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FUNERAL: Iranians thronged the streets of the holy city of Mashhad on Wednesday and chanted anti-American slogans during a funeral for 24 of the 26 people killed in a bomb attack, Tehran radio reported. "Death to America," the crowd chanted in a recording broadcast by the official radio, "Death to the Hypocrites" - the name given by the government to the opposition Mujahedeen Khalq, which Tehran blames for Monday's bombing. The Mujahedeen has denied involvement in the bombing, which it claimed was carried out by the government.

Across the nation

LAWSUIT: Former workers at a transformer plant in springfield, Mass., are suing General Electric Co. and Monsanto Chemical Co. for $500 million, saying the companies failed to warn them that they were working with deadly chemicals. Five workers or relatives filed suit June 8 in U.S. District Court on behalf of all workers at the plant who were exposed to PCBs and other toxic chemicals. Among the five are two workers who developed cancer and the widow of one longtime employee who died of cancer.

SENTENCED: A former mental patient who told police he stabbed people who bumped into him and didn't say "excuse me" was sentenced to 21 years in prison. New York State Supreme Court Justice George Roberts also recommended Tuesday that Darrell Wright, known as the "Excuse Me Stabber," receive psychiatric help while in prison. Police said Wright, 28, was arrested in January carrying a bloody hunting knife with a 7-inch blade, a rambling love letter to singer Janet Jackson and a list of 17 relatives and acquaintances he intended to kill.

In Washington

RAPE: One out of every six rapes involved a girl under 12, with the crime almost always committed by a family member or friend, according to a Justice Department study released Wednesday. The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that half of the female rape victims who reported the crime to the police in 1992 were under age 18, and 16 percent were younger than 12. The survey also showed that rapes committed by strangers increased to 15 percent for those between 12 and 17, and then to 33 percent for women 18 or older. The agency said a separate, three-state study in 1991 found that only 4 percent of the rape victims under 12 were attacked by strangers.