News bites: Argentina's energy tussle, BP settlement deadline extended and more

The Associated Press looks at Argentina’s plan to nationalize shares of Spanish oil-and-gas giant Repsol, noting it’s a move to “expand the state's control over Argentina's energy reserves despite fierce criticism from abroad.”

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the deadline for BP and plaintiffs to hammer out details on a multibillion-dollar settlement has been extended.

Reuters reports that Japan will soon have its first days without nuclear energy in decades, noting the trade minister “said two reactors idled after the Fukushima disaster would not be back online before the last one currently operating is shut down.”

“Trade Minister Yukio Edano signaled it would take at least several weeks before the government, keen to avoid a power crunch, can give a final go-ahead to restarts, meaning Japan is set on May 6 to mark its first nuclear power-free day since 1970,” its piece states.

The Los Angeles Times reports on a study showing that the climate benefits of electric vehicles depend on the source of the power.