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US teenager shot dead after loud music row MIAMI: A Florida teenager is dead after being gunned down by a man who moments earlier had asked the victim and his friends to turn down the music coming from a car stereo, justice officials said Tuesday.   Jordan Davis, 17, was hit at least twice by bullets fired by Michael Dunn, a 45-year-old businessman who is in custody over the incident which took place Friday in Jacksonville, said Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Rob Schoonover.   The shooting occurred after Dunn, who is white, approached Davis, who was black, to complain about loud music coming from the sport utility vehicle (SUV) in which the youngsters were seated.   "Jordan and Dunn exchanged words, and Dunn pulled a gun and shot eight or nine times, striking Jordan twice. No one else was hurt," said Schoonover.   No firearms were found in the victim's car. Dunn, whose girlfriend was buying in a convenience store when the incident occurred, was in town for ...

Baseball free agency architect Miller dies NEW YORK: Marvin Miller, the first head of the Major League Baseball Players Association who revolutionized sports with the creation of player free agency, died Tuesday at the age of 95.   "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Marvin Miller," said current MLBPA chief Michael Weiner in a statement on Tuesday.   Miller had been diagnosed with liver cancer in August.   "All players past, present and future owe a debt of gratitude to Marvin, and ...
Mexico police unearth 20 bodies in violence-torn north  CIUDAD JUAREZ: The bones of nine people were found in desert graves in violence-plagued northern Mexico, raising the number of remains found there since the weekend to 20, authorities said Monday.   The 20 male remains were discovered in 15 graves in the Juarez Valley, near the border city of Ciudad Juarez, anti-organized crime prosecutor Jorge Gonzalez Nicolas told a news conference.   With backing from US authorities, more than 100 police officers, sniffer dogs and forensics experts took ...
Mexico factory exports rebound in October  MEXICO CITY: Mexican manufactured exports rose in October, rebounding from a recent slump and pointing to renewed health in US appetite for Mexican goods while a jump in imports showed domestic demand remained solid.   Manufactured exports rose 1.46 percent last month compared with September, even as the month-on-month rate of exports fell 0.9 percent due to a drop in oil exports, the national statistics agency said on Monday.   Demand for Mexican-made cars and TVs in the United ...
US court orders fresh look at Obamacare challenge WASHINGTON: US Supreme Court instructed a lower court Monday to review a Christian university's challenge to President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reforms on grounds that it violates religious freedom.   The Supreme Court said the federal appeals court in Virginia should consider the case "in light of" its own ruling in June to uphold the health insurance mandate at the heart of what critics deride as "Obamacare."   Given that the nation's top court has validated the healthcare reforms ...
1.3 million overdiagnosed for breast cancer in US: study  WASHINGTON: More than a million US women have received unnecessary and invasive cancer treatments over the last 30 years, thanks to routine mammograms that detected harmless tumors, scientists said Thursday.   The results throw new doubt over the effectiveness of an already controversial cancer screening tool that is aimed at detecting tumors before they spread and become more difficult to treat.   To reach the one million figure, researchers compared the number of breast cancer cases detected at early ...
Human trafficking victims freed in US prostitution bust NEW YORK: Authorities on Tuesday broke up a $7 million, three-state prostitution and money laundering ring, rescuing two human trafficking victims and arresting more than a dozen people, New York's attorney general said.   The crackdown was the result of a 16-month investigation into Somad Enterprises Inc., an advertising agency with offices in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania that placed classified ads for five escort services, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York City Police Commissioner ...


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