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REACTORS CLOSED: Experts at China's troubled Daya Bay power station warned Thursday both of its nuclear reactors would be closed for "some time" as work got under way to correct faults in the safety system. "We need some time to find a solution," the state-run Xinhua news agency quoted an unnamed plant official as saying. "There are advanced techniques in the world to tackle the control rod problem, but every plant's control rods are different," he added. Daya Bay opened last spring after an Anglo-French consortium spent seven problem-plagued years building it. Although its two 900,000 kilowatt generators were aimed at providing power for booming southern Guangdong province and neighboring Hong Kong, the plant has already suffered 13 shutdowns.BOSNIA: Bosnia's warring sides have rejected new appeals to revive a shattered cease-fire and heavy fighting in the north is liable to soon spread to other regions, U.N. peacekeepers said Thursday. The heaviest fighting in the 24 hours that ended early Thursday took place in the Majevica mountains near the northeast city of Tuzla. U.N. observers recorded more than 1,600 rounds of artillery and mortar fire there. Fighting in the Sarajevo region during the same period was at perhaps the highest level in recent weeks, including a skirmish of several hours near Sarajevo airport.

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FATHER CHARGED: The man who survived a shooting spree in Palatka, Fla., that killed his wife, mother-in-law and three daughters was charged Thursday with five counts of murder. Detectives said Kingkhamvong "King" Phimmachack admitted Wednesday that he had shot himself after his family was killed, that he owned the guns used in the slayings and that there were no intruders in the house. He did not admit killing his family.

EXECUTED: A former oilfield roughneck was executed by injection early Thursday in Texas for robbing a good Samaritan, running him down with his own car and stabbing him as he tried to escape. Noble Mays, 41, made no final statement. After the drugs began flowing into his arms, he took three deep breaths, uttered a low gasp, then stopped moving. He was the eighth person to be put to death this year in Texas, which leads the nation in executions.