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2013-04-07T00:00:00Z 2013-04-07T22:23:33Z Around the nationThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

New York

Congressional honor for black Marine

BUFFALO - A western New York veteran who helped to integrate the Marine Corps during World War II is set to receive the nation's highest civilian honor.

Roscoe Brown will receive the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony today in Buffalo.

Brown was a member of the Montford Point Marines, who nearly 70 years ago became the first African-Americans in the Corps.

Congress last year awarded them the Congressional Gold Medal. Brown, who lives in suburban Buffalo, couldn't make a larger ceremony last November.

Montford Point was a North Carolina base created to keep African-Americans segregated from white Marines.


Commuter train hits dump truck; 12 hurt

LOS ANGELES - A Metrolink commuter train collided with a dump truck Saturday, causing 12 minor injuries, officials said.

Fire Department spokes-man Shawn Lenske says 11 of 190 passengers on the train were taken to hospitals for treatment.

The truck driver was treated and released at the scene.

Metrolink spokesman Jeff Lustgarten said the truck was on the tracks when the collision occurred about 2:30 p.m. in Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley. The impact of the crash caused the truck to overturn.

He said the accident was under investigation.

Rhode Island

Several-city buyback collects 186 firearms

PROVIDENCE - A gun buyback in Rhode Island brought in 186 guns and all of the weapons will be destroyed, organizers said Saturday.

The privately funded buyback was held in Providence, Bristol and Central Falls. Officials from Pawtucket, Lincoln, and Cumberland also participated.

In all, 99 firearms were collected in Providence, 49 in Bristol and 38 in Central Falls. Of the total, 97 were rifles and 89 were handguns.

The weapons were collected anonymously. In return, authorities distributed Visa gift cards ranging from $50 to $200, depending on the make and condition of the firearm. The total value of the cards given away was $12,650.


Mexico to release water into Rio Grande

EL PASO - Mexico has agreed to release more water into the Rio Grande for use by agriculture and other interests on the Texas side of the river, according to the international commission that arbitrates water-rights disputes between the two neighbors.

In a letter to South Texas congressman, the International Boundary and Water Commission said the Mexican government acceded during the past week to commission requests for more water from Rio Grande tributaries in Mexico.

In response to the commission's request "to increase deliveries from Mexican tributaries, the Mexican government initiated releases from a reservoir on the San Rodrigo River," U.S. Commissioner Edward Drusina said in a letter dated Friday.

Once the water reaches the Rio Grande, in accordance with a 1944 treaty between the United States and Mexico, one-third of the volume will be allotted to the United States.

"The Mexican government has also agreed to allow the United States to utilize excess Mexican water arriving in the Rio Grande from pre-identified Mexican tributaries, an arrangement that should increase deliveries to the United States during periods of precipitation," Drusina said.


2 in St. Louis held in Craigslist shooting

ST. LOUIS - Two men suspected of shooting a St. Louis man after he answered a Craigslist ad about a car were arrested last week.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported officers arrested the men Thursday, one day after the shooting happened.

The victim saw an ad for a used car on Craigslist and went to the city's north side to look at it. Police said two men approached his car as he pulled up to the home. One of the men began firing shots into the victim's vehicle.

The victim was able to drive to an auto-parts store to get help.

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