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STRIKING BUS mechanics reached a tentative contract agreement Monday with the transit authority, but they didn't immediately end the walkout that has hobbled commuters for a week in Los Angeles. . . . AN ELDERLY woman was killed and 16 people were injured Monday when a concrete building canopy collapsed on them in Hong Kong. . . . ABOUT 500 people hurling rocks and acid-filled bottles clashed with riot police Monday in Taiwan to protest a police crackdown on illegal radio stations.