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ATTACK: Government forces dropped bombs and fired rockets on the besieged capital of breakaway South Yemen Monday, touching off southern air strikes as U.N. efforts to end the 7-week-old civil war appeared to wither. No casualties were reported, and no overall damage estimate was immediately available in Aden, the battered port city ringed on three sides by government forces.PLEA: A Roman Catholic priest who has been held captive by Muslim extremists in the southern Philippines since June 8, appealed to the Philippine government and the Catholic Church to raise "any amount" in exchange for his freedom, a bishop said Monday. Members of the guerrilla group known as Abu Sayaf allowed their hostage, Father Cirilio Nacorda, to contact Basilan Bishop Romulo De La Cruz on Sunday night, to ask the religious leader to work on his release.

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RIOT: Asian and white youths clashed in Boston early Monday on the heels of a report that said hate crimes in the Massachusetts capital nearly doubled in the past five years. Police reported two Asian youths suffered injuries during a confrontation in South Boston that was broken up when a threatened off-duty police officer fired his handgun into the air.

STRIKE: About 2,000 members of the United Auto Workers hit the picket lines Monday at General Dynamics Land Systems Division factories in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The strike by hourly and salaried workers at the defense contractor's three tank factories began after talks broke down over new labor contracts. The walkout affects factories in Sterling Heights, Mich., Lima, Ohio; and Scranton, Pa. They make the Army's M1A2 Abrams tank. The contracts expired at midnight Saturday, but negotiators met through the weekend in hopes of averting a strike.

CHAPLAIN KILLED: A man being driven home from a bar fight in Carson, Calif., grabbed a deputy's gun and wounded the officer, then killed a chaplain who was along for the ride, police said. Deputy Terrence Wenger was in critical condition Monday after surgery on his right eye. Bruce Bryan, 40, was killed early Saturday. Police said he rode with officers two or three times a week to help defuse domestic disputes, console crime victims and counsel deputies and suspects.