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National & World Report: Mix of cat litter, salts caused nuclear-dump mishap
An incompatible combination of nitrate salts and organic cat litter is to blame for a mishap that forced the closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, according to findings released Thursday by an independent team of experts from national laboratories around the country.
National & World Strawberry festival poster sparks outcry about race Strawberry festival poster sparks outcry about race
After an outcry over an artist's depiction of two black children with no facial features except bright red lips, organizers of a Louisiana strawberry festival have agreed not to show or sell this year's festival poster, which the local NAACP president called racially offensive.
National & World Texas prison agency replenishes execution drug supply Texas prison agency replenishes execution drug supply
Texas prison officials have acquired a small supply of pentobarbital to replenish their dwindling inventory of the execution drug so lethal injections set for next month in the nation's most active death penalty state can be carried out, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Wednesday.
National & World Video shows motorist pulled from car, beaten by officers Video shows motorist pulled from car, beaten by officers
A pastor leading a protest Wednesday outside a Detroit-area police department threatened to shut down the city until white officers are fired for the bloody arrest of a black man who was pulled from his car and repeatedly punched in the head.
National & World France opens black box, hoping to unlock jet crash mystery France opens black box, hoping to unlock jet crash mystery (Photo Gallery)
The last communication from a doomed German jetliner was routine. The mangled black box has yielded sounds and voices, the lead investigator said Wednesday, but so far not the "slightest explanation" why the plane plunged into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 on board.