Some Of The Contaminated Wastewater From The Nuclear Plant May Have Leaked
Some Japanese towns are under feet of water after receiving double the usual amount of rain (20 inches) that falls in September in less than 48 hours. More than 100,000 people have been forced from their homes by flood waters that have uprooted buildings and trees and caused landslides, with more than 800,000 advised to evacuate at one point on Friday. Dramatic helicopter rescues took place in Joso, a city around 30 miles north of Tokyo, with no deaths reported at press time. Officials with Tokyo Electric Power confirmed that rainwater overwhelmed the drainage pumps at the site of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, resulting in the release of several hundred tons of contaminated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.
Seattle Teachers Still On Strike
School was supposed to start on Wednesday for Seattle's 50,000 public school students, but because of a pay dispute with teachers, class were canceled. And it looks like things aren't looking any better for Thursday (Sept. 10). Several thousand teacher's union members voted for a walkout last week -- marking the first such strike in 30 years -- after teachers asked for additional recess time for students and opposed the district's mandate of 30 additional minutes of class time starting in 2017. The teachers argued that they already routinely work late and on weekends and without a cost-of-living pay increase in six years in a city where the average rent has gone up 50 percent in the past 6 years. At press time no additional talks between teachers and the school board were scheduled, with the board saying they just don't have enough money to pay the instructors what they want.
There's A New Species Of Human!
Get psyched, because an international team of scientists announced on Thursday that they've discovered a previously unidentified species of early humans, Homo naledi. More than 1,550 fossilized bones of naledi were found in the Rising Star cave in South Africa, representing the biggest sample of any hominin species in a single African site and one of the largest anywhere in the world. Not only do the bones of man's prehuman family represent a jackpot for scientists, but they also suggest that early man purposely stashed the bodies of their dead in remote, inaccessible caves, something only modern humans were thought to do.
Quick Take: Officials in Phoenix have no idea who is behind 10 shootings in 11 days at vehicles traveling along a stretch of Interstate 10 through downtown. No one has been killed so far, but a 13-year-old girl was cut on the ear last month when a bullet pierced the windshield of the SUV she was riding in.
Who Is The Donald Insulting Now?: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a shot at former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in a new Rolling Stone profile, saying "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?" His latest attack on a woman's looks drew a quick retort from Fiorina, who said on Wednesday, "Maybe, just maybe, I'm getting under his skin a little bit because I am climbing in the polls." On Thursday morning, Trump claimed he was talking about Fiorina's "persona" with his quote during a CNN interview.
Daily Pic: With the NFL season about to kick off, we give you this Earth-saving shot of how Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris gets to work. While other ballers roll up in their six-figure whips, Morris has a personalized parking spot for his bicycle.