National briefs


Brazilian runner dies after finishing NYC Marathon

A Brazilian runner collapsed and died after finishing the New York City Marathon.

Police say 58-year-old Sao Paulo resident Carlos Jose Gomes had just passed the finish line around 4:30 Sunday afternoon when he complained about feeling ill. They say he was taken by ambulance to a Manhattan hospital, where he died shortly after. No cause of death was disclosed.

Associated Press


An attorney for Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons says the first-term Republican has been cleared of wrongdoing in an FBI corruption investigation. Gibbons, a former congressman, has been under Justice Department investigation for years. But defense attorney Abbe Lowell says prosecutors recently informed him Gibbons would face no charges. The FBI had been investigating whether Gibbons improperly received gifts from a software company that received military contracts while he was in Congress. Gibbons has denied any wrongdoing. Associated Press


Drug gangs suspected of killing 11 police officers in 3 days

Eleven police officers have been shot to death near Mexico City in a three-day string of drug-gang attacks, prosecutors said Sunday.

Mexico State prosecutor Alberto Bazbaz said 10 suspects believed linked to drug gangs have been arrested in the killings, which mainly occurred on highways and at police checkpoints in the state that loops around Mexico's capital.

Bazbaz said evidence indicates that low-level traffickers and criminals, rather than organized cartel hit squads, were responsible for the attacks. It was not clear if the killings were part of a coordinated plan. Associated Press

Vietnam Hanoi

Much of Vietnam's capital remained under water Sunday as the death toll from the city's worst flooding in two decades climbed to 18, disaster officials and state media reported. Floods caused by heavy rain have killed at least 50 people across northern and central Vietnam in the past week.Associated Press


A veteran ruling party member was sworn in as the new president of Zambia Sunday and promised to continue the government's free-market policies. Rupiah Banda, 72, had been interim president since the death in August of President Levy Mwanawasa. He was sworn in immediately to serve the remaining three years of Mwanawasa's five-year term. Associated Press