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South Korea shuts down nuclear reactor after crack discovered

S Korea nuclear reacgtor shutSouth Korea shut down one of its nuclear reactors Friday after a crack was detected in a steam generator tube.

The nuclear reactor at the Yeonggwang plant on the country's southwestern coast was shut down around 6 a.m.

The state-run Korea Hybrid and Nuclear Power said it will investigate the cause of the crack.

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Boko Haram agrees to truce, will free kidnapped Nigerian girls

Boko HaramBoko Haram has agreed to a cease-fire with Nigeria and will release more than 200 girls who were abducted more than six months ago, reports say.

"A cease-fire agreement has been concluded between the federal government of Nigeria and the Njama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad (Boko Haram)," Chief of Defense Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh said in a statement Friday.

All chiefs are "to comply with the cease-fire agreement between Nigeria and Boko Haram in all theaters of operations," he said.

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16 dead in accident at South Korean concert

S Korea accidentSixteen people watching an outdoor pop concert in South Korea fell 20 meters to their deaths Friday when a ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed, officials said.

Photos of the scene in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, showed a deep concrete shaft under the broken grate.

A Seongnam official announced the deaths during a televised briefing and said that 11 others were seriously injured. The official didn't provide his name and didn't take questions from reporters.

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Yellen says US experiencing widening inequality

Janet YellenFederal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the last several decades have seen the most sustained rise in income inequality in a century.

In a speech to a Boston conference on economic opportunity, Yellen said this problem is of great concern to her and she pointed to increased education and ownership of small businesses as two ways to deal with the problem.

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US Government Sanitizes Vietnam War History

Revising Vietnam war historyFor many years after the Vietnam War, we enjoyed the "Vietnam syndrome," in which US presidents hesitated to launch substantial military attacks on other countries. They feared intense opposition akin to the powerful movement that helped bring an end to the war in Vietnam. But in 1991, at the end of the Gulf War, George H.W. Bush declared, "By God, we've kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all!"

With George W. Bush's wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, and Barack Obama's drone wars in seven Muslim-majority countries and his escalating wars in Iraq and Syria, we have apparently moved beyond the Vietnam syndrome. By planting disinformation in the public realm, the government has built support for its recent wars, as it did with Vietnam.

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Fla. Supreme Court puts limits on phone tracking

cell phonesPolice in Florida aren't allowed to use a cellphone to track someone's movements according to a sweeping new ruling from the Florida Supreme Court.

The court by a 5-2 vote ruled Thursday that authorities in Broward County had no right to stop and arrest Shawn Tracey for possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine.

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Hong Kong chief ready for talks with protest leaders

Hong Kong protestsHong Kong’s embattled chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, said on Thursday afternoon that the government would welcome a dialogue with protest leaders, after two consecutive nights of violent clasheswith police reinvigorated the pro-democracy movement, which has paralysed swaths of the city.

During an afternoon press conference Leung said the government would be willing to meet with the Hong Kong Federation of Students, one of the main protest organisers, “as soon as we can, and hopefully within the following week”.

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Chrysler recalls more than 900,000 vehicles globally in two actions

chryslerChrysler Group on Thursday announced two global recalls of more than 900,000 cars and SUVs combined for problems that could cause fires.

Chrysler, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCHA.MI), is recalling about 470,000 cars and SUVs globally from model years 2011 through 2014 and equipped with a 3.6 liter engine and a 160 amp alternator, according to the company and documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The alternator may suddenly fail, possibly causing a stall or fire and increasing the risk of a crash, according to the NHTSA documents.

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U.S. asks to suspend Guantanamo video order

Gitmo tapesThe United States has asked a federal judge to suspend an order releasing videotapes of force-feeding of Guantanamo Bay inmates.

The U.S. Justice Dept. filed the brief Wednesday, requesting Judge Gladys Kessler of the District of Columbia Circuit Court halt plans to release the allegedly graphic tapes, currently under seal, of Abu Wa'el Dhiab, a hunger striker being force-fed his meals. Release of the information would disclose, for the first time, classified information involving Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

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