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Mar 21, 2011

Stricken Japan plant missed scheduled inspections -filing

TOKYO, March 21 (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s
tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant told safety regulators less
than two weeks before disaster struck that it had failed to
carry out some scheduled inspections at the facility.

In a report submitted to Japan’s nuclear safety agency on
Feb. 28, Japan’s largest power utility, Tokyo Electric Power Co
, said it had failed to inspect 33 pieces of equipment
in the six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi complex.

Mar 19, 2011

Japan lays power cable in race to stop radiation

TOKYO (Reuters) – Exhausted engineers attached a power cable to the outside of Japan’s tsunami-crippled nuclear plant on Saturday in a desperate attempt to get water pumps going that would cool down overheated fuel rods and prevent the deadly spread of radiation.

Hopes were dashed of miracle survivors when it turned out that a story was wrong that a young man had being pulled alive from the rubble eight days after the quake and tsunami ripped through northeast Japan, triggering the nuclear crisis.

Mar 18, 2011

Mistakes, misfortune, meltdown: Japan’s quake

TOKYO, March 17 (Reuters) – By Thursday morning the last line
of defense came down to this: a police water cannon, a
helicopter maneuver designed for wildfires and a race against
time to get the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant rewired to
the grid.

As a crew of about 100 Japanese workers and soldiers battled
to keep a string of six nuclear reactors from meltdown just
short of a week into Japan’s nuclear crisis, the arsenal of
weapons at their disposal remained improvised, low-tech and
underpowered.

Mar 17, 2011

Corrected: Mistakes, misfortune, meltdown: Japan’s quake

TOKYO (Reuters) – By Thursday morning the last line of defense came down to this: a police water cannon, a helicopter maneuver designed for wildfires and a race against time to get the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant rewired to the grid.

As a crew of about 100 Japanese workers and soldiers battled to keep a string of six nuclear reactors from meltdown just short of a week into Japan’s nuclear crisis, the arsenal of weapons at their disposal remained improvised, low-tech and underpowered.

Mar 17, 2011

Special report: Mistakes, misfortune, meltdown: Japan’s quake

TOKYO (Reuters) – By Thursday morning the last line of defense came down to this: a police water cannon, a helicopter maneuver designed for wildfires and a race against time to get the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant rewired to the grid.

As a crew of about 100 Japanese workers and soldiers battled to keep a string of six nuclear reactors from meltdown just short of a week into Japan’s nuclear crisis, the arsenal of weapons at their disposal remained improvised, low-tech and underpowered.

Mar 2, 2011

February auto sales jump 27 percent, top expectations

DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. auto sales surged by 27 percent in February, exceeding the most bullish analyst forecasts as the lure of discounts from automakers led by General Motors Co outweighed concerns about higher oil prices for car shoppers.

The February sales tally, which represents one of the first snapshots of U.S. consumer demand, was the strongest since August 2009 when the government’s “cash for clunkers” credits spurred a short-lived boom at dealerships.

Mar 1, 2011

US Feb auto sales jump 27 pct, top expectations

DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. auto sales surged by 27 percent in February, exceeding the most bullish analyst forecasts as the lure of discounts from automakers led by General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) outweighed concerns about higher oil prices for car shoppers.

The February sales tally, which represents one of the first snapshots of U.S. consumer demand, was the strongest since August 2009 when the government’s “cash for clunkers” credits spurred a short-lived boom at dealerships.

Mar 1, 2011

GM U.S. sales surge as incentives catch fire

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s sales in its home market surged by 46 percent in February as sales incentives including lease deals and cash offers for existing GM owners drove shoppers to dealerships.

The sales gain was higher than analysts had projected for the top U.S. automaker and cemented a market share gain for GM in the first two months of the year.

Feb 24, 2011

GM reports first full-year profit since 2004

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co posted fourth-quarter earnings slightly above expectations and its first full-year profit since 2004.

Profit for all of 2010 was $4.7 billion, achieved after the company slashed costs and debt in a 2009 bankruptcy financed by the Obama administration.

Feb 18, 2011

GM to offer Pandora Internet radio on Chevy cars

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co will launch a new system to stream online radio from Pandora in upcoming Chevrolets starting with the Volt and Equinox.

The new partnership comes as the top U.S. automaker looks to make up for lost ground against Ford Motor Co in the increasingly competitive market for digital entertainment systems in vehicles.

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      "Kevin Krolicki is Reuters bureau chief in Detroit where he has been based since 2006. He has also worked as an editor and reporter in Los Angeles and Tokyo."
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