Reuters: Radiation readings around tanks holding contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have spiked by more than a fifth to their highest levels.
BBC: A power cut has left 70% of Venezuela without electricity, including parts of the capital Caracas.
New York Times: Former basketball star Dennis Rodman is in North Korea again to visit his "friend" Kim Jong-un.
BBC: Thai authorities will seek to arrest a grandson of Red Bull's billionaire, co-creator Chaleo Yoovidhaya, after he failed to show for court hearing.
CNNMoney: Nearly half of the recipients who get federal science funding say they've recently laid off or will lay off scientists and researchers, because federal grants are tougher to win.
Forbes: Same-sex married couples will get federal tax breaks no matter where they live, the IRS announced.
Al Jazeera: Fatal overdoses from painkillers have reached epidemic levels, exceeding heroin and cocaine overdoses combined.
AP: Kids this year get an average of $3.70 under their pillow from the tooth fairy, up from $3 last year.
Los Angeles Times: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal government will not challenge laws in states such as Colorado and Washington that allow commercial marijuana sales.
BBC: New research supports an idea that the Red Planet was a better place to kick-start biology billions of years ago than the early Earth was.
CNN.com: A New Jersey state appeals court warns don't knowingly text a driver -- or you could be held liable if he causes a crash.
CBS News: New research is helping identify early warning signs of age-related memory problems and its causes.
Boston Globe: Thousands of workers in 50 U.S. cities are expected to take part in a one-day strike Thursday, demanding $15-an-hour wages and the right to unionize.