US gains help European markets look past crises

Associated Press: Gains on Wall Street helped most European markets close higher Tuesday despite new ratings downgrades of Portugal and Greece and more bad news from Japan, where authorities struggled to contain radiation from a nuclear power plant. Sentiment in Europe had been fragile earlier after losses across Asia, as leaks of highly toxic plutonium from Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant suggested the fallout may be worse than previously expected. The plant was crippled when a towering tsunami -- spawned......

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