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Houston death probe is closed

Police have closed their investigation into singer Whitney Houston's death without finding evidence to suggest it was anything other than an accidental drowning.

Coroner's officials ruled Houston (48) drowned accidentally at the Beverly Hilton on February 11 on the eve of the Grammy Awards and heart disease and cocaine use contributed to her death.

23 killed in bus and truck smash

at least 23 people were killed when a bus collided head-on with a truck in eastern China in the latest serious accident on the country's chaotic roads.

The accident happened this morning in Suzhou city in Anhui province. The truck was carrying a load of sand when the collision happened.

No immediate cause of the accident was given by police. The number of passengers on the bus is also not known.

Accused killer says 'I'm sorry'

A man accused of killing seven people at a Christian college in California told a TV station he was deeply sorry about the shooting rampage. It was the deadliest US campus attack since the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007.

In a jail interview, South Korean-born One Goh at one point started to cry. He also acknowledged his lawyer told him not to discuss the case.

"I only remember parts of that day, and it is too hard to talk about," Goh said.

He did not appear to make any effort to dispute allegations by authorities that he was the gunman on April 2 at Oikos University.

Goh (43), a former student at the school, has been charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. He has not yet entered a plea.

Two children die in bomb blast

Two children in northern Mali were killed after playing with an explosive device they found near a military base.

A third child lost a leg in the accident in the historic town of Timbuktu.

The deaths happened near a military base controlled by a militant Islamist Tuareg faction that wants to impose Sharia law in Mali's moderate north together with al-Qa'ida's North Africa branch.