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In brief: Cirque performer dies after fall

Mon., July 1, 2013

LAS VEGAS – A Paris-born performer in Cirque du Soleil’s “Ka” died after a fall during a show in Las Vegas.

Sarah Guyard-Guillot was pronounced dead late Saturday night at a hospital after falling about 50 feet from the show’s stage.

Visitor Dan Mosqueda of Colorado Springs, Colo., told the newspaper that the performer was being hoisted up the side of the stage when she slipped free of her safety wire and plummeted to an open pit.

Cirque officials issued a statement saying they were “deeply saddened” by the death and that performances of “Ka” have been canceled until further notice.

Kerry Mideast tour ending in Brunei

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Brunei, the final stop on his two-week tour of Asia and the Mideast.

Kerry landed today in Brunei’s capital to attend a Southeast Asia security conference. He flew there from Israel, where he conducted four days of meetings to coax the Israelis and Palestinians to restart peace talks. During the flight, Kerry spoke again by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Garcetti sworn in as mayor of L.A.

LOS ANGELES – Eric Garcetti has taken the oath of office to become Los Angeles’ 42nd mayor.

The veteran city councilman took the oath on the City Hall steps Sunday as part of inaugural activities featuring Jimmy Kimmel and the musician Moby.

Garcetti, 42, officially takes over the job leading a sprawling city of nearly 4 million people today, replacing fellow Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa.

‘Enter the Dragon’ actor Kelly, 67, dies

SAN DIEGO – Actor Jim Kelly, who played a glib American martial artist in “Enter the Dragon” with Bruce Lee, has died. He was 67.

Marilyn Dishman, Kelly’s ex-wife, said he died Saturday of cancer at his home in San Diego.

Sporting an Afro hairstyle and sideburns, Kelly made a splash with his one-liners and fight scenes in the 1973 martial arts classic. His later films included “Three the Hard Way,” “Black Belt Jones” and “Black Samurai.”

Officials find body lost in floodwaters

BEECH CREEK, Pa. – The body of Claude Rupert, 86, swept away by rising floodwaters after storms inundated central Pennsylvania, has been found, authorities said Sunday.


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