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Pope presides over holiest holiday Pope Benedict XVI holds a candle during the Easter vigil mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, Saturday. The pontiff presided over an Easter vigil service late Saturday during which he was to baptize one of Italy’s most prominent Muslims. The pope traditionally imparts the sacrament of baptism to several adults during the solemn vigil service, which marks the period between Good Friday, which commemorates Jesus’ crucifixion, and Easter Sunday, which marks his resurrection. Pope presides over holiest holiday

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WASHINGTON Honduran cantaloupes bad

People should throw away cantaloupes from a Honduran manufacturer believed to be linked to a salmonella outbreak, the government said Saturday.

The Food and Drug Administration issued the alert for the melons from Agropecuaria Montelibano. Grocers are advised to remove from their stock any cantaloupes from this company. People should check with stores to see if recently purchased cantaloupes came from Honduras.

So far, 50 people have become sickened in 16 states and nine have become ill in Canada after eating the cantaloupes. No deaths have been reported.

The 16 states which have reported illnesses are Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

ATLANTA Body found after storm

Workers found a body on Saturday while clearing rubble from a building damaged over a week ago when a tornado slammed into downtown Atlanta, police said.

“We may have the first tornado victim in the city of Atlanta, but we won’t know for sure until the medical examiner returns with results,” Officer James Polite said.

The front of the damaged building had been a store while the rear had been rented out to a local church. Workers using a Bobcat to scoop up bricks and debris saw a hand sticking out of the rubble and called police, Polite said.

Investigators brought in two cadaver dogs to search the rubble east of downtown, but no other bodies were found.

TAIPEI, Taiwan Opposition candidate wins

Taiwan’s opposition candidate won the presidential election Saturday, a victory many hope will defuse decades of tension with China over the land’s aspirations for independence.

Taiwan’s Central Election Commission also said two referendums calling on the government to work for the island’s entry into the United Nations failed. China had warned the referendums threatened stability in the region.

Confetti snowed down on giddy followers at Ma Ying-jeou’s headquarters and fireworks exploded in the sky, celebrating his victory over Frank Hsieh, a former premier whose party supports Taiwan’s independence.

CHICAGO Illinois-shaped flake sells

Two sisters from Virginia sold their Illinois-shaped corn flake on eBay Friday night for $1,350.

“We were biting our nails all the way up to the finish, seeing what would happen,” said Melissa McIntire, 23. “There’s a lot of relief involved.”

The winner of the auction, which lasted more than a week, is Monty Kerr, the owner of a trivia Web site who wants to add the corn flake to a traveling museum.

Kerr, Of Austen, Texas, owns TriviaMania.com and said he will likely send someone to Virginia to pick up the flake by hand, so it won’t be damaged.

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