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A sailboat on a trailer sits overturned in Pass Christian, Miss., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta, which passed through Wednesday . (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Calls for voting extension in Georgia after Zeta

Oct. 29, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT): 5 p.m. ATLANTA — A group of civil rights organizations is asking Georgia’s governor to extend early voting hours Friday after the storm disrupted voting Thursday in the battleground state. Groups including the Georgia NAACP and Fair Fight...

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A nuclear plant bailout law should be repealed immediately, Democratic members of the Ohio House announced Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as a bribery scandal involving one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers unfolded over the law’s passage. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

2 Ohio political operatives plead guilty in bribery probe

Oct. 29, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio political operatives pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that they conspired as part of what another defendant called an “unholy alliance” aimed at bailing out two aging Ohio nuclear power plants, court documents show. Former Republican House Speaker Larry...

Alliant Energy to close Iowa coal-fired plant by end of 2022

Oct. 29, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy announced Thursday it will close its coal-fired power plant in the northeast Iowa city of Lansing over the next two years. The plan is part of the company's broader goal to eliminate all coal from it's portfolio by 2040 in a shift to solar, wind and...

A helicopter drops water as firefighters walk with drip torches to set a backfire against the Blue Ridge Fire on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Chino Hills, Calif. Facing extreme wildfire conditions this week that included hurricane-level winds, the main utility in Northern California cut power to nearly 1 million people while its counterpart in Southern California pulled the plug on just 30 customers to prevent power lines and other electrical equipment from sparking a blaze. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Evacuation orders lifted for many Californians who fled fire

Oct. 29, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of Californians were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday as calmer winds helped firefighters beat back two wind-driven wildfires that had spurred widespread evacuations. Roughly 100,000 people were ordered to evacuate Monday after the wildfires broke out in brushy hills...

A passing car's headlights illuminate a darkened Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hurricane Zeta passed through Wednesday leaving much of the city and metro area without power. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

At least 1 dead as Hurricane Zeta hammers Gulf Coast

Oct. 29, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Zeta slammed into the storm-weary Gulf Coast on Wednesday, pelting the New Orleans metro area with rain and howling winds that ripped apart buildings and knocked out power to thousands before rapidly making its way through Mississippi and Alabama with strong gusty winds, heavy...

EPA approves Utah pollution controls at power plants

Oct. 28, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. environmental officials approved a plan by the state of Utah for new pollution controls on coal-fired power plants aimed at reducing haze near two of the state's famous national parks, though environmentalists say it doesn't go far enough. The U.S. Environmental Protection...

Man gets 4 years in prison in plot to bribe Russian official

Oct. 28, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland businessman convicted of plotting to pay a Russian official more than $1.5 million in bribes to get lucrative contracts for transporting uranium was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison. Mark Lambert, a former co-president and part-owner of Transportation...

Lawsuit seeks environmental review of Maine energy project

Oct. 28, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Natural Resources Council of Maine, Appalachian Mountain Club and Sierra Club Maine are suing to try to require a more rigorous environmental review of a 145-mile energy transmission line that would run through western Maine. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, contends the Army Corps...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Oct. 28, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: State budget surrounded with anxiety Altoona Mirror Oct. 24 The fiscal time bomb challenging the best budget instincts of the Pennsylvania General Assembly keeps getting closer to exploding. The important question that...

Navajo energy company in talks over coal-fired power plant

Oct. 28, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Negotiations between New Mexico’s largest electric utility and the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. could determine whether the tribe acquires a stake in one of the few remaining coal-fired power plants in the Southwest U.S. Officials with Public Service Co. of New Mexico, or...