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Judge orders mental exam for Loughner

A federal judge on Monday ordered Jared Lee Loughner, the college dropout charged in January’s Arizona shooting rampage, to undergo a mental evaluation in Missouri to see if he is competent to stand trial. Federal prosecutors earlier this month asked for Loughner to receive an evaluation. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns wrote in his ruling that the purpose of the examination is not to focus on Loughner’s mental state at the time of the shooting. “The question at issue is whether the defendant is presently suffering from a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent to the extent that
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Disfigured construction worker gets face transplant

A Texas construction worker horribly disfigured in a power line accident has undergone the nation’s first full face transplant in hopes of smiling again and feeling kisses from his 3-year-old daughter. Dallas Wiens, 25, received a new nose, lips, skin, muscle and nerves from an unidentified dead person in an operation paid for by the U.S. military, which wants to use what is learned to help soldiers with severe facial wounds. Wiens will not resemble “either what he used to be or the donor,” but something in between, said plastic surgeon Dr. Bohdan Pomahac). “The tissues are really molded on
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Japen nuke plant cooling pool reaches boiling point

  Weariness and anxiety percolated Tuesday among people who left their homes near Japan’s radiation-shedding nuclear complex as workers tried urgently to cool an overheated storage pool and methodically to reconnect critical cooling systems. In another day of progress and setbacks, a pool holding spent nuclear fuel heated up to around the boiling point, a nuclear safety official said. With water bubbling away, there is a risk that more radioactive steam could spew out. “We cannot leave this alone and we must take care of it as quickly as possible,” said the official, Hidehiko Nishiyama. It wasn’t clear if crews
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