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APNewsBreak: Source: minuscule fallout reaches US

VIENNA (AP) -- A diplomat says Japan's radioactive fallout has reached Southern California but first readings are "about a billion times beneath levels that would be health threatening."...

Japan nuclear plants to undergo 'stress tests'

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan said Wednesday it will conduct "stress tests" on all the country's nuclear plants to ease heightened concerns about disaster preparedness after this year's tsunami sparked the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl....

Kate channels Cinderella in Sarah Burton dress

LONDON (AP) -- It was a moment of Cinderella magic: The future queen, emerging from a Rolls Royce in a slim ivory-and-white satin gown with a dramatic neckline, sheer lace sleeves and a train that followed her straight into fashion legend....

WHO: Radiation risk from Japan remains localized

BEIJING (AP) -- The World Health Organization offered reassurances Friday that the radiation risk from Japan's nuclear crisis remains highly localized, with no sign it threatens anywhere else in Asia....

Marines use destruction to succeed in Afghanistan

SANGIN, Afghanistan (AP) -- In a war where winning the hearts and minds of Afghans is the ultimate goal, damaging homes with powerful explosives and bulldozing a mosque and scores of other buildings may not sound like a wise idea....

India PM denies involvement in bribe scandal

NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's prime minister, his government embroiled in months of corruption scandals, on Friday denied personal involvement and knowledge of alleged vote-buying in parliament by his ruling Congress Party....

Malaysia: Ship with illegal cargo was Iran-bound

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian police say a ship smuggling equipment that possibly could be used to make nuclear weapons had been headed to Iran....

New Zealand settles price-fix case with 3 airlines

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Three airlines have reached financial settlements with a New Zealand regulator for participating in a price-fixing scheme in the global air freight market, the regulator said Friday....

Yen falls after G7 pledge to support Japan

TOKYO (AP) -- The yen fell in early Friday trading after the Group of Seven major governments agreed to intervene in currency markets to support Japan's quake recovery....

Bank of Japan pumps 3 trillion yen into markets

TOKYO (AP) -- The Bank of Japan is pumping an additional 3 trillion yen ($37.5 billion) into money markets to stabilize them after last week's earthquake and tsunami....

Batman's 'butler' Michael Gough dies at 94

LONDON (AP) -- Michael Gough, the British actor best known for playing Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred in a series of Batman movies, died Thursday at age 94, his ex-wife said....

UN expert: Fukushima not as bad as Chernobyl

VIENNA (AP) -- A senior U.N. radiation expert ranks the Japanese nuclear accident "in between" those that occurred at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island....

Flag-waving, some boos for Italy's 150th birthday

ROME (AP) -- Italy marked the 150th anniversary of its national unity with a public holiday on Thursday, joyful celebrations in cities such as Rome and Turin and not a few reminders of how fractured the country still is in some ways....

Obama trip aimed at reinforcing Latin America ties

SAO PAULO (AP) -- It's the eternal Latin American lament: The region's superpower neighbor either ignores it or pushes it around....

S.Sudan: Media fights for free press in new nation

JUBA, Sudan (AP) -- Six weeks after Southern Sudan voted for independence in a widely praised referendum, security agents stormed the region's first printing press and arrested a top journalist, the latest assault on reporters fighting to create a free press here....

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