Japan has doubled its estimate for the amount of radiation leaked by the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, but the process of evacuating the zone around the plant has not been smooth.
In some villages where evacuation orders have been issued, Japanese residents have stayed put.
The village of Iitate, about 20 miles from the plant, has radiation levels well above those considered safe. But it appears there are still quite a few people in the village, including one couple busy in their fields.
The Pinker Tones are the brainchild of Salvador Rey and Alex Llovet, perhaps better known by their stage names Mister Furia and Professor Manso. Since 2001, Furia, Manso and friends have wowed audiences worldwide with their infectiously catchy, multi-lingual electro-pop. The Spanish group's magpie sound combines elements of funk, soul, bossa, breakbeat, lounge and psychedelia with playful lyrics and an upbeat attitude.
"Economic activity generally continued to expand" in most parts of the country over the past six to seven weeks, "though a few districts indicated some deceleration," the Federal Reserve just reported in its latest Beige Book review of conditions around the nation.
We've reported before on how health insurance company Blue Shield of California was met with opposition over its rate increases. So, it's only fair we report that, yesterday, the company said it would cap its income and return $180 million to its customers.