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March 31, 2013 at 6:36 PM   |   Comments

1 dead, 3 hurt in Ark. nuke plant accident

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark., March 31 (UPI) -- One person was killed and three others were injured Sunday when a piece of equipment fell at a nuclear power plant in Arkansas, company officials said.

Entergy said in a news release that the 7:45 a.m. accident at its Arkansas Nuclear One power plant in Russellville involved a generator stator that fell while being moved out of a turbine building, Arkansas Online reported.

The (Russellville) Courier reported a person who witnessed the accident said the large piece of equipment fell from a crane.

OzarkFirst.com reported the other three victims suffered injuries that were not life threatening. The names of the victims had not been reported.

The company said the plant's No. 1 unit was in a "refueling outage" and the No. 2 unit automatically shut down because of the incident, which was classified as an unusual event, the lowest of four emergency classifications designed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Entergy officials said there was no danger to the public and state Health Department official Chris Meyer called it an industrial accident that did not involve any radiation or affect the reactor, Arkansas Online said.


Executions to rsume in Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY, March 31 (UPI) -- Kuwaiti security sources said three people have been scheduled for execution, ending Kuwait's six-year moratorium on capital punishment.

A Pakistani, a Saudi and a stateless resident are slated for execution Monday at the central prison in Kuwait City, the Manama, Bahrain Gulf News reported Sunday.

The Pakistani was sentenced to death for killing a Kuwaiti couple. The Saudi was found guilty of killing his friend. The Bidoon (stateless resident) was sentenced to capital punishment for murdering his wife and their children. He said he killed them under orders from the Awaited Mahdi, the prophesied redeemer in Islam, the Gulf News reported.

Security sources told newspapers journalists can cover the executions but said rumors the executions would be broadcast were "baseless," the Gulf News reported.

Several death sentences have been imposed in the past six years but none have been carried out, the Gulf News said.


3 dead in Washington state bar shooting

AUBURN, Wash., March 31 (UPI) -- Police in Washington state said three people were killed and one was critically wounded in a shootout outside a sports bar early Sunday.

Auburn, Wash., police said they were interviewing one "person of interest" Sunday, though no charges have been filed.

Witnesses told KOMO-TV, Seattle, a fight broke out between a large group of people leaving the Sports Page, a sports bar in Auburn, when shots rang out.

Officers responding to the scene said it was difficult in the chaos to determine how many people had been involved and conceded more victims could have fled, Auburn police Cmdr. Mike Hirman said.

All the victims were in their 20s, police said.


Obamas attend Easter service in D.C.

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- The first family attended Easter services Sunday at St. John's Episcopal Church, a short walk from the White House in Washington.

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, dressed in a light floral print dress and overcoat, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia were spotted walking through Lafayette Park across from the White House to the church a short distance away.

Seated in the traditional pew reserved for the president when he attends the church, Obama heard a sermon urging peace, rebirth and forgiveness by the Rev. Dr. Luis Leon.

"There is no injustice so insidious that there can be no truth ... no war so deep that there can be no peace ... no enemy so bitter that they can't become a friend," Leon said.

The sermon wasn't without a political message, pool reports indicate.

"It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back ... for blacks to be back in the back of the bus ... for women to be back in the kitchen ... for immigrants to be back on their side of the border," Leon said.

After the service the first family walked back to the White House about 12:50 p.m. EDT through a mild rain.

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