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In brief: Two troopers killed in rural community

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Authorities have released the identities of two Alaska state troopers who were shot and killed while conducting an investigation in the interior Alaska community of Tanana on Thursday.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters identified the victims as Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson and Trooper Gabriel “Gabe” Rich, both of the troopers rural unit operating out of Fairbanks.

Peters said one person has been detained.

Peters said the troopers were following up on a Wednesday night report that someone had brandished a gun in the village. Tanana is about 130 miles west of Fairbanks.

Radiation leak investigated

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Crews searching for the source of a radiation release from the government’s underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have found damaged bags of minerals in the mine, but officials say they have yet to identify what caused the radiation leak.

The U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday that workers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant found several huge bags of magnesium chloride that are placed on top of waste containers to absorb moisture and carbon dioxide have been “grossly disturbed.” It’s not clear, however, what damaged the bags.

Illegal immigrant tuition bill approved

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After a sharply-charged debate that touched on the law, immigration and America, a divided Florida Senate voted Thursday in favor of letting students who live in the country illegally qualify for in-state college tuition rates.

The vote was not unexpected, but it was still a landmark day. The Republican-controlled Senate has killed the proposal several times in the past several years. The bill is expected to pass now and head to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott who has publicly endorsed the legislation for several weeks.

“It’s an exciting day for every student that dreams of a college education,” Scott said shortly after the bill passed.

ICE agents arrest 638 in gang crackdown

WASHINGTON – More than 600 suspected gang members have been arrested in the Homeland Security Department’s largest crackdown on street gangs, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Thursday.

ICE agents, along with local authorities in 179 cities, arrested 638 suspected gang members over a monthlong period in March and April.

ICE said 78 suspected gang members were arrested on federal charges while 447 others currently face only state charges. ICE arrested 113 others on administrative immigration charges.

Arrests were made across the country, including in Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Maryland and New Mexico.

Maryland educator is teacher of year

WASHINGTON – A Maryland high school teacher who helps push students toward college was honored at the White House on Thursday as the National Teacher of the Year. The educator, Sean McComb, said he benefited from an inspiring teacher during his childhood.

President Barack Obama presented an apple trophy to McComb, an English teacher from Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts near Baltimore where he works with students in a college readiness program. Among the past two graduating classes in the program, 98 percent were admitted to a four-year college, Obama said.


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