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Killing of four youths stuns Mexican city

Mexico

Killing of four youthS STUNS city residents

The slayings of four youths whose bodies were cut to pieces and left in plastic bags has horrified the central Mexico city of Cuernavaca, calling up memories of a similar crime a year ago. Prosecutors in Morelos state said Friday that the victims, ranging in age from 14 to 21, were found Thursday in plastic bags on a Cuernavaca street along with a threatening note from a drug gang. Cuernavaca has become the scene of drug cartel turf battles in recent years, and the city was shocked when the son of poet Javier Sicilia and six friends were found dead in a car on March 28, 2011. A half dozen alleged drug gang members are facing trial.

SALT LAKE CITY

Company to pay in mine collapse

The operator of a Utah coal mine where a 2007 collapse led to the deaths of nine people agreed on Friday to plead guilty to two misdemeanor criminal charges and pay a $500,000 fine. Genwal Resources Inc. still maintains that its mine was safe but says the plea agreement will avoid "reliving the tragic events," its lawyers said in a statement.

PITTSBURGH

Gunman seemed to pursue others

A gunman who killed a worker and shot six other people at a psychiatric hospital on the University of Pittsburgh campus lived nearby and used two semiautomatic pistols, one of them stolen, as he marched around checking offices possibly in an attempt to find more victims before campus police fatally shot him, authorities said Friday. John Shick, 30, began shooting almost immediately upon entering the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic lobby on Thursday. Police said his motive is unclear.

Dallas

Attendant disrupts flight at takeoff

An American Airlines flight attendant disrupted a flight Friday morning as it was about to take off from Dallas/Fort Worth en route to Chicago, saying over the aircraft intercom system that the plane was going to crash, alluding to Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and ranting about the airline's bankruptcy reorganization, passengers said. Passengers ended up restraining the flight attendant. Two flight attendants were injured and were taken to a hospital, an airline spokeswoman said.

IOWA CITY, Iowa

Suit says workers eyed nude pictures

Employees at a U.S. Cellular store in Iowa routinely searched customers' phones for naked pictures without their knowledge and eagerly showed them to colleagues when found, a former worker's sexual harassment lawsuit says. Lisa Blazek, 32, who worked as a retail consultant at a store in the Iowa city of Spencer from 2007 to 2010, is seeking lost pay and other damages. Lawyers representing the company and four employees named in the suit denied her allegations in a court filing Thursday.

Elsewhere

Egypt: Protesters outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo supporting the Egyptian military's crackdown on international pro-democracy groups clashed Friday with demonstrators rallying against the country's military leadership. Dozens of people were injured.

China: Police in western China fatally shot a Tibetan man and wounded two others amid protests against Chinese rule, an activist group and U.S. broadcaster Radio Free Asia said today.

Times wires

Killing of four youths stuns Mexican city 03/09/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 9, 2012 11:26pm]
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