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Developments in Japan's disasters, nuclear crisis

Developments in Japan's disasters, nuclear crisis

_ SPENT FUEL POOL NEARS BOILING POINT. Crews resume work at troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi plant after smoke triggers an evacuation. A new concern has emerged: A storage pool holding 2,000 tons of older, spent nuclear fuel is heating up, forcing emergency teams to divert water sprayed on other reactors there. If the pool begins to boil, radioactive steam could spew out.
_ MISSING VIRGINIA TEACHER'S BODY FOUND. The body of a 24-year-old English teacher from Virginia is discovered in the wreckage of the tsunami. Taylor Anderson could be the first known American victim in the Japan disaster as authorities continue the daunting task of finding and identifying the missing. Anderson's family says the U.S. Embassy in Japan told them her body was found in Ishinomaki, a city about 240 miles (390 kilometers) north of Tokyo.
_ POLICE SAY DISASTER DEATH TOLL TOPS 9,000. The National Police Agency says the overall number of bodies collected so far stands at 9,079, while 12,645 people have been listed as missing. Those tallies are likely to overlap, but police officials estimate that the final figure will likely exceed 18,000 deaths. A police spokesman from one of the of the hardest-hit prefectures, Miyagi, estimates that the deaths will top 15,000 in that region alone.
_ JAPAN'S AUTOMAKERS STRUGGLE TO RESTART PRODUCTION. Toyota says its shutdown will last until Saturday, while Honda's is extended through Sunday. Car manufactures say they are struggling to resume production after damage to power plants and a short supply of components. The maker of Subaru autos says it will start making parts for foreign production Wednesday but that production at factories in Japan is still suspended at least through Thursday.
_ SONY SUSPENDS SOME PRODUCTION AT MORE PLANTS. Sony Corp. says it is suspending some production at plants in Japan that make popular consumer electronics due to shortages of components and raw materials following the disaster. Operations at plants in Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu and Oita have been suspended through the end of March.