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Police extend deaths probe

Detectives investigating the deaths of three women in Co Down have been granted an extension to question a man.

Officers from the PSNI's serious crime branch have been given an additional 36 hours to quiz stonemason Leslie Ross.

The 66-year-old is being held at Antrim PSNI station as part of a probe into the deaths of Michelle Bickerstaff, (47) Margaret Weise (50) and Lily McKee (52) in Dromore.

All three women died over the past 11 years.

POLICE SEIZE 14 ELEPHANTS

Police in Thailand have seized 14 elephants in raids after busting a gang that allegedly provided the animals with false identification papers.

Police chief Maj Gen Norasak Hemnithi says the operation followed the discovery of identification certificates issued for elephants that were not residing in their registered locations and believed illegally held because they were either smuggled from neighbouring Myanmar or taken from the wild.

JAZZ QUEEN DIES AGED 95

Marian McPartland, a British-born jazz pianist and host of the National Public Radio show Piano Jazz has died in New York at the age of 95.

An NPR spokeswoman says she died of natural causes at her home.

Her career spanned more than six decades.

She became a fixture in the jazz world as a talented musician and radio personality.

McPartland recorded more than 50 albums for the Concord Jazz label and played in venues across the US.

BUILDINGS HIT IN MEXICO QUAKE

AN earthquake has struck near Mexico's Pacific coast resort of Acapulco, causing cracks in some buildings and knocking bricks and plaster off other structures.

The US Geological Survey said the quake yesterday had a magnitude of 6.2.

It was centred near the Pacific coast and about 100 kilometres east of Acapulco.

There were no reports of injuries.


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