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Protesters shout slogans in front of the head office of Tokyo Electric Power Company Inc. (TEPCO) during an anti-nuclear march in Tokyo March 31. Pressure mounted on Japan Thursday to expand the evacuation zone around its stricken nuclear power plants after high levels of radiation were found outside the zone and radioactivity in seawater reached more than 4,000 times its legal limit.

Photographers/Source: ISSEI KATO/Reuters /Landov


TEPCO Vice President Sakae Muto attends a news conference at the company head office in Tokyo March 28. Muto apologized for Sunday’s error, which added to alarm inside and outside Japan over the impact of contamination from the complex which was hit by an earthquake and tsunami March 11. Mistaken radiation readings given out by the operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear plant were “absolutely unforgivable”, the government’s chief spokesman said Monday, as work to prevent a catastrophic meltdown faced fresh hurdles.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner delivers remarks to members of the media regarding fiscal year 2010 spending on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Speaker Boehner blamed Senate Democrats for creating obstacles in reaching an agreement on a federal budget. Congress must meet an April 8 budget deadline to prevent a federal government shutdown.



Dante Rosario, center,, a tight end for the Carolina Panthers, runs through a cone drill conducted by Jeremy Boone, left, in Charlotte, N.C., March 25. Despite the ongoing NFL lock out, Panthers players have worked out on their own, to stay in shape and prepare for next season. Another unintended consequence of the lockout is a cessation of much-needed health insurance for the players, who are now living on their COBRA extensions.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (L) speaks with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan before having lunch on the sidelines of the G20 High Level Seminar on the international monetary system, in Nanjing Thursday. Finance ministers, central bankers and academics from the Group of 20 wealthy and developing economies gathered to discuss how to improve the international currency order so that it can provide a more solid foundation for the global economy.

Photographers/Source: NELSON CHING/Reuters


Doctor Li Tongqiang (R) walks toward a 92-year-old woman sitting amongst corn cobs outside her home in the village of Jianhua, located on the outskirts of the northern Chinese city of Shuangcheng in Heilongjiang province Tuesday. Li is one of 800 ‘country’ doctors that care for about 600,000 mostly farmers and their families who live in the rural areas surrounding the city of Shuangcheng. Li’s annual salary is the equivalent of about $3,900, and he sees about 15 to 20 patients per day, visiting homes of patients if they are unable to visit his clinic. China has pledged more money to bring expand access to health coverage, raise the levels of reimbursements, and improve services.

Photographers/Source: DAVID GRAY/Reuters /Landov


Socorro Gross Under Director of the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO), a regional office of the World Health Organisation (WHO), speaks during the inauguration of the First Latin American Congress of Health in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday. Groos said that at least 230 million Latin Americans have no health insurance and that 135 millions have no access to basic health services.

Photographers/Source: MARTIN ALIPAZ/EPA /Landov


Thousands gather for a march and rally by labor union supporters in Los Angeles March 26. According to a MetLife report issued this week, the workers employers have left are more productive, but they are also angrier and their sense of loyalty has fallen. Some 36% of current employees report they would like to be working somewhere else by the end of the year.

Photographers/Source: PHIL MCCARTEN/Reuters /Landov


U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appears Wednesday before a Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee hearing on President Obama’s fiscal year 2012 budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testifies before a House Ways and Means Committee subcommittee regarding IRS operations and the 2011 tax return filing season Thursday. Meanwhile, the IRS has released W-2 group health guidelines requiring employers that send out more than 250 W-2 wage tax withholding forms in 2012 to provide information about how much they spend on the employees’ group health coverage. Group health tax expenditures–federal income tax revenue foregone as a result of the group tax exclusion– costs the federal government more than $100 billion per year.

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Dr. David Cull, a Greenville, S.C., vascular surgeon, has invented a medical device that, if successful, will spare dialysis patients enormous suffering and could eventually save taxpayers billions of dollars in Medicare costs. Cull applied for a $250,000 grant to develop the device, but his request was rejected by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. Meanwhile, Medicare officials testified earlier this week that harsh efforts to hold down provider reimbursement rates could backfire, reducing the number of providers who take Medicare.

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On March 26, after 501 days in the hospital including 494 days at New Orleans Children’s Hospital, Robert “Boo” Maddox, 7, and his family finally received the news that he can leave. Boo came to Children’s Hospital in critical condition Nov. 19, 2009. He tested positive for the H1N1 virus and was immediately placed in the pediatric intensive care unit. He suffered through a litany of ailments, including organ failure. Doctors placed him on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine, which functioned in place of his heart and lungs to give his organs time to heal. After 53 days, he was taken off ECMO, and was able to begin the next stages of his recovery. His parents believe his recovery is miraculous and the doctors state his recovery is statistically rare. Boo entered hospital at age 5 and will be leaving at age 7.

Photographers/Source: MATTHEW HINTON/The Times-Picayune /Landov