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Chavez seeks friendly ties with Catholic Church

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez says he’s seeking friendly relations with representatives of the Roman Catholic Church. Their dealings have been tense in the past. Church representatives have accused the socialist leader of becoming increasingly authoritarian and Chavez has strongly criticized Cardinal Jorge Urosa, saying he has misled …

Quote: Colorado Wildfire

“You wouldn’t think bowling balls would melt.” – Colorado Springs resident C.J. Moore to The Associated Press in a telephone interview upon returning to her two-story home now reduced to ashes by the worst wildfire in Colorado history. via News from The Associated Press.

Quote: Aung San Suu Kyi

  “Her Europe trip made this country proud. Now, people on the other side of the world know Myanmar.” – Soe Aung, 45, a supporter of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who returned to the country Saturday after her triumphant tour of Europe. via News from The Associated Press.

Quote: Animal Intelligence

“It’s not a question of whether they think – it’s how they think.” – Duke University scientist Brian Hare on evidence that animals are more intelligent and more social than previously thought, especially when it comes to primates. via News from The Associated Press.

Quote: Kofi Annan on Syria’s Future

  “If things do not change, the future is likely to be one of brutal repression, massacres, sectarian violence, and even all-out civil war.”   International envoy Kofi Annan told the U.N. General Assembly in New York, on the escalating bloodshed in Syria. via News from The Associated Press.

Quote: On the Future of US Unions

  “I think it’s going to embolden employers in bargaining and discourage workers from joining unions. I think it’s hitting unions on all fronts.” – Gary Chaison, a professor of industrial relations at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. in comments after Gov. Scott Walker’s victory in Wisconsin’s recall that exposed …