November 4th, 2012
10:39 PM ET

News report: 2 South Korean nuclear reactors shut down

Two nuclear reactors on South Korea's southwest coast have been shut down after the government announced it had discovered "unproven" parts were being used in such plants, according to a report Monday from Yonhap news agency.

Minister of Knowledge Economy Hong Suk-woo said there's no threat of a radiation leak, saying the parts in question were "ordinary" - things such as fuses and power switches - and are unrelated to the reactors themselves but haven't met the requirements to be used in nuclear plants.

According to Hong, eight suppliers faked 60 warranties for 234 parts (involving a total of 7,682 items worth about 820 million won, or $750,000) since 2003, Yonhap reported.

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U.S. death toll at 110 as recovery from Superstorm Sandy continues
Volunteers unload water at an aid distribution center on Sunday in Long Beach, New York.
November 4th, 2012
08:02 PM ET

U.S. death toll at 110 as recovery from Superstorm Sandy continues

Editor's note: Six days after Sandy slammed into the U.S. East Coast, the storm's U.S. death toll continues to rise - reaching 110 on Sunday, in addition to two killed by the storm in Canada and 67 in the Caribbean. Click here to read more about the recovery effort.

[Updated at 9:47 p.m.] "The operation to secure the boom of the tower crane on West 57th Street is complete," said Tony Sciafani, spokesman for New York's Department of Buildings. Six days ago, high winds from Sandy left it dangling and spurred fears it could fall. But now, "all buildings in the vicinity can be reoccupied," said Sciafini.

This photo shows the crane as it appeared Saturday, when efforts to secure it were already well underway:

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Atlanta police: Both officers killed in helicopter crash were fathers
The Atlanta police helicopter crashed while the officers onboard were looking for a missing boy.
November 4th, 2012
04:02 PM ET

Atlanta police: Both officers killed in helicopter crash were fathers

The Atlanta police department today identified the two officers killed in a helicopter crash last night as 48-year-old Richard Halford and 40-year-old Shawn Smiley.

Halford, who joined the force in 1986 and had been with its air unit the past 16 years, is survived by his former wife and a 21-year-old daughter. Smiley leaves behind his wife and three children - ages 5, 7 and 9 - and had joined the Atlanta police department in 2010.

The officers died when their helicopter went down while they were looking for a missing boy. Read more about the crash on CNN.com.

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November 4th, 2012
03:11 PM ET

African painted dogs kill young boy at Pittsburgh Zoo

A group of African painted dogs killed a boy who fell into their exhibit today at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Barbara Baker, the zoo's president, said the child was around 3 years old.

He "fell off an observation deck that's about 14 feet above the exhibit," she said, "and was killed by the dogs."

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November 4th, 2012
01:10 PM ET

Grenade turns church service deadly

A grenade flew into a Kenyan church today, turning a prayer service into carnage.

The attack in Garissa, a city in northeastern Kenya, killed at least one person and wounded at least 13 others.  At least two are in critical condition.  It was the latest in a slew of similar attacks in the country.

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November 4th, 2012
12:41 PM ET

Child killed in blast near Turkish wedding

People were celebrating a wedding when a car bomb went off nearby Sunday, leaving an 11-year-old child dead, in the Turkish town of Semdinli.

Another 18 people were wounded in the attack in Hakkari Province, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

A car exploded as an armored police vehicle was passing by, according to the semi-official Anadolu news agency.

"Because this despicable attack occurred near an area with a wedding unfortunately there were civilian casualties," said Erdogan.

The injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

The attack in Turkey's Hakkari Province also wounded 18 people, officials said.

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