• In this Feb. 10, 2016, file photo, members of a media tour group wearing a protective suit and a mask walk together after they receive a briefing from Tokyo Electric Power Co. employees (in blue) in front of storage tanks for radioactive water at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. In an AP interview, a chief architect of an “ice wall” being built into the ground around the broken Fukushima nuclear plant defends the project but acknowledges it won’t be watertight, and as much as 50 tons of radiated water will still accumulate each day. TEPCO, the utility that operates the facility, resorted to the $312 million frozen barrier after it became clear that something had to be done to stem the flow of water into and out of the broken reactors so that they can be dismantled. (Toru Hanai/Pool Photo via AP, File)

    AP Interview: Fukushima plant’s new ice wall not watertight

    TOKYO (AP) — Coping with the vast amounts of ground water flowing into the broken Fukushima nuclear plant — which then becomes radiated and seeps back out — has become such a problem that Japan is building a 35 billion yen ($312 million) “ice wall” into the earth around it.

  • A low cloud moves over a farm near Gypsum, Kan., Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Thunderstorms bearing hail as big as grapefruit and winds approaching hurricane strength lashed portions of the Great Plains on Tuesday. The area is expecting severe weather. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    After fanfare, forecasters review talk of storm ‘outbreak’

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After warning for days about violent storms that could rake the central U.S. with huge hail, high winds and strong tornadoes, forecasters will review whether the messages they sent were appropriate for severe weather that some considered a “bust” because the tornadoes that did develop were small.

  • In this April 27, 2011, file photo a deadly tornado moves through Tuscaloosa, Ala. On April 27, 2011, a series of tornadoes killed hundreds of people, injured thousands and reduced countless buildings to rubble across a swath of the U.S. More than 120 tornadoes were reported that day - one of the deadliest outbreaks in the nation's history. (Dusty Compton/The Tuscaloosa News, via AP, File)  MANDATORY CREDIT

    Tornado outbreak, 5 years later: Piecing lives back together

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — On April 27, 2011, a series of tornadoes killed hundreds of people, injured thousands and reduced countless buildings to rubble across a swath of the U.S.

  • Nicole Brown of Hazelwood tries to save her umbrella that succumbed to high winds on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo., as rain from an afternoon storm began to fall. "I didn't know it was gonna rain like this," she said. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    The Latest: Tornado watch issued in 4 states; hail expected

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the central and eastern U.S. (all times local):

  • South Sudan: Rebel leader returns to the capital

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar returned to the capital Juba Tuesday afternoon, to become vice president and to try to end the civil war that in two and a half years has killed tens of thousands of people and forced more than 2 million from their homes.

  • Feds use prescribed fire to make progress in Southwest

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There’s nothing secret about what’s planned for Area 74 — a swath of forested land along the Continental Divide in southern New Mexico that needs attention.

  • Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko lays flowers at a monument to the victims of the Chernobyl tragedy outside the nuclear power plant in Ukraine, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Ukraine on Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, the world’s worst nuclear accident. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Ukraine marks 30 years since 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — As Ukraine and Belarus on Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident with solemn words and an angry protest, some of the men who were sent to the site in the first chaotic and frightening days were gripped by painful memories.

  • Lightning illuminates the sky over the Marion County Courthouse in Marion, Kan., Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Thunderstorms bearing hail as big as grapefruit and winds approaching hurricane strength lashed portions of the Great Plains on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    Storms on Tuesday could bring powerful tornadoes to Plains

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunderstorms bearing hail as big as grapefruit and winds approaching hurricane strength lashed portions of the Great Plains on Tuesday, but arrived without the destructive tornadoes that many had worried about for days.

  • Today in History

    Today is Tuesday, April 26, the 117th day of 2016. There are 249 days left in the year.

  • A person is transported to the hospital after a plane crashed into a house in Pompano Beach, Fla., Monday, April 25, 2016. (Carline Jean/The South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) SOUTH FLORIDA OUT; NO MAGS; NO SALES; NO INTERNET; NO TV

    Small plane crashes into Florida house with 3 aboard

    POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials say three people were injured when their small plane crashed into a Florida home.