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Debris and rubble covers the ground in the aftermath of an explosion in Baltimore on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Baltimore firefighters say an explosion has leveled several homes in the city. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

1 dead, 6 rescued after gas explosion levels Baltimore homes

Aug. 10, 2020 9:49 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A natural gas explosion destroyed three row houses in Baltimore on Monday morning, killing a woman and trapping other people in the debris. At least six people were seriously injured, and firefighters were searching for more survivors. Dozens of firefighters converged on the piles of...

Indiana utility begins delayed construction of solar farm

Aug. 10, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

GRANGER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana utility company has begun construction on what will become its largest solar facility. Indiana & Michigan Power had said work would begin this past spring with operations starting in the fall following the state's approval of the project in March. But the company...

Grants to help fund EV fast charging stations in Michigan

Aug. 10, 2020 7:30 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Do you have the juice to drive along Michigan streets, roads and highways? The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) wants to make sure operators of electric vehicles have enough places to plug in. Nearly $1.7 million in EGLE Charge Up Michigan Program grants...

Power restoration from Isaias nearing end in New Jersey

Aug. 10, 2020 5:45 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Efforts to restore electricity in New Jersey were nearing completion Monday, nearly a week after Tropical Storm Isaias tore through the state. The state's utilities were reporting 6,659 homes and businesses remained without power, down from more than 1 million. Most of the outages were...

Heat wave returns before electricity for some after storm

Aug. 9, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Another heat wave was rolling into the New York tristate region Sunday as crews worked to restore power to over 300,000 residents and businesses who were still without power after last week’s tropical storm. The race to restore electricity for desperately needed air conditioners,...

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2017, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, flames burn near power lines in Sycamore Canyon near West Mountain Drive in Montecito, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. has received approval to establish a $105 million fund to help survivors of recent California wildfires started by the utility's power lines. A federal judge overseeing PG&E's bankruptcy case approved the utility's

Judge orders PG&E to improve records, power line inspections

Aug. 9, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Pacific Gas and Electric to better inspect high-voltage power lines, hire more tree-trimming supervisors and upgrade records regarding the age of electrical equipment as part of efforts to prevent deadly and destructive wildfires and other disasters, The San...

Navajo 'water warrior' drives miles on pandemic aid mission

Aug. 9, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — When the sun is up, he’s up and ready to hit the road by 8. Flatbed trucks are loaded with brimming barrels of water, and the teams take off – up and down the burnt orange washboard roads that crisscross the Navajo Nation. Zoel Zohnnie grew up on a ranch in these vast lands,...

Work crews clear storm debris amid deactivated power lines, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Westport, Conn. The Connecticut National Guard joined over 1,750 utility crews in Connecticut on Friday in efforts to clear trees and restore power to more than 400,000 homes and businesses still in the dark, as frustration continued to grow over the pace of the response to Tropical Storm Isaias. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Slew of outages lingers in tri-state area 4 days after storm

Aug. 8, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 520,000 homes and businesses in the New York tri-state area were still without electricity Saturday as utilities worked to get the lights on four days after Tropical Storm Isaias. Tuesday's storm dealt the region a surprisingly sharp blow, killing at least one person, downing...

Rural Maine water districts get federal help for improvement

Aug. 8, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — A pair of water districts in rural Maine areas is receiving nearly $5 million from the federal government to make upgrades. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing the money in the form of grants and loans to the Bridgton Water District and the Milo Water District. It's part...

Indiana utility faces $1.1M fine over safety violations

Aug. 8, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana utility is facing a $1.1 million fine — the largest in state history — after state regulators cited it for natural gas pipeline safety violations and specified that the company cannot pass that cost onto its ratepayers. The Indiana Utility...