Russian nuclear plant says it emits leaked nuclear isotope

MOSCOW (AP) - A senior executive at the Russian nuclear processing plant suspected of being behind a spike of radioactivity over Europe this fall admitted Wednesday that the isotope recorded does emerge as part of the plant's production cycle but said its levels are negligible. Russian officials last month reported high levels of Ruthenium-106 in…

Snow wreaks havoc on travelers in Britain, schools closed

LONDON (AP) - Snow and wintry weather are still wreaking havoc on travelers in Britain, with flights cancelled, roads sheathed in ice and rail travel disrupted Monday. With temperatures predicted to drop overnight to as low as minus 11 degrees Fahrenheit, transport officials worked on cleanup. Hundreds of schools were closed and airports

Putin undecided whether to run as an independent or not

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has not decided yet whether to run for office next year as an independent candidate or secure support from the ruling party, his spokesman said Thursday. The 65-year old Russian leader, who has ruled the country since 2000, ended months of speculation by announcing Wednesday that he would seek his

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australia's Parliament voted Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter debate settled by a much-criticized government survey of voters that strongly endorsed change. The public gallery in the House of Representatives erupted with applause when the bill passed. It changes the definition of

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