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U.S. and Iran to talk

When U.S. and Iranian officials meet in Baghdad today in search of ways to bring stability to Iraq, both sides will have much to ask for, much they could offer - and only limited expectations for quick progress. At best, the rare direct talks may start a dialogue between longtime foes who view each other's involvement in Iraq as an unwelcome interference. PG 1A

Moscow police detain activists

Police detained gay rights activists, including European lawmakers, as they tried to present a letter to Moscows mayor. The demonstration also attracted a hostile crowd of people who threw eggs at and punched the activists. The letter, signed by 40 European lawmakers, appealed the city's ban on a march that would have taken place yesterday to mark the 14th anniversary of Russia's decriminalizing homosexuality. PG 10A


Navy tradition continues

With their diplomas now in hand, scores of newly graduated midshipmen are getting married, with the Naval Academy Chapel being the focus of attention. Thirty ceremonies will take place in the on-campus chapel in the next month. pg 1a

No joy in Crabville

While thousands of families are sitting down with a few cold beers and a plate of steamers on a holiday weekend, Maryland's crabbers are feeling pinched. Costs for fuel and bait have risen about 30 percent since last year, while the price of crabs at market has dropped about 10 percent. pg 1b


Terrorism claim challenged

U.S. immigration agencies say anti-terrorism is their primary mission, but they tried to deport only 12 people on terrorism-related charges from 2004 through 2006, according to a private research study. That group of 12 represents a tiny fraction of the 814,073 people the government tried to remove from the country during those three years. PG 3A

Cut in troops expected

Jeff Sessions, a conservative Republican senator, who has ranked among President Bush's staunchest supporters, says that he and most other lawmakers expect a reduction in the number of troops in Iraq come September, once the top U.S. commander in the region delivers his report on the war. PG 3A


O's win series with Athletics

The Orioles defeated the Athletics, 8-4, winning a home series against Oakland for the first time since 2003. Miguel Tejada, Melvin Mora and Nick Markakis homered. pg 1c

Salisbury, Le Moyne win titles

Le Moyne beat Mercyhurst, 6-5, for the NCAA Division II men's lacrosse title, and Salisbury defeated Cortland, 15-9, for the Division III championship. pg 9c


Charity expansion

With Baltimore's largest soup kitchen scheduled to start operating from a new location on June 4, its owner is poised to begin renovating the current property for a different, but related use. Catholic Charities of Baltimore plans to spend $3 million starting this summer to convert the Our Daily Bread dining facility on Cathedral Street and two adjacent row houses on W. Franklin Street to a permanent home for My Sister's Place, a day shelter and resource for homeless women and children. pg 1d

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