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NRC sets more inspections for Virginia nuke plant


NRC sets more inspections for VA. nuke plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that it was deploying additional inspectors to the Virginia nuclear power plant closest to the epicenter of last week's earthquake, after preliminary measurements suggested the 5.8 magnitude quake triggered shaking in excess of what the two reactors were designed to handle. The North Anna plant is about 12 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake that struck northwest of Richmond, Va., last Tuesday. The plant temporarily lost power as a result of the quake, but there was no significant damage to safety systems, the NRC has said.


Grizzly that killed hiker being hunted

Wildlife agents were trying to capture a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park on Monday after it killed a Michigan hiker in the second fatal bear attack this summer at the famed park. The body of John Wallace, 59, was discovered Friday in a backcountry area known for its high population of bears. An autopsy concluded he died from injuries sustained in a bear attack.


Polygamist sect leader in coma

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was hospitalized Monday in a medically induced coma in critical condition after fasting in the weeks since receiving a life sentence for sexually assaulting underage followers he took as spiritual brides, officials said.


Sentencing closes fatal beating case

Lapoleon Colbert, 20, the last suspect convicted in the 2009 videotaped beating death of a Chicago honors student, was sentenced Monday to 32 years in prison, ending a tragic case that sparked national outrage. He was convicted of first-degree murder in June for his role in the mob attack on 16-year-old Derrion Albert.


Fresno, Calif: One of the main roads leading into Yosemite National Park will be reopened this morning after being shut down for the past five days due to a wildfire. In addition, all evacuation orders in the area were lifted Monday night, a park spokesman said.

Rome: Mount Etna spewed ash and shot bursts of lava high into the air Monday as the eruption on the island of Sicily intensified.

Dakar, Senegal: A dozen Americans, including several U.S. Embassy employees, were rescued by a military aircraft from a deserted island off Senegal's coast this weekend.

SANTA ANA, Calif.: A father was accused of throwing his crying 7-year-old son into the water from a sightseeing cruise boat during an argument that shocked other passengers, authorities said Monday.

LOS ANGELES: The judge in the upcoming trial of Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray ruled Monday that witnesses can't testify about the pop star's child molestation trial.

MONTERREY, Mexico: Five suspected members of the Zetas drug cartel were arrested Monday, accused of roles in an arson attack on a casino last week that killed 52 people.

BONN, Germany: The city introduced a parking meter for prostitutes Monday, requiring street sex workers to pay $8.60 in tax per night to carry on their trade.

CHEYENNE, Wyo.: An explosion Monday at a Samson Resources Co. oil storage site in eastern Wyoming killed three workers.

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  1. Florida's school grades improve as educators get the hang of a new system


    Following a trend, Florida's school grades showed strong gains in the third year after the state changed its grading formula and the standardized tests that students take every year.

    After finding out earlier Wednesday that her school went from a low C to an A,  Bear Creek Elementary principal Willette Houston celebrates with her students in the YMCA After School program at the school in St. Petersburg. Houston is giving a high five to rising fifth grader Jonaven Viera. Rising 4th grader Jonathan Cafaro is in foreground with his back to camera. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
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