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Holder talks of subtle racism

Baltimore

Holder talks of subtle racism

Attorney General Eric Holder says subtle, institutionalized racism has a more "pernicious" effect than the occasional bigoted outburst. He spoke about the different forms of racism during a commencement address Saturday at historically black Morgan State University in Baltimore. Holder is in the final year of his tenure as attorney general and has addressed racism more strongly of late. His comments came on the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that desegregated public schools.

Turkey

Final bodies from mine increases toll to 301

Rescue workers removed the last remaining bodies from a stricken mine here Saturday afternoon as the death toll in Turkey's worst mining accident rose to 301 people, according to the prime minister's office.

The final recovery efforts were hampered by a fire that broke out underground Saturday morning, as well as the leakage of methane gas, according to the energy minister, Taner Yildiz. Some of the 17 bodies removed overnight were so badly burned that DNA testing will be required to identify them, he said.

Smoke could be seen rising near an entrance to the mine Saturday. For the first time since the accident four days ago, there were no relatives of victims seen waiting.

Elsewhere

Escondido, Calif.: Firefighters scoured charred hillsides north of San Diego on Saturday to guard against a resurgence of flames that ripped through the region last week, while evacuees prepared to return home.

Laos: The defense minister of Laos was among 14 people killed Saturday when an air force plane crashed, rescue teams said.

Vietnam: Vietnamese officials signaled Saturday that further violence over a dispute with China would not be tolerated, saying people involved in last week's attacks on foreign-owned businesses would be prosecuted.

Dallas: Miss Beazley, former President George W. Bush's beloved Scottish terrier, has died, Bush's office announced Saturday. She was nearly 10 years old.

Times wires

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