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Big typhoon pounds Japan

TOKYO — A powerful typhoon tore through Japan's main island Thursday, peeling roofs off houses, cutting electricity to hundreds of thousands and forcing flight cancellations before turning back toward the sea. Two men died.

During morning rush hour, more than 2 million commuters in Tokyo were stranded for hours as train services on several lines were suspended, while in other regions trucks were toppled on highways and bridges were destroyed by flash floods.

By evening, Typhoon Melor was downgraded to a tropical storm as it lost power over northern Japan.

Mexico nabs an FBI most-wanted fugitive

MEXICO CITY— One of the FBI's most-sought fugitives, wanted for the 2002 killings of his girlfriend and her two young sons in Idaho, has been captured in Mexico.

Federal police detained Jorge Alberto Lopez Orozco on a highway in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, Mexico's Attorney General's Office said Thursday. He was transported to the neighboring state of Michoacan and held on a U.S. extradition request.

Lopez Orozco, 33, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Rebecca Ramirez and her sons, aged 2 and 4, in Elmore County, Idaho. He was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list in March 2005.

According to FBI reports, Lopez Orozco picked up Ramirez along with her two sons at her father's house in Nyssa, Ore. Twelve days later, fishermen found the abandoned, burned-out shell of the car that Lopez Orozco had been driving.

The charred remains of Ramirez and the two boys, Ricardo and Miguel, were inside. Investigators later determined they had been shot.

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