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In Brief: Mystery illness kills five babies

Authorities in the Mexican state of Chiapas say a bacterial disease has killed five babies and sickened 41 others in a remote indigenous community that is experiencing a wave of intense cold and rains.

Chiapas' health department said that residents of Emiliano Zapata, in the municipality of Yajalon, have been urged to stay in their homes and avoid contact with others to prevent the spread of the bacteria that is causing the infection.

Residents lack access to health care because of the remoteness of their mountain community.



Teenagers start mall stampede

GROUPS of brawling teenagers sparked a stampede at a Louisiana mall that led police to evacuate the shopping centre and shut it down early.

More than 200 youths were in the Mall of Louisiana's food court when a huge fight broke out just before 6pm on Saturday.

No injuries were reported.

Witnesses said that the trouble started after Instagram users posted an invitation to their followers telling them to come and meet them at the mall.



Star held for drink-driving

CRIMINAL Minds actor Thomas Gibson has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Police in Los Angeles said the 50-year-old actor was arrested early yesterday after he drove through a barricade set up to keep cars off the route of a night run through the city centre.

He was booked and released on $15,000 bail.

Gibson is known for his role as Aaron Hotchner in the TV series. He also played Greg Montgomery in the sitcom, Dharma and Greg.



New Lego will talk to iPhones

LEGO bricks are getting cozy with the iPhone and other Apple devices in the latest incarnation of the Mindstorms robotics kit.

Lego is set to announce that a new, $350 Mindstorms EV3 kit will have the ability to talk to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches through wireless Bluetooth.

That means Lego builders will be able to use the devices as remote controls.

The kit will go on sale in the second half of the year.