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Tourists seek out Craig arrest stall

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — When tourists ask for the bathroom in the Minneapolis airport lately, it’s usually not because they have to go.

It’s because they want to see the stall made famous by U.S. Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest in a sex sting.

“It’s become a tourist attraction,” said Karen Evans, information specialist at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. “People are taking pictures.”

Craig was arrested June 11 by a Minneapolis airport police officer. The Idaho Republican pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Parents of missing girl get legal help

LONDON — Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Group, pledged $200,000 on Sunday to help the British couple declared suspects in the disappearance of their daughter to clear their name, a spokeswoman said.

Branson has also contacted several other wealthy Britons to encourage them to contribute to a legal defense fund for Kate and Gerry McCann, a spokeswoman said. The McCanns, both doctors, have been accused as suspects in the disappearance of Madeleine, who was 3 when she vanished during a family vacation in Portugal on May 3.

“If he can help a little bit to take the burden off the family and extended family in this small way, then that’s all to the good,” the spokeswoman said.

Gates: U.S. using diplomacy with Iran

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is committed, for now, to using diplomatic and economic means to counter the potential nuclear threat from Iran, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday.

Speculation has persisted about preparations for a military strike against Iran for its alleged support for terrorism and its nuclear program.

Gates, in a broadcast interview, said he would not discuss “hypotheticals” about what President Bush “may or may not do.”

“I think that the administration believes at this point that continuing to try and deal with the Iranian threat, the Iranian challenge, through diplomatic and economic means is by far the preferable approach. That’s the one we are using,” the Pentagon chief said.

Conservatives win Greek parliament

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s conservative prime minister won re-election Sunday with a diminished majority in parliament after a financial scandal and devastating forest fires that killed more than 65 people last month.

The slimmer majority could make it harder for the government to carry out crucial economic and educational reforms, including overhauling Greece’s fractured and debt-ridden pension system.

But the conservatives inflicted a stronger defeat than expected on their rival socialists, who were seen as being in disarray after receiving the lowest number of parliament seats in 30 years.

UAW-GM talks reach pivotal point

DETROIT — Contract negotiations between General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers reached a critical point Sunday as local union officials hoped for an agreement but prepared once again for a possible strike on Monday.

Leaders at factories across the country received conflicting reports out of Detroit on Sunday afternoon.

Several reported progress and optimism but said that if no agreement was reached Sunday night, the union would walk out Monday morning. A local in Arlington, Texas, however, told its members to report as scheduled Monday.

compiled from wire reports

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