Wikinews Shorts: April 23, 2008

A compilation of brief news reports for Wednesday, April 23, 2008.

Two U.S Marines die in Iraq bombing

An attack on a U.S. Marine checkpoint in the western Iraqi town of Ramadi saw two marines killed and an additional three wounded. The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who detonated explosives in his vehicle at the checkpoint.


One dead after Chicago shooting incidents

Following a weekend where Chicago saw 36 people shot, two stabbed, and a total of nine deaths, suspected gang crime continues to take a toll.

Today one person was shot dead in a suspected gang-related incident, and a teen wounded in a separate shooting.



Underground explosion at Fort Lee, New Jersey

There has been an underground explosion in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The explosion, which occurred at 15:30 yesterday (local time), resulted in an evacuation of several properties.


Gang Chases car in San Antonio

A gang in San Antonio chased a car on a busy street. The incident, which occurred on Monday, involved a gang which were carrying machine guns. San Antonio is a city located in the American state of Texas.


Sperm allegedly stolen from India sperm bank

Sperm has allegedly been stolen from a sperm bank in Aurangabad, India. Two people have been arrested as a result. A local official said that "We are caught in a very difficult situation, as we do not know how many samples have been smuggled out of the laboratory."


Iraq commander calls for end to violence in Iraq

A US commander in Iraq today called for an end to violence in Iraq. He also asked Muqtada al-Sadr to use his influence to help end the violence in the country.


Bottles with cat body parts found

Bottle's containing cat body parts have been found. Authorities are investigating the incident, which occurred in the US state of Arkansas. All the body parts were from kittens.