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Ex-President Temer arrested in Brazil on corruption charges

Mar. 21, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Michel Temer was arrested Thursday on corruption charges, a dramatic development in a sprawling graft probe that has roiled Latin America's largest nation and shows no sign of slowing. Judge Marcelo Bretas issued an arrest order for the ex-president as well...

Missouri regulators approve Midwest wind energy power line

Mar. 20, 2019 11:25 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri regulators reversed course Wednesday and gave the go-ahead to one of the nation's largest renewable energy projects — a high-voltage power line delivering wind energy from the Midwest to a power grid for eastern states. The proposed Grain Belt Express transmission...

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...

Gunmen fire on uranium convoy in Brazil; no injuries

Mar. 20, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Gunmen fired on a convoy transporting uranium fuel to a Brazilian nuclear plant as it drove past a rough neighborhood in the state of Rio de Janeiro, but the company operating the plant said the attack didn't appear to be related to the radioactive material. The state-owned...

Ford repackages investment, boosts new jobs from 850 to 900

Mar. 20, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is repackaging a previously announced $900 million manufacturing investment in the Detroit area, boosting the number of jobs added from 850 to 900. Most of the new workers will build a new generation of electric vehicle at Ford's existing factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, south...

With treaty set to expire, will there be rough waters ahead?

Mar. 17, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — The way dams and storage reservoirs on the Columbia River and its tributaries are managed could change dramatically in a short five years if negotiators from the United States and Canada don't strike a deal. At issue is the Columbia River Treaty, a transboundary agreement that has...

Correction: Chile-Floating Solar Island story

Mar. 16, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — In a story March 15 about a floating island of solar panels in Chile, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the array is 1,200 square feet. The array is 1,200 square meters. A corrected version of the story is below: SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A floating island of solar...

Midwest flooding forces evacuations, closing of road, river

Mar. 15, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Flooding in the central U.S. on Friday swamped small towns, forced some residents along waterways to evacuate, threatened to temporarily close a nuclear power plant and shut down stretches of a major river and an interstate highway, foreshadowing a difficult spring flooding season. The...

Rising river expected to prompt Nebraska nuke plant shutdown

Mar. 15, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

BROWNVILLE, Neb. (AP) — A nuclear power plant along the swollen Missouri River in southeast Nebraska will likely be shut down early Saturday as the river continues to rise following heavy rain earlier this week, a plant spokesman said Friday. The Cooper Nuclear Station uses water from the river to generate...

Nuclear industry pushing for fewer inspections at plants

Mar. 14, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nuclear power industry is pushing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to cut back on inspections at nuclear power plants and throttle back what it tells the public about plant problems. The agency, whose board is dominated by Trump appointees, is listening. Commission staffers are...