Bad to Worse: Japan's nuclear crisis intensified dramatically on Wednesday after the authorities announced that a second reactor unit at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan may have ruptured and appeared to be releasing radioactive steam, according to The New York Times.
Acquitted: A CIA contractor indicted earlier in the day on two murder charges in Pakistan was acquitted and released on Wednesday after a deal to pay "blood money" to the victims' families was reached, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told Reuters.
New FBI Chief: The Obama administration is ramping up its search for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director, as Robert Mueller's term approaches its end in early September. Several prominent lawyers are said to be in the running for the job, among them James Comey, Kenneth Wainstein, Patrick Fitzgerald, Merrick Garland and Jamie Gorelick, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Swipe Fees: Lawmakers from both parties embarked Tuesday on an uphill battle to delay a controversial law that would reduce the fees banks receive from merchants each time a debit card is swiped, following weeks of fervent lobbying by the financial industry, the Washington Post reports.
Prisoner Rights: The U.S. Justice Department is suing the state of California and Gov. Jerry Brown because prison authorities required a Sikh prison inmate to cut his beard, CNN reports.
Follow the Rules: Facebook Inc., the most-visited U.S. website, Google Inc. and other U.S.-based companies would have to comply with stricter data-protection rules being planned for the European Union, the region’s justice commissioner said. Any company active in the 27-nation region or any Internet- based product targeted at European consumers “must comply with EU rules,” Viviane Reding said in a speech in Brussels today, according to Bloomberg.