EL PASO, Texas
teens were shot while looking at used cars
Three teens, at least two of them American, died in a hail of weekend gunfire apparently meant for someone else while browsing used cars in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, a relative of one said Tuesday. A fourth young man also was with the teens and survived the shooting, but now fears for his life and is seeking refuge in the United States, Gladys Luna, the grandmother of one of the victims, told the Associated Press. Her grandson, Juan Carlos Echeverri, 15, was killed Saturday along with Carlos Mario Gonzalez Bermudez, 16, and Cesar Yalin Miramontes Jimenez, 17. Echeverri and Gonzalez were U.S. citizens. Miramontes' nationality is unclear. A survivor told Luna that the teens were killed when young men opened fire on the dealership, which is not far from the border separating El Paso and Juarez.
Mom held after infant left in toilet
A married mother faced charges Tuesday of giving birth Friday night in a toilet at a South Carolina sports and concert arena and leaving the newborn boy. Jessica Blackham, 25, of Easley was arrested after she came to the Greenville police station accompanied by family members. Police said she has a 4-year-old child and no criminal record. Officials said they could not immediately explain what Blackham was thinking.
FORT LUPTON, Colo.
Woman mistakenly gets abortion drug
A Colorado woman who is six weeks pregnant says a pharmacist at a grocery store mistakenly gave her an abortion drug instead of an antibiotic and now she fears the error will cause her to miscarry. Mareena Silva told Denver's KMGH-TV that the pharmacist at the Safeway in Fort Lupton gave her methotrexate last week. The drug, intended for another woman, is used in chemotherapy and to terminate early-stage pregnancies. Safeway said policies and procedures meant to prevent medication errors weren't followed.
U.S. adds pressure over jailed envoy
The United States may scrap talks with Pakistan about the war in Afghanistan to further pressure Islamabad to free an American who killed two Pakistanis, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Washington insists Raymond Davis has diplomatic immunity and killed the Pakistanis in self-defense as they tried to rob him at gunpoint on Jan. 27.
U.N. says drought is threat to crop
The United Nations' food agency warned Tuesday that a severe drought was threatening the wheat crop in China, the world's largest wheat producer, and resulting in shortages of drinking water for people and livestock. Any move by China to import large quantities of food in response to the drought could drive prices even higher than the record levels recently reached.
South Korea: The government agreed today to hold talks with North Korea on humanitarian issues between the rivals, as military officers from both sides met at the border for a second straight day to try to end tensions on the peninsula.
West Bank: The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday set long-overdue local council elections for July 9 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The rival Hamas government that rules Gaza promptly rejected the move.