South Korea to resumeimports of U.S. beef
A South Korean employee, above, sets out packs of domestic beef on the shelves at a store in Seoul. South Korea said Tuesday that plans to resume limited imports of American beef depend on the age of the latest U.S. cow discovered to have mad cow disease. Despite the confirmation of a third case of mad cow disease, the U.S. government intends to scale back testing for the brain-wasting disorder blamed for the deaths of more than 150 people in Europe. The Agriculture Department boosted its surveillance after finding the first case of mad cow disease in the United States in 2003. About 1,000 tests are run daily, up from about 55 daily in 2003. The testing program detected an infected cow in Alabama last week, and further analysis confirmed Monday that the animal had mad cow disease.
Mike Wallace to retirefrom CBS' '60 Minutes'
NEW YORK -- Mike Wallace, the hard-driving reporter who has been with "60 Minutes" since its start in 1968, said Tuesday he will retire as a regular correspondent on the show this spring. A television news legend who was the last person an accused wrongdoer would want to see on his doorstep, Wallace said he'll still do occasional reports for the show. CBS News President Sean McManus referred to him as a "correspondent emeritus." Wallace, 87, has often said he'll retire "when my toes turn up. "Well, they're just beginning to curl a trifle, which means that, as I approach my 88th birthday, it's become apparent to me that my eyes and ears, among other appurtenances, aren't quite what they used to be," he said. He said he's still working on getting several big interviews for the show.
NASA postponeslaunch of Discovery
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- On Tuesday, NASA postponed the launch of space shuttle Discovery from May until at least July because of an all-too-familiar problem: a faulty fuel tank sensor. A similar problem briefly delayed last summer's launch of Discovery on the first shuttle flight since the Columbia disaster in 2003. NASA said it needs the time to open up the spacecraft's hydrogen fuel tank and replace the sensor, which gave an electrical resistance reading that was slightly off. The space agency plans to replace the three other sensors in the tank, too, to be safe.
Earthen dam burstson island of Kauai
LIHUE, Hawaii -- An earthen dam burst on the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Tuesday, sweeping away houses in a torrent of water 150 yards across. One person was killed and as many as seven others were reported missing. The Kaloko Reservoir dam gave way without warning after days of heavy rain, washing out the island's main coastal highway used by thousands of residents and tourists. Search crews recovered an unidentified body, Coast Guard spokesman Michael De Nyse said. Helicopters continued the search for victims in the floodwaters and debris that rushed downhill into the Pacific, three miles from the burst dam.
Sago mine explosionattributed to lightning
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- An explosion that killed 12 workers at the Sago Mine likely was caused by a massive lightning strike that ignited methane gas in a sealed-off area, the mine's owner said Tuesday. The company's own investigation turned up three pieces of compelling evidence of a lightning strike, all from 6:26 a.m. on Jan. 2, said Ben Hatfield, chief executive officer of International Coal Group Inc. He said weather monitors confirmed an unusually large and powerful lightning strike near the mine; a U.S. Geological Survey station confirmed a seismic event at Sago; and the mine's own atmospheric alarms sounded. Lone survivor Randal L. McCloy Jr. is still recovering from severe brain damage and other injuries. On Tuesday, he visited his home for the first time since the explosion, eating a home-cooked lunch, and later returned to a rehabilitation hospital.
Associated Press

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