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Stun-gun death of migrant ruled a homicide

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego County coroner ruled Wednesday that the death of a Mexican migrant at the U.S. border was a homicide, five days after an American immigration officer shot him with a stun gun.

The cause of death was determined to be a heart attack, with methamphetamine abuse and hypertension listed as contributing factors.

Anastacio Hernandez, 32, was shocked with a stun gun fired by a Customs and Border Protection officer Friday night at the border crossing that separates San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, said San Diego police Capt. Jim Collins. Hernandez had wrestled two Border Patrol agents to the ground after his handcuffs were removed, police said.

Results of the police investigation will be sent to federal prosecutors, who will determine if criminal charges are filed, Collins said.

Militia faces more weapons charges

DETROIT — Federal prosecutors on Wednesday filed additional weapons charges against several Midwest militia members who are accused of conspiring to wage war against the United States.

The new indictment alleges possession of illegal machine guns or short-barrel rifles by the group's leader, David Stone, sons David Stone Jr. and Joshua Stone, and a fourth man, Joshua Clough.

The weapons were seized March 27 during a series of raids and arrests in southern Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

Lightning hurts people waiting to see geyser

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. —A lightning strike in Yellowstone National Park injured nine people waiting to see Old Faithful geyser erupt and one man hit by the bolt on Tuesday was hospitalized until late Wednesday afternoon.

Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said Wednesday the lightning struck about 4 p.m. Tuesday in an asphalt area near the Old Faithful Inn.

"There were literally hundreds of people in the immediate area," he said.

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