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In brief: Mexican navy sailors snatched

THREE Mexican marines and a naval academy cadet have been kidnapped in the state of Veracruz.

It is the first time in recent memory that navy personnel have been abducted and could be the result of the navy's increasing role in President Felipe Calderon's war on drug cartels. Mexican marines have led raids that have captured or killed top drug lords.

The naval cadet has been missing since August 8, and the three marines were last seen on August 1 when they were snatched from a private car while undergoing training in the city of Veracruz.

San Francisco station protest

FOUR San Francisco subway stations were shut down yesterday during a demonstration by the hacker group Anonymous over police brutality and free speech.

Mobile phone networks had been shut down in some stations on Thursday to stop demonstrators organising a protest over the fatal shooting of a man by police.

A few dozen protesters turned out for yesterday's action, which ended when authorities shut down the Civic Center station.

Baseball game injures Sheen

CHARLIE Sheen got some batting practice then asked for ice for his elbow before an Arizona Diamondbacks-New York Mets baseball game.

Sheen had a pre-existing elbow injury that flared up, Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall said yesterday.

It was the team's understanding that Sheen is trying to get back into shape for a possible Major League sequel.

Sheen's publicist Larry Solters said he wasn't aware of any Major League sequel, but he didn't rule it out.

Doctor Who writer off web

DOCTOR Who writer Steven Moffat has stopped reading about the show online to avoid angry fans.

He said viewers would see some of the Time Lord's "dark side" in the autumn season of the show.

Speaking at a screening of the next episode, Let's Kill Hitler, in London, he said: "I used to go online when Russell [T Davies] was writing it and see what they said about him, so I thought when it's my time I'm not going on."