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US jail population rises to 2.2 million

Prisons and jails added more than 42,000 inmates last year, the largest increase since 2000. The total number of people incarcerated by federal or state authorities in the year ending June 30, 2006, was roughly 1.6 million, the government said yesterday, a 2.8 percent increase from the previous year. Overall, the number of people behind bars -- including those held in local jails -- was more than 2.2 million, according to the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics. (AP)


Family drops suit over acne drug
TAMPA -- Relatives of a 15-year-old boy who crashed a stolen plane into a skyscraper in 2002 have dropped a lawsuit that blamed an acne drug for his suicide, saying they were physically and emotionally unable to pursue the claim. US District Judge James Moody dismissed the lawsuit Tuesday at the request of lawyers for Julia Bishop and Karen Johnson, the mother and grandmother of Charles Bishop. The boy's death gained international attention as images were broadcast of the stolen Cessna protruding from the Bank of America Plaza downtown. (AP)

Young pilot's world trip sets solo record
OPA-LOCKA -- A 23-year-old pilot became the youngest person to fly solo around the world yesterday, landing his single-engine plane as onlookers cheered. Before ending his three-month trip, Barrington Irving circled the Opa-locka airport and flew low along the runway as a band played. Irving, an aerospace student who built his plane from more than $300,000 in donated parts, had left the Miami-area city March 23. (AP)

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5 graduates killed in head-on crash
FAIRPORT -- Five young women were killed in a head-on collision Tuesday, less than a week after they graduated from a high school near Rochester, the school's principal said yesterday. The sports utility vehicle they were riding in had just passed a car when it swerved back across the two-lane road into oncoming traffic and hit a tractor-trailer, police said. (AP)