- - Monday, August 16, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Bureau to probe fatal off-road wreck

LOS ANGELES | The federal Bureau of Land Management is conducting an official review of a weekend accident at an off-road race in the California desert that killed eight spectators.

Spokeswoman Jan Bedrosian said Monday that the agency is also cooperating with other law enforcement agencies in the investigation and reviewing all off-road vehicle events in the California desert for safety.

Eight fans were killed Saturday at the California 200 race in the Mojave Desert when a truck went out of control after a jump and hit a crowd lining the course. Other fans were injured.

Race promoter Mojave Desert Racing had a BLM permit for the event, which has raised questions about oversight and safety at the races on federal land.

FLORIDA

Astronauts replace key cooling pump

CAPE CANAVERAL | Spacewalking astronauts installed a new coolant pump for the International Space Station on Monday, accomplishing urgent cooling-system repairs after more than two weeks of impaired operations in orbit.

Initial tests showed the ammonia pump was operating well. Flight controllers still have more checks to make. If everything goes well, NASA expects to have the space station’s disabled cooling loop back in action by Thursday.

The orbiting lab has been operating on only half its normal cooling capability ever since the pump failed July 31, forcing the six-member crew to shut down science projects and turn off unnecessary equipment to avoid overtaxing the single functioning cooling line. But living conditions never deteriorated.

GEORGIA

Raid victim’s kin to get $4.9 million

ATLANTA | The city has agreed to pay $4.9 million to the family of a 92-year-old woman killed in a botched drug raid.

Mayor Kasim Reed said Monday that the city will pay the family of Kathryn Johnston $2.9 million this fiscal year and the rest next year.

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