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In brief: Hurricane kills six in Mexico

The death toll in Mexico from flooding caused by former Hurricane Alex has risen to six.

The victims died in and around the northern city of Monterrey.

President Felipe Calderon toured damaged areas of the city where the force of flood waters tossed and flipped cars and pickup trucks, and nearly buried houses in mud and rocks.

Alex hit Mexico's Gulf coast on Wednesday.

McConaugheysurfers cleared

A judge has dropped charges against two surfers accused of attacking a celebrity photographer shooting photos of Matthew McConaughey on a Malibu beach.

The charges were dismissed after prosecutors decided against starting a third trial against the surfers. A jury was deadlocked last month on the misdemeanor battery case against Skylar Peak and Philip Hildebrand.

Peak and Hildebrand were accused of confronting several paparazzi who showed up to shoot photos of the Fool's Gold star on a Malibu beach two years ago.

Etheridge split with girlfriend

Court records show Melissa Etheridge has filed to make her break-up with former girlfriend Tammy Lynn Michaels official.

The singer filed to dissolve her domestic partnership with Michaels yesterday in Los Angeles. They announced their separation in April, and the rocker told Oprah Winfrey it was mutual, but "sad."

Michaels gave birth to twins from an anonymous sperm donor in 2006.

The 49-year-old Etheridge cited irreconcilable differences for the split in court filings.

One killed in NY boat crash

Two pleasure boats crashed near New York's Statue of Liberty, killing one person and injuring two others.

US Coast Guard petty officer Thomas McKenzie said the evening crash in New York Harbour near Liberty Island killed a boater.

Two other boaters were taken to hospitals. Their conditions are not known.

The cause of the crash has not been determined. The NYPD was investigating.