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Stolen Picasso
paintings recovered
Brazilian police recovered paint-
ings by Pablo Picasso and Candido
Portinari that were stolen last
month from the country's premier
modern art museum, officials said
Two suspects were arrested
with the paintings, but no other
details were immediately available,
said Rosa Maria da Costa, a spokes-
woman with the Sao Paulo state
public safety office.
Armed with nothing more than a
crow bar and a car jack, thieves took
just three minutes to steal Picasso's
"Portrait of Suzanne Bloch" and
Portinari's "O Lavrador de Cafe"
from the Sao Paulo Museum of Art
on Dec. 20.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka
Boy scout saves
Maldives president
from assassination
The president of the Maldives
was saved from assassination yes-
terday when a boy scout grabbed
the knife of an attacker who had
jumped out of a crowd greeting the
leader, an official said.
President Maumoon Abdul Gay-
oom was not hurt, but his shirt was
ripped when the attacker tried to
stab him before the boy and secu-
rity guards intervened during the
event on the small island of Hora-
fushi, said government spokesman
Mohammad Shareef.
"This fellow in the crowd with a
knife in his hand attempted to stab
the president in his stomach," Sha-
reef said by telephone from Male,
the capital. "But a 15-year-old boy
came in the way, and grabbed the
knife. One brave boy saved the
president's life."
floods leave at
least four dead
A line of thunderstorms fed by
warm weather continued spinning
off unusual January tornadoes yes-
terday, killing a man in Arkansas
and carrying a cow close to a mile.
At least three people died and
hundreds evacuated because of
flooding in Indiana, where more
than 5 inches of rain in some areas
pushed rivers and streams over
their banks. Two of the victims
were young children trapped in a
submerged car.
A tornado that hit Appleton, Ark.,
rolled a doublewide mobile home
off its cinder block supports, killing
a man and injuring his wife. The
trailer appeared to have rolled for
50 yards before smashing against a
stand of trees.
Video shows
Iranian boats clash
with U.S. Navy

Small Iranian fast boats swarmed
around massive U.S. warships in
the Persian Gulf, and a man speak-
ing heavily accented English threat-
ened, "I am coming to you. ... You
will explode," according to a video
released yesterday by the Pentagon.
The Iranian boats appeared to
ignore repeated warnings from the
U.S. ships, including horn blasts and
radio transmissions, as the ships
moved through the Strait of Hormuz
into the Gulf.
The video condenses what Navy
officials have said was a20-minute or
so clash early Sunday between three
Navy warships and five Iranian fast
boats. It ends with a blank screen,
as only the audio of the Navy's final
warning can be heard, just after the
voice warns that they are coming.
"It is a dangerous situation,"
President Bush said during a White
Noose news conference. "They
should not have done it, pure and
simple. ... I don't know what their
thinking was, but I'm telling you
what my thinkingwas. I think it was
a provocative act."
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports
Number of American service mem-
bers who have died in the war in
Iraq, according to The Associated
Press. There were no dead service
members identified yesterday.

Clinton, McCain rebound from
Iowa losses to win N.H. primaries


Results leave both
parties without a
clear frontrunner as
campaign continues
The New York Times
Hillary Rodham Clinton of New
York rode a wave of female support
to victory over Sen. Barack Obama
of Illinois in the New Hampshire
primary last night. In the Repub-
lican primary, meanwhile, Sen.
John McCain of Arizona revived
his presidential bid with a Laza-
rus-like win.
The performances of McCain
and Clinton followed their defeats
in the Iowa caucuses, where Clin-
ton placed third and McCain
fourth. McCain's victory was the
fruit of a meticulous and dogged
turnaround effort; his second bid
for the White House was in tat-
ters last summer because of weak
fundraising and a blurred political
message, leading him to fire senior
advisers and refocus his energy on
New Hampshire.
Clinton's victory came after her
advisers had lowered expecta-
tions with talk of missteps in strat-
egy and concern about Obama's
momentum coming out of the Iowa
SeveralNew Hampshire women,
some of them undecided until yes-
terday, said in interviews that a
galvanizing moment in the race
had been Clinton's unusual display
of emotion on Monday, when her
eyes filled with tears and her voice
cracked as she described the pres-

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) applauds New Hamp-
shire voters as he leaves the stage at the conclusion of a campaign event at Exeter
High School in Exeter, NH., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008.

sures of the race and her goals for
the nation.
"As voters began to see the
choice they have and heard Hillary
speak from her heart, they came
back to her," said Mark Penn, Clin-
ton's chief strategist.
Obama leaves New Hampshire
with political support that is still
considerable, after his victory in
Iowa and his growing support in
the nominating contests ahead.
Clinton had been struggling to
stop Obama, turning yesterday to
new advisers to shore up her cam-
paign team, and both of them are
strongly positioned heading into
the Nevada caucuses on Jan. 19
and the South Carolina primary
days afterward.
McCain, after watching televi-
sion reports of his victory in his
Nashua hotel room, took congratu-
latory calls from Romney and Mike
Huckabee, the former Arkansas

