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Kennedy takes helm at regatta

HYANNIS PORT, Mass. - Sen. Edward Kennedy took the helm of his sailboat "Mya" yesterday and rode a stiff southern wind from Nantucket back to Hyannis in a regatta just a week after undergoing a brain biopsy that diagnosed cancer.

The Massachusetts Democrat made the second leg of the "Figawi" boat race between the island and Cape Cod, skipping Saturday's first round. Also aboard for the more than two-hour journey were his wife, Vicki; Sen. Christopher Dodd (D., Conn.); and relatives.

Kennedy declined to discuss his coming treatment. Doctors are considering chemotherapy, radiation or a combination to treat the tumor that triggered a seizure May 17. Treatment could start as early as this week.

- AP

Guns found with bodies of family

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - Authorities said yesterday that they had found two handguns with the decomposed bodies of five family members discovered in a home overlooking the ocean in a wealthy, gated Orange County community.

It was unclear how the family died, and neither homicide nor suicide could immediately be ruled out, said sheriff's Lt. Erin Giudice. She said that there was no threat to the community and that deputies were not searching for any suspects.

The handguns were found near the bodies of a man and woman in their 40s or 50s who were discovered Sunday in a closet. A woman in her 70s and two sisters in their early 20s were found in the attached bedroom. Autopsy results and identities were not expected until at least today.

- AP

Cataract surgery for N.Y. governor

NEW YORK - New York Gov. David Paterson is expected to have cataract surgery this summer after operations for a different eye condition this week.

Spokeswoman Risa Heller says the cataract, a clouding of the eye's lens, was found in Paterson's left eye during an examination after his recent glaucoma surgery. She said Paterson would likely schedule an outpatient cataract procedure before taking an August vacation.

The legally blind governor had surgery on his left eye last Tuesday to relieve searing pain from acute glaucoma. Doctors operated on his right eye Friday to prevent the spread of the condition.

- AP


A 2-year-old boy

was killed when he pulled away from his mother's hand and fell about 100 feet off a cliff at Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina. Trail maps at the park advise parents not to take small children on the Skyline Trail because of the steep cliffs.

Three people

at a theme park in Branson, Mo., were injured when high winds knocked part of a tree onto a trolley. Thunderstorms caused many patrons at the Silver Dollar City park to leave or seek shelter Sunday.