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NRC chief questions blackout plans for US plants

The nation's top nuclear regulator casts doubt on whether reactors in the U.S. are prepared for the type of days-long power outage that struck a nuclear power plant in Japan. Full story

BP Texas City loses power, residents warned

BP Plc's 475,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in Texas City, Texas, lost power at about 10:55 p.m. local time Monday (0355 GMT Tuesday), frightening local residents who were ordered inside to avoid breathing smoke from the refinery's flares. Full story

Southern Co. to raise dividend 3.9 percent

Electric power generator Southern Co. said Monday that it will raise its quarterly dividend by 3.9 percent to 47.25 cents. Full story

Can US nuke plants handle blackouts?

Regulators will review whether the nation's 104 nuclear reactors are capable of coping with blackouts like the one that crippled the Japanese plant, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says. Full story

Signs of hope from Japan

   The International Atomic Energy Agency reported electrical power has now been put in place at the reactor site, and pressure inside the reactors has begun to fall.

Is Japan running out of options?

   Author Michio Kaku shares his thoughts on the latest strategies to prevent a nuclear meltdown and analyzes the science behind the headlines.

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