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CIA agent fired at planes used in Bay of Pigs invasion

MIAMI

CIA agent fired at BAY of Pigs invasion planes

Newly declassified U.S. documents show a CIA operative accidentally fired on friendly pilots during the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. The B-26 bombers flown by the Cuban exiles were disguised to look like Cuban military planes, but the ruse worked too well, the documents indicated. It was not clear, though, if anyone was hurt. The documents also show U.S. officials authorized limited use of napalm on military targets and the invasion's beachhead area. Earlier this month, the United States made public all but one of five top-secret volumes covering the CIA's history of the failed attack on Fidel Castro's fledgling government.

MOGADISHU, Somalia

Food staples being stolen, U.N. says

Sacks of grain, peanut butter snacks and other food staples meant for starving Somalis are being stolen and sold in markets, an Associated Press investigation has found, raising concerns that thieving businessmen are undermining international famine relief efforts. The United Nation's World Food Program acknowledged for the first time that it has been investigating food theft in Somalia for two months. The WFP condemned any diversion of "even the smallest amount of food from starving and vulnerable Somalis."

HAWTHORNE, Calif.

SpaceX heading to space station

SpaceX's next mission is to the International Space Station. The private rocket maker said Monday its Dragon capsule will launch Nov. 30 on a cargo test run to the orbiting outpost. SpaceX said the launch will be followed by a station docking more than a week later. With the space shuttle fleet retired, NASA will depend on companies like SpaceX to handle space station supply runs and astronaut rides. Until then, the space agency is paying for trips aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

THIBODAUX, La.

Father accused of killing his son

A Louisiana man is accused of decapitating and dismembering his disabled 7-year-old son and leaving the boy's head near the street so the child's mother would see it — a killing that brought seasoned police officers to tears, authorities said Monday. Jeremiah Lee Wright, 30, of Thibodaux has confessed to killing Jori Lirette, police said. Wright was booked on first-degree murder charges and was held Monday in lieu of $5 million bail.

Elsewhere

PHILADELPHIA: Kareem Edward Farmer, 24, the driver of a Greyhound bus that overturned on a central Pennsylvania highway, injuring 14 people, was cited Monday in connection with the weekend crash.

BUFFALO, N.Y.: Sgt. James Hackemer, the double-amputee Iraq war veteran thrown to his death from a western New York roller coaster, was laid to rest Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.

CLEVELAND: Attorneys for Anthony Sowell, 51, a serial killer sentenced to death last week, plan to request a new trial, alleging juror misconduct.

LOS ANGELES: Authorities said Monday a thief stole a small Rembrandt drawing worth $250,000 Saturday from the lobby at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey.

MEXICO CITY: The 1,000th same-sex marriage took place Sunday in Mexico's capital since they were approved in March 2010.

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