Congressional Investigation into Blackout Begins

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The lights of lower Manhattan blaze under the Brooklyn Bridge as electricity returned to New York City Aug. 15, following the largest power outage in U.S. history. hide caption

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The New York City subway returns to service after a 33-hour stoppage due to the blackout. hide caption

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Congress opens its investigation into the cause of the largest electrical outage in U.S. history. Two other probes — one by a joint U.S.-Canadian task force and the other by the North American Electric Reliability Council — are already under way. Analysts express concern over possible conflicting recommendations. Hear NPR's David Kestenbaum.



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