Last month's earthquake and tsunami have left Japan with a massive trash problem. In many parts of the country's affected coastline, there's literally nothing left but mud and debris.
On the outskirts of the seaside city of Kesennuma, what was once a baseball field and park has been turned into at least two football fields' worth of garbage, piled 15 feet high. Bulldozers are going through it all. There's aluminum siding, school desks, bits of carpet. The stench can be detected from blocks away — it smells a little bit like rotting fish.
A security analyst says that hackers are selling a database they say contains the credit card numbers and the three-figure security number associated with each card for 2.2 million users the Sony PlayStation Network.
As we reported earlier this week, Sony said that when hackers broke into its PlayStation Network, they took personal information and might have taken credit card information.
Labor leaders in Massachusetts are seething over a bill that would take some aspects of their health insurance plans off the bargaining table — and let cities and towns make those decisions unilaterally. Lawmakers say the change will save municipalities up to a hundred million dollars and avoid layoffs and service cuts. But labor leaders call it an attack on the middle class and the latest in a series of assaults on workers rights. Wisconsin and Ohio are among several other states that have recently moved to cut collective bargaining rights of public employees.
Hailing from Washington state, Brandi Carlile began her music career at the age of 8, when her musician mother brought her on stage to sing a Rosanne Cash song. From then on, music was her constant companion, as she taught herself to sing, play the piano and later the guitar. Her latest album, 2009's Give Up the Ghost (produced by Rick Rubin), featured a guest appearance by Elton John and helped earn Carlile the "Breakthrough" artist honor at Seattle's City Of Music Awards.