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Takeaways from the Democratic presidential debate

Nov. 21, 2019 3:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats spent more time making the case for their ability to beat President Donald Trump than trying to defeat each other in their fifth debate Wednesday night. Civil in tone, mostly cautious in approach, the forum did little to reorder the field and may have given encouragement to two...

The Latest: Biden flubs reference to black female senator

Nov. 20, 2019 11:24 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): ___ 11:05 p.m. Joe Biden has incorrectly said during the Democratic presidential debate that he has the support of the “only African American woman ever elected to the Senate.” That drew a response from...

Blackouts hit Northern California again during fire danger

Nov. 20, 2019 9:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric turned off electricity Wednesday for about 120,000 people in Northern California to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires during a new bout of windy, warm weather. However, favorable weather allowed the nation’s largest utility to drastically...

The Latest: PG&E says it may restore power Thursday

Nov. 20, 2019 9:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says it expects to get the all-clear before dawn Thursday to begin the process of restoring power to more than 100,000 people hit by a planned blackout. The utility says 48,000 customers...

Clarification: California-Oil Well Moratorium story

Nov. 20, 2019 8:26 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 19 about California Gov. Gavin Newsom issuing a moratorium on permits for wells using high-pressure steam to extract oil, The Associated Press reported that a Chevron well suffered a massive leak, while others that use that method have not had spills. The story...

Investigators question NC governor’s pipeline fund actions

Nov. 20, 2019 8:04 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper appears to have “improperly used the authority and influence of his office” to pressure natural gas pipeline builders to agree to a $57.8 million mitigation fund under his control, private investigators reported Wednesday. The...

Jury in Oregon sides with counties in timber revenue lawsuit

Nov. 20, 2019 7:44 PM EST

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — Fourteen counties that claimed Oregon deprived them of revenue for decades by limiting logging won a $1 billion lawsuit against the state on Wednesday. The four-week trial in Albany was focused on three words — “greatest permanent value” — and what they meant...

Divided US House committee backs pot decriminalization

Nov. 20, 2019 7:21 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A divided U.S. House committee approved a proposal Wednesday to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, a vote that was alternately described as a momentous turning point in national cannabis policy or a hollow political gesture. The House Judiciary Committee approved the...

2 insect species classified as threatened as glaciers melt

Nov. 20, 2019 7:09 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The continued existence of two species of insects is in doubt because climate change is melting away the glaciers and year-round snowfields they depend on, U.S. wildlife officials said Wednesday. The western glacier stonefly and the meltwater lednian stonefly found in the northern...

Evers signs bill making it a felony to trespass on pipelines

Nov. 20, 2019 6:48 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers signed into law a bipartisan proposal Wednesday making it a felony to trespass or damage oil or gas pipelines in Wisconsin, a measure that opponents said would violate free speech rights and disproportionately affect Native Americans whose lands are often affected by...