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THREE white men in Johannesburg, South Africa, opened fire on seven black women waiting for a taxi Thursday and killed one in what police called a racially motivated attack. . . . MERCK & CO., the world's biggest pharmaceutical company, is buying Medco Containment Services Inc., the No. 1 mail-order drug company, gaining a discount distribution arm at a time when health care costs are under growing scrutiny. . . . A 16-YEAR-OLD London boy appeared in magistrates court Thursday, charged with murder in the slaying of a 9-year-old boy.