Around the worldLEAVING CUBA: The teenage granddaughter of President Fidel Castro left Cuba for the United States Friday to join her mother, who defected there 10 days ago. Alina Maria Salgado, a 16-year-old dance student, took a commercial charter flight from Havana to Miami on her way to Columbus, Georgia, where her mother, Alina Fernandez Revuelta, is staying.

VIOLENCE: Black gunmen opened fire at a pub popular with university students in a mostly white section of Cape Town, South Africa, killing at least four people and seriously injuring five. Hours after the Thursday night assault, police found the getaway car abandoned in the Guguletu black township.CROC CAUGHT: The crocodile that killed father-of-seven Cassey Bond, 47, in the Jardine River in northern Australia on Christmas Eve has been caught and will spend the rest of its life in captivity. National Parks and Wildlife service staff Friday were arranging to transfer the 9-foot reptile from the settlement of Bamba, where it was being held in a police cell, to a crocodile farm.

Across the nationBOMBING: A pipe bomb hidden in a plastic trash can blew a hole in the ceiling of a Kmart store in Neptune Beach, Fla., and wounded four employees. A store manager was listed in fair condition today with chest and leg injuries. Three other workers suffered minor injuries in Thursday's explosion, which prompted Kmart to close four other stores for the day as a precaution.

DEMJANJUK: The Justice Department wants a federal judge to reaffirm a ruling that stripped John Demjanjuk of his U.S. citizenship and led to his extradition to Israel on Nazi war crimes charges. The Justice Department, seeking to deport Dem-jan-juk, on Thursday asked U.S. District Judge Frank Battisti of Cleveland to reaffirm his 1981 ruling that Demjanjuk lied about his past when he applied for citizenship.

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POPULATION: Migration to the United States last year significantly contributed to the 2.7 million increase in the nation's population for a projected New Year's Day total of 259,353,627, the Census Bureau said Friday. Immigrants accounted for nearly one-third, or 895,000 people, of 1993's increase, which was the highest recorded for a 12-month period since the year ending June 30, 1914, when it was 1.2 million.

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