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February 19. 2013 10:18PM
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JOHANNESBURG
Mandela gallstones removed

South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela underwent a successful surgery to remove gallstones Saturday, the nation's presidency said, as the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon is still recovering from a lung infection.


Doctors treating Mandela waited to perform the endoscopic surgery as they wanted to first attend to his lung ailment, presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement. Mandela has been hospitalized since Dec. 8.


In the procedure, a patient usually receives sedatives and an anesthetic to allow a surgeon to put an endoscope down their throat, authorities say. The surgeon then can remove the gallstones, which are small, crystal-like masses that can cause a person tremendous pain.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala.
Cops kill suspected gunmen

Police in Alabama have fatally shot two suspects following separate shooting incidents 75 miles apart, one of which left three dead.


Authorities in Cleburne County said a male suspect was shot in eastern Alabama by police following the fatal shooting of three males at a mobile home park. Police said the suspect led police on a chase that ended at a busy interchange near Interstate 20. They said the suspect was armed with an AK-47 and wounded a police officer during the pursuit.


The identities of the gunman and the three gunshot victims had not been released late Saturday evening.


In a separate incident, police said 38-year-old Jason Letts of Jemison opened fire early Saturday morning at a hospital in Birmingham, wounding a police officer and two employees before being shot and killed by another officer.


PESHAWAR, Pakistan
Militants attack airport

Suicide bombers armed with rockets attacked the military side of a Pakistani airport in the northwestern city of Peshawar Saturday, killing four civilians and wounding more than 30, officials said. Five militants also were killed.


Peshawar is on the edge of Pakistan's tribal region, the main sanctuary for al-Qaida and Taliban militants in the country. The city has frequently been attacked in the past few years, but Saturday was the first strike against the airport, which is jointly used by the air force and civilian authorities.


The militants fired three rockets at the airport, two of which hit a wall ringing the premises, said Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the information minister in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where Peshawar is the capital. The third landed near a government building outside the wall, Hussain said.


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.
50 shots fired in mall lot

A man was arrested Saturday after firing about 50 shots in the parking lot of a Southern California shopping mall, forcing a lockdown of stores crowded with holiday shoppers.


Marcos Gurrola, 42, of Garden Grove was taken into custody by bicycle police officers patrolling around the open-air Fashion Island mall around 4:30 p.m., police spokeswoman Cathy Lowe said. She said he fired into the air and onto the ground in the parking lot near a Macy's department store.


No one was injured, but the gunfire caused panic.


Gurrola was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon, Lowe said.




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