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Need to Know News: Staving off nuclear disaster, new ATM fees, and a worldwide sting operation
March 17th, 2011
10:19 AM ET

Need to Know News: Staving off nuclear disaster, new ATM fees, and a worldwide sting operation

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" will put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For March 17, 2011 – an update from Japan, the business world, and Glee sings a tune...

• Japan is trying to cool off nuclear reactors from the air and the ground: "Japan turned helicopters, fire trucks and police water cannons on the No. 3 reactor at the quake-ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and the pool housing its spent fuel Thursday in its latest attempt to stave off a nuclear disaster."

• Experts say the U.S. won't feel health effects from Japan: "The United States is thousands of miles from the leaks and once the radiation gets into the air, it disperses and dilutes as the wind blows it, said Nolan Hertel, nuclear engineering researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology. Radioactive particles travel with the wind and fall out onto the ground. The amount that will reach the United States will be too little to cause health problems."

• Police seize alleged child sex offenders in worldwide operation: "Police have arrested scores of suspected child sex offenders in a three-year-old worldwide probe, the European Law Enforcement Agency announced Wednesday. Europol said 670 suspects have been identified, 184 arrests have been made, 230 children have been rescued, and investigations are continuing in a case authorities are calling Operation Rescue."

• Are $5 ATM fees coming our way? " ATM fees are on the rise at some of the country's biggest banks. Chase, for example, is testing out $5 fees for non-customers. That means if you stumble upon a Chase on your way to dinner and decide to take out 20 bucks, you'll pay a 25% fee. And that doesn't even include what your own bank charges you for going out of network, which is typically around $3."

• Glee debuts original songs: "It was a super huge episode with so much angst. The glee club members struggled to write an original song for Regionals and ended up with some interesting results. Santana's ode to Sam's lips, "Trouty Mouth," was just too much. Puck (barely) did a little bit better serenading Lauren with 'Big Ass Heart.'"

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  1. Erika

    One of the scariest aspects of this nuclear crisis are the unknowns of it, the limits to which expertise can really be brought to bear on the issue.

    For example Nolan Hertel can tell us with certainty that under the current levels of radiation being emitted according to reports, there's no threat to the US. But what are the chances this thing could get worse before it gets better? There's no expert in the world who has the answer to that, right?

    Not knowing where this is going is pretty scary. Hopefully they will be able to cool the reactors down very soon!

    March 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Larry in Tn.

    As a diesel mechanic in Vietnam, I worked on generators that powered radar units. Why is it not one newsperson in all this coverage has brought up this subject. They could generate the needed power for the water pumps to help cool the rods.

    March 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Stephen

    Why is it that I have not heard anyone ask the question, " Where is all of the water that is being sprayed on the spent fuel rod pools and on the reactors going"? It seems to me that if you are spraying 90 million gallons of water on the site, that some if it is going into the atmosphere as steam, and that which falls on land as water goes into the ground and eventually the local aquafir, and some of it must be finding it's way into the ocean.

    Additionally, if the fuel rods are exposed, even partially as seems to be the case, then the temperature would be on the order of 2500ºF. From my understanding, any water sprayed on that would flash to steam rather quickly and not amount to much. Can We find out more about that?

    There appears to be much more going on here than meets the eye and I woudl like to see CNN start asking these questions of their panel of experts.

    March 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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