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10 bodies found in mass grave ID’d
Authorities have told Mexico City families that 10 of 13 bodies found in a mass grave outside the capital have been identified as being among a dozen young people kidnapped three months ago from a bar in the city. One mother, Julieta Gonzalez, said federal officials told her Sunday at a meeting that her daughter and nine others had been identified using DNA tests on the 13 bodies recovered from a grave on a ranch east of Mexico City. Tattoos and physical characteristics also were matched to identify some of the victims. The young bar-goers vanished from the Heaven Club on May 26 a block from tourist-friendly Paseo de la Reforma.
2 rafting deaths reported in 2 days
Two women died over the weekend while rafting on the Ocoee River in separate incidents in two days, authorities said. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported the first death happened Saturday when a woman rafting with two friends was thrown overboard. The woman was from Atlanta, but she was not identified. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation told a television station that another woman fell out of a raft Sunday morning. Officials didn’t release her name but said she was from Tennessee.
Plans move ahead for settlements
Israel pushed forward Sunday with plans to construct 1,500 apartments in east Jerusalem. City spokeswoman Brachie Sprung said city officials had approved plans to lay down infrastructure for the project. She called the move a “standard and bureaucratic process” and said final government approval was still required. Actual construction is still years away, she said. Still, the move comes just after Israelis and Palestinians resumed talks after a five-year stalemate. Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem is one of the thornier issues separating the two sides.
Actress Julie Harris dead at 87
Julie Harris, one of Broadway’s most honored performers, whose roles ranged from the flamboyant Sally Bowles in “I Am a Camera” to the reclusive Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst,” died Saturday. She was 87. Harris died at her West Chatham, Mass., home of congestive heart failure, actress and family friend Francesca James said. Harris won five Tony Awards and was honored again with a sixth, a special lifetime achievement award in 2002. Harris was married three times, to lawyer Jay I. Julian, stage manager Manning Gurian and writer William Erwin Carroll. She had one son, Peter Alston Gurian.
Flight makes unscheduled landing
A Delta Air Lines flight made an unplanned landing Sunday in Montgomery, Ala., after the crew smelled smoke in the cockpit area. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the Boeing 757 was flying from Cancun, Mexico, when the crew reported the odor. Delta Air Lines spokesman Russell Cason said a fluorescent bulb ballast burned out, causing the smell. Cason said 184 passengers and six crew members deplaned at the Montgomery Regional Airport. A replacement aircraft was scheduled to get passengers and crew members to Atlanta about four hours later than originally scheduled.
Instagram, other sites go down
Amazon’s unit that runs Web servers for other companies had problems Sunday that coincided with outages or slowdowns on several popular websites. AirBnB said its site was one of those affected. Other services that were slow or unavailable included Instagram and Twitter’s Vine video-sharing application. Amazon Web Services provides companies with online storage and computing power. Its website showed several problems resolved on Sunday evening, with a few remaining. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Storm forms off Mexico’s Gulf Coast
Tropical Storm Fernand formed Sunday off Mexico’s Gulf Coast and was expected to make landfall today. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm had winds of at least 45 mph. The storm was expected to produce 4 to 8 inches of rain in several Mexican states. A tropical storm warning was in effect on Mexico’s Gulf Coast from Veracruz to Tampico.