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News: Ben Cohen, UFOs, Montenegro, Malcolm X

 road Madonna's jacket announces that she is "The Queen."

Bc  road What a deal: Ben Cohen auctions the shirt off his back for $325.

 road Comedy Central celebrates 20 years: "'We have never wanted to be all comedy to all people,' said the channel’s president, Michele Ganeless. Doug Herzog, who oversees Comedy Central and two other channels owned by Viacom, said, 'Everybody’s doing some comedy, but nobody’s doing exactly what we’re doing.'"

 road More casting news for The Dark Knight Rises.

 road The FBI opens its vault on UFOs.

 road Looks like being voted off American Idol was the best thing that could have happened to Pia Toscano.

 road Video has emerged of a 48-foot tsunami striking Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

 road Iowa town is demolished by twister.

Mx  road New book makes new gay claims about Malcolm X: "Supported with evidence from an earlier autobiography, rumours of flirtations with gay sex confirm that Malcolm Little, as he was then, became involved with an older man and a hustler. As documented in the book, the hustler named Rudy was 'paid to undress them both, then pick up the old man like a baby, lay him on his bed, then stand over him and sprinkle him all over with talcum powder. Rudy said the old man would actually reach his climax from that.'"

 road The remake of Arthur takes the number 2 spot at the box office.

 road Montenegro prime minister supports gay pride parade: "Whether we personally accept them or not, whether we personally have one opinion or the other, let that remain our personal thought, but we must face the fact that there are differences in the society, that those issues are a part of the human rights corpus. Let the people take a walk and we will show that we are civilized."


Watch: Dog Tsunami Victim Won't Leave Other Dog's Side

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A heartbreaking reminder that many animals were victims of the earthquake/tsunami as well.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Writes Kenn Sakurai on Facebook:

"This is what it's like when we could find the dogs at the actual disaster area. The white has gotten weak but the brown one is not allowing to get closer. The TV crew shot this. We have already got these dog. But it too two hours to take them to the closest shelter. The guys who had done that had the bigger plastic cage on the back of the bike. Having such weight on the back is risky for going the way with no road...Those two dogs are rescued. The one which came close to the camera is in the better condition. The other White, Gray and Black was weak. So it is in the vet clinic in Ibaraki Prefectre. The other dog is in the shelter of the same area. But please know that those two are just the tip of the iceberg. There are more and we need help."

Sakurai works at Butch-Japan - an animal rescue organization. Donations at PayPal can be accepted at rescue@butch-japan.jp. If you want to read more, go to his Facebook page, and here.

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No-Fly Zone Established Over Damaged Nuke Plant; Crisis Deepens

The situation in Japan continues to deepen as explosions and fire have damaged the Fukushima nuclear reactor perhaps beyond recovery:

Fukushima In a brief morning address to the nation Tokyo time, Prime Minister Naoto Kan pleaded for calm, but warned that radiation had already spread from the crippled reactors and there was “a very high risk” of further leakage.

The sudden turn of events, after an explosion Monday at one reactor and then an early-morning explosion Tuesday at yet another — the third in four days at the plant — already made the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station the worst nuclear accident since the Chernobyl reactor disaster a quarter century ago.

Most workers have abandoned the plant:

Engineers at the plant, working at tremendous personal risk, on Tuesday continued efforts to cool down the most heavily damaged unit, reactor No. 2, by pumping in seawater. According to government statements, most of the 800 workers at the plant had been withdrawn, leaving 50 or so workers in a desperate effort to keep the cores of three stricken reactors cooled with seawater pumped by firefighting equipment, while crews battled to put out the fire at the No. 4 reactor, which they claimed to have done just after noon on Tuesday.

RIA Novosti reports: "The Japanese Transport Ministry declared a no-fly zone within the range of 30 km from the blast-hit Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant, the Kyodo news agency said on Tuesday. The ban does not include planes and helicopters involved in rescue efforts and delivering aid to quake-hit areas."

Some folks are evacuating Tokyo: "Panic swept Tokyo on Tuesday after a rise in radioactive levels around an earthquake-hit nuclear power plant north of the city, causing some to leave the capital or stock up on food and supplies. Embassies advised staff to leave affected areas, tourists cut short vacations and some multinational companies told staff to move from Tokyo out after low levels of radiation were detected in one of the world's biggest and most densely populated cities."

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington was docked for maintenance after detecting low levels of radioactivity.


Watch: Second Explosion at Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

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A second explosion has occurred at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.

The Japan Times:

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano gave assurances that the No. 3 reactor's containment vessel survived the explosion, just like the one at the No. 1 reactor, which blew up its housing on Saturday.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., struggling to cool down all three reactors, said the water level in the No. 2 reactor is still above the fuel rods, but officials are scrambling to prevent a meltdown.

The latest hydrogen explosion came as the government — confronted by the massive rescue and body retrieval operation all along the Tohoku region coast, and the threat of massive power outages in the Kanto region — scrambled to prevent a nuclear meltdown that could be triggered by overheating fuel rods.

NYT: "As the scale of Japan’s nuclear crisis begins to come to light, experts in Japan and the United States say the country is now facing a cascade of accumulating problems that suggest that radioactive releases of steam from the crippled plants could go on for weeks or even months."

More from CNN...

Watch the explosion, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: David Gandy, Poland, Madonna, Nashville, PJ Crowley

 road Jenny McCarthy takes a stroll with her shirtless gay hairdresser.

David  road ShortList cover model David Gandy would like to tell you about his favorite style icons.

 road Richard Hatch is going to prison for tax evasion. Again.

 road While gay rights still have a very long way to go in Poland, things are starting to slowly change: "Socially, being openly anti-gay is becoming as unacceptable as being anti-Semitic: A decade ago it was possible to hear otherwise cultured and intelligent Poles declaiming on how Jews controlled both capitalism and communism, but outside of marginal groups like soccer hooligans, such views are now almost never publicly expressed."

 road Nashville clergy members in support of discrimination bill say that they have been "in prayer that a spirit of inclusion rather than exclusion would descend upon our city."

 road Seawalls in Japan provided very little protection during the quake and subsequent tsunami: "The tsunami that followed the quake washed over walls that were supposed to protect the plants, disabling the diesel generators crucial to maintaining power for the reactors’ cooling systems during shutdown."

Mad  road Unseen photos of a pre-fame Madonna published in Out.

 road Capuchin monkeys have figured out a new way to "fish" for termites.

 road Department of State spokesman P.J. Crowley resigns after coming under fire for comments about Bradley manning: "The unauthorized disclosure of classified information is a serious crime under U.S. law. My recent comments regarding the conditions of the pre-trial detention of Private First Class Bradley Manning were intended to highlight the broader, even strategic impact of discreet actions undertaken by national security agencies every day and their impact on our global standing and leadership."

 road Marriage equality advocates in Maryland vow to keep fighting.

 road Only 1% of the residents in the Siberian city of Novokuznetsk vote to approve anti-gay legislation in their city.


Japan: Before And After The Quake

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Australia's ABC News has published several dramatic before and after aerial shots of the massive destruction in Japan. The above pictures are of Sendai Airport in Northern Japan. See more remarkable interactive shots on the ABC News site.

Meanwhile, some estimates have the death toll at an astounding 10,000.


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