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The US city of Portland, Oregon, is ditching 38 million gallons of drinking water from a reservoir after a teenager was caught on camera urinating into it, officials said Thursday. The 19-year old man, seen with two friends carrying skateboards in the early hours Wednesday, was filmed urinating through an iron fence into the reservoir in southeast Portland shortly after 1:00 am. David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau Administrator, said about 38 million gallons will be discarded and replaced with fresh water from the Bull Run water supply -- even though subsequent tests showed no contamination. Portland Water Bureau spokesman Tim Hall dismissed suggestions that flushing away so much water was an overreaction to one man urinating in a reservoir.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday Thursday, according to people close to his family. He was 87.