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In brief: Two killed in shooting at club

BALTIMORE – A fight at a Baltimore nightclub spilled onto the street early Sunday and led to an eruption of gunfire that killed a police officer and another man and left four people hurt, police said.

One of those wounded also was a police officer, said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Investigators were trying to determine if officers may have fired on a fellow officer whose badge and other identifying markings came off his uniform during the scuffle, he said.

No arrests have been made, but dozens of people were being questioned, Guglielmi said.

Authorities said officers arrived at the Select Lounge to find a large fight and called for backup. Investigators still weren’t sure if anyone besides officers had fired their weapons.

The police spokesman said the dead officer was 33 and an eight-year veteran, and that he likely wouldn’t be identified until today. Guglielmi said the wounded officer was shot in a leg and was expected to recover.

Romney on trip to Middle East

BOSTON – Past and likely future Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrived Sunday in Afghanistan on a weeklong trip to the front lines of the U.S. war zone and to the Middle East.

Senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said the former Massachusetts governor was scheduled to meet with President Hamid Karzai while in Afghanistan. He also met with Gen. David Petraeus, who is leading the U.S. war effort in the country.

In addition, Romney will “train Afghans and share with local leaders his views on issues of leadership, public service, economic opportunity and democratic participation,” Fehrnstrom said.

Romney is proceeding later in the week to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and to Jordan to meet with King Abdullah II.

The trip is Romney’s second to the U.S. war zone. He visited Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan in 2006, ahead of his 2008 presidential campaign.

Stolen-car alibi doesn’t help man

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – When West Virginia state police pulled over a man in a car they thought was stolen, the driver had an excuse: He told them he’d purchased the car with methamphetamine.

Jerry Wayne Means was pulled over on U.S. 119 on Saturday night in the car, which police said had been reported stolen. He told state police that he gave a woman two grams of meth for the car.

Means was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, delivery of a controlled substance and other counts.



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