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Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in Bushehr, southern Iran, on Nov. 10, 2019. Photo: Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz via Getty Images

Iran's only nuclear power plant is experiencing an "unexplained temporary emergency shutdown" that began Saturday and could last three to four days, according to an official from the state electric company, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

Why it matters: This marks the first time the plant, located in the southern city of Bushehr, has reported a shutdown.

The big picture: Power outages could result from the shutdown, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, an official from state electric company, Tavanir, told a local talk show Sunday, per AP.

  • Earlier Sunday, Tavanir released a statement saying the plant is undergoing repairs that would last until Friday, reports AP.

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Tampa battery smelter blasted by report

Gopher Resource employee Tracy Bennett pours melted lead from recycled batteries into ingots for reuse at a Gopher Resource plant. Photo: Bruce Bisping/Star Tribune via Getty Images

High readings of airborne toxic metal cadmium should have compelled Tampa battery smelter Gopher Resource to closely track the risk to employees, but they didn't, according to the Tampa Bay Times' latest investigation into the troubled plant.

  • Cadmium, known to cause cancer, had soared in the plant to 100 times the federal workplace limit. It's in scrap metal and the lead that workers take from used car batteries, which is then liquefied in furnaces, purified in the refinery and forged into new blocks to be sold.

Amazon warehouse workers in New York file petition to hold unionization vote

Amazon workers and their supporters rally outside the National Labor Relations Board's regional office in Brooklyn, New York City, after filing a petition requesting an election to form a union. Photo: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Amazon warehouse workers in New York City filed a petition on Monday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a vote on unionization.

Why it matters: The move comes six months after an organizing effort was defeated at Amazon's distribution center in Alabama.

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U.S. freezes aid to Sudan over military coup

Protesting the coup in Khartoum. Photo: AFP via Getty

The Biden administration froze a $700 million aid package to Sudan after a military coup on Monday threatened to end the country's transition toward democracy.

Driving the news: At least three protesters have been killed and dozens wounded in the chaotic scenes that followed the announcements from Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan's ruling council, dissolving the government and declaring a state of emergency.

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