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Haitian doctors

remain on strike

Doctors at Haiti's largest public hospital extended a weeklong strike Tuesday to protest overdue paychecks, leaving dozens of victims of violence and other emergencies struggling to find care. All 75 resident doctors walked off the job last week because the government has not paid their salaries for three months, said Albert Camille Archange, director of the General Hospital in the capital, Port-au-Prince.


Food market gets 1st

cleaning in decades

Workers at Kenya's main fresh food market killed some 6,000 rats and trucked away 800 tons of garbage in the first major cleanup in 30 years, an official said Tuesday. The Wakulima Market, which supplies fresh food to most of Nairobi's 3-million residents, was a hazard, with garbage piling up 7 feet deep in some places, said Local Government Minister Musikari Kombo.

Guess he was too qualified for jury

No one took any notice of the tall, slim man who appeared Tuesday for jury duty. Had he worn his black robe, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer no doubt would have drawn more attention. Even Marlborough, Mass., District Judge Thomas Sullivan Jr. didn't recognize Breyer until he read the justice's name on a document listing potential jurors. "When I looked at the slip I said, "Oh, my God,' " Sullivan said. Enough jurors were picked for an assault case before Breyer's name was called, and the defense attorney in a drunken driving case excluded the justice from that jury.


Peru standoff

More than 100 fighters belonging to an armed nationalist group that seized a remote Peruvian police station and took officers and soldiers hostage surrendered to authorities Tuesday and freed their 17 captives, officials said. Former army Maj. Antauro Humala turned himself in to National Police Chief Felix Murazzo at the town's municipal building before dawn Tuesday. But about 125 members of the xenophobic fringe group remained barricaded inside with the hostages until midday. The rebels, all former soldiers, climbed into buses provided by the police and rode away.

Laser beam

Federal authorities in Newark, N.J., Tuesday used the Patriot Act to charge a man with pointing a laser beam at an airplane overhead and temporarily blinding the pilot and co-pilot. The FBI said the incident had no connection to terrorism but called David Banach's actions "foolhardy and negligent." Banach, 38, of Parsippany, was accused of interfering with the operator of a mass transportation vehicle and making false statements to the FBI, and was released on $100,000 bail. Banach's lawyer said her client was using the device to look at stars with his daughter.