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Five bodies in burning car

A CAR found burning in the Arizona desert with five bodies inside was registered to the home of a missing family of five, including three children, police have said.

An acquaintance of the Butwin family told police that he was concerned after receiving a note from James Butwin with instructions on how to operate his construction business, Phoenix police sergeant Jeff Glover said.

Glover said that James and his wife Yafit Butwin were experiencing financial difficulties, and court records show that Yafit filed for divorce in September.

Five bodies were found burned beyond recognition in the desert 35 miles south of Phoenix on Saturday.

Navy's massive cocaine haul

COLOMBIA'S navy says it has seized a shipment of 2.6 metric tons of cocaine off the country's Pacific coast.

Officials said the drug shipment was seized on Monday in a joint operation with the US Coast Guard.

Capt Jorge Tovar said the bust occurred about 70 miles off the Colombian state of Choco. He said it was the largest seizure in four years in the area.

Four people were held.

First Lady on NY drinks ban

US first lady Michelle Obama chose to take the middle ground over a move by New York's mayor to ban super-sized sugary drinks.

Mrs Obama said banning big servings of the drinks was not anything she would want to do at government level, but offered some kind words for Michael Bloomberg's effort.

Mrs Obama said there was no "one-size-fits-all" solution to the obesity crisis. But she said: "We applaud anyone who's stepping up to think about what changes work in their communities. New York is one example."

Actress on drink driving charge

ACTRESS Amanda Bynes has been charged with driving under the influence, two months after Los Angeles authorities say she grazed a sheriff's patrol car.

The 26-year-old will be arraigned this morning in Beverly Hills.

The What I Like About You actress was arrested on April 6 after authorities say she scraped a patrol car.