In Brief | Nation & World | 4-16-14


UN report will show Iran cutting half of uranium stock closest to nuke-arms grade

VIENNA — Diplomats say the U.N. will certify later this week that Iran’s ability to make a nuclear bomb has been reduced because it has neutralized half of its material that can be turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium.

The move is part of Iran’s commitments under a deal that mandates nuclear concessions by Tehran in exchange for a partial lifting of sanctions crippling its economy.

Iran says it does not want nuclear weapons. But by January, it had amassed nearly enough 20 percent enriched uranium to be able to quickly make a nuclear bomb with further enrichment.

Two diplomats told The Associated Press Wednesday that a U.N. nuclear agency report will say that Iran has diluted half of that 20 percent stockpile to less proliferation-sensitive material.

Supremacist faces murder charges in Jewish site shootings, makes court appearance

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City made his first court appearance Tuesday.

Wearing a sleeveless anti-suicide smock, Frazier Glenn Cross sat in a wheelchair as he was escorted to a video room for the hearing. He stood under his own power to face the judge, crossing his arms and speaking only when answering routine questions from the judge. He requested a court-appointed lawyer.

Cross is being held on $10 million bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for April 24.

Physician William Lewis Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, were killed outside of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. Both were Methodist. Moments later, Terri LaManno, a 53-year-old Catholic occupational therapist and mother of two, was gunned down outside Village Shalom, a Jewish retirement complex where she was visiting her mother.

Ferry runs aground off South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — Dozens of ships and aircraft were involved in rescue efforts for 477 people aboard a ferry that ran aground and was sinking off the coast of South Korea Wednesday, reports said.

Yonhap news agency said one person had died. It cited Coast Guard officials saying the passengers were being taken off the wrecked ship that had listed to one side and was taking on water about 12 miles from the southern coast.

The passengers were mostly secondary school students on a field trip to Jeju island when the vessel sent a distress signal about 9 a.m., the news agency said.

The navy sent 22 vessels and a helicopter along with special forces including divers to rescue passengers that had jumped from the ship.

The air force and army had each dispatched planes and helicopters to join the effort led by the coast guard.

Robotic sub sent on 2nd mission after deep water thwarted its 1st attempt to hunt for jet

PERTH, Australia — A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet began its second mission Tuesday after cutting short its first because the ocean waters where it was sent were too deep, officials said.

Monday’s planned 16-hour search lasted just six and none of the data collected by the U.S. Navy’s Bluefin 21 submarine offered clues to the whereabouts of the plane.

The unmanned sub is programmed to hover 100 feet above the seabed, but it started searching atop a patch that was deeper than the sub’s maximum operating depth of 15,000 feet, the search coordination center and the U.S. Navy said.

The data collected by the sub was later analyzed and no sign of the missing plane was found, the U.S. Navy said.

By wire sources