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Plan to bury uranium in Utah scrutinized as decision nears

Uranium waste disposal siteA waste disposal company is trying to reassure regulators and residents that a type of nuclear waste that grows more radioactive can remain safely buried in a barren, remote area of northwest Utah.

A handful of Utah residents recently attended open houses to scrutinize EnergySolutions' plan. The Salt Lake City company would bring up to 700,000 metric tons of depleted uranium to Utah and store it underground.

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Baltimore: thousands of suspects arrive too injured to go to jail, records show

Baltimore : suspects arrive too injured for jailThousands of people have been brought to the Baltimore city jail in recent years with injuries too severe for them to be admitted, newly released records have shown.

The records, obtained by the Baltimore Sun through a Maryland Public Information Act request, showed that correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center refused to admit nearly 2,600 detainees who were in police custody between June 2012 and April 2015.

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Defense Department paid NFL teams millions to salute the military

NFL paid to support militaryAn investigation revealed the Department of Defense paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million. Photo via Getty Images.

An investigation revealed the Department of Defense paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million. Photo via Getty Images.

The United States Department of Defense paid the National Football League more than $5 million in taxpayer money between 2011 to 2014 to honor U.S. soldiers and veterans at games, an investigation revealed this week.

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'Dead Man Walking' nun seeks mercy in Boston

Boston Bomber trialBoston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a Roman Catholic nun who is a prominent death penalty opponent that "no one deserves to suffer" as the victims of the deadly 2013 attacks had, the nun testified on Monday.

Tsarnaev's trial is entering its final stages. The federal jury that last month found the 21-year-old guilty of killing three people and wounding 264 others will soon begin deliberating whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without possibility of release.

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'Thousands' of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea

Immigrants strandedThousands of refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar are stranded at sea close to Thailand, according to an international migration agency.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) told the BBC a Thai crackdown on recent arrivals meant many smugglers were now reluctant to land.
As many as 8,000 people are believed to be stuck on boats, the IOM said.

In the past two days more than 2,000 have arrived in Malaysia or Indonesia after being rescued or swimming ashore.

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Big appetite: Christie buys $300K of food & booze with NJ expense account

Chris ChristieChris Christie’s expense account tells a story of appetite and ambition, one that pits government waste versus the New Jersey governor’s waistline.

Christie spent $360,000 from his state allowance during his five years in office. More than 80 percent of that money, or $300,000, was used to buy food, alcohol and desserts, according to a New Jersey Watchdog analysis of records released by the governor’s office.

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Saudi King Salman, other Gulf leaders won't attend Camp David summit

Saudi KingSaudi Arabia's King Salman will not attend a summit called by President Barack Obama at Camp David on Wednesday, the Saudi foreign minister said.

The absence of the new monarch from the meeting, called to build support for a nuclear agreement with Iran among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) about the United States' relationship with Iran, was announced Sunday by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. He said Salman would stay home as a five-day humanitarian cease-fire in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is targeting airstrikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels, takes hold.

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Sea rise threatens Florida coast, but no statewide plan

florida sea riseAmerica’s oldest city is slowly drowning.

St. Augustine’s centuries-old Spanish fortress sits feet from the encroaching Atlantic, whose waters already flood the city’s narrow streets about 10 times a year – a problem worsening as sea levels rise. The city relies on tourism, but visitors might someday have to wear waders at high tide.

“If you want to benefit from the fact we’ve been here for 450 years, you have the responsibility to look forward to the next 450,” said Bill Hamilton, whose family has lived in the city since the 1950s. “Is St. Augustine even going to be here? We owe it to the people coming after us to leave the city in good shape.”

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Crews search for missing after twisters hit Texas, Arkansas

tornadoes in TexasEmergency responders searched through wreckage in parts of Texas and Arkansas early Monday after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities, killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others.

As many as 10 people were still missing at daybreak, raising the possibility that the number of dead could climb.

Two people who lived in adjoining mobile homes in Nashville, Arkansas, were killed after several twisters were reported late Sunday.

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