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Japan reactor damage worse than feared

TOKYO — Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday that one of the reactor cores at its stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is more seriously damaged than previously thought, setting back the utility's plan to resolve the crisis.

Fuel rods in the core of the No. 1 reactor are fully exposed, with the water level more than 3 feet below the base of the fuel assembly, said Junichi Matsumoto, a general manager at the utility. Melted fuel has dropped to the bottom of the pressure vessel and is still being cooled, he said.

While authorities had previously suspected a partial meltdown at unit 1, high radiation levels had prevented workers from entering the building to check the damage until last week.

Demjanjuk convicted of Nazi camp deaths

MUNICH — A German court convicted retired U.S. autoworker John Demjanjuk on Thursday of taking part in the murder of tens of thousands of Jews as a Nazi death camp guard, breaking legal ground that could pave the way for the prosecution of many low-level cogs in Hitler's machinery of destruction.

The 91-year-old Demjanjuk was sentenced to five years in prison on 28,060 counts of accessory to murder — one each for the number of people killed at the Sobibor death camp during the six months in 1943 when he was convicted of standing guard there.

But Demjanjuk won't be behind bars immediately. Presiding Judge Ralph Alt ordered him released from custody pending his appeal, which could take at least a year.

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