CNN Radio News Day: April 2, 2013
Workers remove fuel rods from the Yongbyon nuclear reactor in North Korea in February 2008. This image was one of a series taken during a trip to North Korea from February 23 to February 27, 2008 under the auspices of the New York Philharmonic's performance there.
April 2nd, 2013
04:31 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 2, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • After weeks of threats, North Korea has declared action. The country announced today it will restart a nuclear reactor that it shut down five years ago. The freeze of the nation's nuclear program in 2008 was seen as a gesture of compromise with the United States and South Korea. But Tuesday's announcement from Pyongyang sends the opposite message. CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanour says there are a lot of unknowns:

"The question now is 'what are their capabilities? How long would it take them to rebuild the cooling tower,and is the actual plant capable of immediately starting-up again? Most experts don't believe so."  FULL POST

April 2nd, 2013
10:08 AM ET

Florida turns 500 (an ode to weird)

By Dan Szematowicz, CNN

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Editor's Note:  CNN’s Dan Szematowicz grew up in Florida and has a taste for the stranger news in life. Listen to the full essay in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – Five hundred years ago this week, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon – a man I once impersonated for corporate parties in St. Augustine (don’t ask) – landed on a pristine beach somewhere on the east coast of the Florida Peninsula.

On that day in 1513, he landed in a simpler Florida. The only residents were Native Americans, and historians have not yet found conclusive evidence that they had "$20 Spring Break Sink Or Swim" drink specials.

Legend tells that de Leon was on a quest to find the Fountain of Youth. History suggests he was hunting for undiscovered islands to claim.


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