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12:01am

Mon March 28, 2011
Energy

It's Been 32 Years Since TMI's Partial Core Meltdown

As engineers in Japan struggle to bring crippled nuclear reactors under control, Americans are marking the anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history.

The partial core meltdown at Three Mile Island on March 28, 1979, was a major setback for nuclear power in the U.S. But the industry did learn some crucial lessons about safety and crisis management from the accident.

It was nothing as dramatic as an earthquake or tsunami that triggered the accident at Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station, about 10 miles south of Harrisburg, Pa.

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3:00pm

Sun March 27, 2011
Three-Minute Fiction

More From Three-Minute Fiction Contest

Until our judge, novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, decides on a winner of the Three-Minute Fiction contest, we're bringing you excerpts of stories that have caught our eye. This week, NPR's Susan Stamberg reads a passage from "Friendly Skies" by Tiffany Hawk of Eastampton, N.J., and Bob Mondello reads a passage from "The 46 Local" by John Lynch of Binghamton, N.Y.

3:00pm

Sun March 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Air Traffic Controllers In Spotlight

This past week, the same day an air traffic controller fell asleep at his post at Reagan International Airport, the nation's top air traffic controllers were gathered for an annual awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Weekend on All Things Considered spoke to two winners, Chuck Labombard and Derek Bittman, who were honored for life-saving calls made from their posts.

3:00pm

Sun March 27, 2011
Africa

Explosions Reported In Libyan Capital

Explosions were reported Sunday night in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. It's believed NATO launched another round of airstrikes against the capital and also on targets in Sirte, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's hometown. In eastern Libya, anti-Gadhafi rebels were consolidating their gains after retaking the strategic towns of Ras Lanuf and Ajdabiya.

3:00pm

Sun March 27, 2011
Africa

Latest From Libya

There are reports that Libyan rebels have moved beyond Ras Lanouf and are now heading toward Sirte, Moammar Gadhafi's hometown.

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