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August 25. 2013 11:33PM


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LAKE BUTLER, Fla.


Gunman, boss in Fla.


shooting once close


Residents in the close-knit Florida community of Lake Butler are trying piece together why a longtime employee of a trucking company went on a shooting spree.


Police say Hubert Allen Jr. drove around Saturday and shot former co-workers and his onetime boss, Marvin Pritchett. Authorities say Allen killed Pritchett and a former co-worker and wounded two other former co-workers before he killed himself.


Residents said Allen and Pritchett were once close. Pritchett was known around town as Mr. P, a generous man and friendly boss. They describe Allen as a quiet man without grudges who recently developed heart disease.


Police didn’t release any new details Sunday or information on a possible motive.


PORTLAND Ore.


Bomb plotter pleads


for court’s mercy


Mohamed Osman Mohamud once called for jihad against the West and said the attacks of Sept. 11 were “awesome.” The bomb he hoped would kill thousands, he said, was “beautiful.”


Now, he’s begging for mercy.


“My heart is filled with remorse, shame, sorrow, pain and misery every time I think about my actions on that day,” Mohamud wrote in a letter filed in federal court in Oregon and addressed to the judge who will sentence him.


“That day” Mohamud is referring to is Nov. 26, 2010, when he planned to set off a bomb at the crowded annual Christmas tree lighting in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.


But the 1,800-pound bomb that Mohamud tried to detonate remotely through a cellphone was fake, designed by federal investigators to resemble an actual explosive. The men Mohamud thought were al-Qaida operatives were undercover officers.


In January, a jury convicted Mohamud, 22, of attempting to set off a weapon of mass destruction. He faces a sentence of up to life in prison.


NEW DELHI, India


Last of 5 in gang


rape arrested


Police on Sunday arrested the last of five men wanted in the gang rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai, and said charges would be filed soon in a case that has incensed the public and fueled debate over whether women can be safe in India.


The victim, a 22-year-old Indian woman, said she was anxious to return to work after Thursday night’s assault, in which five men repeatedly raped her while her male colleague was beaten and tied up in an abandoned textile mill in the country’s financial capital.


“Rape is not the end of life,” the woman told the Times of India.


Police arrested the fifth suspect Sunday in New Delhi, the capital, after rounding up the other four in Mumbai.


LAGOS, Nigeria


Teen survives ride


in plane wheel well


A Nigerian airline says a teenager hid in the wheel well of a plane and survived a 35-minute domestic flight.


Arik Airline managing director Chris Ndulue said Sunday the incident magnifies “incessant security lapses at our airports.”


Arik spokesman Ola Adebanji said passengers and crew had alerted the pilots and the Federal Aviation Agency that a boy was seen running to the plane as it was taxiing to take off Saturday from southern Benin City. Agency spokesman Yakubu Dati said security agents swept the area and found nothing.


Adebanji said a boy aged 13 or 14 jumped out of the wheel well when the plane landed in the commercial capital of Lagos. He was arrested by Arik personnel.


Nigeria has a history of major aviation disasters and security challenges.




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