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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 official said, and operators were frantically trying to keep temperatures down at the power plant‘s other units and prevent the disaster from growing even worse. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Sunday that a hydrogen explosion could occur at Unit 3 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi
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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 off by a massive earthquake in Japan late last week. Last year saw landings of crab and fish worth $12.5 million. “The fishing industry is the identity and soul of this community, besides tourism,” he said Saturday. The region has never recovered from the loss
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Up to 100,000 protest Wisconsin law curbing unions

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Up to 100,000 people protested at the Wisconsin state Capitol on Saturday against a new law curbing the union rights of public workers that is seen as one of the biggest challenges in decades facing U.S. organized labor. Read the full story.
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Generator failure grounds F-35 fighter fleet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The military has grounded its entire fleet of 10 F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp while it investigates a dual generator failure and an oil leak that occurred during a flight test last week, the company said. Read the full story.
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Gates urges reform in ally Bahrain

ABOARD MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) – The Gulf kingdom of Bahrain must take more than ‘baby steps’ to enact political reforms, the top U.S. defense official said on Saturday after a visit to the tiny but important U.S. ally. Read the full story.
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Gates urges reform in ally Bahrain

ABOARD MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) – The Gulf kingdom of Bahrain must take more than ‘baby steps’ to enact political reforms, the top U.S. defense official said on Saturday after a visit to the tiny but important U.S. ally. Read the full story.
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