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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Saturday named former Rhodes Scholar Ben Jealous as the organization's new president. A native of Pacific Grove, Calif., Jealous, 35, will become the youngest leader in the NAACP's 99-year history. Jealous has experience as a black-newspaper executive and with Amnesty International and the Rosenberg Foundation, a private civil and human rights institution.

Sen. Edward Kennedy (D) of Massachusetts is recovering at a Boston hospital after a bout of illness at his Cape Cod home over the weekend. Kennedy took office in 1962, making him the second-longest-serving US senator after West Virginia's Robert Byrd (D).

Striking union workers at five American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings plants in Michigan and New York were expected to learn the details Sunday of a tentative contract that could end an 11-week strike. Some workers were reportedly skeptical of the deal, which calls for members of the United Auto Workers to vote on a pay cut from $28 to $18.50 per hour.

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