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Tests come back negative in search for Hoffa

DETROIT – Like many others that came before it, the latest search for former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa has come up empty.

Tests on soil samples gathered last week from a backyard in suburban Detroit showed no traces that Hoffa – or anyone else – was buried there, Roseville police announced Tuesday.

“Our department just received the soil sample report from Michigan State University, after a battery of tests; the samples submitted for examination showed no signs of human decomposition,” the police statement read. “As a result of these tests the Roseville Police Department will be concluding their investigation into the possible interment of a human body upon the property.”

Thus ended the latest in a long string of tips and rumors about one of America’s great mysteries.

Over the years, authorities have dug up a Michigan horse farm, looked under a swimming pool and pulled up floorboards in their quest for the former union leader.

Hoffa last was seen July 30, 1975, outside a restaurant in Oakland County, more than 30 miles to the west. The day he disappeared, Hoffa was supposed to meet with a New Jersey Teamsters boss and a Detroit mafia captain.

Border Patrol agent shot, killed in Ariz.

NACO, Ariz. – A Border Patrol agent was shot to death Tuesday in Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico line, the first fatal shooting of an agent since a deadly 2010 firefight with Mexican bandits that spawned congressional probes of a botched government gun-smuggling investigation.

The agent, Nicholas Ivie, 30, and a colleague were on patrol in the desert near Naco, Ariz., about 100 miles from Tucson, when shooting broke out shortly before 2 a.m., the Border Patrol said. The second agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks, and was reported to be in stable condition Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities have not identified the agent who was wounded, nor did they say whether any weapons were seized at the site of the shooting. No arrests have been made, but authorities suspect that more than one person fired at the agents.

Blaine to go high voltage for latest stunt in NYC

NEW YORK – David Blaine is spending the days leading up to his next stunt lying low.

“I’ll mostly be relaxing, meditating and playing with my daughter ... and trying not to deprive myself of sleep,” the illusionist said at a Tuesday press conference after demonstrating the stunt at low voltage.

He will need the rest. Beginning Friday, Blaine will spend three days and three nights standing in the middle of a million volts of electric currents streamed by Tesla coils.

The feat is called “Electrified: One Million Volts Always On” and will take place at Pier 54 on New York’s West Side. It will be open to the public, and spectators can type messages to Blaine, control the electricity around him and basically help keep him alert.

“Electrified” also will be streamed on YouTube, thanks to computing company Intel.

Associated Press