governor. He then went down-
stairs to declare victory.
To cheers of "Mac is back,"
McCain told supporters yesterday
night, "My friends, you know I'm
past the age when I can claim the
noun 'kid,' no matter what adjec-
tive precedes it. But tonight, we've
sure showed them what a come-
back looks like."
Surveys of voters leaving the
polls showed Obama particularly
strong among male voters, young
people and independents. Obama
advisers said he was poised to
leave New Hampshire with a
competitive edge in South Caro-
lina, where they expect the heav-
ily black electorate to rally around
his bid to become the nation's first
black president.
Yet Obama, like Mrs. Clinton,
has devoted considerable finan-
cial resources to Iowa and New
Hampshire, and his advisers said

they plan to spend carefully in
the coming contests. He is sched-
uled to hold a major fundraiser
on Wednesday night in Manhat-
tan - Clinton's home turf - and
intends to make new requests for
donations from online donors and
major party figures.
Another Democratic candidate,
John Edwards, who finished sec-
ond in the Iowa caucuses, was run-
ning far behind the two leading
candidates in the New Hampshire
With 50 percent of the electoral
precincts reporting, Clinton had
39 percent, Obama 36 percent,
and Edwards 17 percent. On the
Republican side, with 49 percent
of precincts reporting, McCain
had 37 percent, Romney 31 percent
and Huckabee 11 percent.
Romney, stoically smiling in
remarks to supporters Tuesday
night, is now looking ahead to
Michigan primary on Jan. 15; he
grew up in the state, where his
father was a popular governor, and
has been advertising on television
there since mid-December. And
two Republicans from the south
- former Gov. Mike Huckabee of
Arkansas and former Sen. Fred
Thompson of Tennessee - are
hoping for a huge boost from fellow
Southerners in the South Carolina
primary on Jan. 19.
The voting did little to clarify
the muddied Republican field.
McCain, Romney, and Huckabee
are all girding for battle, and some
political analysts still see Thomp-
son as a wild card in Southern
primaries. And Giuliani, whose
strategy calls for winning big in
later states such as Florida and the
Feb. 5 primaries in New York, New
Jersey, and California, finished
near the back of the pack here.

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Candidates hope
past donations
recoup support in
Mich. primary
LANSING (AP) - Mitt Romney
and John McCain, both hoping to
do well in Michigan's Republican
presidential primary next Tues-
day, began laying the ground-
work years ago by distributing
hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars to Michigan candidates and
political groups through their
leadership political action com-
And with McCain winning
yesterday's New Hampshire pri-
mary and Romney coming in sec-
ond, Michigan is shaping up to be
a critical state for their presiden-
tial hopes.
Romney's committee, known
as The Commonwealth PAC,
donated about $300,000to Mich-
igan state and local level political
causes in the 2003-04 and 2005-
06 election cycles, according to
campaign records filed with the
Michigan Secretary of State and
Associated Press research.
McCain's Straight Talk Amer-
ica fund kicked in more than
$180,000 in the 2006 cycle in
direct contributions, plus anoth-
er $13,500 in in-kind expenses
such as airfare and hotel bills.
No other presidential candi-
date, Republican or Democratic,
came close to that level of sup-
port for Michigan efforts. Nei-
ther PAC has been active in the
2007-08 election cycle.
Among the groups receiving
cash from Romney's leadership

PAC was the Michigan Repub-
lican Party, which has gotten
$49,500 since August 2004.
Political action committees run
by Republican caucuses in the
state House and Senate also got
money, as did dozens of individu-
al GOP legislative candidates.
McCain's Straight Talk PAC
helped some of the same candi-
The leadership PACs are sepa-
rate from the candidates' presi-
dential campaigns and PACs.
Both the givers and receivers of
the cash say there were no strings
attached to the donations.
Romney spokeswoman Sarah
Pompei said the former Mas-
sachusetts governor's PAC dis-
tributed the money because he's
interested in strengthening the
Republican Party in Michigan,
his native state. Michigan is a
frequent election battleground
state that could prove even more
crucial to Romney's chances now
that it has moved up its presiden-
tial primary to Jan. 15.
"Gov. Romney is a leader in
the Republican Party," Pompei
said. "He's working to elect can-
didates to local, state and federal
levels to strengthen the party
nationally and advance Republi-
can principles.
McCain deputy national polit-
ical director John Patrick Yob
said making the party strong at
the local level is the key to overall
political success.
"Senator McCain committed
to help Republican candidates
and local parties in Michigan
in 2006 so that our party would
have a strong organization in
place for the general election in
2008," Yob said in an e-mail.

residents and seven others linked
to the powerful Gulf drug cartel
were arrested following a deadly
shootout just across the border
from Texas, Mexican officials said
The gunfire, which left three
people dead, broke out around noon
Monday when Mexican federal
agents chased a van full of people
carrying assault weapons in the
town of Rio Bravo, across the bor-
der from Donna, Texas, according
to a government statement.
The army and federal police sent
reinforcements after the suspects

took shelter and began detonating
grenades, Federal Public Safety
assistant secretary Jose Patricio
Patino told reporters yesterday.
Witnesses described a frighten-
ing scene with gunmen breaking
down doors and positioning them-
selves inside homes for the gunbat-
tle, which took place in front of the
Rio Bravo police station, The McAl-
len Monitor reported.
Ten people were arrested includ-
ing three suspects from the U.S.,
identified as Ricardo ZamoraLopez,
32, and Jose Raul Gonzalez Sanchez,
30, both of Detroit; and Esteban Val-
dez de los Santos, 30, of Texas.


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