CANADA

Bear kills woman at oil sands work site

Workers used air horns to scare away a black bear who appeared at an oil sands work site in Canada, but they were unable to prevent it from dragging away a female employee and killing her.

Unifor spokesman Scott Doherty said Thursday that seven people were working in a group area when the attack occurred Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Suncor employee was an instrument technician, who was doing electrical work at a job site near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Doherty said.

Barrie Harrison, a spokesman with Alberta Occupational Health and Safety, said the woman was mauled by a mature male black bear that has been killed by police.

Black bears are commonly observed in Alberta at this time of year when they come out of hibernation and look for food.

- AP

MEXICO

Quake rattles coast

A strong earthquake shook the southern Pacific coast of Mexico as well as the capital and several inland states Thursday, sending frightened people into unseasonal torrential rains that were also bearing down on the coast. The 6.4-magnitude quake in southern Guerrero state was centered about 9 miles north of Tecpan de Galeana, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and was felt about 171 miles away in Mexico City. There were no reports of injuries but varying reports of damage near the epicenter.

- AP
LIBYA

Benghazi ambush

Gunmen killed Libya's intelligence chief in charge of the country's eastern sector Thursday in the city of Benghazi. The attackers intercepted the car of spy chief Ibrahim Senussi as he was driving downtown in front of the Central Benghazi Medical Center, officials from the city's security directorate said. - AP