Security forces and plainclothes gunmen opened fire on crowds of Yemenis marching through a southern city Monday, killing as many as a dozen people and wounding dozens, in an intensifying crackdown against the uprising against the 32-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Since Ash Wednesday, J. Wilson of Iowa has consumed only water and beer — a specially brewed, high-calorie Doppelbock. German monks practiced a similar fast centuries ago known as a liquid bread diet. Wilson has finished two kegs so far — and lost 15 pounds. He said his aim is not to get drunk during his beer fast, but added, "If you walk in the rain, you get wet."
The complex struggle at Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant continues. There's word this morning that even as they "used a milky bathwater dye" to try to trace the path of radiation-contaminated water that's getting into the ocean from the plant, workers are also deliberately dumping some other contaminated water into the sea because they need to drain the pools at the reactors in order to bring cooling systems back on line.