News for 2011-03-14

Monday, March 14, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Japan Rocked by Fresh Blast at Fukushima Nuclear Plant
The nuclear crisis in Japan escalated as a third explosion in four days rocked the struggling power plant in the country's stricken north-east, according to its nuclear safety watchdog. Tokyo had already called in international help to tackle the escalating crisis.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Japan's Nuclear Crisis: Regulators Warned of Reactor Risks
Government regulators knew of a heightened risk of explosion in the type of nuclear reactors used at the Fukushima plant in Japan from the moment they went into operation.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Sen. Al Franken: "It's Time for Us to Use the Internet to Save the Internet”
Sen. Al Franken brought his mantra of Net neutrality to Austin, Tex., Monday in a speech at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music, film and tech festival. Franken urged the friendly audience of musicians and digital entrepreneurs to join him protecting the Internet from what he warned would be a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Nuclear Rods Melting Inside Three Fukushima Reactors, Japan Admits
JAPAN’S NUCLEAR AUTHORITIES say they believe that three reactors at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant are now melting. The country’s chief cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano, said that although staff at the nuclear facility – where two containment buildings have been destroyed by hydrogen...
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[title] Worker Uprising: Up to 185,000 Protest In Madison As Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Signs Union-Busting Bill
In Wisconsin, more than 100,000 people filled the streets of Madison Saturday in what what has been described as the state’s largest protest ever. The massive rally was held one day after Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed a the controversial Bill Act 10, legislation that sharply curbs collective...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Anti-Cuts Campaigners Plan 'Carnival of Civil Disobedience'
Anti-cuts campaigners are planning a wave of sit-ins, occupations and "people's assemblies" to coincide with this month's TUC demonstration, in a "carnival of civil disobedience" designed to highlight opposition to the government's programme of cuts.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bank Of America Anonymous Leak Alleges 'Corruption And Fraud'
The WikiLeaks-allied hacker group Anonymous has posted a series of emails purported to be from a former Bank of America employee, which the organization says prove "corruption and fraud" at the nation's largest bank.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Can U.S. Nuclear Plants Handle a Major Natural Disaster?
As engineers in Japan struggle to bring quake-damaged reactors under control , attention is turning to U.S. nuclear plants and their ability to withstand natural disasters. Rep. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat who has spent years pushing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission toward stricter...
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[title] Second Blast at Japan Nuclear Plant
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[field_image_caption-raw] TEPCO: Fuel Rods Exposed at Fukushima Reactor
8:45 AM EDT Tokyo Electric Power Company is battling to cool a reactor to prevent another explosion at its nuclear power plant in quake-hit Fukushima Prefecture. The utility firm said on Monday afternoon that fuel rods are exposed at the Number Two reactor of its Fukushima Number One plant after...
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