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2 new stamps mark Civil War battles

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service is releasing two new stamps paying tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, specifically the Battle of New Orleans and the Battle of Antietam.

The "Civil War: 1862" stamps were released Tuesday. The stamps mark the first significant achievement of the U.S. Navy in the war during the Battle of New Orleans and the bloodiest day of the conflict at Antietam.

The New Orleans stamp is a reproduction of an 1862 color lithograph titled "The Splendid Naval Triumph on the Mississippi, April 24th, 1862." The Antietam stamp is a reproduction of an 1887 painting by Thure de Thulstrup.

Postal Service Vice President Dean Granholm says the stamps help Americans pause and remember a period of history that had a lasting effect on the nation.


Party crasher plans to run for governor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Tareq Salahi, a Virginia vintner who achieved notoriety for crashing a White House party and later saw his wife run off with a guitarist for the rock band Journey, now says he will run as a Republican for governor of Virginia.

In a move that provoked rolled eyes and guffaws within Richmond's political chattering classes, Salahi filled out and submitted a candidacy declaration Tuesday. It came one day after another GOP candidate for governor, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, sued Salahi and his winery.

Salahi and his wife, Michaele, breezed in uninvited to a White House state dinner in 2009 and were able to meet President Obama. Their brazen exploit sparked concern about the Secret Service's effectiveness. The notoriety also landed Michaele a role in a reality television series, and later she was kicked off another reality program.

In more attention-grabbing last year, Tareq Salahi reported that his wife had been abducted. But she had actually run off with Neal Schon, the lead guitarist for Journey.