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National Public Radio Stories
Workers Struggle To Cool Fuel Rods In Japan Plant
At Japan's beleaguered nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture, the only good news appears to be that the situation hasn't gotten substantially worse. Workers at the facility are focusing much of their attention on the most urgent problem: Two pools used to store nuclear fuel should contain enough water to cover the fuel rods — but they don't. The water keeps the rods cool and also acts as a radiation shield. So, it's vital. In the past 24 hours, Japan's military has tried to get some water into the pools by dropping it from helicopters and spraying it from water cannons on the ground.
Japan Revives Fears At N.J. Nuclear Plant
One in five U.S. nuclear plants shares the same reactor design as the ill-fated Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in Japan. That includes Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey, the nation's oldest operating nuclear plant — which is already scheduled to close in 2019. The threat of a major earthquake or tsunami in the area is low. But critics of nuclear power warn that the cooling systems at Oyster Creek, and other nuclear plants in the region, could be vulnerable to flooding from a major hurricane.
Clinton: No-Fly Zone In Libya Requires Bombing Raids
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya would require bombing raids — one of several options being debated by the U.N. Security Council. Clinton made the comments while visiting neighboring Tunisia — where she met aid workers who have been helping refugees from Libya.
Tennessee College Bucks Annual Tuition Hike Trend
Other than death and taxes, nothing has been quite as certain as the yearly rise in college tuition. But The University of the South plans to cut tuition by 10 percent next year. The school's president says the current practice of colleges charging the most they possibly can is no longer working.
Detroit Markets Smaller Cars For High Gas Prices
U.S. automakers are in a very different position than they were the last time gas prices skyrocketed. Now, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have more compact cars with high fuel economy. The cars can be tricked out, and there's more customer demand.
In Reporting Nuclear Crisis, Fears Of Exposure
In Japan's Fukushima prefecture, some 10,000 people have been checked for exposure to radiation. That's after the nuclear plant there was severely damaged by last week's earthquake and the tsunami that followed.
NHK Orchestra Plays Tribute To People Of Japan
Japan's top orchestra, the NHK Symphony, played last night outside Washington, D.C. "Bach's Air On a G String," was added at the last minute by conductor Andre Previn. He said it was a tribute to the people of Japan. Michele Norris and Robert Siegel have more.
Obama To Visit Rising Economic Power Brazil
President Obama heads off on a trip to Latin America this weekend. He's due to visit Chile, El Salvador and Brazil — a growing economic and political powerhouse that is looking for a new relationship with the United States.
'New York Times' Unveils Metered Online Pay Wall
Executives believe they have found the right formula and the right moment to do the seemingly impossible: get people to pay for online news. The Times is introducing a metered system under which the paper's most loyal readers will pay for access to the website, while casual users won't pay a cent.