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May 7, 2003


Miami: 3 Cuban migrants reach U.S. shore

Three Cubans swam and waded about two miles to shore Tuesday after jumping from their rickety wooden boat and refusing help from the U.S. Coast Guard. A fourth was taken aboard a state vessel.

The three who reached shore in North Key Largo were soon taken into custody by the Border Patrol and were being taken to a detention center in Miami-Dade County for processing. The fourth man was to be interviewed by immigration officials to determine his status, the Coast Guard said.

Cubans who reach U.S. soil generally are allowed to stay, while those intercepted at sea usually are sent back.

Georgia: Truck driver killed in Amtrak collision

An Amtrak train rammed a lumber truck at a dirt-road crossing in southeast Georgia on Tuesday, killing the truck driver and injuring 27 people on board.

The six-wheel lumber truck pulled in front of the train at 7:25 a.m. in Liberty County, east of Hinesville, Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said. The locomotive and all 10 cars left the track, but they remained upright.

The Silver Star was traveling from New York to Miami with about 150 passengers and 14 crew members.

Engineer Larry Edenfield, 53, was hospitalized with what an Amtrak spokesman called "very serious" injuries. Three other people on board were admitted to area hospitals, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Washington, D.C.: Ex-mayor hospitalized

Former Mayor Marion Barry was hospitalized with pneumonia and other medical problems, his spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Barry, 67, already was being treated for high blood pressure and diabetes. He also had surgery for prostate cancer in 1995.

Barry served four terms as mayor of the nation's capital, winning his last term four years after being videotaped in 1990 using crack cocaine.

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