News Wrap: 64-Year-Old Nyad Finished Cuba-Florida Swim
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KWAME HOLMAN: American Diana Nyad today became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. The 64-year-old arrived in Key West 53 hours after she jumped into the water in Havana on Saturday. She swam 110 miles across the Florida Strait with a support team keeping her on course. Nyad was sunburned and a bit dazed as fans welcomed her on the beach.
DIANA NYAD: I got three messages.
One is, we should never, ever give up.
(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)
DIANA NYAD: Two is, you never are too old to chase your dreams.
MAN: That’s right.
DIANA NYAD: Three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team.
KWAME HOLMAN: This was Nyad’s fifth attempt to swim the strait. The others ran into boat trouble, storms, and jellyfish stings.
The top nuclear regulator in Japan raised concerns today over new leaks at the damaged Fukushima power plant. The latest leak was found over the weekend in a connecting pipe. There may also be leaks from three storage tanks where elevated radioactivity was detected.
In addition, officials fear leaks also may be coming from as many as 300 other tanks. But Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said again his government will not just stand by.
PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE, Japan (through interpreter): Regarding the continuing problem of contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, instead of relying solely on TEPCO, the government will come to the forefront and implement necessary measures to deal with the issue. Unlike past times where things were dealt with as issues arose, we must take fundamental measures.
KWAME HOLMAN: The Fukushima plant has been crippled since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami led to the meltdown of three reactor cores.
Fire crews in California reported big gains today in controlling a huge wildfire that’s burning partially in Yosemite National Park. As of this morning, the fire was 60 percent contained, up from 45 percent last night. But it also grew by about nine square miles overnight and now covers more than 357 square miles. Firefighters estimate it will take about 20 more days to contain the blaze fully.
In South Africa, former President Nelson Mandela spent his first full day at home in nearly three months. An ambulance returned him to his Johannesburg residence Sunday, after doctors discharged him. The government said he remains in critical and sometimes unstable condition. He will continue receiving treatment at home. The 95-year-old Mandela was admitted to the hospital in early June for a recurring lung infection.
Verizon has announced a $130 billion deal to make it sole owner of its wireless business. The company said today that British carrier Vodafone has agreed to sell its 45 percent stake in Verizon wireless. It’s the second largest acquisition deal on record. If it wins approval, the deal is not expected to have much of an effect on Verizon customers.
Those are some of the day’s major stories.