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1:53am

Wed March 16, 2011
Japan In Crisis

Japan Struggles To Aid Survivors Amid Nuclear Fears

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:08 am

Elderly evacuees rest at a shelter after they were transferred from an elder care facility, in Kesennuma, northern Japan on Tuesday.
Tokyo Shimbun, Masami Kawakita AP

Shock among survivors of Japan's earthquake and tsunami turned to anger Wednesday as nearly a half-million people displaced by the disaster and resulting nuclear crisis remained crammed in makeshift evacuation centers, many with few basic necessities and even less information.

The governor of northeastern Fukushima prefecture, the site of a badly damaged nuclear power plant, fumed over what he saw as poor government communication and coordination.

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1:16am

Wed March 16, 2011
Middle East

Bahrain Unleashes Forces On Protesters' Camp

Riot police stormed the main square in Bahrain's capital at dawn Wednesday, driving out hundreds of anti-government protesters and setting the protesters' tents ablaze. At least six people were killed, witnesses and officials said.

"A whole line of armored personnel carriers and even some tanks pulled in here a little after dawn...and maybe 400-500 police marched down to the traffic circle and confronted protesters," said NPR's Frank Langfitt, reporting for Morning Edition from the capital of Manama.

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1:08am

Wed March 16, 2011
Japan In Crisis

Work Suspended At Japan's Crippled Nuclear Plant

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:09 am

A DigitalGlobe satellite image received Wednesday shows damage after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant in Japan.
HO/AFP/Getty Images

Japanese defense crews on Thursday began pouring water from helicopters onto the damaged reactor No. 3 at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Several military helicopters flew over the damaged plant, each with a large bucket-like container below. The pilots had dragged the buckets in the ocean to pick up seawater. Each bucket carries 7.5 tons of water.

The choppers made at least four passes. Images showed a shower of water dropping each time. Officials said some passes missed the target.

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12:01am

Wed March 16, 2011
Digital Life

Symphony Discord Plays Out In Facebook Fracas

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 4:40 pm

Members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra play French horns while serenading their picketing colleagues outside the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, on Oct. 4, 2010. The musicians called a strike after refusing to accept pay cuts of more than 30 percent demanded by the financially struggling Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Paul Sancya AP

Before the musicians strike began in late 2010, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Facebook fan page used to look like a typical fan page with posts about visiting conductors, upcoming concerts and the orchestra's Tiny Tots series.

But once the strike began it essentially hijacked the fan page. While the DSO may have wanted to talk about Tiny Tots concerts, the audience wanted to talk about the orchestra's problems.

The musicians used their own Facebook fan page to post updates there.

So, management started doing the same thing on the official fan page.

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12:01am

Wed March 16, 2011
Business

More Americans Are Worried About Small Nest Eggs

A new survey shows American workers increasingly pessimistic that they will be able to retire comfortably.

The nonprofit, nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute's 21st annual report on worker confidence finds 27 percent of American workers are "not at all confident" that they have been saving enough.

That's a 5 percent increase in worried workers in the past year.

"This year was without a doubt the worst year ever in terms of worker confidence," says Jack VanDerhei, the coauthor of the report.

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