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San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
According to federal regulators, a small amount of radiation could have escaped from San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station after a water leak forced operators to shut down the reactor at the power plant.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Victor Dricks says a small amount of radioactive gas "could have" escaped the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station on the northern San Diego Coast.
Gil Alexander, a spokesman for Southern California Edison, told the Associated Press that the amount would have been "extremely small" and possibly not detectable by monitors.
Both the company and federal regulators say the release would not have posed a public safety risk.
L.A. Sheriff's Department
Accused teacher Mark Berndt.
Sheriff's investigators have five more alleged victims in the horrifying case of longtime Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt, who appeared in court, handcuffed behind a caged area, on Wednesday. His arraignment on 23 counts of lewd acts against children has been held over until Feb 23.
Prosecutors were able to increase Berndt's bail today from $2.3-million, to $23 million, based on the alleged crimes. Additional charges may be filed pending verification of the new allegations, notes the L.A. Times.
The 61-year-old allegedly told children they were going to play a "tasting game," blindfoldeding the victims, gagging some with tape, putting cockroaches on others, and spoon-feeding them a white substance that DNA tests revealed to be his semen, according to authorities.
The victims were supposed to say whether the substance was sweet or salty and if they liked the taste, say authorities, who were tipped off by a CVS photo lab tech who reported suspicious photos of bound children to police.
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McDonald's is planning to ban from its burger recipe a controversial filler known as "pink slime."
Considered safe by the Department of Agriculture, the practice has received a McFlurry of recent media attention thanks in part to a documentary and campaign led by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
The fast food restaurant chain, with approximately 800 locations in Southern California, said the decision to dump the slime was not based on public criticism.
Perhaps it was the goo's potential for psychoreactive sass in response to human emotional states that influenced the stoppage.
L.A. Sheriff's Department
Revolting and disturbing details continue to emerge in the case of a 30-year Los Angeles teacher arrested under suspicion of committing lewd acts on 23 children, including tying them up, putting cockroaches on their faces, and possibly feeding them his semen from a spoon.
61-year-old Mark Berndt was brought to the attention of authorities in October 2010 when a photo processor in Redondo Beach reported images of young children gagged and blindfolded, covered with cockroaches, and consuming liquid from a spoon.
The former Miramonte Elementary School teacher, who was fired in March, was taken from his Torrance home by authorities on Monday following a year-long investigation, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's department.
The suspect was a teacher of "average effectiveness," according to a Times analysis of standardized test scores,