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Published: Thursday, 5/15/2008

Firefighters battle blaze at UT's Memorial Field House

DETROIT General Motors Corp. and a local union reached a new labor agreement Thursday that could end a monthlong strike at a Michigan plant which makes some of GM s hottest selling vehicles. The Detroit automaker and UAW Local 602 reached the tentative agreement in the early morning hours, GM spokesman Dan Flores said. UAW Local 602 represents 3,300 workers at the Delta Township plant, which makes GM s hot-selling Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia crossovers.

JERUSALEM - Marking the 60th anniversary of Israel's founding, President Bush on Thursday criticized the deadly tactics of extremist groups and denounced anti-Semitism, especially by those who want to wipe the nation "off the map." "We believe that religious liberty is fundamental to civilized society, so we condemn anti-Semitism in all forms whether by those who openly question Israel's right to exist, or by others who quietly excuse them," Bush said.

LUOSHUI TOWN, China - China warned the death toll from this week's earthquake could soar to 50,000, while the government issued a public appeal Thursday for rescue equipment as it struggled to cope with the disaster. More than 72 hours after the quake rattled central China, rescuers appeared to shift from poring through downed buildings for survivors to the grim duty of searching for bodies with 10 million directly affected by Monday's temblor.

BLOOMDALE, Ohio A blaze of a yet unknown origin destroyed a banquet hall early Thursday in this Wood County village, authorities said. The blaze was reported about 3:55 a.m., according to the Wood County Sheriff s Office.

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