Signs of progress in a Spanish town's drive to get U.S. to finish cleaning decades-old nuclear bomb accident
Some 50 years ago, four American nuclear bombs were lost when the bomb carrying them exploded and lost its cargo into the Spanish countryside. Though there was no nuclear explosion, some of the plutonium in the bombs was spread across the town and surrounding area. Most of it was cleaned up, but not all of it.
Joplin, Mo., is a city on the road to recovery. Just one year ago it was devastated by a deadly tornado. Tuesday, it broke ground on new schools and Monday it welcome President Barack Obama to town.
A prominent Japanese seismologist rattled some nerves when he declared there was a 70 percent chance of a major earthquake in or around Tokyo -- in the next four years. Government scientists had proclaimed a similar risk, but over a longer timeframe, 30 years.
It's been little more than a week since the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912. Edward Kamuda, who runs the Titanic Historical Society, shared some of the memories of Titanic survivors he had corresponded with since childhood.
A Japanese fishing boat that was swept out to sea during the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 has been sent to the bottom of the Gulf of Alaska by a U.S. Coast Guard cutter. The vessel was sunk to prevent it from endangering other ships as well as keep it off North American shores.
As Mitt Romney moves forward in the political campaign, it's been an opportunity for Americans to learn about the Mormon church. In a recent article in The New York Times, some Mormons wondered whether the Romneys would have a food storage supply in the White House, in keeping with a practice encouraged by the church.
In the wake of last March's tsunami, Japan's fishing industry was devastated. Towns were wiped from the map, boats and fishing equipment were smashed to pieces. But from the rubble some fishermen have found a new way forward.
In small cities in Japan's tsunami zone, the rebuilding process is going slowly. Though some cities are trying to use the destruction as a chance to build better communities, they're running into problems of finding funding.
In Marysville, Ind., resident are faced with a stark choice. Rebuild, though no one knows who will pay for it, or abandon the town and start a new life somewhere else. It's a decision that's played out before and continues to play out in small towns practically wiped from the map by violent tornadoes.
More than four dozen people died in early-season tornadic storms last week. Now it's left to communities to bury the dead, console the survivors and pick up the pieces as they try to move forward.