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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders abruptly canceled their scheduled budget talks Tuesday, hours after Schwarzenegger's press secretary blamed "union bosses" for blocking pension reforms the governor insists are needed to solve the state's long-term financial problems.

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Republican candidate for New York governor on Thursday accused his Democratic opponent, Andrew Cuomo, of lying after Cuomo retracted his claim that he had voted for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

INDIANAPOLIS - Former Republican Sen. Dan Coats said GOP leaders should try to repeal President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

PARIS - When President Nicolas Sarkozy returns from his Riviera beach vacation this week, it will be a swift return to reality: He will have to answer to criticism about France's crackdown on Gypsies, and to street protesters over plans to raise the retirement age.
Japan votes in election seen as test for Democrats
TOKYO - Japan voted in parliamentary elections Sunday as the ruling Democrats highlighted reforms and cuts in wasteful spending during their 10-month rule, while apologizing for creating "confusion and mistrust" over tax-hike talk and a dispute involving a U.S.
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