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Most Americans say U.S. nuclear plants safe: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifty-eight percent of Americans think U.S. nuclear power plants are safe, while the public remains split over the need for more plants followingJapan’s nuclear crisis, a Gallup poll showed on Monday. The March 25-27 survey of 1,027 U.S. adults found public confidence in nuclear safety relatively unchanged since 2009, when…

U.S. crude oil hits 2.5-year high

LONDON (Reuters) – Brent crude rose toward $120 a barrel and U.S. crude hit a 2-1/2-year high above $108 on Monday. Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa kept the focus on oil supplies as economic growth bolstered demand. Iran’s oil minister said there was no need for the Organization…

Japan to release radioactive water into the sea

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese engineers on Monday were forced to release radioactive water into the sea while resorting to desperate measures such as using bath salts to try to find the source of the leaks at a crippled nuclear power complex. Engineers also planned to build a giant silt curtain in…

BP asks to resume drilling in Gulf Coast

Less than a year after the Deepwater Horizon disaster that pumped oil into the waters off the Gulf Coast, BP is applying for permission to resume drilling in the area, reports the New York Times. Citing two unnamed sources — “company officials with direct knowledge of the application” — the…

Indonesia lifts tsunami warning

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s earthquake agency lifted a tsunami warning after a quake struck early on Monday at about 300 kilometers (186 miles) off Cilacap in southern Java. (Reporting by Telly Nathalia; Editing by Neil Chatterjee) Source: Reuters US Online Report World News Powered by Mochila…

New Orleans heart attack rate skyrockets post-Katrina: Study

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – New Orleans residents were found to have three times the rate of heart attacks four years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina than before the storm and levee break that flooded the city, according to a study presented at a major heart meeting on Sunday. The three-fold increase had…

Indonesia issues tsunami warning after quake off Java

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s quake agency on Monday issued a tsunami warning after a 7.1 magnitude quake struck at about 300 kilometres (186 miles) off Cilacap on the south coast of Java island. The quake was at a depth of 10 kilometres, the agency said. (Reporting by Telly Nathalia; Editing…

Japan says it may take months to end radiation leaks

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan warned on Sunday it could take months to stop radiation leaking from a nuclear plant crippled by a huge earthquake and tsunami three weeks ago, while voters said a coalition would better handle the crisis and post-quake recovery effort. An aide to embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the…

‘Thicker arteries’ in men who take antidepressants

NEW ORLEANS — Men who take antidepressants are more likely to have thickening of the arteries and higher heart and stroke risks than those who do not, said a study of middle-aged male twins. The difference translates to about a four-year age gap, making the twin taking the pills physically…

Yoga calms heart pace, cuts anxiety: study

NEW ORLEANS — People who suffer from irregular heartbeat could see their episodes cut in half if they do yoga regularly, according to a study released in the United States. Doing yoga three times a week also reduced depression and anxiety while boosting people’s opinion of their own social and…

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