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U.S. warns of potential threat in Guyana

Guyana

U.S. warns of potential threat

The U.S. Embassy in Guyana warned Sunday that it had received "unconfirmed threat information" about a regional airline's flights from the South American country to the United States today and urged Americans to avoid using the carrier.

The message about flights of Caribbean Airlines was unusual for being so specific about a potential threat, although it gave no details on the threat. The warning was posted Sunday on the embassy's website.

It advised all U.S. citizens in Guyana to make alternate travel arrangements through Wednesday if they were planning on traveling home on flights with Caribbean Airlines.

The airline's representative for Guyana, Carl Stuart, said the company has elevated "our level of security involving the police, the military and other agencies."

"We are on top of this and flights will continue as normal, but we are taking no chances," he said.

New York

Police find 3,000 birds in cockfighting bust

New York state's attorney general said more than 3,000 birds were rescued in a cockfighting takedown that resulted in nine felony arrests.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called this weekend's bust the largest rescue of fighting roosters in New York history. He said at one event, 70 people were taken into custody.

Schneiderman said the gamecocks were bred, trained and administered performance-enhancing drugs, had razor-sharp gaffs attached in place of their spurs and were locked in pens to be wagered on.

The seizures occurred in Queens, Brooklyn and Ulster County.

Pomona, Calif.

Multicar crash on freeway leaves 6 dead

A wrong-way driver on a Southern California freeway was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after causing a predawn crash with multiple vehicles Sunday that left six people dead, the highway patrol said.

Police arrested the 21-year-old female driver on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and felony manslaughter in connection with the 4:40 a.m. accident on the westbound Pomona freeway, or State Route 60.

Israel

2 wounded in Israeli airstrike in Gaza

The Israeli military said that it carried out an airstrike early Sunday against a Palestinian militant in Gaza responsible for firing rockets into Israel. Medical officials in Gaza reported that the target of the strike, who was riding a motorcycle, was critically wounded and that a bystander was hurt, as well.

The airstrike, the third against a specific militant in Gaza in three weeks, was a return to the practice known in Israel as "targeted killing" that had all but halted after a cease-fire began more than 14 months ago, ending a round of fierce cross-border fighting.

The resumption of such strikes comes amid an increase in rocket fire by small radical groups operating in Gaza, as well as Israeli retaliatory airstrikes against facilities associated with militant groups and clashes along the Israel-Gaza border fence.

Elsewhere

Ukraine: Ukraine's security agency on Sunday warned of a heightened risk of terrorism amid months of antigovernment protests.

Switzerland: Voters backed a proposal to limit immigration Sunday, in a blow for the government after it had warned that the measure could harm the economy and relations with Europe.

Times wires

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