Police officers wearing protective suits search for victims of an earthquake and a tsunami in Fukushima Prefecture in Minamisoma City in this photo taken by Yomiuri Shimbun on March 28, 2011. REUTERS/Yomiuri Shimbun

Japan finds plutonium in soil at stricken nuclear plant

Plutonium found in soil at the Fukushima nuclear complex heightens alarm over Japan's battle to contain the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years, as pressure mounts on the prime minister to widen an evacuation zone around the plant.  Full Article | Video 

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Rebel fighter returns fire after forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi attacked them near Bin Jawad in eastern Libya, March 29, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Gaddafi troops reverse Libyan rebel charge

Muammar Gaddafi's better armed and organized troops reversed the westward charge of Libyan rebels as world powers gathered in London on Tuesday to plot the country's future without the "brother leader."  Full Article | Video 

Five-year-old Ami Matsuya is being tested for possible radiation exposure at an evacuation center in Koriayama, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, March 29, 2011, located about 70 km (44 miles) from the tsunami-crippled nuclear reactor. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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How Japan misjudged nuclear risk

A review of company and regulatory records shows that Japan and its largest utility repeatedly downplayed dangers and ignored worst-case tsunami warnings -- including a 2007 study from Tokyo Electric Power Co's senior safety engineer.  Full Article 

Executive assistant Mario Rebellato, 68, works on a spreadsheet at his desk at Pimlico Plumbers in London July 29, 2010.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Social Security: Now or later?

It's a no-brainer that your retirement will be better funded if you delay it. But what if you can't work longer? Should you start taking Social Security as early as possible or defer it as long as you can? Two experts weigh in.  Full Article 

A worker walks next to a stack of books during preparations for the Frankfurt book fair October 13, 2009.  REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

Google Books hits Catch-22

A judge's ruling about Google Books is a serious roadblock to online information, argues columnist John C. Abell, and shows that copyright law hasn’t kept up with the pace of innovation.  Full Article 

Syrians living in Greece shout slogans as they protest in solidarity with anti-government protesters in Syria, outside the Syrian embassy in Athens March 28, 2011. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Syrian government reshuffled

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accepted his government's resignation after nearly two weeks of pro-democracy unrest that has posed the gravest challenge to his 11-year rule.  Full Article 

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