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CALIFORNIA

Chunk of highway falls into ocean

CARMEL | A stretch of California’s coastal highway has been closed to traffic indefinitely after a chunk of the road fell into the Pacific Ocean.

State transportation workers have been scrambling to repair Highway 1 in Monterey County near Rocky Creek Bridge.

A 40-foot section of the two-lane highway crumbled just after 5 p.m. Wednesday following several days of rainy weather. All of the southbound lane is gone, and the soil under the northbound lane is giving way.

Raymond Clark III pleaded guilty Thursday to the murder of Yale graduate student Annie Le. (Connecticut Department of Correction via Associated Press)

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The California Highway Patrol said no one was injured in the slide.

It’s not clear what caused the slide or how long the highway will be closed.

CONNECTICUT

Suspect admits to killing Yale student

NEW HAVEN | A former animal research technician pleaded guilty Thursday in the 2009 killing of a Yale University graduate student under an agreement with prosecutors that calls for a 44-year sentence.

Raymond Clark III, 26, was accused of strangling Annie Le, 24, of Placerville, Calif., in a case that drew intense national media attention to the Ivy League university.

Miss Le’s body was found stuffed behind a research lab wall on Sept. 13, 2009, five days after she was last seen inside the Yale medical building. It would have been her wedding day in New York.

Clark pleaded guilty to murder and attempted sexual assault. His plea on the attempted sexual assault charge came under Connecticut’s Alford doctrine, in which the defendant in a criminal case agrees only that the state has enough evidence against him or her to get a conviction. The plea will be entered into his record as a conviction.

A prosecutor said Thursday that Miss Le had a broken collarbone and jaw, injuries suffered while she was alive, and that her underwear had been disarranged.

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