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November 24, 2002

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New York: Hamptons real estate broker charged in fatal hit-and-run

A Hamptons real estate broker was charged in a hit-and-run collision that killed a farm worker after she brought her car into an auto body shop, saying she had hit a deer, police said Saturday.

The owner of the Southampton car repair shop called police Thursday after Leslie Jennemann, 44, came in to repair her badly damaged silver Jeep, police said.

The car matched a description in news reports of the vehicle that hit Henry Anthony Yarrell and drove away just before midnight Wednesday. Yarrell, 38, died at the scene.

Jennemann, who lives in an affluent Bridgehampton neighborhood where model-actress Christie Brinkley also has a home, was arrested Thursday and freed on bail Friday. She was charged with leaving the scene of an incident involving death and tampering with physical evidence.

Beijing: N. Korea to ban U.S. dollars

North Korea plans to ban the use of U.S. dollars inside its country starting next month, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.

American dollars will not be accepted in foreign exchange shops and foreign residents must convert the U.S. currency in their bank accounts to euros or other currencies, Xinhua said in a dispatch from Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.

The announcement came amid growing tension over North Korea's atomic weapons program, which has prompted a U.S.-led diplomatic campaign pressuring the North to abandon the program.

Philippines: Bus ride turns fatal

A bus lost control and plunged into a ravine in a province southeast of Manila early today while most of its passengers were asleep, killing at least 33, police said.

Army and police troops pulled the dead, including the driver, and six injured passengers from the wreckage in a night rescue in the remote mountainous town of Tagkawayan in Quezon province, said Police Supt. Efren Castro.

Castro said rescuers were still trying to find survivors about 10 hours after the accident. The total number of people who were on the bus was not immediately clear, he said.

The driver apparently lost control of the steering wheel, Castro said, citing initial statements from survivors.

Minneapolis: Girl killed by stray bullet

An 11-year-old girl, playing at her family's computer with her 6-year-old sister, was struck and killed by a bullet that came through the window of their home.

The incident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Friday in a neighborhood in south Minneapolis. The girl died a short time later at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Mayor R.T. Rybak went to the hospital to meet the girl's family.

"This is a good, decent, hardworking family. It's an unimaginable loss," said Inspector Sharon Lubinski, head of the police precinct that includes the neighborhood.

The girl's identity wasn't released by authorities.

There were no immediate arrests. Police were unsure how many people were involved and whether they were on foot or in a car.

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