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BER­LIN

Tourist killed tak­ing selfie in mid­dle of au­to­bahn

Ger­man po­lice say a Scot­tish man was killed east of Ham­burg while try­ing to take a selfie photo with two friends in the mid­dle of the au­to­bahn. Po­lice told the DPA news agency Mon­day that the 22-year-old was hit by a car on the A24 high­way by the Gu­dow rest area just be­fore mid­night on Sun­day. Po­lice say he and his two friends had wanted to cross the au­to­bahn to get to the rest area on the other side and stopped in the cen­tre area to take photos when the man was hit. The other two men, aged 21 and 22, were treated for shock. Names were not re­leased and fur­ther details were not made avail­able.

CONGRESS, OHIO

Amish try sim­ple changes to make bug­gies safer

Mem­bers of an es­pe­cially con­ser­va­tive Amish group in north­east Ohio are adding more re­flec­tive fea­tures to their black, horse-drawn bug­gies to in­crease vis­i­bil­ity af­ter some se­ri­ous crashes. Lo­cal me­dia re­ports 300 Swartzen­tru­ber Amish fam­i­lies live in Ash­land, Medina and Wayne coun­ties. Buggy crashes in that re­gion killed three peo­ple and in­jured 17 be­tween Jan­uary and March. Less con­ser­va­tive Amish mark slow-mov­ing bug­gies with coloured tri­an­gles and re­flec­tors. But Swartzen­tru­ber Amish live mod­estly and re­sisted those mea­sures, con­sid­er­ing them too flashy, said group mem­ber Har­vey Stutz­man. In­stead, they had used only grey re­flec­tive tape and kerosene lanterns hung on bug­gies. Now, they’re adding white rec­tan­gles out­lined in re­flec­tive tape on the back. They’ll also have plas­tic pipe cov­ered in re­flec­tive tape stick out slightly from the wheels. The Swartzen­tru­bers con­tinue to worry that their neigh­bours are ei­ther rush­ing or driv­ing while be­ing dis­tracted by cell­phones. “It’s like they all left for work 15 min­utes late. We’re ba­si­cally an ob­ject in the road for driv­ers to avoid,” said busi­ness owner Levi Hostetler.

SAN DIEGO

Race not fac­tor in pool party shooting: Po­lice

A gun­man de­spon­dent over a re­cent breakup opened fire at a pool­side birth­day party and phoned his ex-girl­friend as he kept shooting strangers, killing one woman and in­jur­ing six other par­ty­go­ers be­fore he was killed by of­fi­cers, po­lice said Mon­day. Peter Selis, 49, sat on a pool chair dur­ing most of the ram­page, calmly shooting guests at the party with a .45-cal­i­bre hand­gun. The vic­tims were black and Latino and Selis was white, but po­lice don’t think race played a fac­tor. “These vic­tims were just in his vicin­ity when he com­mit­ted this ter­ri­ble tragedy,” Chief Shel­ley Zim­mer­man said. “What started as a cel­e­bra­tion of a friend’s birth­day party turned into a tragedy of epic pro­por­tions.” Wit­nesses said Selis was wear­ing a black coat and sit­ting alone dur­ing the party for a man’s 50th birth­day Sun­day at an apart­ment com­plex near the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Diego.

EDI­SON, N.J.

Good Sa­mar­i­tan’s back­pack stolen

Po­lice in New Jersey are look­ing for the thief who stole the back­pack of a man who leaped onto train tracks to help res­cue a woman. Po­lice say 34year-old Anil Van­navalli was wait­ing on the Edi­son train sta­tion plat­form on Fri­day morn­ing when the woman fainted and fell on the tracks. Po­lice say Van­navalli dropped his back­pack and jumped on the tracks to carry the woman to safety. While he was do­ing that, some­one took the back­pack, which held his lap­top com­puter, head­phones and about $200 in cash. Edi­son Po­lice Chief Thomas Bryan says the theft, “per­pe­trated in the midst of such a self­less good deed,” seems “very dis­gust­ing and out­ra­geous.” The woman suf­fered a frac­tured knee and bro­ken an­kle and was treated at a hospi­tal.

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