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National news briefs — compiled Oct. 6

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FRESNO, CALIF.

Gunfight at biker dance

Authorities Sunday were investigating what touched off a wild “running gunbattle” inside and outside a Fresno motorcycle club’s annual dance, leaving one man dead and at least a dozen other wounded. Shots were still being fired at 2 a.m. Saturday when the first of more than 100 law enforcement officers arrived at the Soul Brothers clubhouse near Fresno, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said. The gunfire erupted during the club’s dance, which draws bikers and other motorcycle clubs from all over the state. About 500 people were inside the clubhouse when the shooting started.

SAN FRANCISCO

Chess players defy ban

At least for an afternoon, the chess players were back at the usual spot they’ve occupied for years along downtown San Francisco’s busy Market Street. But instead of hustling a dollar here and a dollar there with deft openings and clever traps, the mostly homeless players and their supporters were playing Sunday in defiance of a recent police crackdown and ban on the public games. And they were backed by a brass band and several homeless advocates who helped organize the three-hour “chess-in” under bright, blue skies on a hot afternoon. Earlier this month, police confiscated chess gear, tables and chairs at the site. Police said the games had begun to attract illegal gambling and drug sales to the area adjacent to a cable car terminal, which is a popular tourist destination. Nearby merchants had also complained about an increase in illegal activity.

MINNEAPOLIS

Boy sneaks onto airplane

A 9-year-old runaway went through security, boarded a plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport without a ticket and flew to Las Vegas, an airport spokesman said Sunday. Security officials screened the Minneapolis boy at the airport shortly after 10:30 a.m. Thursday after he arrived via light rail, Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan said. The boy then boarded a Delta flight that left for Las Vegas at 11:15 a.m. The flight was not full, Hogan said, and the crew became suspicious midflight because the boy was not on their list of unattended minors. The crew contacted Las Vegas police, who transferred the boy to child protection services upon landing.

Compiled from wire reports.


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