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Conservative government lists agenda Governor General David Johnston delivers the Speech from the Throne in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada on Friday. The new majority Conservative government has laid out its agenda for the country in a throne speech that promises to focus on the economy and kill the long-gun registry and the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly. The speech, which mirrors the Tory election platform, includes plans to reform the Senate, maintain health-care funding increases, and create a new Office of Religious Freedom to help protect minorities abroad.

HARTFORD, Conn. Woman heads Coast Guard

One of the earliest female graduates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy returned Friday to take over its top spot, becoming the first woman selected to lead one of the nation’s five military service academies.

Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz was installed as the academy’s 40th superintendent in a change-of-command ceremony Friday on the New London campus. She graduated from the academy in 1982, the third class to include female cadets.

Stosz, a native of Takoma Park, Md., takes over at the Coast Guard Academy amid a push to draw more women and members of underrepresented minority groups into the cadet corps.

BOWLING GREEN, Va. Manslaughter for bus driver

A driver for a low-fare interstate bus service was charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter Friday following a brief court appearance on another charge stemming from this week’s crash in Virginia that killed four passengers and injured dozens more.

Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, of Flushing, N.Y., had been free on bond, but he was arrested on the new charges shortly after appearing in Caroline County court Friday morning. Cheung was in court to answer to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge stemming from the Tuesday crash on Interstate 95 about 30 miles north of Richmond.

The new charges are felonies, each carrying a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

“It’s never easy to make determinations to bring serious charges, but there was enough evidence to bring the charge,” Caroline County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Spencer said after Cheung’s arrest.

BAGHDAD Bomber attacks mosque

A suicide bomber attacked a mosque filled with Iraqi politicians and policemen Friday and another blew himself up inside the hospital where the wounded were taken, killing a total of 21 people in Saddam Hussein’s hometown.

The twin attacks — as well as the fact that the bombers were able to infiltrate areas that were supposed to be secure — left people in Tikrit feeling under siege.

It was the third major attack in Tikrit this year, reflecting the difficulties Iraqi security forces face in protecting their own people from Sunni insurgents still intent on undermining the country’s post-Saddam leaders, many of whom are Shiite.

MOSCOW Ammunition depot explodes

Fire tore through an ammunition depot in the central Russian region of Udmurtia, causing shells to explode all day Friday. More than 28,000 people were evacuated from their homes.

Two elderly people living in the vicinity died of heart attacks apparently connected to stress from the explosions, the republic’s health minister Vladimir Muzlov said Friday, according to Russian news agencies.

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said 52 people asked for medical help and 25 of them were hospitalized .

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