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On this day: March 12

POSTED: 6:53 PM Mar 06 2013   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Mar 12 2014

Coca-Cola is bottled for the first time, Nazi troops march into Austria, "Dennis the Menace" debuts, and Bernie Madoff pleads guilty to running an $18 billion Ponzi scheme, all on this day.

OTD March 12 - Fukushima
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2011: A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melts down, exploding and releasing radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan was struck by a powerful earthquake and tsunami. In the hours and days that followed, two more reactors at the plant experienced full meltdown. It was the largest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, and only the second disaster to measure Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

Crime Report

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Watauga County man charged with sexual assault of teenager

A Western North Carolina man is accused of sexually assaulting a teenager.

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Man charged with stealing donation jar

A Kingsport man was charged with stealing a donation jar from a business.

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