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National news briefs — compiled Nov. 17

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OURAY, COLO.

Two killed in mining accident

Two workers were killed and 20 others were injured Sunday in a mining accident in southwestern Colorado. The Ouray County sheriff’s office was called to the Revenue-Virginius mine at about 7:20 a.m., county spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said. The miners were underground and were confirmed dead Sunday afternoon. She said 20 people were taken to area hospitals, and all but two were released. A project manager for Star Mine Operations said the accident was not related to a cave-in or mine collapse but was apparently a “powder-smoke incident,” and that the release of chemicals in the smoke injured the miners.

SAN DIEGO

Errant drone strikes cruiser

A Navy guided missile cruiser hit by a malfunctioning drone during a training exercise returned Sunday to San Diego, where investigators will assess the damage and determine what went wrong. Two sailors were treated for minor burns after the USS Chancellorsville was struck by the drone during radar testing Saturday afternoon, off Point Mugu in Southern California. About 300 crew members were aboard.

MONROE, N.C.

Foster child cuffed to porch

A social worker was arrested Friday after a foster child was found cuffed by the ankle to her front porch with a dead chicken hanging from around his neck. Wanda Sue Larson and Dorian Lee Harper were arrested Friday after a sheriff’s deputy found the shivering 11-year-old boy. Larson is a supervisor with Union County Department of Social Services. The couple, both 57, adopted four children and were serving as foster parents to the fifth child.

NEW YORK

Rare U.S. coins auctioned

Nearly 2,000 rare American coins amassed over 90 years by a 102-year-old Missouri collector have sold for $23 million at a two-day New York City auction. Heritage Auctions Co-Chairman Jim Halperin said Sunday retired St. Louis lawyer Eric P. Newman began collecting in the 1930s, only paying about $7,500 for the 1,800 piece collection.

Compiled from wire reports.


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