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Erie

Coroner: Vet died of malnutrition

A coroner said an 85-year-old veteran found buried in a shallow grave behind a Pennsyl­vania apartment complex died of malnutrition and bed sores.

The Erie County Coron­er’s Office on Thursday ruled the July death of Vincent Force as a homicide. Two people who had been caring for him have been charged.

Investigators told the Times-News that Elizabeth Taylor and Antonio McLaurin admitted to wrapping the Korean War veteran’s body in plastic and burying him in June.

PHILADELPHIA

Plane passengers arrive in US sick

Authorities said 12 passengers on two flights from Europe were evaluated for sore throats and coughs upon arrival at Philadel­phia International Airport, but none were considered severely ill.

A federal Customs and Border Protection spokes­man said the sick passengers had been attending the hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The Associated Press