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National briefs: Dog run over twice by train is on the mend

UTAH -- A stray dog is recovering after being run over by a freight train -- twice. Fred Krause of Utah Railway Co. says he spotted the cream-colored Shih Tzu on the tracks Sunday in a Salt Lake City suburb. Krause, who was operating the train, says there was no way to stop before it ran over the dog, which was small enough to avoid being hit the first time. Krause says he spotted the dog on the return trip, and this time the pup got whacked by the train's snowplow. Krause later drove back to the site and found the dog, which was still dazed and lying on the tracks.

Pesticides restricted after deaths

UTAH -- Federal officials have moved quickly to clamp down on the use of potent rodent-killing pesticides after one was linked to the deaths of two Utah girls this year. The Environmental Protection Agency said aluminum and magnesium fumigants can no longer be used near homes. The agency added other regulations about where they can be used outside and what kinds of warnings must be posted when the fumigants are applied.