By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press 35 mins ago

WASHINGTON – The U.S. military says pirates killed four American hostages they were holding on a yacht off Somalia’s coast.

The U.S. Central Command says negotiations had been under way to try to win release of the two couples on the pirated vessel Quest.

Gunshots were heard; and when U.S. forces reached the yacht, they found four all four hostages had been shot.