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Japan hopes to convince public of nuclear reactor safety

TOKYO — Japan began a campaign Sunday to convince communities hosting nuclear reactors to let operations resume, with several local governments blocking nuclear power generation after the atomic crisis in Fukushima. Central government officials held a briefing in Saga prefecture, where two reactors at the Genkai power plant are among…

Death toll expected to rise in Amtrak collision

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal transportation safety investigators on Saturday were investigating the Nevada crash between a tractor-trailer rig and an Amtrak train, where authorities believe more bodies may be found in the wreckage. At least two people were confirmed killed and dozens injured in the Friday morning collision at…

UN nuclear chief warns no ‘business as usual’

VIENNA (AFP) – The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog warned on Monday that confidence in atomic energy had been “deeply shaken” by the Fukushima disaster as a conference began to debate lessons to be drawn of the crisis in Japan. “The eyes of the world will be upon us…

US puts brakes on bus firm putting people in cargo

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A Michigan bus operator has been ordered to cease all commercial passenger services after the discovery that one of its buses was carrying six passengers in its luggage compartment, US officials said Saturday. Roger Haines was driving a Haines Tours motorcoach from Roscommon, Michigan to Clyde, Ohio,…

Nissan 350Z has highest driver death rate: report

WASHINGTON — US drivers of Nissan 350Z sports car and Titan pickup, as well as the humble Chevrolet Aveo run the most risk of dying in a crash, while Audi’s luxury A6 cruised in relative safety, according to an insurance report Thursday. Meanwhile sports utility vehicles (SUVs), formerly known as…

UN to study implications of Japan’s nuclear crisis

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations on Friday launched a study of the health, safety and security impact of the accident at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, which was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in March. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations would undertake “a U.N. system-wide…

U.S. Peace Corps volunteer raped in Mozambique: police

MAPUTO — A US Peace Corps volunteer was raped at knife-point in central Mozambique, police said Wednesday, as the US Congress prepared to open hearings into the safety of the agency’s volunteers worldwide. The 30-year-old woman was attacked while walking with a Mozambican friend shortly before midnight on May 1…

New Florida gun law muzzles pediatricians, health care workers

A pending law in Florida would make it illegal for pediatricians to ask families whether guns are being safely kept in their patients’ homes. Supporters of the NRA-backed measure insist that questions by doctors and other health care professionals amount to an invasion of privacy and a violation of their…

China doubles solar power target by 2020: report

SHANGHAI (AFP) – China has more than doubled its target for solar power capacity to 50 gigawatts by 2020, state media said, as the world’s largest polluter steps up efforts to boost clean energy sources. The increased target follows a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan that triggered a nuclear…

BP fined $25 million over Alaska oil spill

LOS ANGELES – BP has been fined $25 million and ordered to spend an estimated $60 million to improve pipeline safety in Alaska after a 2006 oil spill there, US authorities said Tuesday. The penalties, including the largest ever per-barrel fine for a US oil spill, were slapped on BP…

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