While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Monday, April 4, 2011

April 4, 2011
  • Japanese engineers have begun releasing radioactive water into the sea, in an attempt to create more storage capacity for even more radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. They’re also planning on building a silt fence in the ocean to stop the spread of radioactive material, though construction of the barrier could take “several days,” according to Hidehiko Nishiyama, Japan’s spokesman on nuclear safety.
  • Southwest Airlines says it will cancel 100 additional flights today, after discovering “small, subsurface cracks” in two jets. Yesterday, the airline cancelled 300 flights, or 9-percent of its schedule, after finding cracks in three planes. Southwest began inspecting its fleet after a plane’s fuselage ripped open in mid-flight, on Friday. The company expects the inspections to wrap up by Tuesday.
  • Protests in Yemen are raging on, today, with some 90,000 demonstrators gathering in the city of Taiz. CNN is reporting that eleven people have been killed, and more than 500 have sustained injuries. Medical field teams say they were attacked by the government’s central security forces and the Republican Guard. Much like all the other protesters in the region, Yemen’s demonstrators have major issues with their national leader, President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who, according to Reuters, is being pressured by the U.S. to step down.
  • Barack Obama kicks off his 2012 re-election campaign today, with a video posted to his website. He’s also blasting everyone’s inboxes with e-mails, urging his grassroots supporters to get up and start “talking to neighbors, co-workers, and friends” (about Obama, presumably). In a cute little twist, today’s announcement from the 44th President comes on the fourth day of the fourth month of this year.

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