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Cheney won't run in 2008, wife says

Vice President Dick Cheney will not run for the presidency in 2008, his wife, Lynne Cheney, said in an interview published yesterday. She told Time magazine she was restating what her husband had made clear -- that he had no intention of seeking the presidency. (Reuters)

OHIO

Protest violence was unexpected, police say

TOLEDO -- Police began receiving word midweek that gangs were going to descend on a neighborhood where a riot erupted over a planned march by a white supremacist group, but the disturbance was worse than expected, the police chief said yesterday. The riot broke out Saturday when protesters confronted members of the National Socialist Movement who had gathered at a city park. Rioters threw baseball-size rocks at police, vandalized vehicles and stores, and set fire to a bar, authorities said. (AP)

WASHINGTON

2 aviation students dead in plane crash

EVERETT -- A weekend plane crash near Seattle killed two students from a special school for teenagers interested in the aviation industry, school officials said. A third person also died in the crash, authorities said. Officials did not release the names of the victims or say who was at the controls. (AP)

TEXAS

Explosion sets fire to Houston refinery

HOUSTON -- An explosion set fire to a Houston refinery yesterday as workers tried to restart gasoline-producing equipment that had been shut down since Hurricane Rita. One contract worker had minor burns, according to a spokesman for the plant, a joint venture of Lyondell Chemical Co. and Citgo Petroleum Corp. (AP)

CALIFORNIA

4.9-magnitude quake strikes off the coast

SAN DIEGO -- An underwater earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 struck off the Southern California coast yesterday, according to the US Geological Survey and the California Institute of Technology. The temblor struck at 2:11 p.m., about 29 miles south-southeast of San Clemente Island and 74 miles west of San Diego, the agencies' preliminary report said. (AP)

Wife of legal analyst Horowitz found slain

LAFAYETTE -- The wife of prominent defense attorney and television legal analyst Daniel Horowitz was found slain in the entryway of the couple's San Francisco Bay area home, authorities said yesterday. Horowitz found his wife, Pamela Vitale, dead in their home, police said. Contra Costa County sheriff's deputies said yesterday that the death was being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy was planned for today. (AP)

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