European leaders meet in Brussels Thursday with the nuclear disaster in Japan very much on their minds. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing for the European Union to have common safety standards for nuclear power plants, but agreement will be difficult.
On Monday, energy ministers could not even agree on how and when to conduct stress tests on European nuclear plants. Reactions to the Fukushima accident have differed sharply across Europe.
In many developing countries, urbanization is leading to a huge problem — a rapid growth in the number of street children. They often flee their homes to escape abuse or just to earn extra money. Social services agencies have had limited success dealing with the problem because there are so many causes, from domestic violence to poverty.
Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city, is a major port. The city's many waterways are lined with rickety shacks and houses thrown up quickly to house new arrivals.
Gen. Carter Ham, the American officer in charge of the Libyan military operation, heads U.S. Africa Command, a job he started just 10 days before attacks against Libya began. But Ham is used to tough assignments.
They say everything comes in threes. Here's Ham's trifecta: A couple of years ago, the Pentagon turned to him to investigate the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas. Ham's finding: Army officers failed in their oversight of the alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Hasan.
Like many other school districts, Hartford, Conn., rewards schools that perform well and closes schools that perform badly.
But Hartford is also a district that allows parents to choose their child's school. As the theory goes, parents should naturally choose the good schools over the bad ones — but as it turns out, they often don't.
Changing the culture of place is not an easy assignment. At Manley Career Academy High School on Chicago's poverty-racked West Side, a lot of hard work is happening in Room 113, known as the Peace Room.
Student Sharell Jones is here because she wants to explode.
"I'm trying to stay out of trouble because it is my senior year, and I have improved more on my attitude, and I have not been in no fights," Jones says. "Arguments, yeah, but no fights."
Workers in Japan want to look inside three troubled reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. But intense radiation inside the buildings means that it is too dangerous for them to enter. One solution? Robots. They're good at going places where people just don't want to go.
"The purpose of robots is to do those dull, dirty and dangerous missions — so dangerous is certainly what we're talking about here," says Tim Trainer, a vice president at iRobot, an American firm that has sent four of its robots to the company that owns the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.
Wednesday marks a year since President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law.
But in those ensuing 12 months, the debate has barely missed a beat.
On Capitol Hill, Democrats have continued to sing the measure's praises.
"With this landmark law, we made health insurance and health care a right, not a privilege, for all Americans," said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, "by extending coverage to 32 million more Americans."
My old friend the Sports Curmudgeon has been on hiatus for a while, just stewing in his own bile as he watches the idiotic graphics on ESPN grow and swell and get stupider and get in the way of the picture, but he told me he figures if Tiki Barber thinks he can return to the NFL to play running back after four years, the Sports Curmudgeon can come back and be crabby again. Hello, Curmudgey.
Rocky Mountain Kind has been closed since the March 1 Loveland ban went into effect.
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A judge in Colorado’s 8th Judicial District decided not to allow three Loveland medical marijuana dispensaries to remain open after the city’s March 1 ban. But a case challenging the ban will continue through the court.