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Police kill three, hurt one in McDonald's robbery

LOS ANGELES - Undercover police officers shot and killed three suspected bandits and wounded a fourth outside a McDonald's restaurant early Monday when one of the four pointed a gun at an officer, a police spokesman said. At least 14 shots were fired by members of a squad of nine officers who staked out the McDonald's during an investigation into a series of restaurant robberies. None of the officers was hurt. Sub launches Trident 2s 3-year test program ends

CAPE CANAVERAL - The nuclear submarine Tennessee successfully launched two Trident 2 missiles just 20 seconds apart Monday, ending the Navy's three-year test program for the weapons. The two 44-foot missiles were launched as the Tennessee cruised submerged in the Atlantic 200 miles off the Florida coast. The Navy reported both firings were successful.

The Tennessee is scheduled to go on operational patrol in March with 24 Trident 2s, each capable of delivering up to 12 nuclear warheads to targets more than 4,600 miles away.

Harvard admits first Soviets to MBA program

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard School of Business, which has launched the careers of some of the world's staunchest capitalists, has admitted the first Soviet students to its MBA program. The school said Monday four Soviet students had been accepted to its two-year Master of Business Administration degree program starting in September, after which they will fulfill a five-year commitment to work for a Soviet state enterprise. The Soviet students, drawn from 30 candidates, will first work for four U.S. companies and then attend Harvard Summer School to acquaint themselves with the U.S. system of higher education, the school said.

Girl, 8, shot in back while riding train at Disneyland

ANAHEIM, Calif. - An 8-year-old girl shot in the back while she rode a train at Disneyland was most likely hit by a stray bullet fired by someone outside the amusement park, authorities said Monday. Nayeli Diana Placentia of Downey was in fair condition Monday at the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center, where she underwent surgery after the shooting Sunday. No arrests had been made Monday but police were still investigating.

Choice for sex offenders: Castration or longer term

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Senate on Monday narrowly passed a measure allowing sex offenders to choose castration in exchange for reducing their sentences by as much as 75 percent. The bill was approved 25-23 and sent to the House where Speaker Joe King said the measure probably won't come up before next year. The measure, and other legislation aimed at repeat sex offenders, is the Legislature's reaction to recent crimes, including the sexual mutilation of a 7-year-old Tacoma boy. Senate critics said such a law would dump unrepentant sex criminals back on the streets years earlier than if they were to serve full prison terms. But sponsors said studies have shown castration to cut repeat crime by 75 percent or more.

Coast Guard monitor says he never saw tanker

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Coast Guard vessel monitor who was on duty when the Exxon Valdez ran aground testified Monday that he never looked for the tanker on his radar screen before the nation's biggest oil spill. Bruce Blandford, testifying in the trial of former tanker captain Joseph Hazelwood on felony criminal mischief and other charges, said he came on duty 40 minutes before the disaster. He said he was told by Gordon Taylor, the monitor who preceded him, that the ship had gone out of radar range.

U.S. drops prosecution of Panamanian aide to CIA

WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors Monday abandoned their case against a prominent Panamanian businessman whose arrest last year abruptly ended a U.S. covert operation to help the political opponents of Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega. Edgar W. Ennis Jr., U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, said Monday that there was insufficient evidence to try the businessman, Carlos Eleta Alamaran, on a charge of money laundering. He had earlier dropped two related charges of drug smuggling against Eleta, who has been living in Miami awaiting trial.

Hunger striker near death while awaiting appeal

LANSING, Mich. - An inmate whose drug convictions were overturned last month is near death after an 11-month hunger strike and will be force-fed while prosecutors appeal his case, his attorney said Monday.

Rene Acuna, 37, of Detroit has dropped to just over 100 pounds and a prison doctor says his weakened heart may fail, said Paul Denenfeld, legal director for the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Acuna is still imprisoned because he is unable to meet a $100,000 bond.