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US launches review of nuclear plant safety

WASHINGTON – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday it was launching a two-pronged review of US nuclear power plant safety amid the crisis at a Japanese complex hit by an earthquake and tsunami. The US regulator called for an agency task force to be set up to conduct “both short-…

20,000 dead, missing in Japan crisis

KITAKAMI, Japan (AFP) – Crews fighting to cool reactors at Japan’s stricken nuclear plant struggled Sunday to switch partial power back on after a natural disaster that has left more than 20,000 people dead or missing. The discovery of radiation in foodstuffs in regions around the plant, and of traces…