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Pope shares Mideast misgivings

As Italians converge on Rome to protest the war in Iraq, President Bush received a more subtle but pointed message yesterday about America's Mideast policy in his first meeting with Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Benedict urged the president to pursue a "regional and negotiated" solution to the violent crises engulfing the Middle East, and voiced alarm about "the worrying situation in Iraq." pg 23a

10 Iraqi soldiers killed

A suicide bomber killed 10 Iraqi soldiers and wounded 30 others yesterday when he drove a truck packed with explosives into an army headquarters in a town south of Baghdad, the unit's commander said. pg 23a


Thompson run draws support

Fred Thompson's expected entry into the tight Republican presidential race is drawing crucial strength from conservatives and older men, an Associated Press-Ipsos poll says. The survey shows that the top Democratic contender, Hillary Rodham Clinton, has twice the support from women as her closest rival, Barack Obama, but dwindling strength among men. pg 3a

Shuttle prepares for rendevous

With a 4-inch gap in the space shuttle Atlantis' heat-protecting blanket not appearing to be an urgent problem, crew members readied themselves yesterday for what NASA called a delicate ballet with the International Space Station. pg 4a


Fundraisers spur speculation

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller's says he isn't running for re-election in 2010, but that pledge is meeting growing skepticism from colleagues as he gears up to host his second fundraiser in a month. Miller raised $150,000 in May, a spokeswoman said, and he's expected to bring in at least as much Thursday. pg 1b


College plans for grown-ups

College savings plans are marketed to parents as a way to save for their youngster's education. But account owners can name themselves the beneficiary of the plan, too, and use the tax-free distributions for classes to brush up on their skills, train for a new career or pursue that degree they never got. pg 1c


Rags to Riches takes Belmont

Fabulous filly Rags to Riches outdueled Curlin in a breathtaking stretch run to win the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, N.Y., becoming the first of her sex since 1905 to take the final leg of the Triple Crown. Rags to Riches, despite a slight stumble at the start, became the third filly to capture the Belmont. pg 1d


Trusting in Providence

Rhode Island's capital city attractions include a flaming art installation called WaterFire along its three canal-like rivers. Braziers illuminate nearly a mile of the Moshassuck, Woonasquatucket and Providence rivers, burning some 500 cords of salvaged wood, and igniting a very impressive $40 million in economic activity. pg 1r

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