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Plan creates bank of nuclear fuel

Tue., June 19, 2007

The House on Monday approved a $50 million fund to create an international nuclear fuel bank, an idea aimed at negating Iran’s argument that it needs its own nuclear fuel program.

The bill, passed by voice vote, gives the president authority to make voluntary contributions to the International Atomic Energy Agency to set up the bank that would guarantee reactor fuel to qualifying countries.

Countries seeking to purchase from the reserve would have to meet IAEA safeguards.

New York

City to pay poor for good behavior

Poor residents will be rewarded for good behavior – like $300 for doing well on school tests, $150 for holding a job and $200 for visiting the doctor – under an experimental anti-poverty program that city officials detailed Monday.

The rewards have been used in other countries, including Brazil and Mexico, and have drawn widespread praise for changing behavior among the poor.

Georgetown, Ind.

Teen kills deputy, wounds another

A 15-year-old boy fatally shot a sheriff’s deputy and seriously wounded another near his home Monday, and police believed they had cornered him, officials said.

Deputy Frank Denzinger died hours after the shooting, Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills said early today. Deputy Joel White was in critical condition, he said.

Officers searched the boy’s neighborhood and a nearby wooded area, state police Sgt. Jerry Goodin said. “We feel like we do have him surrounded in an area and we know where he is at,” Goodin said. He identified the boy as Tyler Dumstorf.

The deputies went to the home near Louisville, Ky., on a report of a fight between the boy and his mother, sheriff’s Lt. Frank Loop said. The mother was unhurt.

Salt Lake City

Drug helps frostbite patients

Frostbite patients were able to keep more fingers and toes when their treatment included a drug that dissolves blood clots, according to a study published Monday.

Surgeons at the University of Utah health center treated frostbite patients with the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. Six patients who received tPA kept 90 percent of affected fingers and toes, while 12 patients treated before the center began using tPA had 41 percent of their frostbitten digits amputated.

The research appears in this month’s Archives of Surgery.

From wire reports


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