Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Stocks hit by Japan fears despite Nikkei rally

LONDON – Shares around the world failed to capitalize on a bounceback in Japanese stocks Wednesday amid concerns about an escalating nuclear crisis in the wake of the country's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
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Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average closed up 5.7 percent at 9,093.72 as investors snapped up bargains after panic selling sent the index spiraling down nearly 11 percent the day before.

Four appetizers that will do your diet in

Photo courtesy of Outback Steakhouse: Alice Springs Chicken Quesadilla

A chicken quesadilla at Outback Steakhouse will cost you 2,140 calories.

NBA ref sues writer over tweet

NBA referee Bill Spooner (Getty Images)

A veteran referee is heading to court over a controversial tweet written by a team's beat reporter.

Downside of William and Kate's wedding

A woman looks at memorabilia for the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The royal event is a boon for some Brits, but there's a serious drawback for others.

Hip-hop icon Nate Dogg dies at 41

Nate Dogg.  (Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

The "G-Funk" rapper and Snoop Dogg collaborator had suffered two strokes in recent years.

Best cities for nerdy singles to find love

Woman mathematician. (iStockphoto)

These towns have lots of well-educated men and women looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right.

Student in U.S. spots family alive in video

Akiko Kosaka finds her Japanese family alive in online video. (CNN/YouTube)
Akiko Kosaka had almost given up hope that her relatives survived Japan's horrific tsunami.

Parts of Tokyo resemble a ghost town

A sold-out note is pasted on a gas price board as bicyclers pass by a gas station in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

Many residents are staying indoors or leaving town amid concerns about radiation.

Celebs prod Obama on gay marriage

From left, Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita (Bill Haber/AP Photo); Anne Hathaway (Paul Hawthorne/AP Photo); Facebook co-founder Sean Parker (Chris Pizzello/AP Photo).

An open letter from a diverse group adds to the president's Hollywood popularity problems.

Japan races to avert a nuclear meltdown

A woman is scanned for radiation exposure at a temporary scanning center for residents living close to the quake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Struggles continue at a stricken power plant, as workers briefly retreat due to surging radiation.