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ALABAMA: 2 armed men slain by police

Police shot two men to death Saturday in separate incidents 75 miles apart that left several others, including two officers, wounded. Jason Letts, 38, of Jemison, opened fire in the early morning on the fifth floor of St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, wounding an officer and two employees before being shot and killed by another officer, police said. In eastern Alabama, officers shot a man armed with an AK-47 assault rifle at the end of a pursuit that left several people injured, police said. The pursuit began after a woman and two children were shot in Cleburne County, near the Georgia state line. During the pursuit, the suspect fired, injuring an officer, and forced his way into a Nissan, whose occupants escaped. An hour later SWAT team members fatally shot him.

ILLINOIS: Dems won't back a successor

With one of the front-runners for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s congressional seat facing felony gun charges, Cook County Democrats failed Saturday to unite behind a single candidate. That means Democrats will have an open primary in which none of the more than a dozen candidates will have party backing, with campaign money and volunteers. The winner of the Feb. 26 primary will go on to the April 6 general election. Jackson, who held the seat for nearly 17 years, resigned from the U.S. House last month, citing his battle with bipolar disorder. Among those hoping to replace him are state Sen. Donne Trotter, who was arrested recently for carrying a gun into O'Hare International Airport, and former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, who lost a primary challenge to Jackson earlier this year.

NEVADA: On Strip, a slaying, a suicide

A man shot and fatally wounded a woman, then killed himself at the Excalibur hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip, sending many patrons fleeing in fear. It happened about 8:30 p.m. Friday near the high-rise hotel's front entrance, Las Vegas Metro Police Lt. Ray Steiber said. The man died at the scene, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, after shooting the woman, who was a vendor at Excalibur's concierge desk, Steiber said. The woman was pronounced dead later at a hospital. Neither was identified, but investigators said the two might have dated in the past.

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