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Brother of late reggae star dies in shootout with police

MIAMI _ The 19-year-old brother of the late reggae music star Bob Marley died in a shootout with Miami police officers, officials said Monday. Anthony Booker, 19, walked around the Cutler Ridge Mall on Sunday afternoon for about 10 minutes waving a shotgun, mumbling and yelling at shoppers, police Lt. Glen Kay said. He said Booker fired once at police in the mall's parking lot before police shot back. Booker died Sunday of the gunshot wounds. Kay said Booker was the younger brother of Marley, who died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36 after popularizing reggae music worldwide. Millions of the Jamaican artist's recordings have been sold.Panel studies assault weapons

TALLAHASSEE _ Criminals who injure people with semiautomatic guns should face stricter penalties, a task force created to study the need for regulation of assault weapons agreed Monday. Michael Saporito, chairman of the Assault Weapons Commission, began the meeting by proposing life prison sentences for such criminals. Under Saporito's plan, the criminal would have to serve at least 15 years of that sentence before becoming eligible for parole. The commission members agreed on the need for tougher sentences, said Saporito, adding that details would be worked out at a meeting March 8. The panel also will discuss in March whether any weapons should be banned and will prepared a final report for the Legislature.

Jury to get starvation case

MILTON _ Jury deliberations were expected to begin Tuesday in the trial of Pace evangelist Mary Nicholson, charged with first-degree murder in the starvation death of 4-year-old Kimberly McZinc in 1988. The prosecution and defense rested their cases Monday. The state contends that Ms. Nicholson convinced the child's mother, Darlene Jackson, that Kimberly was possessed by demonic spirits that could be exorcised only by strict diet and discipline. Ms. Jackson, 33, serving a seven-year prison sentence after pleading guilty last March to third-degree murder and child abuse in Kimberly's beating and starvation death, was the state's key witness in this trial. Ms. Nicholson, 40, also is charged with aggravated child abuse in the child's death. Her trial began last Monday.

Tar fouls stretch of beach

WILBUR-BY-THE-SEA _ A mile-long stretch of Atlantic Coast beach has been fouled by oily globs of tar, officials say. Beach rangers discovered the material about 3 p.m. Sunday on the beach in southern Volusia County, south of the Daytona Beach area, and called federal environmental officials. Visitor Scott Roberts of Woodbridge, Va., said the tar ruined his stroll along the shore, covering the bottoms of his shoes with the sticky material. "I didn't come 700 miles to find the beach like this," he said as he and three companions tried to wipe the goo from their shoes and feet. Coast Guard officials didn't know the source of the tar.

_ Compiled from wire reports

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