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Japan struggles with nuclear meltdown threat

Japan struggles with nuclear meltdown threat

Japanese officials were struggling Sunday with a growing nuclear crisis and the threat of multiple meltdowns, as more than 170,000 people were evacuated from the quake- and tsunami-savaged northeastern coast where police fear more than 10,000 people may have already died. A partial meltdown was already likely under way at one nuclear reactor, a top […]

Tsunami surge devastates struggling California town

Tsunami surge devastates struggling California town

Harbor crews are assessing the damage caused by powerful tsunami surges that pounded this northern California port of Cresent City, sinking or damaging dozens of boats and wreaking havoc on port facilities. “This harbor is the lifeblood of our community,” Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson said as he scanned the wreckage from waves touched […]

Scott Walker’s ‘new direction’ polarizes Wisconsin

Scott Walker’s ‘new direction’ polarizes Wisconsin

When Scott Walker, Wisconsin‘s new Republican governor, kicked off his campaign for the job nearly two years ago, he vowed to take this state, with its long progressive history, in “a new direction.” Eight weeks into his term, Walker has definitely kept his promise — though negative opinion polls and mass protests suggest many people […]

Obama breaks promise on White House transparency

Obama breaks promise on White House transparency

President Barack Obama once promised that negotiations over his health care overhaul would be carried out openly, in front of TV cameras and microphones. Tell that to the White House now. Republican congressional investigators got the brush-off this week after pressing for details of meetings between White House officials and interest groups, including drug companies […]

Wisconsin Governor signs union-busting bill into law

Wisconsin Governor signs union-busting bill into law

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday signed into law the proposal that eliminates most union rights for public employees, quietly concluding a debate that provoked three weeks of loud, relentless protests at the Capitol. Walker, the 43-year-old son of a preacher who has swiftly become one of the most polarizing politicians in the country, signed […]

Meltdown feared after explosion at Japan nuke power plant

Meltdown feared after explosion at Japan nuke power plant

An explosion at a Japanese nuclear power station Saturday destroyed a building housing the reactor amid fears that it was close to a disastrous meltdown after being hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami. Friday’s double disaster, which pulverized Japan‘s northeastern coast, has left 574 people dead by official count, although local media reports said […]

Obama ‘heartbroken’ by devastation in Japan

Obama ‘heartbroken’ by devastation in Japan

President Barack Obama said he was “heartbroken” by images of devastation in Japan following Friday’s deadly earthquake and tsunami, and pledged U.S. assistance to help the country recover. “Our hearts go out to our friends in Japan and across the region, and we’re going to stand with them as they recover and rebuild from this […]

California, Oregon suffer damage from tsunami

California, Oregon suffer damage from tsunami

The warnings traveled quickly across the Pacific in the middle of the night: An 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan spawned a deadly tsunami, and it was racing east Friday as fast as a jetliner. Sirens blared in Hawaii. The West Coast pulled back from the shoreline, fearing the worst. People were warned to stay away from […]

Hundreds dead as massive quake, tsunami hits Japan

Hundreds dead as massive quake, tsunami hits Japan

A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii and warnings blanketed the Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska […]

Latest adultery excuse: Love of country made me do it

Latest adultery excuse: Love of country made me do it

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich set up a new low in political claptrap this week by claiming his love of country forced him to seek love with women other than wives one and two and — given his history — will probably eventually lead to an end to the marriage with his current wife. Gingrich, […]