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Tokyo – 3 Injured, 7 Missing In Blast at Japan Nuke Plant

March 13, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Japan - Tokyo Electric Power Co. says three workers have been injured and seven are missing after an explosion at the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. Japan's chief cabinet secretary says a hydrogen explosion occurred Monday at the facility's Unit 3. The blast was similar to an earlier one at a different unit at the facility. Yukio Edano says people within a 12-mile (20-kilometer...

New York – Users Complain iPhone Clock Bungles Time Change

March 13, 2011 at 10:25 PM
New York - It's hard enough to get your bearings when the time changes twice a year. It's all but impossible when your phone starts playing tricks on you, too. Users of Apple's iPhone peppered Twitter and blogs with complaints Sunday when their phones bungled the one-hour "spring forward" to daylight savings time that went into effect overnight Saturday. One user complained of missing...

Japan – Radioactive Releases From Plants Could Last Weeks or Months

March 13, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Japan - As the scale of Japan's nuclear crisis begins to come to light, experts in Japan and the United States say the country is now facing a cascade of accumulating problems that suggest that radioactive releases of steam from the crippled plants could go on for weeks or even months. The emergency flooding of two stricken reactors with seawater and the resulting steam releases are a...

New York, NY – City’s Plan of Curbside Cafes’ Spark New Feud

March 13, 2011 at 08:48 PM
New York, NY - City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan is rolling out another pet project: "pop-up cafés" erected in gutters, traffic lanes and parking spots. The Department of Transportation has green-lighted 12 applications by Manhattan and Brooklyn eateries to build 6-foot-wide wooden platforms alongside the curbs of city streets. Café tables and chairs, like those in...

Tokyo – Newly Emerged Footage Shows Force Which The Tsunami Struck Japan’s Coast

March 13, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Tokyo - As survivors of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami grappled with the enormity of the devastation, more footage emerged on Sunday showing the moment the tsunami struck Japan's northeast coast. Residents of the port town of Kamaishi in Iwate prefecture watched in horror as the first huge tsunami waves hit, sweeping away cars and buildings. One group managed to scramble to safety on...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Plans $3B Transformation of Waterfront

March 13, 2011 at 07:07 PM
New York, NY - For decades, development in New York was about concrete, skyscrapers and roads — highways that often ringed the city and kept people from the hundreds of miles of waterfront shoreline that help define the city. Now, the city's first waterfront plan in two decades will spend billions of dollars to reunite New Yorkers with their water. The $3 billion-plus plan, to be announced...

Tucson, AZ – Obama Pens Op-Ed Calling for Stricter Enforcement of Gun Laws

March 13, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Tucson, AZ - Two months after the shooting of a U.S. congresswoman, President Barack Obama called Sunday for more stringent enforcement of existing gun laws, citing the "awful consequences" of gun violence in American society. In an op-ed essay in The Arizona Daily Star, Obama says legislation to bolster criminal background checks for gun buyers hasn't been properly implemented, with too many...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Visits Mourning Relatives of the Fogel Family [video]

March 13, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visited the mourning relatives of the slain members of the Fogel family on Sunday evening. Netanyahu told the family, “They shoot, and we build.” Referring to Jewish tradition, he said, “They say the land of Israel is built with hardship. But we did not realize the suffering would be this great.” “This evil act has caused all of us to...

Cleveland, OH – Shabbat-Lock Lawsuit Questions Security

March 13, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Cleveland, OH - A group of Orthodox Jews are challenging the security of a type of push-button lock used in their homes and some government buildings in complaints before a federal judge in Cleveland. The complaints against the Swiss lock maker Kaba and its U.S. operations allege the locks can be easily breached using a small magnet. The Plain Dealer in Cleveland says the complaints are...

Jerusalem – Israeli Press Liaison Demanding Apology From CNN Over Itamar Report

March 13, 2011 at 05:10 PM
Jerusalem - The director of Israel's Government Press Office sent a letter to CNN's Jerusalem Bureau Chief Sunday demanding an apology for a story on CNN's website that put "terror attack" in quotations in the headline of its story on Friday night's atrocity in Itamar. Responding to the story headlined "Israeli Family of 5 Killed in 'Terror Attack,' Military Says," Oren Helman wrote Kevin...

Sanaa, Yemen – Police Fire on Yemeni Protesters, 100 Plus Injured

March 13, 2011 at 04:35 PM
Sanaa, Yemen - Police on rooftops fired live bullets and tear gas at protesters Sunday, wounding at least 100 people camping out near Sanaa University. The day's violence, which also left one dead in a southern province, was the latest evidence that monthlong protests demanding the resignation of Yemen's longtime leader were spiraling out of control. Embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh has...

Washington – NRC: No Harmful Levels Of Radioactivity Expected In U.S.

March 13, 2011 at 04:06 PM
Washington - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says harmful levels of radioactivity are not expected in the United States due to damaged nuclear reactors in Japan. Earthquakes and a tsunami have damaged at least two nuclear complexes in Japan. Officials have declared states of emergency at six of the country's 55 reactors. In a statement Sunday, the NRC said weather conditions appear to...

Los Angeles, CA – Orthodox Passengers Praying During Flight Spark Security Concerns

March 13, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Three men praying on an arriving Alaska Airlines flight sparked security concerns on the plane and at Los Angeles International Airport, but authorities say there was no threat and no arrests were made. Airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says flight attendants on Flight 241 from Mexico City became alarmed Sunday morning after the three passengers began an elaborate orthodox...

Las Vegas – Aspiring Rabbi Loses Second Straight

March 13, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Las Vegas - Yuri Foreman, the aspiring rabbi-to-be who briefly held a piece of the 154-pound title, took a beating Saturday night at the hands of Pawel Wolak and lost for the second straight time. Wolak won the first six rounds of the fight before Foreman's corner, worried about the punishment he was taking, stopped the fight between rounds. It was Foreman's first fight since he lost his...

Washington – State Dept. Spokesman Resigns After WikiLeaks Flap

March 13, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Washington - State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley has resigned after causing a stir by describing the Army's treatment of the suspected WikiLeaks leaker as "ridiculous" and "stupid." Crowley said in a statement Sunday that he took responsibility for the remarks, and that given their impact, he had submitted his resignation to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. President Barack...

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