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US Rep. Bobby Jindal (R) of Louisiana, the 36-year-old son of Indian immigrants, became the state's youngest governor Saturday and the first nonwhite to hold the post since Reconstruction. He received roughly 53 percent of the vote, eliminating the need for a runoff with 11 other candidates. Jindal, above with his mother, wife, and son, addresses supporters after his victory. He lost the governor's race four years ago to Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who didn't seek reelection.

Spc. Justin Watt, the whistleblower who came forward with rape allegations against fellow 101st Airborne Division soldiers, has been barred from leaving the Army on a medical discharge because of questions about his role in a separate incident, Watt's attorney said. Watt is being investigated in a shooting at an Iraqi checkpoint. Four of the five men he helped identify in the rape and murder of an Iraqi teenager have been convicted so far.

President Bush went bird-watching and fishing on Saturday near Washington to help announce new initiatives to protect migrating birds and two fish species, red drum and striped bass, prized by anglers. Above, veterinarian Glenn Olsen gives Bush a close look at a screech owl in Laurel, Md.

Millions of Californians in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Santa Barbara switched off their lights between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday as part of an energy-saving campaign.

Jerrold Hoffman, whose hometown of Udall, Kan., was once leveled by a tornado more than 50 years ago, is spearheading an effort to replace as many trees as possible in nearby Greensburg, Kan., where a twister destroyed some 2,000 trees on May. 4. Using money raised nationwide, Hoffman and other volunteers will orchestrate the planting of 10-to-12-foot oaks, elms, and cottonwoods next Saturday.

Members of United Auto Workers locals in Missouri, Ohio, and Delaware joined union colleagues in Detroit over the weekend in rejecting a tentative contract agreement between the UAW and Chrysler LLC. The final nationwide results are expected this week.

President Bush urged all Americans to demonstrate good character and for families to teach respect, tolerance, self-restraint, fairness, and compassion in proclaiming Oct. 21-27 National Character Counts Week.

The Sodoku numbers puzzle craze reached a new milestone Saturday in Philadelphia, where 800 entrants participated in the pastime's first national championship.

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