Newly found Fukushima plant contamination may delay cleanup

first_imgTOKYO (AP) — A draft investigation report into the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown says it has detected dangerously high levels of radioactive contamination at two of the three reactors, adding to concerns about decommissioning challenges. The interim report says data collected by investigators showed that the sealing plugs sitting atop the No. 2 and 3 reactor containment vessels are as fatally contaminated as nuclear fuel debris that had melted and fell to the bottom of the reactors following the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake. The experts measured radiation levels at multiple locations inside the three reactor buildings and examined how radioactive materials moved and safety equipment functioned during the accident. The Nuclear Regulation Commission called the findings extremely serious.last_img read more

US House data not ready until April, states’ data after July

first_imgThe U.S. Census Bureau is aiming to deliver the long-delayed numbers used for divvying up congressional seats by the end of April. But a holdup on redistricting data could disrupt several states’ abilities to redraw their own legislative maps ahead of upcoming elections. Census Bureau official Kathleen Styles said Wednesday that the bureau needs time to fix any data irregularities. The delay in the release of redistricting data could be problematic for states that have deadlines this year for redrawing their districts. That includes New Jersey and Virginia, which have elections this year. Experts say some states have already started working on backup plans.last_img read more

‘A long two days’: Major storm pummels Northeast with snow

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — A sprawling winter storm is walloping the Eastern U.S., shutting down coronavirus vaccination sites, closing schools and halting transit. Snow piled up Monday from the Appalachians to New England, with the heaviest weather yet to come in many places. the National Weather Service said more than 13 inches of snow had fallen in Manhattan’s Central Park by the early afternoon, and as much as 16 inches was reported in northern New Jersey. Parts of New England also braced for a foot or more. At least three deaths that appeared to be related to the storm were reported in Pennsylvania.last_img read more

$22,000 flute lost on Chicago train turns up in pawn shop

first_imgCHICAGO (AP) — A musician visiting Chicago has pulled off what anyone who has left behind so much as a hat on a Chicago Transit Authority train knows is nearly impossible: He recovered a $22,000 flute that he forgot on a train. Donald Rabin was reunited with his flute at a Chicago Police station this week after officers picked it up at a pawn shop where a homeless man had used it as collateral for a $550 loan. It turns out that while his search of train after train didn’t work, the 23-year-old Boston-based flutist’s effort to spread the word about the lost flute on social media did. A pawn shop owner called police, who picked up the flute.last_img read more