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Officials suspect the bear pulled the body of Rory Wagner, 54, from his car after he died on a remote logging road.

Wagner pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 1994. He and two others were charged with killing a man who they believed had sexually assaulted a relative. He served his prison time and was released.

Wagner was reported missing May 23. Police say his death was not suspicious. Hunters found the site last week.

NICARAGUA

Leader of anti-Sandinista rebels dies at 81

MANAGUA — Adolfo Calero, who led the largest force of U.S.-backed rebels against Nicaragua’s Marxist Sandinista government in the 1980s and found himself entangled in the Iran-Contra scandal, has died at 81.

Mr. Calero died Saturday of lung problems in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, his aide Julio Romero confirmed on Sunday.

As leader of the Nicaraguan Democratic Force, Mr. Calero helped pressure the Sandinistas toward the elections that pushed them from power in 1990.

He also was the key contact with senior U.S. officials during the Iran-Contra affair, when Reagan administration officials secretly arranged the sale of weapons to Iran to finance the Central American rebels, bypassing congressional restrictions. Sandinista supporters called the rebels “contras,” or “counter-revolutionaries.”

MEXICO

Former president endorses opposition candidate

MEXICO CITY — The former president of Mexico who broke the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s 71-year grip on power is calling on Mexicans to unite around the candidate of the former ruling party if he wins.

Vicente Fox angered members of his own conservative National Action Party with his comments. In 2000 elections, Mr. Fox defeated the party known as PRI, which had held the presidency since 1929.

However, Mr. Fox now says that “it is clear there is an apparent winner,” referring to PRI candidate Enrique Pena Nieto’s lead in the polls.

The former president told reporters over the weekend that Mexicans should “unite around” the winner of the July 1 elections.

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