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Your neighbors may be hiring day laborers
29 Apr 2006 source: cnn.com

BURBANK, California (AP) -- Chris James needed help moving a piano and three dozen boxes of records from his music studio, but instead of corralling some buddies he rented a truck and hired day laborers outside the local Home Depot. The two Guatemalan men finished the job in an hour and a half, hauling a piano and wedging a sofa into his condo, then stacking the boxes in a back room, for less than $40. It was first time James hired day laborers but it won't be his last. "Absolutely sati ...

Extras' success at Rose d'Or
29 Apr 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Ricky Gervais's sitcom Extras was the toast of the prestigious Rose d'Or TV awards with two key prizes. The BBC comedy won awards for best sitcom and Ashley Jensen won best sitcom actress. The show's co-creator and star Ricky Gervais was not nominated but he did pick up an honorary award for his contribution to entertainment. Other winners included QI's Stephen Fry, for best game show host, and Deal or No Deal for best game show. The ceremony was held in Lucerne in Switzerland. Jo Joyner fr ...

Iran rejects demands to abandon uranium enrichment
29 Apr 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Christian Oliver TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran refused on Saturday to stop uranium enrichment after a U.N. report said it had done little or nothing to prove it was not developing nuclear arms. Instead, it repeated a long-standing offer to let international inspectors make unannounced checks as long as the U.N. Security Council -- invoked by the West several months ago to put pressure on Iran -- dropped the case. Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), deli ...

Football: B'ham WBA relegated
29 Apr 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Birmingham and West Brom have been relegated from the Premiership after Portsmouth beat Wigan 2-1. Birmingham could only draw 0-0 with Newcastle and are now four points behind Portsmouth with one game to go. The Baggies play West Ham on Monday but are nine points behind Pompey with only six points available from two games. Blues boss Steve Bruce said: "We knew it was a tough job and did everything possible. When Shay Given denied us at the end we knew it just wasn't to be." Pompey's 20 poin ...

Body found after bridge jump
29 Apr 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Police searching for a woman who is believed to have jumped from the Humber Bridge with her 12-year-old autistic son have found a body in the estuary. The body was spotted by a passerby on Saturday morning in the Humber, near Brough, but has not yet been formally identified, Humberside Police said. Police confirmed they had informed the family of Alison Davies, from Marple, Stockport, of the discovery. The body of Mrs Davies's son Ryan was found in the water on 16 April. The 12-year-old, who ...

Football: Blues revel in title
29 Apr 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho threw his medal into the crowd to celebrate his side's second successive title after they cruised past Manchester United. The Blues only needed a draw to retain their crown but a 3-0 win saw them do it in style at Stamford Bridge. And Mourinho said: "It is a fantastic feeling, unbelievable. "This is my second in England and my fourth consecutive title if you include Porto. One day we'll lose but, for now, we are the best team in the country." The hosts only need ...

'No excuses' over prison debacle
29 Apr 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

There are "no excuses" for the release of hundreds of foreign prisoners at the end of their sentences without being deported, the prime minister has said. Speaking to the News of the World, Tony Blair also said Charles Clarke's future as home secretary "depends on what happens" with those released. Mr Clark faces increased pressure to quit after revealing five immigrants released from prison had re-offended. Police officers are undertaking raids to detain some higher risk offenders. In an in ...

NYC icon survives Great Depression, giant ape
29 Apr 2006 source: cnn.com

NEW YORK (AP) -- Born in the Great Depression, it has weathered economic hardship, world war, labor strikes, murder, terrorist fears, and even a plane crash. The Empire State Building, once the tallest building in the world and again the tallest in New York City, is turning 75 years old on Monday. A yearlong celebration is planned for the building, consisting mainly of monthly light shows, according to Lydia Ruth, spokeswoman for the corporation that runs the building. Like London's Crystal  ...

Prescott affair 'exploited power'
29 Apr 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott "exploited power for his own sexual gratification", the diary secretary he had an affair with has said. Tracey Temple was speaking in an interview with the Mail on Sunday newspaper for which she was paid in excess of £100,000. The interview features more allegations from Ms Temple about their affair. Her publicist Max Clifford has said she received no support when the affair emerged, a claim the government denies. Meanwhile, Mr Prescott did not turn u ...

Two farms in bird flu infection
29 Apr 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Two poultry farms, close to a farm in Norfolk infected with bird flu, have found the disease in their livestock. The latest infected areas are close to Witford Lodge Farm, where some 35,000 chickens were slaughtered after an avian flu strain was found. The government said initial tests showed the farms were affected by a less serious strain than the deadly H5N1 which killed a swan in Fife. Two free range flocks will be slaughtered, officials said. The Department for Environment, Food and Ru ...

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