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■ UNITED STATES

No flushing at ball game

Fans who had their fill of beer at the University of Georgia's homecoming football game on Saturday were warned -- no flushing allowed. Earlier in the week, crews put up signs in bathrooms asking people not to flush "if it's yellow" and to leave the handle-pulling to attendants, who were to do the job for the estimated 93,000 people at Saturday's game. It's part of the university's "Every Drop Counts" water conservation effort in the drought that has struck Georgia and much of the southeast.

■ UNITED STATES

Chain collision kills two

More than 100 cars and trucks crashed on a fog-shrouded freeway, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said. Eighteen big rigs were involved in the massive pileup on Saturday on Highway 99 just south of Fresno as patches of dense fog obscured visibility on the heavily traveled roadway, CHP officials said. A five-year-old boy and a 26-year-old man traveling in separate vehicles were killed in the chain-reaction collisions around 7:45am, CHP said.

■ UNITED STATES

Race held for robotic cars

Robotic cars competed on Saturday in a high-stakes race organized by the US military, which hopes to make driverless vehicles weapons on urban battlefields by 2015. The competition was staged 120km northeast of Los Angeles, and promised a first-place prize of US$2 million. Cars had to maneuver 100km along mock city streets in less than six hours. Stanford University's Volkswagen Passat, nicknamed "Junior," crossed the finish line first, though several criteria will be used to determine the champion. The winner was to be announced yesterday.

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