Police: 4 shot after George Clinton concert

Posted July 31, 2011, at 8:27 p.m.

CLEVELAND — Several shots rang out from a handgun during a large fight near an outdoor concert venue in Cleveland, leaving four people wounded after a “Unity in the Park” festival featuring funk music artist George Clinton, police said Sunday.

Authorities said they were searching for a male suspect who pulled out a handgun and fired into a group of people Saturday night during the fight. No arrests were reported in the hours after the shooting, Police Sgt. Sammy Morris told The Associated Press.

A 16-year-old boy had a gunshot wound to the head and a 20-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound to the neck, police said. A police statement added that a 14-year-old boy and a 23-year-old man also were hospitalized, each with a gunshot wound in the left leg. None of the four was identified by name.

It was not immediately clear how many people were involved in the “large fight” nor what prompted it, Morris said.

Verdict for 2 Americans in Iran within a week

TEHRAN, Iran — The lawyer for two Americans jailed in Iran on charges of espionage said Sunday the court will announce its verdict within a week, dashing hopes for their immediate release after a final hearing in the case.

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, have been held in Iran’s Evin Prison since shortly after their arrest along the border with Iraq exactly two years ago on Sunday. The case has added to tensions between the United States and Iran that were already high over issues like Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.

The Americans’ lawyer, Masoud Shafiei, said he and the two Americans presented closing arguments in their defense and the court announced the end of its hearings.

Bauer’s fiancee, Sarah Shourd, was arrested with them on July 31, 2009, but was released in September 2010 on $500,000 bail. She did not return to Iran for the rest of the trial, but Shafiei said he delivered a defense for her as well on Sunday.

The Americans deny the charges and say they were only hiking in a scenic and largely peaceful area of northern Iraq near the Iranian border.

Scores die as Syrian forces attack defiant cities

BEIRUT — Syrian security forces backed by tanks and snipers launched a ferocious assault Sunday on defiant cities and towns, killing at least 70 people and possibly more as the regime raced to crush dissent ahead of Ramadan. Corpses littered the streets after a surge in violence that drew widespread international condemnation.

Estimates of the death toll, which could not be verified, ranged from around 75 people to nearly 140 on a day when attacks began before dawn and witnesses said they were too frightened to collect corpses from the streets.

The worst carnage was in Hama, a city with a history of defiance against 40 years of Assad family rule. Hospitals there were overwhelmed with casualties, suggesting the death toll could rise sharply, witnesses said.

Boeing 737 breaks up on landing in Guyana; no deaths

RIO DE JANEIRO — All 163 people on board a Caribbean Airlines flight survived when the airplane broke apart during its landing in the Guyanese capital of Georgetown on Saturday.

The accident occurred when the Boeing 737-800 attempted to land at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, about 25 miles south of Georgetown.

The airline said flight BW523 departed Friday from New York City, and that the cause of the crash would be investigated.

Media reported that the overnight weather conditions including rain were poor at the airport. It was temporarily closed after the accident.

The plane was carrying 157 passengers and six crew members.

Caribbean Airlines is headquarters in Trinidad and Tobago.

Guyana’s top aviation official said Sunday that the airport is upgrading systems that help pilots to land, but all the new systems weren’t yet operating at the time of the crash.

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