International briefs

Las Vegas shooting

LAS VEGAS: A deputy US marshal says at least two federal marshals were shot and a gunman was apprehended after gunfire broke out in the lobby of a federal courthouse in downtown Las Vegas. Chief Deputy Marshal Roxanna Lea Irwin said on Monday she didn't have immediate information about the condition of the marshals. But she says authorities had a shooter in custody. Irwin says it appeared a shotgun was used during the confrontation.

Obama's effigy

PLAINS: The mayor of former President Jimmy Carter's hometown said on Monday that the city acted immediately to remove an effigy of President Barack Obama that was found hanging from a building. Mayor LE Godwin III said he was shocked when the large black doll was found on Saturday morning on Main Street in the small Georgia town. US Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says the agency is investigating. He declined to elaborate.

Train rams into hotel

HELSINKI: Finnish transport officials say a near-empty passenger train has crashed into a hotel by Helsinki's main railway station, causing damage but no injuries. Timo Saarinen at the Finnish Rail Administration says the train ran into the Holiday Inn Monday morning after the brakes failed. Three staff members were on board but no passengers. No serious injuries were reported. Finnish Transport Agency spokeswoman Anna Jokela says passengers at the station were warned to stay away from the incoming train before it crashed. She says a conference room in the part of the hotel that was struck was empty at the time. It was not immediately known why the brakes failed.