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CHICAGOMayor Daley says he won't run again

Mayor Richard M. Daley, who wielded more control over Chicago than anyone but his father, said Tuesday he will not seek re-election, bringing a surprising end to a dynasty whose name became synonymous with the city's legendary political machine.

The departure threatens to leave a significant power vacuum in the nation's third largest city, which Daley helped transform from a gritty industrial hub into a gleaming modern metropolis.

It also opens the door to months of political jockeying before February's election.

Among the few names of potential successors to surface before Tuesday was Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, who mused earlier this year that he might like the post some day.

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras

Gunmen attack shoe factory, kill 15

Men armed with assault rifles burst into a shoe factory and opened fire Tuesday, killing at least 15 workers and wounding eight, Honduran authorities said.

National police spokesman Leonel Sauceda said the motive for the violence in the northern city of San Pedro Sula had not been determined.

Sauceda said police were not ruling out the possibility the attack may have been related to drug trafficking. San Pedro Sula has been a hotbed of gun battles between drug traffickers and among street gangs.

NEW YORK

Suit seeks an end to snooping on travelers

Civil rights lawyers sued Tuesday to stop authorities from snooping in the laptops, cell phones and cameras of international travelers without probable cause.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn against the Department of Homeland Security as well as U.S. customs and immigration authorities.

It says more than 6,500 people have had their devices searched as they crossed U.S. borders since October 2008.

Nearly half of those were U.S. citizens.

Attleboro, Mass.

Yellow jackets sting woman 500 times

Fire officials say a Massachusetts woman who fell onto a yellow jackets' nest in her yard was stung more than 500 times.

Capt. Tim Birch says firefighters used a carbon dioxide chemical fire extinguisher to blast the swarm of insects away Sunday, but it wasn't enough. Three firefighters were treated for stings.

Birch told the Sun Chronicle newspaper that paramedics and even emergency room personnel had to fight off the yellow jackets, as well.

The 53-year-old victim remained hospitalized, her condition unavailable.

Elsewhere

SANTIAGO, Chile: The 33 miners who have been trapped for over a month 2,300 feet under the Atacama desert in northern Chile watched Tuesday's soccer match between Chile and Ukraine live.

ATLANTA: U.S. smoking rates continue to hold steady, at about one in five adults lighting up regularly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported Tuesday, noting that the smoking rate has basically been flat since about 2004.

BUFFALO, N.Y.: John Lennon's killer was again denied parole in New York, nearly 30 years after gunning down the ex-Beatle outside the musician's New York City apartment building.

LAS VEGAS: Las Vegas' sixth-longest dry streak ended at 137 days Tuesday with the arrival of 0.01 inch of rain.

EARTH: NASA says two small asteroids discovered Sunday will zip harmlessly past Earth — the closest at about 49,000 miles — today.

WASHINGTON: A federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion to lift an injunction issued two weeks ago barring the government from funding research involving human embryonic stem cells.

Congo: The United Nations on Tuesday reported more than 500 systematic rapes were committed by armed combatants in eastern Congo since late July — more than double the number previously reported.

Times wires

CHICAGOMayor Daley says he won't run again 09/07/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 12:09am]

    

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