Friday 18 January 2019

In brief: Japan nuclear water fears

Tanks for storing radioactive water are on their way to the crippled nuclear power plant in north-eastern Japan where reactor cores melted after the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Tokyo Electric Power Co, the utility that operates the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, said two of the 370 tanks were due to arrive today.

Tepco said the radioactive water leaking from the reactors and pooling across the plant could start overflowing from temporary storage areas on June 20, or possibly sooner if there is heavy rainfall.

Deadly blast hits Auckland

One worker is dead and six others are injured after an underground explosion rocked a suburb of the New Zealand city of Auckland.

Police communications manager Natalie Swart said the workers were about 13ft below the ground working on a water main when the explosion took place in the suburb of Onehunga.

She said it was unclear what caused the blast.

Sore throat silences Adele

Singer Adele has cancelled the rest of her North American tour because of laryngitis.

Adele said she was "really frustrated" but "there is absolutely nothing I can do but take the doctor's advice and rest some more".

The announcement comes days after she postponed five dates on the tour. She has now cancelled the remaining nine shows.

The 23-year-old's album 21 is the best-selling album of the year.

Her single, Rolling In The Deep, is currently number one in Billboard's Hot 100 charts.

Teacher filmed boys in toilet

US federal investigators said an Iowa elementary school principal has told police he placed a hidden video camera in the boys' bathroom to get images of students.

Robert Burke, the principal at Sageville Elementary School in Dubuque, was charged with one count of receiving child pornography.

The complaint says the 43-year-old admitted during an interview with investigators to placing the camera in the bathroom.

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