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Last customers being reconnected to Puerto Rico power grid

Mar. 20, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews shut down generators Wednesday that have powered an island off Puerto Rico's coast — the last customers to be reconnected to the U.S. territory's main power system 18 months after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid. The Electric Power Authority said it connected an...

Engineer: Satellite suggests fire caused Venezuela outage

Mar. 15, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — In the week since a massive blackout left millions in Venezuela without power, both the government and opposition have put forward disputing theories on what caused the outage without providing any evidence. Now two Venezuelans with expertise in engineering and geospatial...

Late-winter storm hits Midwest after paralyzing Colorado

Mar. 14, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A blizzard that paralyzed parts of Colorado and Wyoming barreled into the Midwest on Thursday, bringing whiteout conditions to western Nebraska and dumping heavy rain that prompted evacuations in communities farther east. Emergency crews responded after a vehicle was swept off a road in...

The Latest: Possible tornado damage reported in Alabama

Mar. 14, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the South (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Severe weather moving through Alabama caused heavy damage in parts of Cullman and Lawrence counties and moderate damage in Blount County, but no injuries have been reported. The National Weather Service reports a...

The Latest: Flooding prompts disaster proclamation in Iowa

Mar. 14, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on a winter storm hitting the West and Midwest (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed an emergency disaster proclamation that allows state resources to be used in response to flooding in the state. Reynolds on Thursday also activated the state...

Venezuelan city devastated by looting during power outages

Mar. 13, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP) — Bakeries, butcher shops, hardware stores, malls, hotels, pharmacies — these were just some of the hundreds of businesses that were looted and vandalized in Venezuela's second-largest city during nationwide power outages. There were no reports of further unrest in...

Venezuelan government targets Guaido as some power returns

Mar. 12, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials reported blackouts easing in some areas Tuesday, while the chief prosecutor said opposition leader Juan Guaido is being investigated for allegedly sabotaging the national power grid, whose collapse last week has inflicted misery on millions. The announcement...

AP Explains: What's behind Venezuela's historic blackout?

Mar. 12, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A massive blackout that left millions of Venezuelans without power has triggered one persistent question: How could a country with the world's largest proven oil reserves go dark? The answer involves poor decision-making, rampant corruption, and the steady flight of electrical...

The Latest: Colombia: Maduro relatives seek outage relief

Mar. 12, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political and economic crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Like many other Venezuelans, they were sick and tired of the blackout. Colombian authorities say 10 people close to President Nicolas Maduro tried to enter the country Monday seeking relief...

US pulling last diplomats from Venezuela amid power crisis

Mar. 12, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The U.S. said late Monday that it is pulling its last remaining diplomats from Venezuela, saying their continued presence at the country's embassy in Caracas had become a "constraint" on U.S. policy as the Trump administration aggressively looks to oust socialist President Nicolas...