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Generators, spoiled food: Slow power repairs anger Austin

Feb. 06, 2023 18:14 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Like thousands of other Austin residents, Darin Murphy began a sixth day Monday with no power in his home, wrapping his head around the city's latest demoralizing update: Getting the lights fully back on may take another week. “We are planning for worst-case...

Ransomware attacks in Europe target old VMware, agencies say

Feb. 05, 2023 19:05 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Cybersecurity agencies in Europe are warning of ransomware attacks exploiting a 2-year-old computer bug as Italy experienced widespread internet outages. The Italian premier’s office said Sunday night the attacks affecting computer systems in the country involved...

Feds say cyberattack caused suicide helpline's outage

Feb. 03, 2023 20:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A cyberattack caused a nearly daylong outage of the nation's new 988 mental health helpline late last year, federal officials told The Associated Press Friday. Lawmakers are now calling for the federal agency that oversees the program to prevent future attacks. ...

N. Carolina senators want tougher utility attack penalties

Feb. 01, 2023 17:43 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Punishments would get tougher in North Carolina for intentionally damaging utility equipment — like what authorities say happened two months ago when tens of thousands of Moore County residents lost electricity for days — in legislation filed Wednesday by Senate...

Thousands in Santa Cruz County without power after outage

Feb. 01, 2023 13:53 PM EST

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Crews were working to restore electricity Wednesday to thousands of customers in western Santa Cruz County. Officials with UniSource Energy said an estimated 20,000 customers lost power around 3 a.m. They said the outage was related to a...

Users of pilot-alert system that failed report new delays

Jan. 25, 2023 16:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some users of a system that sends messages to pilots reported delays on Wednesday, but federal officials said the problem was not affecting flights. It is the same pilot-alerting system that broke down spectacularly earlier this month, leading the Federal Aviation...

Puerto Rico selects company to privatize power generation

Jan. 25, 2023 13:04 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico privatized its electricity production on Wednesday, selecting Genera PR to take over the operation and maintenance of state power generation units in the U.S. territory as part of an initial $22.5 million annual contract. The announcement...

Microsoft reports outage for Teams, Outlook, other services

Jan. 25, 2023 08:39 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Microsoft said it's seeing some improvement to problems with its online services including the Teams messaging platform and Outlook email system after users around the world reported outages Wednesday. In a status update, the tech company reported “service...

Pakistan's premier apologizes to nation for power outage

Jan. 24, 2023 04:52 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister on Tuesday apologized to the nation for a major, daylong power outage that disrupted normal life across the country and drew criticism from millions who were left without electricity amid the harsh winter weather. Monday's blackout...

Lights out in Pakistan as energy-saving move backfires

Jan. 23, 2023 13:21 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Most of Pakistan was left without power Monday as an energy-saving measure by the government backfired. The outage spread panic and raised questions about the cash-strapped government’s handling of the country's economic crisis. It all started when electricity...