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News Summary: Panel says no Japan nuke cover-up

The Associated Press

FALLOUT: An independent panel said the operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant misinformed investigators and blocked equipment inspections last year, but that it was not part of a cover-up.

QUAKE QUESTION: Some experts suspect that failure of certain equipment might have been caused by a magnitude-9.0 earthquake, not by the tsunami that came later.

POWER PLANT APOLOGISTS: Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. apologized for mishandling the investigation but denied any cover-up. The company has been criticized for its reluctance to acknowledge its responsibility in the crisis.