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House whip calls on Big Three CEOs to resign

COLUMBIA, S.C. : The chief executives of the nation's Big Three automakers should give up their jobs, not just their lavish executive pay packages, as a condition of $25 billion in proposed federal help to keep the companies operating, U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn said yesterday. "If I had my way, all three of those guys would be in the unemployment line, and I think that ought to be one of the conditions for us doing this," Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, told reporters at a news conference. Democratic leaders have demanded blueprints from Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. before they will hold votes on any new federal aid. Clyburn will be responsible for rounding up the votes needed for any automaker rescue package.

Dozens dead in series of Iraq bombings

BAGHDAD: Bombers targeting Iraqi and U.S. security forces cut a deadly swath across Iraq yesterday, killing as many as 36 people, including 15 police cadets at a police academy in Baghdad. Also in the capital, an Iraqi army general escaped an assassination attempt, but the roadside bomb targeting him killed one of his bodyguards. The blast was intended for Maj. Gen. Mudher Mawla, who is overseeing the transition of tens of thousands of mainly Sunni paramilitary fighters into the Iraqi security forces and other government entities. The fighters, known as the Sons of Iraq, are credited with helping reduce violence nationwide. But they are frequent targets of insurgents, who consider them traitors.

HIV-infected babies need early treatment

UNITED NATIONS : Early treatment for babies born with the virus that causes AIDS can significantly increase their chances of survival, according to a report yesterday by four U.N. agencies. Far too few pregnant women know their HIV status, and in 2007 less than 10 percent of infants born to HIV-positive mothers were tested for the virus before they were 2 months old, the report said. "Survival rates are up to 75 percent higher for HIV-positive newborns who ... begin treatment within their first 12 weeks," said Ann Veneman, executive director of the U.N. children's agency, UNICEF.

Detroit mayor's lover pleads guilty

DETROIT : Stoic and publicly silent through months of a sex scandal, the woman whose relationship with former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick led to his downfall broke her silence yesterday, shedding tears as she pleaded guilty. Christine Beatty, a former aide to Kilpatrick, accepted a four-month jail sentence on obstruction of justice charges for her actions in a lawsuit brought by two police officers. Beatty's jail sentence will begin Jan. 5. With credit for good behavior, she could be free in 100 days.

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