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Hurricane storms toward New England

Hurricane storms toward New England

A rare tropical storm warning and hurricane watch were posted for parts of the Maine coast on Saturday as Hurricane Kyle roared north toward the region with a threat of conditions similar to one of New England's nor'easter storms.

It was Maine's first hurricane watch in 17 years, the National Weather Service said.

The storm had top sustained winds near 75 mph and became a Category 1 hurricane Saturday afternoon.

Kyle could make landfall near Eastport, possibly late Sunday, the hurricane center said. Associated Press

Wyoming Laramie

In the 10 years since a gay student was beaten and left to die, the nation has become more accepting of gays and lesbians, Matthew Shepard's mother said Saturday. “We've learned a lot, we've talked a lot; we do it in public forums now,” Judy Shepard said at a ceremony dedicating a bench to her son, Matthew Shepard. Shepard died Oct. 12, 1998, five days after he was found brutally beaten and tied to a fence outside Laramie. The two men who killed him are serving life sentences in prison. Associated Press

Washington

The House voted overwhelmingly Saturday to approve a landmark pact that would allow the U.S. to provide nuclear materials to India. The deal still faces obstacles in the Senate, making prospects uncertain for passage before President Bush leaves office in January. Associated Press

United Nations

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a new resolution Saturday reaffirming previous sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment program and offering Tehran incentives to do so. The speedy vote followed a compromise between the U.S. and Russia to lead a new council effort to condemn Iran's nuclear program, without introducing any new sanctions. The brief resolution reaffirmed the three earlier resolutions, which imposed progressively tougher sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment program. Associated Press

Mogadishu Somalia

A U.S. destroyer off the coast of Somalia closed in Saturday on a hijacked Ukrainian ship loaded with tanks and ammunition, watching it to ensure the pirates who seized it do not try to remove any cargo or crew. As Russian and U.S. ships pursued the hijackers of the Ukrainian-operated vessel, pirates seized another ship off Somalia's coast, an international anti-piracy group said. The Greek tanker with a crew of 19 is carrying refined petroleum from Europe to the Middle East. It was ambushed Friday in the Gulf of Aden. In Somalia, a man claiming to be spokesman of the pirates holding the Ukrainian ship said the hijackers want $35 million to release the vessel. Associated Press

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