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November 11, 2013
NEW YORK
Iranian musician kills 3, then himself

An Iranian rock musician shot and killed three people, including two members of an indie band who had fled Tehran, and wounded a fourth man before killing himself in Brooklyn, authorities said Monday.

Victims Soroush and Arash Farazmand, who were brothers, were the guitarist and drummer in the Yellow Dogs, a band that formed in Iran’s capital and performed covertly before its members sought political asylum in the United States in 2010, their publicist Ashley Ayers said.

Their bodies were found early Monday in a house in the semi-industrial neighborhood of East Williamsburg, popular with musicians and artists, police said.

Ali Eskandarian, described by the band publicist as a friend who played music, was also killed. All three had gunshot wounds to the head or chest.

The shooter, Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie, was upset because he was kicked out of another indie band, Free Keys, last year in a dispute over money, police said. Rafie was found dead on the roof of the building with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. All of the musicians were in their 20s and 30s.

— From news services

oklahoma
Senator’s son dies
in small-plane crash

The son of Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) was killed in a weekend plane crash near Tulsa, the office of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday.

Neither the senator’s office nor Oklahoma law enforcement officials would confirm the death, but local media reported family members and the mayor of Tulsa as saying that Perry Inhofe, 52, an orthopedic surgeon, died in the crash of a small aircraft on Sunday. Tulsa’s Fox 23 television said the plane crashed in Owasso, 20 miles northeast of Tulsa.

— Reuters

CALIFORNIA
Salads and wraps
blamed for outbreak

A California company is recalling more than 180,000 pounds of prepackaged salads and sandwich wraps containing chicken and ham following an outbreak of E. coli-related illnesses in three states, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

The recall was initiated after the Food and Drug Administration last week found a cluster of E. coli-related illnesses in California in which patients had reported consuming the ready-to-eat salads with grilled chicken, the Agriculture Department said. Since then, 26 patients have been identified in California, Arizona and Washington state.

The USDA said the salads and wraps were produced between Sept. 23 and Nov. 6 by Glass Onion Catering of Richmond, Calif., and intended for sale in eight Western states. Some of the food was packaged under the name Atherstone Fine Foods.

— Reuters

Two held in shooting at party: Two men were arrested Monday in connection with a shooting at a birthday party in a Houston suburb that left two dead and 19 hurt. Willie Young, 21, was charged with deadly conduct and Randy Stewart, 18, with aggravated assault in the shooting in Cypress, Tex., police said.

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