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1 dead, 2 injured in explosion near CA Marine base

California

COLEVILLE - The person killed in a propane gas explosion outside a remote Northern California training base was the wife of a US Marine, and the two people seriously injured were a Navy corpsman and his wife, military officials said yesterday. The explosion around 9 p.m. Friday occurred at a housing unit in the Mono County town of Coleville for the US Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center. It was related to the housing area’s propane distribution system, and not with the Marine base, which is about 30 miles away, according to Marine spokesman Captain Nicholas Mannweiler. (AP)

Florida

Ships’ passengers stricken with virus

MIAMI - More than 200 passengers on two cruise ships headed to South Florida have been stricken with a gastrointestinal illness. Officials with Princess Cruise Lines said the ships were struck with a norovirus that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain. The Crown Princess returned to dock yesterday. The Ruby Princess is scheduled to dock this morning. (AP)

Indiana

Jury finds official guilty of fraud

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INDIANAPOLIS - State Democrats say they will try to have their losing candidate installed as the state’s elections chief after a jury found Secretary of State Charlie White guilty of six felony voter fraud-related charges, disqualifying him from office. Jurors returned a verdict about 2 a.m. yesterday, finding him guilty of six of seven felony charges, including false registration, voting in another precinct, submitting a false ballot, theft, and two counts of perjury. (AP)

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