Iranian nuclear crisis
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran said Monday it is installing 3,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium at one of its nuclear facilities, effectively confirming that its nuclear program is running behind schedule as the devices were to have been in place two weeks ago. Over the weekend, Iran dismissed reports from Europe that its uranium enrichment program had been stalled. Enriched uranium is used as fuel in nuclear reactors and, at a higher degree of enrichment, can also be used to make atomic bombs. But Iran had said the installation of the 3,000 centrifuges at its facility in Natanz, located in central Iran, would be completed by the end of 2006. Its failure to do so has prompted reports that it is encountering technical difficulties in mastering large-scale enrichment.
Police arrest suspectin deaths and rapes
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A 48-year-old married man was arrested Monday after police said DNA linked him to a jogger's strangling death last fall, two rape-murders in the early 1990s and a series of rapes dating to the 1980s. Altemio Sanchez, a father of two, was arrested as he left work, more than a week after being placed under surveillance. Authorities said they expect to charge him with all three killings. "Old-fashioned police work brought everything together, and DNA evidence sealed the deal," Erie County prosecutor Frank Clark said at a news conference. Joan Diver, 45, was found strangled along a bike path in Newstead on Oct. 1. There was no evidence that she was sexually assaulted, but DNA evidence linked her death to two similar killings in 1990 and 1992 and at least six unsolved sex attacks between 1986 and 1994. University at Buffalo student Linda Yalem, 22, was raped and strangled on a bike path in Amherst in 1990. May Jane Mazur, 32, was found raped and strangled on a Buffalo street in November 1992. Several other rapes occurred in Buffalo's Delaware Park and the suburb of Hamburg.
Blaze destroys partof Utah fire station
DRAPER, Utah -- A blaze broke out in a fire station as firefighters slept, gutting the maintenance area. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries after slipping on ice that formed on the bitterly cold night as water was pumped onto the fire. The temperature was 2 degrees. Firefighters woke up early Sunday after a police officer noticed smoke spilling from the building. The garage, where the fire occurred, didn't have smoke detectors because the vehicle exhaust would set them off, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Monday. The rest of the firehouse can still be used, officials said. A fire engine, an ambulance and a special-operations vehicle were saved. A bomb-squad vehicle was destroyed. The fire's cause was under investigation.
Train crash releasesflammable chemical
IRVINE, Ky. -- Four runaway rail cars struck two parked locomotives Monday in east-central Kentucky, causing a fire and spilling a chemical that prompted a limited evacuation and orders that others stay indoors. The crash released butyl acetate, a flammable liquid, from a burning tanker car, authorities said. The fire produced a huge column of black smoke, and a section of the Kentucky River where fuel or chemicals had spilled caught fire. No injuries were reported, authorities said. The fire in the tanker car was extinguished by 3 p.m. EST, and smaller fires in the locomotives would be allowed to burn themselves out, authorities said. The burning tanker car contained about 30,000 gallons of butyl acetate, said CSX spokesman Gary Sease. Butyl acetate is commonly used as a solvent or as a synthetic fruit flavoring. Police ordered people in the immediate area to evacuate, and people in other parts of Estill County were told to stay indoors, keep their windows closed and to seal the bottoms of doors with towels.
German court upholdsban on head scarves
MUNICH, Germany -- A court on Monday upheld a ban on Muslim teachers' wearing head scarves in the schools of a German state under a law that says teachers' attire must be in line with "western Christian" values. A Berlin-based Islamic association had complained about the law, which authorities in the conservative-run state of Bavaria have used to ban head scarves while allowing Roman Catholic nuns to continue to wear their head-covering habits in schools. The Bavarian Constitutional Court ruled Monday that the application of the law in the state neither violated religious freedom nor was discriminatory. However, a lawyer for the Islamic Religious Community said some of its members were considering taking their case to the Federal Constitutional Court, Germany's highest court. Authorities in several states, including Baden-Wuerttemberg and Hesse, have introduced similar head scarf bans.