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New Orleans mulls options amid anger at utility giant

Sep. 26, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — There was brinksmanship with a whiff of ransom. In the aftermath of a citywide blackout that lasted for days after Hurricane Ida hit on Aug. 29, dissatisfaction among residents and city leaders was growing with utility company Entergy New Orleans and...

Deal to provide clean energy to 7 Michigan parks, offices

Sep. 26, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources has signed an agreement to buy energy for seven state parks and offices in southwestern Michigan. The deal with South Lyon-based Utopian Power will supply nearly 1 megawatt of clean energy to the parks...

Haitians returning to a homeland that's far from welcoming

Sep. 26, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Deported from the United States, Pierre Charles landed a week ago in Port-au-Prince, a capital more dangerous and dystopian than the one he’d left four years before. Unable to reach his family, he left the airport alone, on foot. Charles...

Buyer of tiny Nevada town finds plentiful water underground

Sep. 26, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

CAL-NEV-ARI, Nev. (AP) — There isn’t much in Cal-Nev-Ari besides a cluster of homes, some businesses and an unpaved airstrip. But the town’s new dominant property owner believes the desert outpost might have something else: an underground river of sorts that...

Vidalia to spend $250K on town's beautification

Sep. 26, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

VIDALIA, La. (AP) — Money generated by royalties from its hydroelectric plant will help give the Town of Vidalia a facelift. During a recent meeting of the Vidalia Board of Aldermen, the board voted 2-2 to spend $250,000 in hydroelectric royalty revenue on various...

Neo-Nazis are still on Facebook. And they’re making money

Sep. 25, 2021 08:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — It’s the premier martial arts group in Europe for right-wing extremists. German authorities have twice banned their signature tournament. But Kampf der Nibelungen, or Battle of the Nibelungs, still thrives on Facebook, where organizers maintain multiple pages, as well as...

Minnesota solar projects stalled due to Xcel Energy's delays

Sep. 25, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The number of Minnesota solar projects stalled due to delays by Xcel Energy has ballooned to more than 300, with a backlog of applications that solar industry leaders say will take decades to clear at the utility’s current pace. In one case in...

PG&E charged in California wildfire last year that killed 4

Sep. 24, 2021 21:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes after its equipment sparked a Northern California wildfire that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes last year, prosecutors said. It is the...

Ohio governor lobbyist resigns; was linked to bribery probe

Sep. 24, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's top lobbyist, a man linked to an ongoing federal bribery probe but never charged, resigned Friday after three years on the job. Legislative Director Dan McCarthy cited “the pace and grind” of the job and referred to...

Van Life 2.0: Dutch students' road trip in solar mobile home

Sep. 24, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A group of Dutch students has reimagined van life and is hitting the road to Portugal. Just don't call their groundbreaking new solar-powered vehicle a campervan. “We call it a self-sustaining house on wheels," said Lotte van Dasler, part...