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NINE PEOPLE were shot with an automatic weapon in front of a nightclub in New Rochelle, N.Y., early Friday morning, police said. None of the injuries appeared life-threatening, a hospital spokeswoman said . . . MONSOON RAINS helped ignite explosions of hot debris from the Mount Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines, spraying volcanic ash on the former U.S.-run Clark Air Base and nearby towns, scientists said Friday . . . THE FRANC briefly dipped below a mark deemed necessary to the stability of the European currency exchange system, putting added pressure on France Friday to pull out of the system.