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Japan to Cancel Plan to Build More Nuclear Plants

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© Kyodo News, via Associated Press
Evacuees cleaned their house during a brief visit that was their first time since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami located near Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Tuesday.

Tokyo - Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday that Japan would abandon plans to build more nuclear reactors, saying his country needed to "start from scratch" in creating a new energy policy

Mr. Kan's announcement came as Japan allowed residents of evacuated areas around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to briefly revisit their homes for the first time since the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March caused the nuclear accident.

Tuesday's decision will mean the abandonment of a plan that the Kan government released last year to build 14 nuclear reactors by 2030 and increase the share of nuclear power in Japan's electricity supply to 50 percent. Japan currently has 54 reactors that before the earthquake produced 30 percent of its electricity.

Heart - Black

US: Father, woman charged with killing boy who relatives say was kept in dog cage

Prosecutors in northwestern Indiana have charged a man and a woman in the death of his 13-year-old son who relatives say was kept locked in a dog cage.

Lake County police say Riley Choate and Kimberly Kubina were charged Tuesday with murder, battery, neglect and criminal confinement. Court documents allege Riley Choate regularly beat Christian Choate and kept him caged for months on end without regular meals. Authorities say Kubina lived with the Choates at the time.

Earlier Tuesday, Riley Choate pleaded not guilty to charges that he moved his son's body and failed to notify authorities.

The boy's body was found last week in a shallow grave in a mobile home park in Gary

Defence attorney Randy Godshalk says there appear to be inconsistencies in some witnesses' stories.

Source: The Canadian Press

Bizarro Earth

Italians evacuate Rome over 'big one' fears

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Many people are leaving Rome in case Raffaele Bendani's predictions come true

Italians will on Wednesday flee Rome over fears a giant earthquake is coming following a seismologist's 1915 prediction that "the big one" will strike on May 11, 2011.

Businesses have reported requests from one in five people to have time off work and many are also keeping children away from school and heading to the beach or country for the day.

Romans are taking it so seriously that local newspapers have even been publishing survival guides with tips of what to do - if - the ground starts to tremble.

The panic has been fanned by Facebook, Twitter and text messages around a prediction by Raffaele Bendani, a seismologist who forecast in 1915 that a "big one" would hit Rome on Wednesday.

People

Democracy, Haitian Style

Except for Aristide's tenure, what passes for Haitian democracy would make a despot blush, thanks to America's imperial grip on the hemisphere's poorest, long-suffering people.

As a result, last November's presidential and legislative elections might best be called a cruel joke. The entire process was rigged to exclude 15 parties, including by far the most popular, Aristide's Fanmi Lavalas.

Moreover, the election was so tainted by brazen disenfranchisement and fraud, including ballot box stuffing and other irregularities, that legitimate independent observers would have demanded throwing out the results and starting over.

Most Haitians, however, weren't fooled. A scant 22%, in fact, voted, a hemispheric low since record keeping began over 60 years ago.

Card - VISA

'Three Cups of Tea' author sued

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© Khyber Mortenson
Greg Mortenson is being sued in Montana for fraud related to his best-selling book "Three Cups of Tea," and his philanthropy.
Two Montana women are suing philanthropist Greg Mortenson and his charity, the Bozeman-based Central Asia Institute, alleging fraud, deceit and racketeering.

The plaintiff's - Democratic state lawmakers Michelle Reinhart of Missoula and Jean Price of Great Falls - claim Mortenson fabricated central details about his activities and work building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan and defrauded charity donors as well as unsuspecting consumers who bought his bestselling book "Three Cups of Tea," which purports to be a work of non-fiction.

The class-action lawsuit filed Thursday in Montana U.S. District Court, makes claims of "fraud, deceit, breach of contract, RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) violations, unjust enrichment."

2 + 2 = 4

US: Huntington Park High students walk out to protest pending removal of teachers

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Hundreds of students walked out of class Tuesday.
An estimated 250 to 300 students from Huntington Park High School organized a walkout to protest the anticipated replacement of at least half the school's teachers.

The Los Angeles Board of Education is scheduled to vote Tuesday afternoon on the aggressive school-improvement strategy, which has been pushed by board member Yolie Flores, a graduate of Huntington Park High who represents the area.

According to one walkout participant, students gathered in an outdoor area of campus and refused to go to class at about 10 a.m. The intended destination of protest leaders was the headquarters of the Los Angeles Unified School District, located just west of downtown, where a public meeting was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The nearly seven-mile trek through busy city streets was expected to take two hours or more.

An estimated 10 to 15 adults from the school were accompanying the students, a standard precaution to try to keep students safe.

An internal district memo indicated that no bus transportation would be provided to return students to campus. For some past protests the district has provided such transportation as a safety measure.

Question

Colorado, US: Loveland school evacuated after mystery illness sends 33 to hospitals

Thirty-three students and teachers have been taken to area hospitals, and Winona Elementary School has been evacuated and closed for the day after people in isolated areas of the school suddenly became ill.

Loveland Fire and Rescue is investigating the cause of the illness, which initially was reported as dizziness. Some reported nausea, stomachaches and feeling lightheaded.

Students have reported that they smelled something odd.


Ten patients were taken to McKee, 18 to Medical Center of the Rockies and five to Poudre Valley Hospital.

Health

South Korea: Mystery virus in 8 patients kills one

A mystery virus that has infected eight patients from different parts of the country claimed its first known victim yesterday morning after a 36-year-old, nine-months pregnant woman died in a Seoul hospital of multiple organ failure triggered by pulmonary fibrosis and a stroke.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday that the woman had received intensive care treatment in a general hospital in Seoul for a month before her death. Doctors managed to save the baby.

According to the KCDC, the victim was one of the eight patients in the hospital receiving treatment for various conditions suspected to be caused by the same unidentified virus. All patients initially received treatments at different clinics around the country, but were later transferred to the Seoul hospital to receive intensive care, the KCDC said. The patients were not infected because they were at the same hospital, it said.

Attention

US: Psychopath Cop Allowed To Stalk Citizens Of Seattle! SPD: "Nothing We Can Do"

29 year old Sheriff Deputy Matt Paul recently cost Seattle tax-payers a record 10 million dollars for his use of excessive force against Chris Harris, a suspect wrongly identified. As seen in the video, Paul body-slamed Harris causing sever damage to his brain and spinal cord later resulting in his death.

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© K5 News Seattle
Matt Paul, pictured here has, "A pattern of frequent force and questionable tactics that needlessly escalated some situations and caused injuries."
So far the King County Sheriff's office has not reprimanded Paul, claiming there is "No evidence of misconduct," and Paul continues to loom large on the streets of Seattle. In this investigative report by K5 News, reporters find that Paul has, "A pattern of frequent force and questionable tactics that needlessly escalated some situations and caused injuries." According to sources, Paul uses force 6 times more frequent than the average Sheriff's Deputy.


People

Furious Bin Laden Supporters Vow to Take Revenge

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Muslim demonstrators march on the US embassy in London this afternoon

Hundreds of Osama bin Laden supporters clashed with English Defence League extremists today as a "funeral service" for the assassinated terror leader sparked fury outside London's US Embassy.

Police stepped in to separate the chanting groups amid threats of violence from both sides.

US leaders were branded "murderers" by radicals, who warned vengeance attacks were "guaranteed" and shouted: "USA, you will pay."

Protesters carried signs declaring 'Islam will dominate the world' and Jihad to defend the Muslims' as well as banners attacking the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The pro-bin Laden 'funeral' took place as relatives of the 7/7 terror attack on London - which claimed 52 lives - wept at the inquest into the atrocity just three miles away.