["The stage has been set for months for the showdown between Congress and the White House over Iraq. A bill on military spending, which calls for George Bush to start withdrawing American soldiers in October, has been in preparation for weeks. Mr Bush has repeatedly promised to veto it. Now, with deliberate timing, Congress's Democratic leaders hope to get Mr Bush to use his veto on Tuesday May 1st, four years to the day after he proudly declared an end to big combat operations in Iraq."]
["A 21-year-old employee at the Legoland amusement park was killed in a roller coaster accident, police and park officials said Monday. The woman, who was not identified, died immediately Sunday after being hit by a coaster car, police said. She had apparently jumped over a security fence to pick up a wallet that a passenger had lost near the track when the accident happened."]
["With Hulk, Lee brings what has been churning in his œuvre for a decade to a boil. In the commercial American film industry, it takes guts, after 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to let a man of color (albeit green) take on the United States military in the desert and survive. Given Hollywood's bottom line of profitability, the fact that Lee would let an out of control non-white "alien" rip army helicopters out of the sky and escape into the camouflage of a Third World jungle needs to be given credit. The A-bomb be damned— the Hulk condenses the Viet Cong and Osama Bin Laden/Saddam Hussein into one gargantuan challenge to the U.S. military-industrial complex."]
["Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared an emergency after Sunday's freeway collapse in the MacArthur Maze, paving a quicker path for emergency repairs and at least one day of free public transit for Bay Area commuters. The declaration may also mean more commercial trucks on local roads, including some places where they have long been restricted."]
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