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Eyes locked on target Patrick Waits draws back his bow before releasing his arrow down range on a target Saturday during the ASA Pro/AM Southwest Shootout in Paris, Texas. More than a thousand archers competed in the three-day event.

YUMA, Ariz. Feds: 3 more jets cracked

Federal investigators say inspectors have found subsurface cracks in three more Southwest Airlines planes.

Similar cracks are suspected of triggering a fuselage rupture that forced a Boeing 737-300 to make an emergency landing in Yuma, Ariz. The 15-year-old jet in the Arizona incident had about 39,000 takeoff and landing cycles.

The airline had said earlier Sunday that it found such cracks in two of their planes. A National Transportation Safety Board member says a third plane was discovered to have the cracks as well.

Board member Robert Sumwalt says Boeing is developing a “service bulletin” strongly suggesting immediate checks on all similar models with comparable flight time and age.

The cracks found in the three planes developed in two lines of riveted joints that run the length of the aircraft.

SANAA, Yemen Protest turns violent

Thousands of women calling for the ouster of Yemen’s longtime ruler were attacked on Sunday by police with sticks and rocks, setting off a furious battle with male protesters that left several people hurt, activists said.

The women were marching down a main street in the southern town of Taiz shouting “peaceful! peaceful!” when they were attacked, activist Ghazi al-Samei said.

Three young men suffered serious gunshot wounds when police opened fire, said a protester.

Army tanks and armored cars stopped other demonstrators from entering Taiz, the site of some of the largest and angriest protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule.

Protesters have been camping out in main squares throughout Yemen for weeks, demanding Saleh immediately leave power after 30 years.

HANOI, Vietnam Ailing turtle to be treated

An ailing giant turtle considered sacred by many Vietnamese was captured in a lake in central Hanoi on Sunday by rescuers who hope to give it medical attention.

Thousands of onlookers cheered as the mammoth creature was pulled in after escaping capture last month.

It took 50 workers two hours to net the turtle.

The reptile is estimated to weigh 440 pounds and is one of the world’s most endangered freshwater turtles.

Scientists say it is at least 80 years old, but many Vietnamese believe, as legend has it, that it is the same mythical creature said to have helped Vietnamese King Le Loi fend off the Chinese nearly six centuries ago.

NORRIDGE, Ill. Fall from coaster deadly

A 3-year-old boy died Saturday after falling out of a roller coaster at a suburban Chicago amusement park, police said.

The boy was sitting near the front of the Python Pit roller coaster at the Go Bananas amusement park when he got underneath the ride’s safety bar, Norridge Police Chief James Jobe said. He suffered head injuries in what Jobe described as “a tragic accident.”

The boy was on the ride with his twin brother when he fell out of the coaster while it was moving, Jobe said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office said the boy died at the park. Police said a state inspector was at the scene.

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