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Japan finds highly toxic strontium-90 in Fukushima groundwater

By Osamu Tsukimori and Yuka Obayashi TOKYO (Reuters) – High levels of a toxic substance called strontium-90 have been found in groundwater at the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, the utility that runs the facility said on Wednesday. Strontium-90 is a by-product of the fission of uranium and…

Anchorman 2 trailer: Ron Burgundy is back – and it’s kind of a big deal

Will Ferrell and the Channel 5 news team make headlines once again, as they find their place in 1980s New York The debut full-length trailer for Anchorman 2 has hit the web, with Ron Burgundy and his team of eccentric news types relocating from San Diego to New York at…

John ‘The Executioner’ Martorano under microscope in trial of accused U.S. mobster James Whitey Bulger

By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) – Attorneys for accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger will seek on Wednesday to paint star witness John “The Executioner” Martorano as a heartless killer whose testimony cannot be trusted in the trial of one of Boston’s most feared men. Martorano, a former altar boy…

Reckless British bankers could face jail: commission

Bankers found guilty of reckless misconduct in Britain could end up in prison and be stripped of bonuses, under draconian proposals to clean up the City of London published on Wednesday. The radical penalties were put forward by an official commission which said that a string of scandals in British…

What’s that thing in Uranus’s orbit?

What's that thing in Uranus's orbit – and how did it get there? (via The Christian Science Monitor) The planet Uranus – already an odd duck for its upended rings and spin axis that means it is spinning on its side – is being chased by two asteroids and is…

Doctors urge Obama to provide independent medical examiners to Guantanamo detainees

More than 150 doctors, including from the US, have signed an open letter to Barack Obama, urging him to allow Guantánamo detainees access to independent medical examinations and advice. They have backed the plea of 13 hunger strikers, made in a letter to the Guardian last month, who said they…

Internet freaks out as Facebook goes down

Many users experienced an error when trying to access the social networking website Facebook on Tuesday. Those who attempted to visit the popular site at approximately 9:00 pm ET were met with the error message: “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.”…

Actor Edward Furlong charged with assaulting ex-girlfriend

US actor Edward Furlong, whose credits range from “Terminator 2″ (1991) to 2011 hit “The Green Hornet,” was charged Tuesday with assaulting his girlfriend, prosecutors said. The 35-year-old is also accused of threatening her if she went to the police, and could face up to four years behind bars if…

Study: Painful and extreme rituals enhance social cohesion and charity

Human beings in cultures across the world engage in extreme rituals that involve self-mutilation or enduring other types of suffering. Why do these extreme rituals — in which people willingly put themselves through harm — continue to persist? A new study published online in Psychological Science suggests that such rituals…

Conservative Republican at IRS casts doubt on conspiracy to target tea party

By Kevin Drawbaugh and Kim Dixon WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A manager from a U.S. Internal Revenue Service office in Cincinnati where staffers have been accused of unfairly subjecting conservative groups to extra scrutiny has said his agents were not influenced by any political agenda. John Shafer, who described himself as…

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