Japanese Workers Evacuated from Nuclear Plant; Moammar Gadhafi’s Compound Bombed; Man Kidnaps Neighbor’s Cats


Workers have been evacuated from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant after one reactor — and then another — began to smoke. This halted efforts to restore electricity and restart cooling pumps at the plant. The situation, officials warn, is still “not fully stabilized.” It’s unclear what caused the smoke. [NYDN]

Moammar Gadhafi’s compound in Tripoli has been bombed by the U.S. and allies. Military officials insist that Gadhafi was not the target of the bombing. His whereabouts are not known. [CNN]

The four New York Times journalists who’d been missing in Libya — Lynsey Addario, Anthony Shadid, Stephen Farrell, and Tyler Hicks — have been released to Turkish diplomats and will be delivered to U.S. officials. [Poynter]

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin “frolicked” with an endangered snow leopard named Mongol over the weekend. [NYT]

House cats kill almost 50 percent of birds — worse, they have “no natural enemies to keep their numbers in check.” [Pat’s Papers]

A Long Island man pissed about cat hair on his outdoor furniture trapped his neighbor’s cats and released them into the wild in Sunken Meadow State Park. He’s been charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal abandonment. [NYP]

Yep, it snowed this morning. Prepare for rain the rest of the day. [Weather]