_ RADIATION SLOWS BODY RECOVERY. Police near the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant are struggling to recover bodies from the tsunami because even small increases in radiation levels often force them to stop their work.
_ NEW HIGH IN OCEAN RADIATION LEVELS. Officials from Tokyo Electric Power Co. say waters 360 yards (330 meters) from its complex measured 4,385 times the legal limit for the amount of radioactive iodine, a new record. Experts say the spike does not pose an immediate danger to human health.
_ RADIATION SPIKE FOUND OUTSIDE DANGER ZONE. Nuclear safety officials say they are looking into a report about high levels of radiation in the village of Iitate, 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the plant in Fukushima prefecture. The International Atomic Energy Agency say the level in one spot tested in Iitate was twice its suggested threshold for evacuation. Only those who live within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the plant have been ordered to leave their homes.
_ SARKOZY VISITS. President Nicolas Sarkozy of France flies to Tokyo on Thursday in a show of support for Japan's effort to resolve the nuclear plant crisis and overcome the destruction wrought by the earthquake and tsunami. He will hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan.
_ DEATH TOLL. The National Police Agency says the death toll from the disaster has risen to 11,417. Another 16,273 are missing.