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UNITED STATES

Sawed-off shotguns allowed

Indiana residents will soon be able to legally own manufactured short-barreled shotguns, also known as sawed-off shotguns. The Evansville Courier & Press said that starting on July 1, it would be legal to manufacture, sell or own a sawed-off shotgun in the state. The General Assembly approved a bill that brings state law in line with federal regulations. Indiana State Senator Jim Tomes said the law puts short-barreled shotguns back into a category of firearms that require background checks and permits from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is also illegal for someone to saw off the barrel of a shotgun.

UNITED STATES

Uber bans guns

Ride-hailing app company Uber says it is banning its riders and drivers from carrying guns. Uber Technologies said it is banning firearms of any kind during rides arranged through the Uber platform, and drivers or riders who violate the rule may lose access to the platform. The rules also apply to Uber’s affiliates. The company said it changed its firearms policy on June 10 based on feedback from riders and drivers. Previously it had deferred to local law on the issue. Competitor Lyft also has a “no weapons” policy. According to Lyft’s Web site, if a driver or rider is found to have a weapon in a Lyft vehicle, they are to be barred from the platform regardless of local laws on weapons possession.

MEXICO

Surfboard smuggles drugs

Drug traffickers converted a surfboard into a remote-controlled mini-submarine, in a bid to smuggle US$100,000 worth of narcotics from a northwest Mexican border city to the US, authorities said. The “strange” 3m-long fiberglass board was found near the water on a Tijuana beach by passersby on Wednesday, said police in the city across the border from San Diego, California. Officers inspecting the contraption noticed that it had a false bottom and a battery-powered propulsion mechanism. Inside, police found 22 plastic containers with 9kg of synthetic drugs. Authorities believe the makeshift vessel ended up on the beach after going adrift when water seeped inside it.

CHILE

No damage from quake

A strong earthquake was registered off the southern coast late on Friday, but the National Emergency Office said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The Navy’s Hydrography and Oceanography Service said there were no signs of a possible tsunami in the temblor’s wake. The US Geological Service said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4. It was reported at about 10:06pm and had a depth of about 10km. The epicenter was about 88km northwest of Concepcion and about 430km southwest of Santiago.

CHILE

Granny has mummified fetus

Routine testing revealed a 92-year-old grandmother has been carrying a large mummified fetus for at least 50 years, medical sources said on Friday. The fetus weighing nearly 2kg was discovered after the nonagenarian was rushed to hospital after suffering a fall. A hip X-ray showed the fetus, which was about seven months developed, but it did not cause the woman any pain. The rare condition is known as lithopedion and occurs when a fetus dies during pregnancy and then calcifies outside the uterus. Only several hundred cases have been recorded in medical history. The woman returned home a few hours after being checked out, without an operation.

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