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  • For Europe and China, Nuclear Crisis Renews Fears Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 4:50 AM ET
    Nuclear Power Plant

    As Japan’s nuclear crisis intensified Wednesday, governments across Europe remained at odds over whether to scale back nuclear power programs or continue plans to expand, reports the New York Times.

  • Stocks Plunge to 2011 Lows on Japan Crisis Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 4:56 PM ET
    CNBC - Disaster in Japan - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

    Stocks fell to the lows of the year on Wednesday in a volatile session driven by fears stemming from Japan's nuclear crisis. IBM and GE led the blue-chip index lower.

  • Stocks Tumble Ahead of Close in Choppy Trade Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 3:57 PM ET
    CNBC - Disaster in Japan - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

    Stocks traded off the lows of the day, but remained sharply down in a volatile session after news reports that Tokyo Electric Power almost completed a power line that could restore electricity to the stricken nuclear power plant and potentially solve the immediate crisis.  IBM and GE led the Dow lower.

  • US Drones Helping to Battle the Mexican Drug War Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 12:46 PM ET
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unmanned aerial vehicle of the CBP Air and Marine Unmanned Aircraft System.

    The Mexican government said Wednesday it has allowed U.S. drones to fly over its territory to gather intelligence on drug traffickers.

  • Stocks Trim Losses; Energy Rises, IBM Falls Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 11:57 AM ET

    Stocks trimmed losses after investors learned a European energy chief didn't have material information about the situation in Japan before saying the crisis was "out of control."

  • Futures Mixed Amid Global Worries, Inflation Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 9:28 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures slumped after news that inflation at the producer level rose more than expected, while housing start plunged, and as investors continued to digest the implications of a nuclear crisis in Japan and heightened tensions in the Middle East.

  • Stocks Tumble; Dow, S&P 500 Hit 6-Week Low Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 5:15 PM ET

    Stocks closed off the lows of the day, although still 1 percent lower, as buyers stepped into the market in afternoon trading even as investors remained unnerved by the escalating nuclear crisis in Japan. Intel and Cisco fell, while Chevron gained. .

  • Stocks Pare Losses Before Close; Utilities Skid Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:59 PM ET

    Stocks significantly pared losses, although continued to trade lower, after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed intentions to continue stimulating the economy through bond purchases even as investors remained unnerved by the escalating nuclear crisis in Japan. Intel and Cisco fell, while Chevron gained.

  • The Most Costly Earthquakes of All Time Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:07 PM ET
    The March 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan has rocked international markets as the world tries to gauge the reality of the human and economic devastation in the country. Japan's 9.0 magnitude earthquake is a rare event, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Globally we experience an average of only one earthquake above an 8.0 magnitude each year. This, of course, varies from year to year, with the most recent examples being four 8.0+ magnitude earthquakes in 2007 and zero in 2008.

    The March 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan has rocked international markets as the world tries to gauge the reality of the human and economic devastation in the country.

  • Stocks Slide Amid Nuclear Fears; Tech Sinks Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 11:57 AM ET

    Stocks pared the worst losses of the day, although remain sharply lower, as the worsening nuclear crisis in Japan prompted investors to sell stocks across the globe and move into safer investments. GE and Intel led the blue-chip index lower.

  • Futures Plunge as Japan Nuclear Crisis Weighs Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 9:08 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to very large declines for Wall Street Tuesday, following Asian and European markets lower, as the worsening nuclear crisis brought sellers out in droves.

  • US State Dept Urges Americans to Avoid Bahrain Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 4:09 AM ET
    Protesters run from a cloud of teargas during a clash with Bahraini security forces near the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain. Protesters said that the army fired on them with live rounds, followed by teargas which drove the demonstrators back. There are unconfirmed reports that there are four dead in the clashes.

    The U.S. State Department urged U.S. citizens on Tuesday to defer travel to Bahrain and suggested Americans there should leave due to ongoing political and civil unrest.

  • Fed Meets as Economic Risks Widen Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:46 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The Federal Reserve meets Tuesday at a time of widening economic risks: higher oil and food prices; unemployment near 9 percent; crises in the Middle East and Japan.

  • Aflac Fires Comedian Gottfried for Japan Tweets Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 6:07 PM ET

    Insurance provider Aflac announced today that it had fired comedian Gilbert Gottfried, after he lampooned Japan earthquake and tsunami victims on Twitter.

  • Stocks Finish Off Lows Amid Quake Concerns Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 4:44 PM ET

    Stocks closed lower, although considerably off the lows of the day, as investors assessed how the massive quake in Japan was likely to affect stocks and the global economy. GE and Verizon fell, while Caterpillar rose.

  • Stocks Pare Losses Before Close; Energy Up Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 3:59 PM ET

    Stocks pared losses in the final hour of trading Monday as investors remained shaken in the aftermath of Japan's massive earthquake and tsunami. GE and Verizon fell, while Caterpillar rose.

  • Stocks Skid Amid Japan Worries; Utilities Fall Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 12:17 PM ET

    Stocks slumped as investors assessed how the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan would affect U.S. companies and the global economy. GE sank, while Pfizer gained.

  • France Is World's Biggest Nuclear Power Producer Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 12:02 PM ET
    The coal fueled Fiddlers Ferry power station emits vapour into the night sky on November 16, 2009 in Warrington, United Kingdom.

    The world's biggest nuclear power is France, where 58 plants generate 75 percent of the nation's electricity.

  • Futures Sink Amid Global Economic Worries Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 9:22 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street Monday as investors grew increasingly concerned over the economic impact of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan Friday.

  • Amazon Pressured on Sales Tax Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 7:46 AM ET
    Amazon.com's fulfillment center in Fernley, Nevada.

    Across the country, state officials struggling with big budget shortfalls are trying to get Amazon.com to take on a role it does not want: tax collector, the New York Times reports.