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U.S. says plant guards cheated in exercise

Security guards who repelled four simulated terrorist attacks at a Tennessee nuclear weapons plant had been tipped in advance, undermining the encouraging results, the Energy Department's watchdog office said Monday.

The surprising successes by guards at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant last summer in Oak Ridge, Tenn., spurred an internal investigation. It determined that at least two guards defending the mock attacks had been allowed to look at computer simulations one day before the attacks. The plant processes parts for nuclear weapons and maintains vast supplies of bomb-grade uranium.

New information sheds light on Nazi atrocities

NEW YORK _ As their newly revealed stories expanded knowledge of World War II atrocities, some 1,778 survivors of Nazi medical experiments were sent $5,400 checks Monday from the proceeds of Holocaust lawsuits.

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims, a group of organizations disbursing the money, sent letters to survivors asking permission to release their statements anonymously to Holocaust museums.

The staff has compiled a list of experiments _ 178 in all _ conducted in more than 30 concentration camps and ghettos from 1942 through 1945. The large majority were known from prior research, books, camp archives and claimants to a 1951 fund. But more than a dozen have been added based on the 1,778 submissions.

Chief justice says ethics question up to Scalia

WASHINGTON _ Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on Monday rebuffed two Democratic senators who questioned Justice Antonin Scalia's impartiality in an appeal involving Scalia's friend and hunting partner, Vice President Dick Cheney.

Sens. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Patrick Leahy of Vermont asked Rehnquist last week to clarify disqualification practices after Scalia acknowledged joining Cheney on a recent duck hunting trip.

"It has long been settled that each justice must decide such a question for himself," Rehnquist wrote in a letter sent to Lieberman, Leahy and each of the other court justices.

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FLORIDA ACTIVIST SENTENCED IN PROTESTS: A Florida woman who volunteered as a human shield in Iraq was one of 18 people sentenced Monday for trespassing on an Army post to protest a school for foreign soldiers.

Faith Fippinger, 63, of Sarasota was among 27 people arrested in the November protest at Fort Benning, demanding the closing of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.

She was sentenced to three months in jail.

UTAH POLYGAMIST PLEADS GUILTY TO INCEST: A member of Utah's polygamous Kingston clan was sentenced Monday to a year behind bars for taking as his wife a 15-year-old cousin, who was also his aunt. Jeremy Ortell Kingston, 32, pleaded guilty to incest in an arrangement with prosecutors. The felony charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor if Kingston successfully completes three years' probation. Kingston was 24 when he took LuAnn Kingston as his fourth wife in 1995. Family members say he has at least 17 children.

PRISON HOSTAGE HELD NINTH DAY: A hostage situation at an Arizona prison began to take its toll on staff Monday as authorities negotiated for a ninth straight day for the release of a guard being held by two inmates. Two guards at Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis were taken prisoner Jan. 18 and forced into a watchtower. One of the guards was released Saturday.

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