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FBI agent drowns in rescue attempt

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- An FBI agent who tried to rescue a swimmer in distress has drowned at a beach in northeast Puerto Rico, authorities said Friday.

Daniel Knapp, a 43-year-old agent who was based in San Juan, drowned on Thursday at Hidden Beach in the coastal city of Fajardo, the FBI said in a statement.

Friends of the swimmer had asked Knapp for help, and he was able to reach the swimmer but was later overcome by rough ocean conditions, the FBI said.

"He died a hero, saving another life," said local FBI director Joseph S. Campbell.

Knapp is survived by his parents and four brothers.

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Police use tear gas to disperse protesters

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Riot police in Bahrain fired tear gas Friday to disperse several hundred protesters among thousands who took to the streets Friday to demand the government's resignation after a fact-finding report uncovered torture and other abuses against detainees.

The protesters carried the Bahraini flag as they marched for nearly four miles along a highway through Shiite neighborhoods in a northern district of the island kingdom. After the march, several hundred protesters gathered at a traffic circle, prompting police to seal off the road and release clouds of tear gas.

Bahrain's Shiites, about 70 percent of the nation's 525,000 citizens, complain of widespread discrimination under the kingdom's Sunni rulers, including being blocked from top government or military posts.