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Texas executes 'ice pick killer' for 1979 rape and murder

Texas executes 'ice pick killer' for 1979 rape and murderBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas on Wednesday executed a man dubbed the “ice pick killer” for the weapon he used to murder a woman in 1979, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal from his lawyers, who argued his veins were too compromised for a lethal injection. Danny Bible, 66, was put to death at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville. Bible made no last statement, a prisons official said.

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Fukushima reactor 'ice wall' nearly finished

Fukushima reactor 'ice wall' nearly finishedFukushima’s operator on Tuesday started freezing the last section of a $ 320 million ice wall designed to combat widespread water contamination at the site of the worst nuclear accident in a generation. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) began pumping coolant into the remaining seven metres (23 feet) of its 1.5-kilometre underground wall which encircles the four reactors along Japan’s northeast coast. The 30-metre deep wall is designed to block underground water from nearby mountains from flowing into the shattered complex and then seeping into the Pacific.

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