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■UNITED STATES

Plea in death by swimming

An Ohio woman has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide for exercising her 73-year-old husband to death in a swimming pool, repeatedly refusing to let him leave the water. Surveillance video showed Christine Newton-John, 41, pulling James Mason around the pool by his arms and legs, Middlefield police Chief Joseph Stehlik said. The chief said he counted 43 times in which Newton-John prevented her husband from leaving the water, and Mason rested his head on the side of the pool several times while gasping for breath. “The video is bone-chilling,” Stehlik said. “The whole case is very sinister.” Mason had a heart attack on June 2 after the extended swim session. An officer who had investigated previous complaints that Mason was being abused pursued the case because he suspected there was more to the death, Stehlik said. Newton-John pleaded guilty on Thursday and faces up to five years in prison. Mason had been a longtime friend of his wife’s family. He knew her as John Vallandingham before she had gender reassignment surgery in 1993. The couple were wed in 2006 in Kentucky.

■UNITED STATES

DWI offender repeats

Police on Long Island say a convicted drunken driver whose car was equipped with anti-drunken driving technology has crashed a rented vehicle while intoxicated. Suffolk County police say Marvin Rice Jr, 27, lost control of his rental car and hit a utility pole on Sunday morning in Brentwood. Rice had agreed after a previous DWI conviction to have his car equipped with a device that tests for alcohol in a driver’s breath before starting the car. Police say Rice is being treated for multiple injuries. He is expected to be arraigned on a DWI charge.

■MEXICO

Cocaine shipment seized

Acting on a tip from the US Coast Guard, the navy has seized 7 tonnes of cocaine from a boat and detained five Mexicans onboard. Navy Secretary Mariano Francisco Saynez said the boat and suspects were being transported to the port of Salina Cruz in Oaxaca state, where they were expected to arrive yesterday.

■MEXICO

Eight killed outside bar

Eight people were shot to death outside a bar in Coahuila state early on Sunday, and nine other bodies were found after a series of killing sprees in the north of the country, police said. “It appears that the victims were two women and six men. They were killed outside the bar when an armed gang, arriving in three trucks and began shooting at those leaving the bar,” said a police spokesperson who asked not to be identified. No arrests have been made in connection with the killings, which came as nine other bodies were discovered in northern Mexico overnight.

■UNITED STATES

Texans report fireball in sky

What looked like a fireball streaked across the Texas sky on Sunday morning, leading many people to call authorities to report seeing falling debris. “We don’t know what it was,” Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig said. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office used a helicopter to search after callers said they thought they saw a plane crashing, a spokesman said. “We don’t doubt what people saw” but authorities found nothing, said spokesman John Foster. The US Strategic Command said there was no connection to the sightings over Texas and last Tuesday’s collision of satellites from the US and Russia.

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