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WWII vet says nobody helped after he was carjacked

DETROIT

WWII vet says he was carjacked, nobody helped

A World War II veteran said Saturday that nobody helped after he was attacked and carjacked in daylight at a Detroit gas station. A roughly four-minute surveillance video obtained by the Detroit Free Press shows Aaron Brantley, 86, crawling from a fuel pump to the station's door as people walk and drive by him. Brantley said a man knocked him down, took his keys and drove off in his car Wednesday morning. He said at least four people walked by as he crawled, unable to walk because his leg was broken. Station manager Haissam Jaber said he didn't see the attack but called 911 after a customer alerted him.

VATICAN CITY

Pope speaks against artificial procreation

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday urged infertile couples to shun artificial procreation, decrying such methods as a form of arrogance. Speaking at the end of a three-day Vatican conference on diagnosing and treating infertility, Benedict pressed the church ban against artificial procreation, saying infertile couples should refrain from any method to try to conceive other than sex between husband and wife. Sperm or egg donation and methods such as in vitro fertilization are banned by the church. The pope said the church encourages medical research into infertility.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Mandela, 93, is hospitalized

Former South African President Nelson Mandela was hospitalized Saturday with an undisclosed stomach ailment, prompting concern about the health of the much beloved 93-year-old icon. Mandela's African National Congress, South Africa's governing party, said his hospital visit was not an emergency and that Mandela was in good health. Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison for fighting racist white rule, has officially retired and last appeared in public in July 2010. The Nobel peace laureate became South Africa's first black president in 1994 and served one five-year term.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Airport detector left unattended

Transportation Security Administration officials removed two officers from screening duties at Sacramento International Airport after a metal detector was left unattended and five people were suspected of going through unscreened. TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis said the checkpoint at Terminal B was closed around 9 a.m. Saturday as the five people were located and rescreened. The detector was unattended for less than a minute. The terminal's closure lasted about an hour, and 12 flights were delayed.

Elsewhere

New York: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said it is recalling six versions of its Wrangler Silent Armor tires over concerns that the tread could separate from the tire under "severe usage conditions" and cause accidents.

Tehran, Iran: Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi on Saturday warned that an Israeli attack on Iran will lead to the collapse of the Jewish state, state television reported Saturday in one of the strongest statements indicating Iran would retaliate should Israel attack its nuclear facilities.

Taipei, Taiwan: A strong earthquake struck southern Taiwan this morning, causing minor property damage in a mountainous area near the coastal city of Pingtung. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Times wires

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