Latest in Japan's nuclear crisis

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Posted: Mar 20, 2011 9:10 AM
Latest in Japan's nuclear crisis

Japan said pressure in a leaking nuclear reactor rose unexpectedly Sunday, forcing operators to consider the dangerous tactic of relieving it by releasing radioactive steam. That drastic plan was suspended after the pressure in Unit 3 stabilized. Progress was reported in restoring power to two more of six stricken units. Fears over contaminated food spread after officials in Taiwan detected the small amount of radiation in fava beans imported from Japan but stressed it is not harmful to health. A Japanese nuclear safety official, Kazuma Yokota, acknowledged that the government only belatedly realized the need to give potassium iodide pills that help reduce chances of thyroid cancer to those living within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the nuclear complex. Police in northeastern Japan said a teenage boy's cries for help led them to rescue an 80-year-old woman from a wrecked house nine days after country's worst post-World War II disaster.