News for 2011-04-05

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] 'No Safe Levels' of Radiation in Japan
In a nuclear crisis that is becoming increasingly serious, Japan’s Nuclear Safety Agency confirmed that radioactive iodine-131 in seawater samples taken near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex that was seriously damaged by the recent tsunami off the coast of Japan is 4,385 times...
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[title] Japan Releases Radioactive Water Several Million Times the Legal Limit into Ocean
Radiation at the shoreline of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility has measured several million times the legal limit, just four weeks after the earthquake and tsunami and days after workers discovered a crack where highly contaminated water was spilling directly into the Pacific Ocean...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Supreme Court Stays Texas Execution
The US supreme court has stayed the first scheduled execution of a Texas death-row inmate using pentobarbital. Cleve Foster was to have been executed on Tuesday evening for the 2002 murder of a Sudanese woman in Fort Worth – the first Texas execution since the state switched to pentobarbital in its...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Dual System': Minorities Lose Financial Ground, Critics Say
After making big financial gains in recent decades, African Americans and Hispanics are again losing ground, critics say. Rather than blaming the lingering effects of the recession, a growing number of reports point to financial discrimination as a major cause.
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[field_image_caption-raw] EPA Plan to Raise Radiation Exposure Limits Sparks Internal Debate
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering dramatically increasing the allowable level of radioactive contamination in water, food and soil after radiological incidents such as spills or "dirty bomb" attacks. The move preceded the nuclear disaster now unfolding in Japan in the wake of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Goldstone "Recants," But How Much is Changed?
The Goldstone Report itself was the subject of a polarised political debate, so it comes as little surprise that Judge Richard Goldstone's admission that parts of the report were flawed has attracted a similarly black-and-white response.
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN in Ivory Coast says 'the War is Over,' Gbagbo Surrenders
Update at 9:13 a.m. ET: The U.N. special representative in the Ivory Coast tells Al-Jazeera TV that "the war is over" and that strongman Laurent Gbagbo has surrendered. "He is in a basement and is ready to surrender," says Y. P. Choi, who is the special representative of U.N. Secretary General Ban...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Cutting Medicaid Means Cutting Care for the Poor, Sick and Elderly
The part of Paul Ryan’s budget that’s going to get the most attention is his proposal to privatize and voucherize Medicare. But the part that worries me the most is his effort to slash Medicaid, with no real theory as to how to make up the cuts.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Michel Martelly Wins Haiti Election
Michel Martelly has won a landslide victory in Haiti's presidential election, tapping into a desire for change in the earthquake-battered country. Preliminary results from the provisional electoral council gave the 50-year-old entertainer and political outsider a clear win with nearly 68% of the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ozone Depletion over Arctic at Record Level: WMO
GENEVA – Depletion of the ozone layer over the Arctic has reached record levels, and Nordic countries will have to watch for higher than normal ultraviolet radiation in coming weeks, the UN weather agency said Tuesday. The Arctic ozone layer suffered a loss of about 40 percent from the beginning of...
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[title] Today in Dictators
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fukushima: Radioactivity in Sea up 7.5 Million Times
Radioactive iodine-131 readings taken from seawater near the water intake of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant's No. 2 reactor reached 7.5 million times the legal limit, Tokyo Electric Power Co. admitted Tuesday. The sample that yielded the high reading was taken Saturday, before Tepco announced...
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