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March 03. 2013 11:47PM


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LOUISVILLE, Ky.


6 killed in crashes


The drummer for country music star Kellie Pickler was in serious condition Sunday as one of five people hospitalized in two crashes that happened within minutes at the same spot on Interstate 65 in central Kentucky and killed six.


Pickler’s manager, Larry Fitzgerald, said 36-year-old Gregg Lohman of Goodlettsville, Tenn., suffered serious injuries in the wreck Saturday. He remained in serious condition Sunday at University of Louisville Hospital.


The wreck happened about 15 minutes after a fiery crash involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV on the northbound side of the highway.


Six people from rural Wisconsin were killed when the tractor-trailer rear-ended their Ford Expedition at about 11:13 a.m. EST Saturday in the northbound lanes near Glendale, Ky.


TUCSON, Ariz.


400 inmates fight


An Arizona prison complex was on lockdown Sunday after a fight broke out among 400 inmates.


Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Lamoreaux said the staff was able to quickly stop the fight that broke out at 9:45 a.m. Sunday at the Whetstone Unit of the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson.


Two prison staffers suffered minor injuries, while five inmates were brought to hospitals with injuries. The extent of the inmates’ injuries wasn’t immediately available.


The prison is investigating the cause of the fight.


Nearly 1,250 prisoners are housed in the Whetstone Unit.


CAIRO


Kerry rewards Egypt


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday rewarded Egypt for President Mohammed Morsi’s pledges of political and economic reforms by releasing $250 million in American aid to support the country’s “future as a democracy.”


Yet Kerry also served notice that the Obama administration will keep close watch on how Morsi, who came to power in June as Egypt’s first freely elected president, honors his commitment and that additional U.S. assistance would depend on it.


Egypt is trying to meet conditions to close on a $4.8 billion loan package from the International Monetary Fund. An agreement would unlock more of the $1 billion in U.S. assistance promised by President Barack Obama last year and set to begin flowing with Kerry’s announcement.


KARACHI, Pakistan


Car bomb kills 37


A car bomb exploded outside a mosque on Sunday, killing 37 people and wounding another 141 in a Shiite Muslim dominated neighborhood in the southern Pakistan city of Karachi — the third mass casualty attack on the minority sect in the country this year.


No one has taken responsibility for the bombing, but Shiite Muslims have been increasingly targeted by Sunni militant groups in Karachi, Pakistan’s economic hub and site of years of political, sectarian and ethnic violence, as well as other parts of the country.


The bomb exploded outside a Shiite mosque as people were leaving evening prayers in Pakistan’s largest city.




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