Nation/World Briefs

4 bodies found after Iowa boat crash

The bodies of four people missing after a boat crash on the Mississippi River in Iowa were found Sunday within 100 yards of the crash site, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. None was wearing a life vest.

DNR Officer Paul Kay said three men and a woman, all believed to be in their 20s, were killed. Their names have not been released, pending notification of their families.

Beirut gunbattle fuels fears of Syrian spillover

BEIRUT – A gunbattle erupted in Beirut as fears mounted that the conflict in neighboring Syria is bleeding across the border.

Lebanon’s National News Agency says six people were wounded in the clashes that erupted late Sunday and continued early today.

The fighting comes hours after Lebanese soldiers fatally shot an anti-Syrian cleric and his bodyguard when they failed to stop at a checkpoint. The Lebanese army said it deeply regretted the incident and that a committee will investigate.

Strong quake kills 4 in Italy’s cheese region

AGOSTINO DI FERRARA, Italy – A magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook several small towns in northeast Italy on Sunday, killing four people, knocking down a clock tower and other centuries-old buildings and causing millions in losses to the region known for making Parmesan cheese.

The quake struck at 4:04 a.m., with its epicenter about 22 miles north of Bologna at a relatively shallow depth of 3.2 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Civil protection agency official Adriano Gumina described it as the worst quake to hit the region since the 1300s.

The four people killed were factory workers on the overnight shift when their buildings, in three separate locations, collapsed, agency chief Franco Gabrielli said, In addition, he said, two women died – apparently of heart attacks that may have been sparked by fear.

Associated Press