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Bolivian voters embraced a new constitution Sunday that promises more power for the long-suffering indigenous majority and grants leftist President Evo Morales a shot at remaining in office through 2014.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez welcomed a United States offer to improve diplomatic relations across the world – but says the United States needs to make the first move.

In Portland, Oregon, a gunman opened fire outside an under-21 nightclub Monday, killing two girls and wounding seven other people before shooting himself in what police say might be a random act of violence. A Peruvian exchange student was killed, and five of the wounded were students from Italy, Ecuador, France, Guatemala and Taiwan, officials said.

A woman found shot to death Monday in a Chicago apartment was a former girlfriend of New York Knicks player Eddy Curry and the mother of his 3-year-old son, Curry’s attorney said.

A new study from Italy adds to a mountain of evidence that a mercury-based preservative once used in many vaccines doesn’t hurt children, offering more reassurance to parents.

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