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May 7, 2013 7:38 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Prosecution rests in Tenn. nuclear plant break-in

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have rested their case in the trial of an 83-year-old nun and two follow nuclear weapons protesters accused of intruding at a Tennessee plant.

The trio is accused of painting slogans and splattering human blood on a facility known as the "Fort Knox of uranium."

Prosecutors said Tuesday that the act was a serious security breach that continues to disrupt operations at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

Defense attorneys for Sister Megan Rice and Michael Walli, both of Washington, D.C., and Greg Boertje-Obed of Duluth, Minn., said the events of July 2012 were a symbolic act featuring "Biblical graffiti."

A federal judge says he could rule by Wednesday on arguments to dismiss the more serious of the two charges against them.

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