Crisis in Japan: Another explosion at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant is raising fears that radioactive materials could spread, the New York Times reports. The series of explosions at the Japanese plant following last week's earthquake are considered the worst nuclear accident since the Chenobyl disaster in 1986.
Conflict of Interest: A New York federal judge has ordered the lead plaintiffs' attorneys in the 9/11 respiratory illness litigation to work with a special counsel, in order to deal with a conflict of interest issue that placed the inclusion of 59 plaintiffs in the settlement at risk, the New York Law Journal reports.
Former Mayor Cleared: A new report by Washington's Trout Cacheris has cleared former Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty of any wrongdoing in his administration's handling of city contracts for parks and recreational facilities, although two individuals close to the mayor may have overcharged the city, the Washington Post reports. The City Council asked the law firm to conduct an investigation 18 months ago.
Anger over Legal Bills Plan: A Philadelphia judge reacted angrily to a proposal from one of four former priests and an ex-parochial schoolteacher charged with sexual assault and child endangerment that the Philadelphia Archdiocese pay his legal fees if acquitted, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. An Archdiocese spokesperson said the request had been denied.