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3rd person dies in garage collapse

A third victim of a parking garage collapse at Miami-Dade College died Thursday morning, just hours after rescuers pulled him from beneath the rubble, police said.

Samuel Perez, 53, had been trapped by the collapse Wednesday. He was beneath the rubble for about 13 hours.

Authorities said they no longer expected to find anyone else alive and expected to pull a fourth person from what remained of the five-story structure that had been under construction. One worker still was missing, said Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Assistant Chief David Downey. It was not yet known what caused the garage to collapse.

Killing at U.S.-Mexico border

Agent's use of lethal force sparks outrage

A U.S. Border Patrol agent opened fire on people throwing rocks from across the Mexican border, killing a teen boy and eliciting outrage from the Mexican government over the use of lethal force, authorities said Thursday.

The agents in Nogales, Ariz., had responded to reports of two suspected drugs smugglers near the border about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The agents watched the two abandon a load of narcotics, then run back to Mexico, according to the Border Patrol. As the agents approached, people on the Mexican side began throwing rocks and ignored orders to stop, the agency said. One agent opened fire.

The Border Patrol declined to comment further and, in a statement, said only that one person "appeared to have been" shot. The agency said it has notified the Mexican government, and the FBI has begun an investigation.

Turkey

Russia angered by Syrian jet's forced landing

Escalating tensions with Russia, Turkey defended its forced landing of a Syrian passenger jet en route from Moscow to Damascus, saying Thursday that the jet was carrying Russian ammunition and military equipment destined for the Syrian Defense Ministry.

Syria branded the incident piracy, and Russia called the search illegal, saying it endangered the lives of Russian citizens aboard the plane. Both Russia and Syria denied that anything illegal had been aboard the Airbus A320 intercepted over Turkish airspace late Wednesday.

The accusation by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan contradicted those denials. The U.S. said it backed Turkey's decision to intercept the plane.

Quick hits

New U.S. envoy arrives in Libya: The new top U.S. diplomat for Libya, Laurence Pope, arrived in the country to assume temporary control of the embassy in Tripoli after last month's attack on the consulate in Benghazi that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.

Teen activist airlifted to hospital: Malala Yousufzai, 14, who was shot in the head and neck Tuesday in Pakistan for advocating education for girls, was airlifted Thursday to a military hospital for her protection and is in critical condition. The Taliban is threatening her life.

Endeavour to hit road: After weeks in an airport hangar, space shuttle Endeavour is to roll out before dawn today on a two-day journey along a 12-mile route to the California Science Center, where it will be put on display.

Indonesia shaken: A magnitude-6.7 earthquake jolted eastern Indonesia today, sending panicked people running outside, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency said there was no danger of a tsunami, but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned of a "very small possibility."

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