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Tokyo passengers set off radiation detectors at O'Hare

United Airlines O'Hare
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O’Hare International Airport

Passengers arriving this week on a flight from earthquake-and tsunami-ravaged Tokyo set off radiation detectors at O'Hare Airport, city officials acknowledged Thursday.

"We are aware that occurred [Wednesday]. We are working with Customs and Border Protection on this issue," Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino said, referring all questions to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Andolino refused to say how the incident was handled or what happened to the Tokyo passengers in question.

"The protection of the person coming off the plane is very important in regards to any radiation - especially within their families and anything else," Mayor Daley said.


Palestinians: Three killed in Israeli air strike on Gaza

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Palestinians carry a wounded man after an Israeli air strike in a Hamas camp in Rafah on the southern Gaza Strip, February 26, 2011.
Palestinian medical officials say Israel fired two missiles at a security compound in the Hamas-ruled Strip, striking what used to be the Israeli settlement of Netzarim in Gaza.

Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at a security compound in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing three Palestinians and wounding four, Palestinian medical officials said.

The Israeli military confirmed the airstrike, saying they had hit two terror targets in central Gaza. The airstrike came as a response to rocket fire into Israel earlier in the day, apparently referring to a rocket that had landed in Sderot, causing no casualties or damage.

Hamas officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said that the air strike targeted a Hamas security facility south of Gaza City. The missiles apparently struck what used to be the Israeli settlement of Netzarim in Gaza, before Israel disengaged from the territory and withdrew all settlements in 2005.

Arrow Up

Uruguay recognizes Palestinian state

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Palestinian Flag
Uruguay has made its recognition of a Palestinian state official on Tuesday, following the example of ten other South American countries including Brazil and Argentina, Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro said.

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One dead, 200 wounded in Yemen anti-government protests

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Anti-government protesters shout slogans after clashes with police in Sanaa, March 12, 2011.
Doctor says protesters attacked by security forces and plainclothes police using tear gas, rubber bullets, live fire and bats.

One person was killed and 200 wounded when Yemen security forces attacked protesters in the Red Sea city of Hudaida with live and rubber bullets, tear gas, clubs and daggers, a doctor who treated victims said.

The impoverished Arabian Peninsula state has been hit by weeks of protests against the 32-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Both pro and anti-government factions appear to have increasingly resorted to violence in the struggle.

Better Earth

Germany will 'exit' nuclear power industry, Merkel vows


Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Thursday that Germany would speed up the transition to renewable energy as Europe's top economy mulled a "measured exit" from nuclear power after the events in Japan.

"We want to reach the age of renewable energy as soon as possible. That is our goal," the chancellor told parliament during a fiery speech that drew frequent opposition jeers, indicating the depth of passion over the issue.

Merkel, a former environment minister, called for a "measured exit" from nuclear power and said "everything would be put under the microscope" during a three-month study to consider the future of energy policy in Germany.

Wall Street

USA: Gas line explosion shoots fireball into Minneapolis sky

Officials say there are no known injuries; assistant fire chief says gas now off

Minneapolis - Officials said a fiery blast in south Minneapolis Thursday morning was a natural gas line explosion and that there are no known injuries.

Assistant Fire Chief Cherie Penn said people are still being evacuated from the area, but he described the evacuations as precautionary.

TV reports showed flames shooting high into the air near the interchange of Interstate 35W and Highway 62, at 60th Street and Nicollet Avenue.

Video shot near the explosion reveals the size - and heat - of the towering fireball. Narrating as he drives by at a safe distance, Twitter user Robert Stephens said, "from about two blocks away I can feel the heat on my face, and as it got closer, you can hear the hissing sound."


GE Scientist Quit Over Troubled Reactor's Design

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Scientist Dale Bridenbaugh and two colleagues at General Electric quit their jobs in the 1970s to express their concern about the company's Mark 1 nuclear reactor - the design of the troubled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan.

As Newsmax reported earlier, there are 23 GE Mark 1 nuclear reactors operating in the United States.

"The problems we identified in 1975 were that, in doing the design of the containment, they did not take into account the dynamic loads that could be experienced with a loss of coolant," Bridenbaugh told ABC News.


Canadian nuclear plant leaked radioactive water

Thousands of liters of radioactive water have been released into Lake Ontario as a result of an accident at a Canadian nuclear power plant, according to authorities.

"The event was a low level regulatory event with only negligible effect to the environment and no public health implications," Ontario Power said in a statement on Wednesday.

The power company, which is owned by the Ontario provincial government, said 73,000 liters (19,280 gallons) of radioactive water was released into Lake Ontario from the Pickering Nuclear Station.


China Urges Japan to Give Swift Radiation Information

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'Out of control': This dramatic pictures shows radioactive steam pouring from the Fukushima reactor number three after it was damaged in an explosion
China urged Japan on Thursday to give the world prompt and accurate information about radiation leaks from a crippled nuclear plant, but said Tokyo had already been giving regular updates to Beijing.

Japan has stepped up efforts to cool the overheating Fukushima nuclear plant damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami last week.

Officials fear that a major breakout of radioactive pollution from the complex could pose a health risk, and China and other nearby countries have stepped up monitoring of radiation levels.

So far, there have been no signs of abnormal radiation levels in China.

"The Japanese government has taken the initiative to report to relevant authorities in China on the nuclear leak situation at the Fukushima plant and the measures taken by the Japanese government via the Chinese embassy in Japan," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu.

"China and Japan have been in constant touch on this issue," she told a regular news briefing. "We hope that Japan tells the world what is happening on the site in a timely and accurate manner as well as their evaluation of and predictions for the situation as it develops.


US: 4 New York Times Journalists Missing in Libya

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This combination made from photos provided by the New York Times and an Associated Press file photo shows New York Times journalists, from left, photographer Lynsey Addario, reporter Stephen Farrell, photographer Tyler Hicks, and Beirut bureau chief Anthony Shadid. The four journalists covering the fighting in Libya were reported missing Wednesday, March 16, 2011, and the newspaper held out hope that they were alive and in the custody of the Libyan government.A
The New York Times say it's holding out hope that four of its journalists who went missing while covering the Libyan conflict are alive and in the custody of the Libyan government.

Editors at the paper say they last heard from the journalists Tuesday morning. They were covering the retreat of rebels from the northern port city of Ajdabiya.

The Times says Libyan officials told the newspaper they were trying to locate them.