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Atom smasher suit is dismissed

September 29, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A federal judge in Hawaii has dismissed a lawsuit trying to stop the world's largest atom smasher.

U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor says in a ruling issued Friday that federal courts don't have jurisdiction over the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland.

Two Hawaii residents sued because they feared the machine could create black holes or other phenomena that could destroy the planet. Most physicists say the collider is safe. It started operation Sept. 10 but suffered malfunctions, delaying experiments until spring.

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