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The Latest: Witness says he was warned about Sondland

Nov. 19, 2019 7:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the public impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Former National Security Council aide Tim Morrison says one of his colleagues warned him about President Donald Trump’s European Union ambassador,...

Ukrainian gas executive cooperating in US probe of Giuliani

Nov. 19, 2019 5:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are planning to interview an executive with Ukraine’s state-owned gas company as part of an ongoing probe into the business dealings of Rudy Giuliani and two of his Soviet-born business associates. A lawyer for Andrew Favorov confirmed Tuesday that he is...

Long-running coal plant on Navajo Nation stops production

Nov. 18, 2019 11:21 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A massive coal-fired power plant that served customers in the West for nearly 50 years shut down Monday, the latest closure in a shift away from coal and toward renewable energy and cheaper power. The Navajo Generating Station near the Arizona-Utah line was expected to shutter by...

PG&E boss says it wasn’t fully ready for California outages

Nov. 18, 2019 10:39 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The head of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. told angry California lawmakers Monday that the nation’s largest electric utility wasn’t fully prepared for the effects of its unprecedented outages last month even as it plans to shut off power to more than half a million...

The Latest: CEO says PG&E got complacent about power outages

Nov. 18, 2019 6:24 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on state legislative hearing into power outages by Pacific Gas & Electric (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The head of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. has told a California legislative committee that the utility became complacent about power shutdowns after...

Ford Mustang SUV starts a blitz of new electric vehicles

Nov. 18, 2019 1:35 AM EST

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is unveiling its first all-electric SUV, marking the start of an avalanche of battery-powered vehicles coming from mainstream and luxury automakers during the next two years that industry analysts say will boost electric vehicle sales. The “Mustang Mach E,” which...

Pope’s Asian agenda: Disarmament, martyrs, family reunion

Nov. 17, 2019 9:06 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution. Emphasizing the dignity of...

Telescope protest inspires more Native Hawaiian activism

Nov. 16, 2019 1:15 PM EST

KAHUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Flapping Hawaiian flags adorn a large canopy on the easement of a highway that winds along Oahu’s famed North Shore. Under the tent, protesters come and go. Some of them keep guard overnight, and some stop by to wave at cars honking in support or to drop off supplies in a...

Indictments: Ex-electric co-op chairman got free power, work

Nov. 15, 2019 4:28 PM EST

ST. MATTHEWS, S.C. (AP) — The former chairman of an electric cooperative in South Carolina broke the law by getting more than $23,000 in free electricity and hundreds of thousands of dollars in free utility work, according to indictments filed Friday. Heath Hill, 69, faces five charges handed up by a grand...

Poland threatens to stop importing gas from Russia

Nov. 15, 2019 8:13 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's state gas company said Friday it will stop importing natural gas from Russia’s Gazprom when a long-term contract expires in three years, unless it can secure better commercial terms. The announcement comes as Poland has been working to reduce its dependence on Russian...