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IMPROVEMENT: Long the target of complaints about unfair trading practices, Japan actually has cut trade barriers in recent years and eased access to its markets, the world's main trade watchdog said Wednesday from Geneva. The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade said further improvements should follow.BLACKOUT: Copenhagen's largest power failure in 30 years forced the cancellation of movies and concerts and sent military police to Rosenborg castle to protect Denmark's crown jewels. A short circuit shut down a power station that provides electricity to the most populous parts of central Copenhagen Tuesday night.

FOUND: Two Kuwaitis who disappeared near the border with Iraq in February are in an Iraqi prison awaiting trial, the International Committee of the Red Cross disclosed Wednesday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a Red Cross official said Ahmed al-Azimi, 17, and Mohammed al-Azimi, 20, had been arrested by Iraqi forces and were "in good condition."

Across the nation

VICTIM OR SUSPECT? Police in Palatka, Fla., were trying to determine if a man found shot in the chest in his secluded home is a victim or a suspect in the killings of his wife, mother-in-law and three young daughters. Kingkhamvong Phimmachack was in serious condition Wednesday at University Medical Center Hospital in Jacksonville, a spokeswoman said. Investigators wanted to question him, read autopsy reports and review crime scene reports before determining his role in the attack, Douglas said.

FINE: A medical waste treatment plant in Providence, R.I., was fined $3.3 million for knowingly exposing workers to hepatitis B and other life-threatening diseases in an effort to cut costs, officials say. Stericycle Inc., which accepts bloody bandages, diapers, syringes and other infectious waste from hospitals in the Northeast, allegedly faked tests that show whether high-temperature treatment has killed enough of the bacteria.

DUMB MOVE: Two Omaha officers have been accused of backing up interstate traffic for two miles by slowly driving their police cars side-by-side. "We had some pretty infuriated citizens back there," Deputy York County Attorney Matt Dreesen said Tuesday. "They had been doing that for about two hours." Joe Schenkelberg, 35, and Ronald Fyfe, 48, were charged with careless driving and impeding traffic. Both offenses carry $100 fines.