3 Arrests in Murder of Former Braves, Yankees Pitcher Perez; Cuba Still Cannot Find Oil

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Police in the Dominican Republic say they have arrested three men suspected in the killing former major league pitcher Pascual Perez during an attempted home robbery, and another two suspects remain at large.
Criminal investigations director Maximo Baez said Saturday that one of the men arrested has confessed that he and four others planned to rob Perez's home. Police say they have identified the two remaining fugitives.
Perez was found Thursday with severe head wounds in a town west of the capital of Santo Domingo.
Police say one of the arrested suspects said they sought to steal the $2,400 that Perez received monthly as pension for his 11-season career in the Major Leagues.

HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban authorities say another exploratory deep-water well drilled in the Gulf of Mexico has come up a bust.
A statement from Cuban government oil concern Cubapetroleo says drilling by Venezuela's state oil company off the western part of the island concluded Oct. 26 and it was determined that the well "does not offer possibilities for commercial exploitation."
It adds that data gathered from the operation will allow for further exploration in the area.
However it is yet another blow to the island's dreams of a petroleum windfall. Two other wells drilled this year by Spain's Repsol and a consortium including a subsidiary of Malaysia's Petronas and Russia's Gazpromneft also failed to strike oil.
Cubapetroleo's announcement was published Friday in Communist Party newspaper Granma.

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- The mayor of Mexico's resort city of Acapulco says he will fire 500 police officers because they failed tests used to identify corrupt officers.
Mayor Luis Aburto Walton says he will ask the federal government to send in federal agents to help what is left of the 1,700-officer police force provide security in the city of 800,000 people.
Walton made the announcement Friday but didn't say when the officers would be let go.
Police corruption has been a constant problem in Mexico, where poorly paid and poorly trained officers are easily corrupted by drug cartels.
Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire said this week that there are 43,000 state and local police who failed confidence tests and should be dismissed.

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities say they are close to striking a deal to provide more security for a southern town where angry villagers seized control after a taxi driver was kidnapped and killed.
Olinala Mayor Eusebio Gonzalez says the takeover began Saturday after about 100 people stormed a house where the four presumed kidnappers were hiding and killed the suspects by burning the building.
He says nearly 700 residents have since been taking turns policing entry into the town by barricading streets and installing checkpoints.
Gonzalez said Friday that the taxi driver's killing was the latest in a series of violent attacks. He says Olinala residents are demanding more protection from criminal gangs.

SAO PAULO (AP) -- One of Brazil's most famous priests has inaugurated a massive new Roman Catholic church that will hold about 20,000 worshippers when complete.
A mass was celebrated Friday in Sao Paulo to inaugurate the Mother of God sanctuary. It's been in construction for more than six years, and it will take several more to finish.
Father Marcelo Rossi is the driving force behind the project. He's a Latin Grammy-nominated Christian music singer and author of best-selling books in Brazil.
He tells the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper the church isn't meant as an answer to the rapid spread of evangelical churches in Brazil. Instead, the diocese served by the church badly needed a bigger structure.
Brazil has more Catholics than any other nation.

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- The International Monetary Fund is heaping praise on Uruguay.
The IMF's annual review Friday describes the small country wedged between Brazil and Argentina as a model of "spectacular growth" and "prudent macroeconomic policies."
IMF regional chief Ulric Erickson von Allmen also praised Uruguay's "deft debt management," "robust banks, and a lack of apparent bubbles" that have protected Uruguay's economy from outside shocks. Strong real wage growth is boosting the nation's consumer economy.
The IMF estimates Uruguay's inflation will be 4 percent next year -- much less than its neighbors but still worrisome enough to require restraining wages and government spending.