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Pileups block interstates in Maryland, Nebraska A series of pileups in Maryland and an overpass collapse in Nebraska shut down portions of two major interstates Saturday at the start of Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest travel holidays of the year.

A 17-mile stretch of Interstate 68 in Maryland reopened Saturday after crews cleared away nearly 90 vehicles from a string of pileups that killed two people and injured dozens more on a fog-shrouded mountain ridge.

"This is absolutely the worst accident scene I've seen in my 27 years as a Maryland state trooper," state police Maj. Vernon Herron said.

In western Nebraska, a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 80 remained closed Saturday after a tractor-trailer slammed into an overpass support Friday night, sending the bridge crashing down onto the truck and killing the driver, 47-year-old Douglas W. Lohmeyer of Blue Springs, Neb.

Gov. Mike Johanns said crews would work around-the-clock to remove the wreckage. Crews began removing the overpass Saturday, and authorities estimate the interstate will reopen Monday, Johanns said.

Salmon fishermen lose suit over price-fixing ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Jurors took about six hours Friday to decide there was no conspiracy by salmon processors and Japanese importers to control the price paid to Bristol Bay fishermen nearly a decade ago.

After sitting through nearly four months of testimony and the last morning of closing arguments, jurors quickly rejected the multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit brought on behalf of 4,500 fishermen in the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery.

"I'm just relieved, and justice prevailed," said Chuck Bundrant, president of Trident Seafoods, one of 10 defendants remaining in the case.

Attorneys for the fishermen said market forces could not explain why the fishermen's share of profits diminished.

Giuliani gets married in mayor's mansion NEW YORK - Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his longtime companion tied the knot Saturday night in a 15-minute ceremony before 400 guests gathered on the lawn outside Gracie Mansion.

Giuliani and Judith Nathan recited traditional wedding vows before Mayor Michael Bloomberg under a chiffon-draped altar surrounded by yellow flowers and facing the East River, said Giuliani spokeswoman Sunny Mindel.

"I would like to introduce my wife, Mrs. Giuliani," Giuliani said after the ceremony as the couple appeared in front of the mansion to kiss for the cameras. "What a lucky man I am to have such a beautiful lady, such a wonderful person."

Nathan said, "I feel fantastic!"

The bride wore a Vera Wang oyster-colored silk gown with a halter neck and a train, with a 19th-century diamond-and-pearl tiara on her head, Mindel said.

The 40-something nurse's father, Donald Stish Sr., gave her away, while Nathan's daughter, Whitney, was maid of honor. Giuliani's 17-year-old son, Andrew, was best man.

After the ceremony, guests dined on rack of lamb, striped bass, and an eight-tiered yellow butter wedding cake filled with fresh raspberries.

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