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WASHINGTON: Anti-abortion office guard shot

A man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard Wednesday at the headquarters of a Christian lobbying group made a negative reference about the organization's work before opening fire, a law enforcement official said. Police said the man entered the lobby of the Family Research Council in Washington about 10:45 a.m., began arguing with the guard and shot him in the arm. The guard and others subdued him. Another law enforcement official identified the suspect as Floyd Corkins II, and authorities were interviewing his neighbors in Herndon, Va., near Washington. Corkins, 28, had been volunteering recently at a community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The Family Research Council strongly opposes gay marriage and abortion. The guard, Leo Johnson, was in stable condition.


NEW HAMPSHIRE: Standards for medical workers

The case of a medical technologist suspected of infecting patients with hepatitis C could boost momentum for federal legislation requiring that medical imaging and radiation therapy workers meet standards before their employers receive Medicare reimbursements. David Kwiatkowski is accused of stealing drugs and contaminating syringes used on patients at Exeter Hospital, where 32 people have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries. He previously worked at 18 hospitals in seven other states, moving from hospital to hospital despite having been fired twice over allegations of drug use and theft. An Associated Press story had detailed how a lack of regulation, poor communication and Kwiatkowski's own lies helped him slip through the cracks. Kwiatkowski worked as a cardiovascular technologist.


CALIFORNIA: Hypersonic test flight fails

An unmanned experimental aircraft failed in an attempt to fly at six times the speed of sound in the latest setback for hypersonic flight. The X-51A Waverider was designed to reach Mach 6, or 3,600 mph, after being dropped by a B-52 bomber Tuesday off the Southern California coast. Engineers had hoped it would sustain its top speed for five minutes, twice as long as an X-51A has gone before.

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