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Yemen executes Americans' killer

A firing squad on Monday executed an Islamic militant who killed three American missionaries in a Yemen hospital in 2002, Yemen's official Saba news agency reported. Abed Abdul Razak Kamel was shot in the central prison of the southern Ibb province, the agency reported. He had been convicted of opening fire on a staff meeting at a Baptist hospital in Jibla in December 2002, killing obstetrician and surgeon Martha C. Myers, 57; hospital director William Koehn, 60; and purchasing agent Kathleen A. Gariety, 43.

Lost civilization found in Indonesia

Scientists have found what they believe are traces of the lost Indonesian civilization of Tambora, which was wiped out in 1815 by the biggest volcanic eruption in recorded history. Mount Tambora's eruption buried the inhabitants of Sumbawa Island under ash, gas and rock. An estimated 88,000 died. U.S. and Indonesian researchers unearthed the remains of a thatch house, pottery, bronze and the carbonized bones of two people.

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Andrea Yates trial

Andrea Yates rejected a plea offer that would have sent her to prison for 35 years for drowning her children and is expected to face a retrial March 20, her attorney said Monday. The offer will remain on the table until March 10. Yates has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity.

Ga. deputy firings

Georgia's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court ruling that 27 deputies, most of them white, were unjustly fired by their county's new black sheriff. The deputies were fired by Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill on Jan. 3, 2005, his first day in office. Some had supported the incumbent who had lost. It was not immediately clear how the ruling will affect the deputies.

Bank heist

Thieves stole the equivalent of about $92-million during last week's heist at a cash depot in England, police and warehouse owner Securitas Cash Management Ltd. said Monday, describing the biggest cash theft in British history and the second-largest cash theft in recent history. The haul was second to the looting of Iraq's central bank during the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, when $900-million in U.S. bills and as much as $100-million worth of euros were taken. British police on Friday recovered a van containing some of the stolen cash, worth the equivalent of $2.3-million.

Saudi oil complex

Security officers fought an intense gunbattle with suspected al-Qaida militants Monday, killing five people sought in last week's attempt to blow up a huge oil-processing complex with car bombs. A sixth suspect was arrested uninjured during a simultaneous predawn raid in the same part of Riyadh, the Saudi capital, the Interior Ministry said.

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