Drug violence pushes 2 companies to move

MORELIA - The economic development secretary of the western Mexican state of Michoacan says two major firms have decided to relocate their distribution centers to escape violence.

Ricardo Martinez says yogurt giant Dannon and pharmaceutical company Grupo Casa Saba have moved to Queretaro and Jalisco states, respectively. Another company, the PepsiCo subsidiary Sabritas, was the target of fire bombings in Michoacan last year, apparently by a drug cartel.

Martinez said on Friday that Sabritas will continue to invest in the state.

Martinez also said he is concerned that insecurity is causing a brain drain in Michoacan, long the scene of drug violence and now conflicts involving vigilantes and striking students.


Blasts in port city kill 3 ahead of vote

KARACHI - Two blasts in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi killed three people near the office of a political party critical of the Taliban, a police officer said, heightening tensions ahead of the country's historic May 11 election.

Police officer Aamir Farooqi said the explosions late Saturday also wounded another 22 people. A spokesman for the Taliban, Ahsanullah Ahsan, claimed responsibility.

Pakistan has been experiencing a wave of violence connected to historic elections scheduled for next Saturday, mostly at the hands of Taliban militants targeting various political parties and their candidates.

The vote will be the country's first transfer of power from one elected civilian government to another.

Farooqi said the explosions went off near the offices of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the biggest political party in the city.

It is one of three liberal, secular parties that have been targeted by Taliban militants across the country, likely due to their support for military action against militants that operate from Pakistan's tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

Puerto Rico

4 killed, 6 injured in drive-by attack

SAN JUAN - Four people have been killed and six others injured in a drive-by shooting in Puerto Rico.

Police said in a statement Saturday that a 45-year-old woman and her 17-year-old daughter were among the victims. Police say they were part of a group gathered at a barbecue restaurant in the central mountain town of Aguas Buenas late Friday when unknown gunmen began shooting into the crowd.

Police say one of the injured people is in critical condition.

No one has been arrested, and police say they don't yet have a motive.


Bodies of 2 US crew found at crash site

BISHKEK - Search teams on Saturday found the bodies of two American crew members near where their military refueling plane crashed in the rugged mountains of Kyrgyzstan, while the third crew member was still missing, the emergencies minister of the Central Asian nation said.

The KC-135 plane crashed Friday afternoon about 100 miles west of the air base that the U.S. operates in Kyrgyzstan to support military operations in Afghanistan.

Officials at the U.S. Transit Center at the Manas base have released no information yet on the cause of the crash and could not immediately be reached on Saturday for any further information.

Emergencies Minister Kubatbek Boronov said the Kyrgyz rescuers were working with U.S. military personnel from Manas to search for the third crewman and the flight recorders.

Dozens of U.S. military personnel scoured the area on Saturday and set up a security cordon around the crash site.

The Associated Press