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U.S. TEACHER KILLED BY VENEZUELA THIEVES

A U.S. civilian instructor at a Venezuelan air base was killed by robbers who broke into his house and slit his throat when he failed to understand their demands, officials said Saturday.

The U.S. Embassy identified the victim as Mark Ward, 42. His hometown was not available. Authorities earlier identified Ward by an incorrect last name.He died Thursday evening when two armed men broke into his house 68 miles west of Caracas.