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VIRUS: Mexican Interior Minister Jorge Carpizo said Wednesday there was an attempt to inject a computer virus into the system being used to tally votes from last Sunday's presidential election. Ernesto Zedillo of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI is leading with just over 50 percent of the votes, with almost 90 percent of the ballots counted. Carpizo, who is president of the Federal Electoral Institute, or IFE, on Wednesday revealed the alleged virus attempt.BOMB: A bomb destroyed one bus and damaged another in India's Jammu-Kashmir state Thursday, killing seven people, including six schoolchildren, police said. Another 34 were injured. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack on the outskirts of Jammu city.

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SHOT: Two Italian tourists were shot and critically wounded by robbers while walking near their hotel in central Florida, a sheriff's spokesman said Thursday in Kis-sim-mee. The robbers escaped, said Lieutenant July Rivers, a spokesman for the Osceola County Sheriff's Department. The victims, a man and woman whose names and hometowns were not released, were in critical condition at the Orlando Regional Medical Center.

In Washington

SUPPORT: A group of prominent Roman Catholic, Protestant and Jewish scholars are expressing support for family planning as urged in a draft U.N. program, countering other religious views against the program. Opposition to the draft has come from the Vatican and leaders of some largely Roman Catholic countries. Daniel C. Maguire, who teaches moral theology at Marquette University, a Catholic school in Milwaukee, said Wednesday that unconditional opposition by the Vatican to contraception and abortion does not represent Catholicism as a whole.

OPTIONS: Ousted NAACP leader Benjamin Chavis says he'll continue working as a "freedom fighter" but hasn't decided what role he'll end up playing with an assembly of grassroots civil rights activists. Chavis has pledged to open a Washington office of the National African-American Leadership Summit but declined to say whether he was forming a new organization. "I have a lot of options. . . . I have not made any decisions yet," he said Wednesday.