- - Thursday, July 12, 2012

CALIFORNIA

SAN DIEGO — An incomplete tunnel designed to smuggle drugs into the U.S. has been found in Tijuana, Mexico, U.S. officials said Thursday, marking the second such underground passage discovered in less than a week along the southern border.

The approximately 220-yard tunnel with lighting and ventilation began under a bathroom sink inside a warehouse and did not cross the border into San Diego, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauren Mack told the Associated Press.

The Mexican army entered the tunnel Wednesday, Miss Mack said. No drugs were found and no arrests were reported.

Elsewhere, a 240-yard completed passage was discovered less than a week ago near Yuma, Ariz. U.S. authorities say that tunnel was operational.

NEVADA

1 chimpanzee dead, 1 tranquilized after escape

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas police say they had no choice but to kill one chimpanzee and tranquilize another after the agitated animals escaped a home.

Officer Marcus Martin told KLAS-TV that a caller reported a chimp atop a vehicle, and another caller reported a primate banging on a police car after the escape was reported at about 10 a.m. Thursday.

Officer Martin said the chimps were very large and estimated they weighed 170 pounds or more.

Police sent out tweets calling the animal dangerous and urging residents to stay inside their cars or homes.

By noon, the chimps were both stopped. Video showed one of the animals lying facedown in the middle of a road surrounded by animal control and police cars.

ILLINOIS

Terrorism suspect agrees to plead guilty

CHICAGO — A 29-year-old Chicago man accused of plotting a suicide bombing overseas has agreed to change his plea to guilty, bringing to an end one of the last terrorism trials pending in the city’s federal court.

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