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At Cold War missile factory, elite rescuers drill for disaster

PERRY, Georgia (Reuters) – On a cloudless, windswept Georgia morning 100 milessouth of Atlanta, a rescuer dangled 30 feet in the air, secured by rappelling ropes, wielding a jackhammer, as he drove the drill into a massive concrete slab designed to mimic the 1985 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. It took about an hour to punch a hole big enough to reach mock disaster “victims” trapped between the slab and an exterior wall.

Nearby more rescuers stood by a replica of an apartment building damaged during the 2010 Christ Church, New Zealand earthquake. Dogs sniffed for victims. Engineers built make-shift ladders with two-by-fours.

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Arrest of son of ‘Shorty’ Guzman aide led to Mexico kingpin’s capture

WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The arrest of the son of Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman’s deputy at the U.S.-Mexico border was an important break in the operation that led to the drug lord’s capture, a senior U.S. law enforcement official said on Sunday.

Following the arrest of Serafin Zambada-Ortiz, subsequent wiretaps and phone records of others provided investigators with leads that played a role in the arrest of Guzman, two people familiar with the matter said.

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      "John Shiffman is an enterprise correspondent based in Washington. He is co-author of Priceless, a NYT bestseller published in nine languages, and author of the forthcoming Operation Shakespeare (Simon & Schuster 2014). Contact him at"
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