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Over 1,300 tubes being replaced at Calif. nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES

Over 1,300 tubes damaged at nuclear plant

More than 1,300 tubes that carry radioactive water inside the San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California are so damaged that they will be taken out of service, Southern California Edison, the utility that runs the plant, said Tuesday. Equipment problems have kept the coastal plant sidelined for more than three months. The tubing was installed in a multimillion-dollar makeover in 2009 and 2010. A company statement said that as of Monday, 510 tubes had been retired from use in Unit 2 reactor, and 807 tubes in its sister, Unit 3. Each of the generators has nearly 10,000 tubes, and the number retired is well within the limit allowed to continue operation. Just days ago, an executive said the company hopes to restart at least one of the twin reactors next month.

LONDON

Nine convicted in sex ring case

Nine men of Pakistani and Afghan descent were convicted Tuesday of luring girls as young as 13 into sexual encounters using alcohol and drugs, in a case that has heightened racial tensions in Britain. The five victims who spoke in court were all white. The ring was based in the town of Rochdale, about 170 miles from London. The men, who were convicted of charges including rape, assault, sex trafficking and conspiracy, range in age from 22 to 59. One worked as a religious studies teacher at a mosque. Sentencing for Kabeer Hassan, Abdul Aziz, Abdul Rauf, Mohammed Sajid, Adil Khan, Abdul Qayyum, Mohammed Amin, Hamid Safi and a 59-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons begins today.

TEHRAN, Iran

Nuclear inspector killed in car crash

A U.N. nuclear inspector from South Korea was killed and a colleague was injured in a car crash Tuesday near a reactor site at Khondab, about 150 miles southwest of Tehran, state media and the nuclear watchdog agency said. Iran's state TV said the South Korean inspector was thrown from the car. He was not wearing a seat belt, the report said. The two inspectors were riding in the back seat of the car. The driver, who lost control of the car, was also slightly injured. The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement it was in touch with the inspectors' families and Iranian authorities. Iran's official news agency identified the dead inspector as Seo Ok-Seok.

WARWICK, R.I.

Gun parts found in toys at airport

Federal transportation officials said Tuesday they found gun components and ammunition hidden inside stuffed animals carried by a passenger at Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport on Monday. "It appears to be the result of a domestic dispute," airport police Chief Leo Messier said in a statement. Authorities said the parts could have been assembled to make a .40-caliber firearm. Police did not release the man's name.

Elsewhere

Beijing: Al-Jazeera's sole English-language reporter in China has been expelled, the pan-Arab news network said Tuesday. It's the first time since 1998 that Beijing has kicked out an accredited foreign journalist. Melissa Chan, a U.S. citizen, worked for the network in China for five years.

Kabul, Afghanistan: Taliban attacks in three provinces killed 12 Afghans Tuesday, including seven police, four Education Ministry employees and a bodyguard.

Times wires

Over 1,300 tubes being replaced at Calif. nuclear plant 05/08/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 11:26pm]

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