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“The instinct is, ‘jump out of the vehicle,’ but his four buddies were in the vehicle with him,” she said. His jumping on the grenade “saved their lives.”

Crane collapse kills 1, hurts 3

IATAN, Mo. — An 800-ton crane collapsed yesterday at a construction site near a Kansas City Power & Light power plant, killing one worker and injuring three others, authorities said.

The victims were contract employees working on a new coal-fired plant at the site, utility spokesman Matt Tidwell said.

The crane tipped over and crumpled around 7:30 a.m. KCPL said the accident occurred as the crane was lowering its boom, which extended about 15 stories high, after workers had determined wind speeds were too strong for safe operation. The crane was not bearing any load at the time.

The names of the victims were not immediately released. One survivor was released from the hospital and the other two have injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

FCC could regulate cancellation fees

The head of the Federal Communications Commission said yesterday he wants to regulate fees charged to cell phone users who cancel their wireless contracts early.

At a news conference, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin would not say whether he endorses an industry plan to help consumers avoid early termination fees as detailed by the Associated Press earlier this week.

But Mr. Martin said he supports regulating the fees at a federal level, even if it affects a series of class-action lawsuits against carriers in state courts.

Consumers would benefit from a national standard that addresses many of the problems with the current fees system more than “a potential lawsuit that might only affect and impact consumers in one particular state,” he said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports