddam Hussein trial will be adjourned to Monday, the chief judge said Wednesday. (Posted 7:45 a.m.)

Saddam, in court, objects to reliability of witness who was 7 during Dujail incident

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and half-brother Barzan Hassan -- both on trial for crimes against humanity -- voiced objections Wednesday to the reliability of a witness who was a young child at the time of the deadly government crackdown 24 years ago against Shiites in the small town of Dujail.

Defense witnesses have been taking the stand in the last two days to defend three of Hussein's seven co-defendants, Mohammad Ali and Abdullah and Mizher Ruwaid -- a father and son. The three were local Baathist officials.

Hussein and the seven co-defendants are on trial in connection with the imprisonment, torturing and killing of Shiites after a failed assassination attempt on Saddam Hussein in 1982.

Hussein and Hassan interrupted proceedings to object to the age of a witness who was only 7 years old at the time when he was alleged to have ordered a massacre. Hussein added that children could not be considered reliable witnesses. Three witnesses, meanwhile, testified on behalf of Abdullah Ruwaid. (Posted 7:02 a.m.)

Second Fairfax, Va., officer dies from wounds in police station shootout

(CNN) - A second police officer has died from wounds suffered last week in a shootout with a teenage gunman outside a Fairfax County Police station, in suburban Washington.

Officer Michael Garbarino, 53, died early Wednesday morning, nine days after he was critically wounded by 18-year-old Michael Kennedy, who was later shot to death by other officers in a gun battle in the back parking lot of the Sully District police station in Chantilly, Va., Fairfax County Police Chief David Rohrer said.

Detective Vicky Armel, 40, was also killed in an exchange of gunfire with Kennedy which began just after the teen opened fire on Garbarino, who was sitting in a parked patrol car waiting to go off duty. Garbarino, a 23-year veteran of the police force, is survived by his wife, two children and his parents, Rohrer said. (Posted 7 a.m.)

Ahmadinejad: 'We don't need incentives'

(CNN) -- Responding to reports of a possible European offer of incentives to get Iran to give up its uranium-enrichment program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected the notion during a speech in Arak Wednesday.

"We don't need incentives," Ahmadinejad said on state-run TV. "They cannot stop our progress by offering us incentives."

The Iranian leader comments came in the midst of reports that Britain, France and Germany were putting together a tentative incentives package that would include a light-water nuclear reactor in exchange for Tehran giving up uranium enrichment.

Light-water reactors are more difficult to use in the development of weapons than are heavy-water plants that produce more nuclear material. (Posted 6:24 a.m.)

Attorney in Turkish capital opens fire in court; wounds five judges

ANKARA, Turkey (CNN) -- At least five judges were wounded in Turkey's top administrative court Wednesday morning when an attorney shot them in the court's second chamber, according to the state-run Anatolia news agency.

The judges were in the midst of a daily meeting when the gunman burst into the room and fired his weapon. Police captured him as he tried to escape.

The incident took place in the Turkish capital of Ankara. According to witnesses, the lawyer shouted, "Allahu Akbar (God is the greatest). His anger will be upon you!" (Posted 6:24 a.m.)

Hamas militant shot, killed in Gaza

(CNN) -- A member of the Hamas militant group was gunned down Tuesday evening in northwestern Gaza, Palestinian security sources said.

According to the sources, Mohammed al Tatar, a 26-year-old Hamas military wing activist, was shot in the face by gunmen as he walked with a group of people in the Tal al Hawa neighborhood, northwest of Gaza City.

Tatar died about 30 minutes later at a hospital, sources said. (posted 1 a.m.)

5 bird flu deaths in Indonesia

JAKARTA (CNN) -- The World Health Organization Wednesday confirmed five more deaths from bird flu in Indonesia, bringing the nation's total to 30.

According to the WHO, four people died in north Sumatra from the H5N1 virus, with the fifth dying in east Java.

With 30 fatalities from avian influenza, Indonesia has the second highest number of human deaths after Vietnam. (posted 1 a.m.)

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