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Japanese company admits inadequate precautions before nuclear disaster

Tokyo Electric: We fell short

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, acknowledged for the first time Friday that it had failed to take stronger measures to prevent disasters for fear of inviting lawsuits or protests against its nuclear plants because of concerns about their safety. There were meltdowns at the plant after an earthquake and huge tsunami on March 11, 2011, that knocked out cooling systems. The admission was part of a report in which the company showcased internal changes as the government considers when to allow other reactors to resume operation, including those at Tokyo Electric's two undamaged nuclear plants.

Indians can have eagle feathers

The Justice Department said Friday it will allow members of federally recognized American Indian tribes to possess eagle feathers, although that's a federal crime. This is a significant religious and cultural issue for many tribes, who were consulted in advance about the policy. But the department will still prosecute tribe members and nonmembers for violating laws that prohibit killing eagles and other migratory birds or the buying or selling of feathers or other bird parts.

Numbers align for newborn

A dream alignment for numerologists has come true in the delivery room of a Des Moines, Iowa, hospital. The Des Moines Register reported Friday that Laila Fitzgerald weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces when she was born. She came into the world on Thursday, which, numerically speaking, was 10/11/12. She arrived, militarily speaking, at 1314, which would be 1:14 p.m. for civilians. So the numbers associated with her birth are 8-9-10-11-12-13-14. Laila's father, Ryan Fitzgerald, 26, said he would buy a lottery ticket as soon as he left the hospital.

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