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Pupils OK after being stuck with needles


GREENWOOD --- School officials say 13 Greenwood County middle school pupils pricked with needles by classmates last month have tested clean of any diseases.

Authorities say three pupils used lancets, which are small needles typically used by diabetics for checking blood sugar levels, to poke other pupils at Brewer Middle School.

School officials say the three pupils have been disciplined, but refused to release details.

The 13 pupils were pricked both on the bus and at school.

Charges against teen dropped in rock stunt

MYRTLE BEACH --- Prosecutors say they have dropped charges against a teen accused of throwing a rock and damaging a professional football player's car in Horry County.

A prosecutor did not say why a charge of malicious injury to personal property was dismissed against 18-year-old Colby Sarvis.

He was accused of traveling along a highway and throwing a rock at Anthony Waters' car in July.

Mr. Waters is a San Diego Chargers linebacker and former Clemson University standout.

Police arrest men in woman's 1992 killing

LEXINGTON --- Lexington County sheriff's deputies have arrested two men in the 1992 shooting death of a Pelion woman.

Sheriff James Metts said Thursday that 40-year-old Walter Mark Cassidy, of Swansea, and 45-year-old Donald Ray Dykes, of Tampa, Fla., are charged with murder, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Sheriff Metts said Lisa Angela Rucker, 25, was taken from her home and shot with a rifle. Sheriff Metts said the men were arrested based on information uncovered in a drug investigation.

Nuclear plant chided for being slow to act

SENECA --- The Oconee Nuclear Station is operating safely, but nuclear regulatory officials said operator Duke Energy could have addressed concerns at the plant faster.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission wrapped up its investigation of three problems in safety procedures Wednesday with a conference with Duke Energy officials.

None of the problems was a serious risk to employees or the public and involved systems only meant to operate after an accident at the plant, both Duke and federal officials said.

-- Edited from wire reports