Congressional Investigation into Blackout Begins

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The lights of lower Manhattan blaze under the Brooklyn Bridge.

hide captionThe 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.

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New York subway commuters return

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

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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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