Mar 2, 2015

French nuke plant shut down due to pipe defect

Energy production has been shut down at France’s oldest nuclear power plant after a pipe defect was discovered, the station’s operators said Sunday. The Fessenheim plant, which is near the Swiss and German borders, was halted on Saturday just before 1900 GMT due to ...

Jan 28, 2015

Massachusetts nuclear reactor shuts down during snowstorm

A Massachusetts nuclear power plant shut down automatically Tuesday after the blizzard moving through the region interrupted power flow, but there was never any danger to the public, authorities said. The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, the state’s only nuclear power plant, shut ...

Dec 24, 2014

Key North Korean websites suffer short outages after shutdown

Key North Korean websites suffered intermittent outages Tuesday after a nearly 10-hour shutdown that followed a U.S. vow to respond to a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blames on Pyongyang. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the Internet stoppage in one of ...

Midterm elections carry high stakes for U.S. economy

/ Nov 4, 2014

Midterm elections carry high stakes for U.S. economy

The midterm slugfest for control of the U.S. Senate could have far-reaching effects on the economy. Tuesday’s elections come just as U.S. growth has been showing consistent improvement, thanks in part to a congressional truce on budget fights. Previous such fights shut down the ...

Nov 18, 2013

U.S. shutdown stalled research

When the U.S. government shut down in October, American researchers in the Antarctic lost an entire critical season in the field — and a year of data collection — because they can’t get there. Contracts for support personnel were canceled by the shutdown, and ...

/ Oct 21, 2013

Obama pushes immigration reform but still-smarting GOP may resist

With the budget crisis barely resolved, U.S. President Barack Obama is already urging Congress to complete a stalled immigration overhaul. “We should finish the job of fixing our broken immigration system,” Obama said Thursday. “Let’s start the negotiations. But let’s not leave this problem ...

/ Oct 21, 2013

How much did the shutdown cost? Billions

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Shutdowns aren’t cheap. This year’s closure, which ended Thursday, has probably cost the government and the economy billions of dollars, according to economists and policy analysts. Below are some estimates of the financial effects of the 16-day closure, which forced hundreds of thousands of ...

/ Oct 21, 2013

Divided Republicans bicker over restoring their tarnished brand

Weakened and divided after a bruising budget standoff and two-week government shutdown, Republicans bickered Sunday over who to blame for the resulting damage to their party brand. The party suffered a major hit in the polls after the crisis, with more Americans blaming Republicans ...