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CALIFORNIA

Feds: Design flaws led to nuclear plant woes

CAPISTRANO BEACH | After months of investigation, federal regulators have determined that design flaws appear to be the cause of excessive wear in tubing that carries radioactive water through California’s troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant, a top federal regulator said.

The twin-reactor plant between Los Angeles and San Diego has been idle since January after a tube break in one of four massive steam generators released traces of radiation.

FLORIDA

Zimmerman told wife to buy bulletproof vest

ORLANDO | The former neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin told his wife to buy bulletproof vests for them and for his attorney, according to jailhouse calls released Monday.

“As uncomfortable as it is, I want you wearing one,” George Zimmerman told his wife.

The calls, released by prosecutors, also detail how Mr. Zimmerman instructed his wife to transfer money from bank accounts.

Mr. Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bond in April, several days after the calls took place. At his bond hearing, his wife, Shellie, testified that she didn’t know how much money had been raised from a website created for his legal defense.

Prosecutors say the calls show George and Shellie Zimmerman knew that roughly $135,000 had been raised by the site.

Shellie Zimmerman was arrested last week on a charge of making a false statement.

George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense during the confrontation with the 17-year-old teen in a gated community in Sanford, Fla.

MICHIGAN

Baby robin cuddles up with friendly house cats

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