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Pakistan tipped off militants

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say Pakistan has apparently tipped off militants at two more bomb-building factories in its tribal areas, giving the terrorism suspects time to flee, after U.S. intelligence shared the locations with the Pakistani government.

Those officials believe Pakistan's insistence on seeking local tribal elders' permission before raiding the areas may have most directly contributed to the militants' flight, though they also suspect low-level security officials may have tipped the militants off.

U.S. officials have pushed for Pakistan to keep the location of such targets secret, but the Pakistanis say their troops cannot enter the lawless regions without giving the locals notice.

Saxophonist Clarence Clemons dies at 69

NEW YORK — Clarence Clemons, the larger-than-life saxophone player for the E Street Band who was one of the key influences in Bruce Springsteen's life and music through four decades, has died. He was 69.

Clemons was hospitalized about a week ago after suffering a stroke at his home in Singer Island, Fla. He died of complications from the stroke, spokeswoman Marilyn Laverty said Saturday.

Known as the Big Man for his imposing 6-foot-5-inch, 270-plus pound frame, Clemons spent much of his life with The Boss, and his booming saxophone solos became a signature sound for the E Street Band.

Survivors include his wife, Victoria, and four sons.

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