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Ex-official in Texas charged with making threat

KAUFMAN — A former justice of the peace who has been questioned in the killings of two prosecutors here was arrested early Saturday on charges of making a threat and other alleged offenses, officials said. The charges against the former official, Eric. L. Williams, are not believed to be connected to the killings. Williams, 46, was in custody at the Kaufman County jail in lieu of $3 million bond after being booked just after 12:30 a.m. Saturday. On March 30, the Kaufman County district attorney, Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found shot to death. In January, an assistant district attorney, Mark E. Hasse, was gunned down. (New York Times)

Florida

Speed is blamed in crash killing five

RIVIERA BEACH — Five people, including three teenagers, were killed Saturday in Florida when their car was hit by another vehicle, authorities said. The driver of a Mercedes is believed to have been speeding as he exited Interstate 95 and ran a red light in Riviera Beach, Highway Patrol Lieutenant Tim Frith said. Jabari Kemp’s vehicle slammed into a 1994 Lexus carrying five people, the youngest 14 and the oldest 22. (AP)

California

Health officials warn of meningitis

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — A potentially deadly strain of meningitis, which has left one resident brain dead, has sent a shiver through the large gay community here, as public health officials have urged residents to be on the lookout for any symptoms of the disease. Although only one case has been confirmed in the area, officials said, the onset follows an outbreak of deadly meningitis in New York City among gay men. At least 22 men have contracted meningitis in New York since 2010, 13 of them this year, and seven have died. (New York Times)

New York

‘Nazi’ assignment triggers outrage

NEW YORK — New York school district officials have placed a high school English teacher on leave for having students pretend to be Jew-hating Nazis in a writing assignment. The teacher at Albany High School caused a storm of criticism after having students practice the art of persuasive argument by writing a letter to a fictitious Nazi government official arguing that ‘‘Jews are evil.’’ District Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard held a news conference Friday apologizing for the assignment. The teacher has not been identified. (AP)

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