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WASHINGTON STATE: 2 bodies in fire were shot

Two women whose bodies were found in a house fire had been shot to death, the medical examiner's office said Monday. Detectives were trying to find Peter A. Keller, 41, who lives in the house. He has been unaccounted for since the Sunday morning fire at the house he shared with his wife and daughter. Keller has no known history of violence, police said. Fire crews responding to the blaze found seven gasoline containers. The family car was found hours after the fire elsewhere in North Bend, a Cascade foothills town about 30 miles east of Seattle.

UTAH: Traps set for hikers?

A deadly booby trap rigged along a popular trail could have killed if a hiker tripped a ground wire set up to send a 20-pound, spiked boulder swinging into an unsuspecting person, authorities said Monday. Another trap was designed to trip a passerby into a bed of sharpened wooden stakes, they said. Two men arrested over the weekend on suspicion of misdemeanor reckless endangerment told authorities the traps were intended for wildlife, but investigators didn't believe the story. The traps were set at entrances to an elaborate dead-wood shelter built by the suspects that could have caught the attention of children, police said. The traps could have been overlooked by anyone except a military-trained officer like James Schoeffler of the U.S. Forest Service, who was on a patrol along Big Springs Trail last week when he noticed the trip wires.

ILLINOIS: Nobelists gather at summit

Poverty, a lack of education and arms proliferation present daunting obstacles, yet peace can be achieved if world leaders are more willing to talk and young people are encouraged to get involved, Nobel Peace Prize winners said Monday at their annual meeting. Former presidents Jimmy Carter of the United States, Mikhail Gorbachev of the former Soviet Union and Lech Walesa of Poland were among the peace prize winners in Chicago for the start of the three-day World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.


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