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TODAY’S HEADLINES
The New York Times on the Web
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Compiled 2 AM ET


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Arms From U.S. May Be Falling Into Taliban Hands
By C. J. CHIVERS
Evidence suggests munitions procured by the Pentagon leak from Afghan forces for use against American troops.


Democrats in Senate Block Money to Close Guantánamo
By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
In an abrupt shift, Senate Democratic leaders said they would not provide the $80 million President Obama requested to close the detention center.

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War’s End in Sri Lanka: Bloody Family Triumph
By SOMINI SENGUPTA
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his two brothers squelched dissent and fought international pressure to achieve victory.

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New York Loses Its Jazz Festival

By BEN SISARIO
For the first time in 37 years, there will be no major summer jazz festival in New York.

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Bloomberg Navigates the Politics of a Health Scare
By MICHAEL BARBARO and ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
The H1N1 epidemic has showcased Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s strengths – like his ability to dispense common-sense advice – but also shown his weaknesses.

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‘My Time Is Precious’: Spitzer Sets the Tone During Inquiry on Leaks
By DANNY HAKIM
The ex-governor appeared frustrated over his experience in Albany and showed a side quite different from the way he has appeared in recent interviews.

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~ ON THIS DAY ~

On May 20, 1961, a white mob attacked a busload of “Freedom Riders” in Montgomery, Ala., prompting the federal government to send in United States marshals to restore order.

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