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Romney, Santorum see tight race in Michigan DETROIT. Mitt Romney edged

ahead of rival Rick Santorum in Michigan's Republican presidential primary yesterday as the former front-runner fought to avoid a humiliating defeat in the Rust Belt State where he grew up. With 61 percent of precincts reporting at press

time, Romney led Santorum by 40 percent to 36 percent. Texas Congressman Ron Paul claimed 12 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had 7 percent. In Arizona, television networks declared Romney the winner as soon as polls closed. REUTERS


Two more teens die after school shooting in Ohio CHARDON, OHIO. Two more stu-

dents have been pronounced dead from wounds suffered in Monday’s shooting rampage at an Ohio high school, authorities said yesterday, as the shaken suburban Cleveland town prepared for


a vigil for the five teenage victims of the attack. Demetrius Hewlin and Russell King Jr., 17, were both declared dead, a spokesman for Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office said, adding to the toll from the mayhem at Chardon High School. Daniel Parmertor, 16, was declared dead on Monday. Two other students were still hospitalized yesterday with gunshot wounds. REUTERS

9/11 victims’ remains ended up in landfill


Partial remains from some victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks ended up in a landfill, according to a Pentagon report released yesterday that also revealed other blunders at the U.S. military’s main mortuary. The Pentagon report said that several portions of remains found from the attack on the Pentagon and at the Pennsylvania crash site of a hijacked airliner presumably ended up in a landfill after being handed over to a private firm. It did not say precisely where the remains ended up. Retired General John Abizaid, briefing Pentagon reporters on the findings of the review of practices at the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, said it was unclear how many

Previous mistake In 2006, the mortuary accidentally disposed of remains from a crashed Navy training aircraft as medical waste, as opposed to giving them a group burial.

A report says the remains of 9/11 victims were mishandled.

Sept. 11 victims’ partial remains were disposed of in this manner. “I don't know that there's a way to find out,” Abizaid said. The details were disclosed in passing in a report that focused on ways to improve oversight and controls of the Dover mortuary after the disclosure last year of the mishandling of remains of war dead. REUTERS


Poll of residents finds many unhappy with level of tax burden But paradoxically, nearly half willing to shell out more in taxes for bigger g...