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Mon September 12, 2011
NPR Story

Explosion At French Nuclear Waste Plant Kills 1

An explosion at a nuclear waste processing plant in France has left one person dead and four others injured — one seriously. The French nuclear authority says the blast was contained within a furnace, and there no leak of radioactive material. The plant, which lies about 25 miles north of Avignon, is not involved in electricity production and has no nuclear reactors.

1:00pm

Mon September 12, 2011
Around the Nation

Cook County, Ill. Bucks Immigration Enforcement

Democrat Jesus Garcia's on Chicago's Southwest Side agrees with the Cook County measure to disregard Immigration and Customs Enforcement's requests to hold inmates two business days beyond what their criminal cases require.
Courtesy of Bill Healy

One of the nation's largest jails has quit holding inmates extra time when requested by immigration officials.

Disregarding those federal requests is the new policy of Cook County, Ill. The county enacted the measure even though the jail holds sometimes help officials deport dangerous illegal immigrants.

And some other counties may soon follow suit.

Ordinance Prevents Jails From Complying

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12:36pm

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Scientists Discover Details Of 'Kamikaze' Ants

Originally published on Mon September 12, 2011 5:52 pm

We stumbled upon a tiny report in this week's New Scientist that is so exquisitely gross, we can't help but pass it on.

In a new study published in the journal Acta Zoologica, Johan Billen of the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium and his team report on a kind of ant that's especially evolved to kill itself in order to save the nest.

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12:05pm

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Turkey: Israel's Flotilla Raid Was 'Cause For War'

The once friendly relationship between Israel and Turkey has been strained further, as Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stepped up his rhetoric today.

According to the AP, Erdogan said Israel's raid on a Turkish flotilla last year was "cause for war," yet Turkey showed "patience" and did not take further action.

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11:58am

Mon September 12, 2011
Latin America

Cuban Offshore Drilling Plans Raise U.S. Concerns

Employees work on an oil rig operated by Cuba and China in Havana in April. A Chinese-built rig is expected to begin drilling exploratory wells off Cuba's northwest coast as early as November, raising environmental concerns in the U.S.
Adalberto Roque AFP/Getty Images

An oil rig built by China is now en route to the deep waters off northwest Cuba, where it could begin drilling exploratory wells as soon as November.

Recently, U.S. oil spill experts were in Havana, including the man who co-chaired the investigation into last year's BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. group says long-running American trade sanctions stand in the way of proper spill preparation and a coordinated cleanup if something goes wrong on the wells that are just 60 miles from the Florida Keys.

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