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Hundreds rally, call on Putin to step down

Russia

Hundreds rally, call on putin to step down

Hundreds of residents of Kaliningrad, Russia's Baltic exclave, gathered Saturday on a central square to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's government. Several political parties including the Communists, the liberal Yabloko Party and the Solidarity movement took part in the rally, the latest of several anti-Kremlin gatherings in Kaliningrad. Unusually, the protest was not heavily policed. Solidarity leader Boris Nemtsov called the authorities "thieves," to chants from the crowd.

EGYPT

Officials: Van Gogh painting is stolen

Egypt's culture minister late Saturday retracted his claim that police had recovered a van Gogh painting stolen from a Cairo museum, saying it was based on inaccurate information and that the search continued for the $50 million work, titled alternately Poppy Flowers and Vase with Flowers. Farouk Hosni said earlier that police had confiscated the painting from an Italian couple at Cairo airport hours after it was lifted from the Mahmoud Khalil Museum.

EPES, Ala.

Shirley Sherrod has job interview

Former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod says she is meeting with Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday to discuss a new job offer. Sherrod was forced to resign last month after a conservative blogger posted excerpts from a March speech depicting her as racist. The NAACP and others, including the USDA, condemned the remarks before grasping the full context of the story, which was meant as a lesson in overcoming racism. The White House and the NAACP have since apologized, and Vilsack offered her a new position.

NEW YORK

Harold Dow of '48 Hours' dies

Emmy-winning CBS News correspondent Harold Dow, who helped shape the documentary program 48 Hours and covered the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst and the Sept. 11 attacks, died suddenly Saturday in New Jersey, network spokeswoman Louise Bashi said. Dow had been a correspondent for 48 Hours since 1990. He spent nearly 40 years with the network. A 48 Hours report on runaways earned him a George Foster Peabody Award. He also won five Emmys, for work including coverage of the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland.

MAMARONECK, N.Y.

Country clubs hit a rough patch

The economy and changes in lifestyle have been hard on golf clubs. Greg Nathan of the National Golf Foundation said that in 2009, about 140 of the country's 16,000 golf facilities closed — and only 50 new courses opened. It was the fourth straight year of decline. Jay Mottola of the Metropolitan Golf Association in New York said the downturn is "definitely connected to the economic conditions."

Times wires

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