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President Bush said he understands the Israeli government's actions against Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. "Every day there has been a suicide bombing, and every day the government sees the loss of innocent life," Bush told reporters Saturday at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. Arafat "can do a lot more" to prevent such attacks, Bush said. He earlier consulted by telephone with other world leaders, among them Jordan's King Abdullah II, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, and Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak. A senior administration official condemned Sunday's suicide bombings as "brutal attacks" and expressed condolences to the victims and their families. (Stories, pages 1, 2, 10; opinions, page 9.)

Hundreds of people attended a sunrise Mass at St. Paul's Chapel in New York (above), marking Easter with candles and prayers, as Christians around the world observed the holiday. The chapel is one block from the ruins of the World Trade Center and has doubled as a relief center for emergency workers at the site since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The adult son of a state Supreme Court judge was in custody in New Hampshire for an attack that left his father severely beaten. Justice John Broderick was said to be in serious but stable condition. Two years ago, the elder Broderick was charged with assault for slapping John Christian Broderick during an argument that the judge blamed on his son's drinking problem. The charge was later dropped.

One of four Pakistani sailors who disappeared after improperly coming ashore in Norfolk, Va., has been arrested in San Antonio, Texas, the Immigration and Naturalization Service said. None of the men are thought to be dangerous, INS officials said. But the border-security case has intensified criticism of the agency because an INS inspector failed to get a superior's approval, as required, before allowing the men to disembark their Russian cargo ship.

Maryland plays Indiana for the NCAA men's basketball championship tonight. The contest, in Atlanta, will be Maryland's first appearance in a title game; Indiana has won five championships, most recently in 1987. Early Sunday, celebrations in College Park, Md., of Maryland's semifinal victory over Kansas were marred by clashes with police in riot gear. Two arrests were reported.

Veteran TV journalist Ed Turner, who died Saturday in Washington, helped to establish the Cable News Network. Nicknamed "No Relation" because he and CNN founder Ted Turner shared the same last name, he retired in 1998. While at station WTTG in Washington, he introduced a 10 p.m. news program and helped launch the careers of such media stars as Connie Chung and Maury Povich.

Science fiction master Ray Bradbury will receive a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame today, as Los Angeles launches a month-long, citywide reading campaign. Bradbury's anti- censorship tale, "Farenheit 451," is on the recommended list. He's also known for "The Martian Chronicles."

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