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Man hanged on bridge and shot

Gunmen hanged a man from a pedestrian bridge over a busy avenue in the Mexican city of Monterrey and shot him to death in front of dozens of motorists.

A police investigator in Nuevo Leon state, where Monterrey is located, said the man was alive when he was hanged and died after being shot.

The investigator, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to discuss the case, said the assailants left a threatening message but he wouldn't reveal what it said.

Farmland birds on the decline

Farmland bird numbers are falling across Europe, conservationists warned.

According to the pan-European bird monitoring scheme, which looked at population figures for 145 of the most common species in 25 European countries between 1980 and 2009, farmland birds are the most threatened group.

Conservationists said the figures showed the need for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, the EU system which pays subsidies to farmers, to provide more money for landowners who put wildlife-friendly measures in place.

Grisly dealer makes a killing

An entrepreneur is selling soil from a serial killer's home in Cleveland, Ohio, outraging victims' families.

Reports say Eric Gein had an associate fill two sandwich bags with dirt from Anthony Sowell's house two weeks ago and is selling it on his website called serialkillersink.net for $25 per gram. Gein expects to make a total of $500.

Sowell was convicted last month of murdering 11 women and dumping their remains around his property.

9/11 remains still being identified

New York City forensic technicians are still identifying pieces of human remains found in the rubble of the World Trade Center nearly a decade after the 9/11 attacks.

The office of New York City's medical examiner said that it had successfully matched a set of remains to 40-year-old Ernest James of New York, who had been assumed dead in the collapse.