A 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan offshore on March 11, setting into motion a tsunami that engulfed large parts of northeastern Japan and triggered a nuclear meltdown at a power plant in Fukushima. On March 26, a man walks among debris in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.
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Four first-grade students study at the Tomioka Town Joint Temporary School. The school, housed into a soon-to-be-abandoned auto parts factory, is home to refugee pupils from Fukushima prefecture's radiation zone.
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Local residents walk among debris in Kesennuma, Japan, on March 31, just weeks after the quake and tsunami.
Healthy Oakland physician assistant George Pearson listens to Darren Thurmond's breathing after Thurmond is released from San Quentin State Prison earlier in the day. Thurmond will go to Healthy Oakland for all of his primary care.
California has embarked on an ambitious expansion of its Medicaid program, three years ahead of the federal expansion that the health law requires in 2014. At least half a million people are expected to gain coverage — mostly poor adults who never qualified under the old rules because they didn't have kids at home.
Among those who stand to benefit right now are ex-offenders. Inmates often leave California prisons with no consistent place to get medical care. But that's changing.
CHEYENNE, WY (wpr) - While some legislators and agriculture groups ponder Wyoming's wolf management agreement with the U-S Department of Interior, Governor Matt Mead says he is working behind the scenes to convince lawmakers to agree to the idea. It changes some boundaries where wolves must be managed, but it allows for wolves to be shot on sight in most of the state. For the deal to be finalized lawmakers will have to pass legislation. Mead says he hopes that will happen.
WIND RIVER, WY (wpr) - The U.S. Attorney's office held its annual conference last week in Riverton. This year's theme was "Empowering Native American Women." U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, Kip Crofts, says the conference responds to publicity about inadequate investigation and prosecution of sexual assault and domestic violence cases on Indian reservations. He's referring to a report by the Government Office of Accountability, compiled between 2005 and 2009, where 67-percent of sexual abuse offenses were declined by federal prosecutors.
GLENDO, WY (AP) - A Wyoming park ranger is recovering from injuries he suffered in a shootout that left another man dead. Ranger Phil Martindale was shot in the chest on Friday near Glendo State Park in southeast Wyoming. Authorities say the shootout occurred after Martindale and an officer with the Platte County Sheriff's Office stopped a motorist on the east side of the reservoir. County officials say the motorist fled the scene and was killed in a shootout with officers at a nearby residence.
Over the past few days, we've gotten snippets of a seven-part interview with Jacqueline Kennedy conducted in 1964 by the historian and Kennedy aide Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
What's emerged is that these tapes aren't your usual gloss on history, instead it's a very candid Jackie Kennedy, who was speaking honestly and disarmed a short time after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.
The nation's largest bank said Monday that it will cut 30,000 jobs over the next few years. Bank of America has been plagued by losses after buying the home lender Countrywide, and many investors have lost faith in the bank, driving its stock down 50 percent this year.
Meanwhile, Bank of America has been selling off parts of its business to raise more capital.
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Randy Howland, 51, is glad to be working again. He spent four months at the end of 2011 searching for work, again, the second time in one calendar year.
He's working in collections for a financial institution, working with people who are behind on their mortgages. He gathers information and figures out what opportunities there might be for a loan modification or refinance.
Deepening concerns that debt-troubled Greece may default — and increasingly strident comments by several politicians in Germany about that possibility — helped send European markets sharply lower on Monday, raising worries about the sector's health.
The Stoxx 50 index of blue-chip European shares dropped 2.6 percent, with many of the continent's leading financial groups, such as Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas, at one point falling as much as 11 percent on worries over their exposure to potentially bad European debt.