Leaking nuke waste tank plan presented...Searching for missing airliner



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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A leaking nuclear waste storage tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is a small step closer to a safe emptying process. The U.S. Department of Energy has given the state of Washington a plan for removing the radioactive sludge from the double-shell tank with a leak between its shells. The Tri-City Herald reports that actual waste pumping would start no sooner than March 2016.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Search and rescue crews in Southeast Asia are spreading out in an effort to find a missing airliner after Vietnam reported detecting a signal from the aircraft. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on its way to Beijing disappeared from air traffic control screens over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam early that morning. It carried 239 people.

BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign minister says good relations with Washington depend on mutual respect. Wang Yi also told reporters at an annual news conference that China wouldn't bully smaller countries over territorial and maritime disputes. But he said Beijing also wouldn't give in to what he called unreasonable demands. Several nations challenge China's claims to the entire South China Sea.

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say they're considering a retrial in the case of a hip-hop promoter already serving a life sentence for smuggling cocaine. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon declared a mistrial yesterday after the jury said it was deadlocked. Federal prosecutors had charged James Rosemond and Rodney Johnson in the 2009 shooting death of Lowell Fletcher, an associate of rapper G-Unit. They say the killing was payback for an assault on Rosemond's son.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio couple charged with enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years through intimidation, abuse and threats they would harm her young child have been found guilty. Jordie Callahan and his girlfriend, Jessica Hunt, were convicted by jurors in federal court in Youngstown a day after their lawyers argued prosecutors had built their case around unreliable witnesses.

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