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Nation in brief: Temblors continue as residents leave

Mon., April 28, 2008

Dozens of minor earthquakes shook Reno on Sunday as a series of temblors entered its third month and prompted some frazzled residents to leave their homes.

More than 150 aftershocks have been recorded on the western edge of northern Nevada’s largest city after a magnitude-4.7 quake hit Friday night, the strongest quake in a sequence that began Feb. 28. There were no reports of injuries or widespread damage.

Scientists have urged residents to prepare for worse, saying the recent activity is unusual because the quakes started out small and continue to build in strength.

The strongest aftershock Sunday measured 3 and was recorded shortly before 11 a.m.

Three other quakes larger than magnitude 3 have struck areas scattered hundreds of miles apart across northern Nevada since Friday night’s 4.7 quake in Reno.


Four killed, dozens hurt in truck crash

A truck jammed with as many as 60 illegal immigrants crashed and rolled in a remote part of central Arizona on Sunday morning, killing four and injuring many, authorities said.

The truck was carrying possibly 50 to 60 people, an estimated 20 to 30 of whom fled the scene and have not been located, said Vanessa White, spokeswoman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

No arrests have been made, but officers are looking for the driver, who fled. Investigators believe the people on board were illegal immigrants, White said.

Four males were pronounced dead at the scene; 27 people were taken to hospitals.


Rights groups protest acquittals

A coalition of civil rights advocates on Sunday urged changes in the handling of police misconduct and brutality complaints after the acquittal of three officers involved in the shooting death of an unarmed man on his wedding day.

They also called for a permanent state-level special prosecutor to investigate such cases.

“The verdict in the Sean Bell case proves it is almost impossible to successfully prosecute cases of police misconduct, especially in homicide cases,” said lawyer Norman Siegel, former head of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

“The verdict underscores the need for systemic change in the way New York handles these important and at times high profile cases, and to improve community relations,” said Siegel, an outspoken advocate on civil rights and law enforcement.

Three city police officers were cleared Friday in the November 2006 shooting death of Bell outside a night club where he had just left his bachelor party. Two friends were wounded in the volley of 50 shots fired by the undercover officers and two colleagues.

The officers charged said they thought they were in mortal danger, but no gun was found in Bell’s car.


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