| 3.6°C Dublin

Three shot in drive-by riddle

Three people were killed in a mystery drive-by shooting that wounded six others in Washington DC.

One victim died at the scene in the US capital, one was dead on arrival at the hospital, and the third died in the operating room. A fourth person was in a critical condition late last night.

The shooting of six men and three women happened at 6.30pm yesterday. All the victims were in their 20s and 30s, except for one teenager.

Police said three people had been arrested and a weapon was recovered. Officers said they had no motive for the shootings.

Babies' bodies found in river

Two mortuary workers have been arrested for allegedly dumping the bodies of 21 babies, some with hospital identification tags around their ankles, in a river in eastern China.

News footage showed the babies -- at least one of whom was stuffed in a yellow plastic bag marked "medical waste" -- strewn along a dirt riverbank near a flyover on the outskirts of Jining in Shandong province.

Bhutto killing probe delayed

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has accepted a request from Pakistan's president Asif Ali Zardari to delay the release of a report on the 2007 assassination of his wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, until April 15.

Pakistan's presidential spokesman said the country had requested the delay so the three-member commission investigating the killing could attempt to question two heads of state who he said had called Ms Bhutto before her death, warning her of "serious threats to her life".

King unveils baseball novel

Horror writer Stephen King is turning his pen to a new arena -- baseball.

Horror publisher Cemetery Dance said that it was publishing an baseball-themed novella called Blockade Billy by the author of classics such as The Shining to coincide with the start of the US baseball season.

"I love old-school baseball, and I also love the way people who've spent a lifetime in the game talk about the game. I tried to combine those things in a story of suspense," said King.