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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert continues his five-day US visit Tuesday by addressing the annual general assembly of United Jewish Communities in Los Angeles. A primary focus of his trip, which included face to face talks with President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice the past two days, is to review the policies of the US and Israel regarding the nuclear threat posed by Iran and the impasse in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Supreme Court declined Monday to review the conviction of Michael Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, who is serving at least 20 years in prison for the murder of a teenage neighbor in Connecticut 31 years ago. Skakel's lawyer wanted the justices to recognize a state statute of limitation because his client wasn't arrested until 2000.

US Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D) of California, who is expected to become the speaker of the House, used a letter to signal her support Sunday for John Murtha (D) of Pennsylvania in the race to pick a majority leader. Still, Murtha, a longtime Pelosi ally, is considered the underdog to Steny Hoyer of Maryland in this week's congressional leadership elections.

Accompanied by an immigration- rights activist, Saul Arellano, the 7-year-old Chicago boy at the heart of an immigration dispute, is scheduled to meet Tuesday with members of Mexico's National Assembly. His mother, Elvira Arellano, was supposed to surrender to federal authorties for deportation to Mexico in August, but she has taken refuge in a church in Chicago. She claims that forcing her to leave the US would violate the boy's rights as a citizen with an undocumented parent.

Five years after the second deadliest air disaster in US history, hundreds of relatives and friends came to honor the 265 people killed when American Airlines Flight 587 crashed into the Queens neighborhood of New York after takeoff. The curved-wall memorial is located on a nearby beachfront. Investigators determined that the tail of the plane had fallen off and that pilot error had contributed to the crash.

The Houston Dynamo tied Sunday's Major League Soccer championship game in a second overtime, then won it in a shootout, 4-goals-to-3, over the New England Revolution. The game, played in Frisco, Texas, marked the first time in the league's 11-year history that penalty kicks were decisive.

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