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kentucky

Station wagon collides with minivan, killing 6

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A station wagon lost control on a busy highway, crossed the median and plowed head-on into a minivan, sparking a fiery crash that killed six people – including three children – in central Kentucky.

After the late-night crash in Nicholasville, police Friday had not released the identities of those who died and were still investigating the cause, though they said alcohol was not involved.

“In my 16 years in law enforcement, it was the worst wreck I’ve seen,” Nicholasville Police Sgt. Scott Harvey said. After the crash, the station wagon was flipped on its roof and engulfed in flames, Harvey said.

Horrified motorists, including a woman in a doctor’s coat and stethoscope, tried to help. Some attempted to pull the van away from the burning station wagon. The van did not catch fire.

mississippi

Tea party aide charged in conspiracy kills self

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) – A tea party official charged with conspiring to take photos of Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife inside a nursing home apparently committed suicide Friday, police said, days after Cochran won a nasty Republican primary.

The body of attorney Mark Mayfield was found Friday morning in the garage of his two-story, brick home in a gated community outside Jackson. A gun and suicide note were found nearby, Ridgeland Police Chief Jimmy Houston said. His death came just days after tea party-backed State Sen. Chris McDaniel was defeated by Cochran in the Republican Senate runoff. Mayfield faced up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for a conviction, after allegations he and others conspired to take photos of Rose Cochran, 72, at the nursing home. The photos were later used in an anti-Cochran video. McDaniel denied any involvement in the scheme.

arizona

Mexican copter crosses into U.S., fires shots

WASHINGTON – A Mexican law enforcement helicopter crossed over into U.S. airspace and fired two shots near U.S. Border Patrol agents, according to U.S. officials.

The incident prompted a quick apology from Mexican authorities in what is the second incursion this year.

The incident occurred at about 5 a.m. Thursday in southern Arizona about 100 yards north of the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said, while Mexican authorities were tracking and trying to apprehend about 45 people in a drug operation as the suspects were attempting to cross into the United States.

No one was injured after the shots were fired near the town of San Miguel, Ariz., officials said. In January, two heavily armed Mexican soldiers crossed into Arizona near the same spot and drew their weapons on U.S. Border Patrol officers.

– Los Angeles Times

district of columbia

U.S. plans to join pact banning land mines

WASHINGTON (AP) – After two decades of waffling, the United States on Friday announced its intention to join an international treaty banning land mines, without setting a time frame while working through possible complications on the Korean Peninsula.

Human rights advocates applauded the progress but said the Obama administration should immediately commit to a ban and begin destroying its stockpile, while Republicans accused the president of disregarding military leaders who wanted to maintain land mines in the U.S. arsenal.

The 15-year-old Ottawa Convention includes 161 nations that have signed on to prohibit the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines. President Bill Clinton had a goal of joining the treaty, but the Bush administration pulled back. A U.S. delegation announced the change in position Friday to a land mine conference in Mozambique.

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