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Board members quit Cuban exile group

MIAMI Eighteen board members of a powerful Cuban exile group resigned yesterday, saying they were angry about being left out of high-profile decisions including one supporting the Latin Grammys in Miami.

The members are the latest to leave the Cuban American National Foundation. The group's spokesman resigned last month, accusing the CANF's leader, Jorge Mas Santos, and his allies of dictating policy despite the objections of other top members.

Minh dies, was South Vietnam president

PASADENA, Calif. Gen. Duong Van "Big" Minh, who was president of South Vietnam for a few days before the country fell to communist invaders in 1975, died on Monday. He was 86.

Gen. Minh was installed as the South Vietnamese president in April 1975 as the country crumbled under the onslaught from North Vietnam's communist forces. He was arrested and put in detention, but was allowed to emigrate to France in 1983.

Gen. Minh helped lead a U.S.-backed coup in 1963 that overthrew South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.

Voice of 'Garfield' dies of cancer

LOS ANGELES Lorenzo Music, who provided the distinctive voice of "Garfield" the cartoon cat, has died. He was 64.

Mr. Music died of lung cancer on Saturday at his home. Mr. Music won an Emmy as a writer for the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in 1969 and went on to become a story editor for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

In the 1970s, Mr. Music co-created the TV show "Rhoda," on which he was the voice of Carlton the doorman, who communicated through an intercom.

Officer at off-limits club, investigators say

NEW YORK A police officer was at an off-limits strip club before reportedly killing a pregnant woman, her young son and teen-age sister while driving to work drunk, law enforcers said yesterday.

Investigators have learned that Officer Joseph Gray spent hours at the Wild Wild West club Saturday night before the accident. Prosecutors say Officer Gray, 40, was drunk when he got behind the wheel of his Ford Windstar to head to work.

Maryland pastor faces church trial

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, Monday will consider ecclesiastical charges against the pastor of a Maryland church.

The diocese, which has pastoral oversight over the parish, has been at odds for the past few months with the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, in which the parish is located.

In March, the Rev. Samuel Edwards, a priest from Fort Worth, moved to Maryland to assume leadership of Christ Church in Accokeek, at the invitation of the parish. The Right Rev. Jane Dixon, acting bishop of Washington, said she would not approve the priest because of his stance against women's ordination and his writings criticizing the Episcopal Church.

More cancer benefits proposed for veterans

Thousands of veterans exposed to cancer-causing radiation during atomic tests conducted decades ago could find it easier to receive compensation under a proposed regulation aimed at giving them the same treatment as civilians.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is to publish today a proposed rule covering veterans who were stricken with cancers of the lungs, colon, bone, ovary, brain and central nervous system, and were exposed to radiation.

Solicitation ban found unconstitutional

LOS ANGELES A city ordinance that prohibits solicitors from seeking donations at Los Angeles International Airport violates free-speech rights, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall said that the ordinance violated the state Constitution, responding to a court challenge by the Society of Krishna Consciousness and the Committee for Human Rights in Iran.

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