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■UNITED STATES

Bush answers job offer

Former president George W. Bush visited a Dallas hardware store that earlier this month made him a lighthearted offer to work as a greeter. Andrea Bond, a manager at Elliott’s Hardware, said Bush walked into the store on Saturday and quipped: “I’m looking for a job.” The store had published an open letter to Bush, inviting him to apply for a store greeter position. The tongue-in-cheek appeal appeared in the Dallas Morning News. Bond says Bush spent about an hour shopping and talking to customers during the surprise visit. He bought a few flashlights, batteries and a can of rust-removal spray. He also bought night lights. Bush and his wife, Laura, moved into a home in the Preston Hollow area of Dallas on Friday.



■CUBA

Chavez visits Fidel

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has met twice with ailing former president Fidel Castro during a surprise 24-hour visit. Cuban state media said Chavez arrived on Friday night on a working visit and was greeted by President Raul Castro. Venezuela’s socialist leader — fresh off a referendum win that allows him to run for re-election — met with Fidel Castro on Friday night and again shortly before departing on Saturday. There were no images of Chavez meeting with Fidel Castro. Fidel has not been seen in public since 2006, when he underwent intestinal surgery and ceded power to Raul.

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