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4 people slain in N.D. identified

MINOT, N.D. —The victims of a quadruple slaying in North Dakota were a woman, two of her children and her boyfriend, and all four suffered gunshot wounds, police said Saturday.

No arrests have been made in the two Friday shootings in Minot, but authorities said they've questioned a "person of interest" and insist residents aren't in danger. North Dakota averages 11 homicides a year.

Sabrina Zephier, 19, was found dead after police received a call about "a woman down and bloody" at an apartment Friday afternoon, police said in a statement Saturday.

Less than an hour later, a similar call led police to find three more victims: Zephier's mother, Jolene Zephier, 38; her brother, Dylan Zephier, 13; and Jeremy Longie, 22, said Minot police Capt. Dan Strandberg.

W.Va. mine owner agrees to takeover

NEW YORK — Massey Energy Co., struggling with losses after an explosion that killed 29 workers at a West Virginia coal mine last spring, agreed Saturday to be taken over by Alpha Natural Resources Inc.

Massey operates 19 mining complexes in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky including the Upper Big Branch mine where the April 5 disaster occurred.

U.S. warns Americans in Azerbaijan

WASHINGTON — The State Department is warning Americans of a terrorist threat to Western targets in Azerbaijan and urging U.S. citizens to be vigilant in the oil-rich former Soviet republic on the Caspian Sea.

In a security alert issued Saturday, the U.S. Embassy in Baku said there was a "potential for attacks in Azerbaijan, including against American interests." It said the warning was "based on terrorist threat information."

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