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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Chairwoman Steps Up Industry Studies

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During the August 2011 earthquake that rattle the east coast, including parts of the Washington, D.C. metro area, the North Anna nuclear plant in central Virginia experienced peak ground movement at twice the level for which the plant was designed. While there were initial concerns related to structural integrity at the facility, no major damage or complications were reported.

In April that same year, a massive earthquake and tsunami severely damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, leading to multiple meltdowns.

Allison Macfarlane, the new chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, says that the rash of natural events shows the nuclear industry needs to better study geologic risk. Macfarlane also says the events show the industry has to update its understanding of earth processes.

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Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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