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Tokyo – Japan’s Stock Market Meltdown: Nikkei Index Down 11 Percent

March 14, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Tokyo - Japan's Nikkei stock index nose-dived nearly 11 percent Tuesday as the earthquake-shattered country faced an unfolding nuclear crisis after a radiation leak was detected at a crippled power plant and residents were warned to stay indoors. Other Asian markets also tumbled. The benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average sank a staggering 10.6 percent — more than 1,000 points — to close at...

Tokyo – Japan PM: Nuclear Plant Spews Radiation In Crisis Escalation

March 14, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Tokyo - Dangerous levels of radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear plant forced Japan to order 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors Tuesday after an explosion and a fire dramatically escalated the crisis spawned by a deadly tsunami. In a nationally televised statement, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said radiation has spread from the four stricken reactors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear...

East Brunswick, NJ – Another Bus Involved in Fatal Accident [video]

March 14, 2011 at 10:34 PM
East Brunswick, NJ - A luxury bus crashed Monday night on one of the nation's most heavily trafficked highways, killing the driver and another person, police said. Several people were badly injured in the New Jersey Turnpike crash, state police Sgt. Stephen Jones said. The one-vehicle crash happened just days after a bus from an Uncasville, Conn., casino crashed as it was returning to New...

New York – Back in Albany After Charges, State Senator Finds a Different World

March 14, 2011 at 10:17 PM
New York - When his Democratic colleagues held their daily meeting on Monday, State Senator Carl Kruger stayed holed up in his office across the street from the Capitol. When he finally emerged, a woman who spotted him down the hallway gasped. And when Mr. Kruger walked onto the Senate floor, most of his colleagues acted as if he were invisible. Four days after he surrendered to federal...

Chicago, IL – Survey: Spanking 1-Year-Olds Is Common In Depressed Dads

March 14, 2011 at 10:04 PM
Chicago, IL - Just like new moms, new fathers can be depressed, and a study found a surprising number of sad dads spanked their 1-year-olds. About 40 percent of depressed fathers in a survey said they'd spanked kids that age, versus just 13 percent of fathers who weren't depressed. Most dads also had had recent contact with their child's doctor — a missed opportunity to get help, authors of...

Tokyo – Japan’s Nuclear Reactors Under States Of Emergency

March 14, 2011 at 09:14 PM
Tokyo - Japan is struggling to prevent nuclear catastrophe at its reactors in the days since a massive earthquake and tsunami knocked out power, crippling cooling systems needed to keep nuclear fuel from melting down. So far, there are nine nuclear reactors at three sites in Japan that are under states of emergency — three at Fukushima Dai-ichi, three at Fukushima Daini and three at Onagawa...

Tokyo – Japanese Stock Market Plunge Over Nuclear Fears

March 14, 2011 at 09:11 PM
Tokyo - Japanese shares have plunged for a second day as investors unload assets on escalating fears of a nuclear crisis. The benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average at time of posting shed 619 points, or 6 percent, at 9,000 after markets opened in the country Tuesday, extending losses from the previous day. On Monday, the index tumbled over 6 percent in the first day of trading since the...

New York – Why Arranged Marriages Go the Distance

March 14, 2011 at 09:00 PM
New York - Arranged marriages are far more likely to lead to lasting affection than marriages of passion, experts claim. According to research, those in arranged marriages - or who have had their partner chosen for them by a parent or matchmaker - tend to feel more in love as time grows, whereas those in regular marriages feel less in love over time. And within ten years, the connection...

New York – AP Sources: Bus Driver in NYC Crash Had License Suspended Before

March 14, 2011 at 08:14 PM
New York - Two state officials familiar with the investigation of a New York City bus crash that killed 15 people tell The Associated Press that records show the driver had his license suspended from two traffic stops in 1995 under an alias. The officials say the driver, Ophadell Williams, told police his name was Erik Williams. He was charged with speeding and twice charged with driving...

Albany, NY – NY Gov. Orders probe Into tour Bus Driver’s License

March 14, 2011 at 07:35 PM
Albany, NY - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ordering the state inspector general's office to begin an investigation into how the operator of a tour bus that crashed had a commercial driver's license despite his poor driving and criminal record. A state official familiar with the investigation tells The Associated Press on Monday that driver Ophadell Williams had a log book that was incomplete...

Japan – Explosion Heard at Damaged Nuclear Reactor

March 14, 2011 at 07:31 PM
Japan - Japan's nuclear safety agency says an explosion has been heard at Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. An agency spokesman speaking Tuesday on national television said the explosion was heard at 6:10 a.m. (2110 GMT). No other details were immediately announced. The troubles at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex began when Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan's...

Paris – Japan’s Blasts Cast Doubt On Nuclear Renaissance

March 14, 2011 at 07:15 PM
Paris - Switzerland freezes plans to build new nuclear plants, Germany raises questions about its nuclear future, and opposition to atomic reactor construction mounts from Turkey to South Africa. Will explosions and other worries at a tsunami-stricken Japanese nuclear plant halt what has come to be known as the nuclear renaissance? Fears about nuclear safety that took a generation to...

New York – NY Officials Require Insurance Policy Conversions

March 14, 2011 at 06:59 PM
New York - New York officials have ordered an insurance company to convert a client's term life insurance to permanent policies that she can resell in the growing secondary market. Insurance Department Counsel Paul Zuckerman told John Hancock in a letter that it faces disciplinary action otherwise. The company must also give her adequate time to pay any differences in premiums, he...

New York – Israel Protesting Palestinian Film at UN Hall

March 14, 2011 at 06:52 PM
New York - The U.N. General Assembly president is refusing to cancel the New York premiere of the movie "Miral," about a Palestinian teen coming of age in war-torn East Jerusalem, despite protests from Israel and American Jewish organizations. Assembly spokesman Jean-Viktor Nkolo said President Joseph Deiss is going ahead with Monday night's screening in the General Assembly chamber and hopes...

Chicago, IL – Web Site Helps Jewish Moms Play Matchmaker

March 14, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Chicago, IL - A pair of Chicago siblings say their mother inspired their creation of a Web site allowing Jewish moms to seek matches for their children. Brad Weisberg, 30, and sister Danielle, 26, said TheJMom.com, which went live in November, allows Jewish mothers to network with other parents in the hunt for romantic pairings for their children, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday. The...

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