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Firefighter Raymond Vasquez battles the Silverado Fire Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Irvine, Calif. A fast-moving wildfire forced evacuation orders for 60,000 people in Southern California on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blazes. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Wind a risk as California fires keep tens of thousands away

Oct. 27, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews tried to beat back two out-of-control wildfires in Southern California on Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as another round of dangerous fire weather raises the risk for flames erupting across the state. Fierce winds that drove twin fires...

2 major Ohio cities sue to block nuclear bailout fee

Oct. 27, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two of Ohio's major cities are attempting to block the law at the center of a $60 million federal bribery probe from going into effect Jan. 1. Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley filed a complaint Tuesday, citing the need to save the state's electric...

Icy weather causes massive power outages in Oklahoma

Oct. 27, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 200,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma were without electricity Tuesday morning as an early season ice storm bore down on the area. An ice storm warning was in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday for parts of the state, including Oklahoma City. The National Weather Service said...

Lithuania upset over soon-to-open Belarus nuke plant

Oct. 27, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Baltic nation of Lithuania sent a protest note Tuesday to Belarus over a planned nuclear power plant close to their border that is scheduled to start operating in early November. The Astravyets nuclear power plant, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Vilnius, Lithuania’s...

Developer drops plans for large wind farm in Green County

Oct. 27, 2020 7:47 AM EDT

TOWN OF JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — The developer of a controversial wind farm in Green County has scrapped plans for the project. EDF Renewables had planned to build 24 turbines in the town of Jefferson near the Illinois border. The wind farm, one of only a handful under of development in Wisconsin, would...

A man leaves his home during a mandatory fire evacuate as smoke from the Silverado Fire fills the air, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Irvine, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Utility says its equipment may have sparked California blaze

Oct. 27, 2020 1:44 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California Edison said its equipment may have sparked a fast-moving wildfire that forced evacuation orders for some 100,000 people and seriously injured two firefighters on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent...

Wyoming revenue report less bleak but Gordon urges restraint

Oct. 26, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s governor urged legislators Monday to work with him to lower state spending while a report predicted ongoing weak revenue from the oil, natural gas and coal industries. The Consensus Revenue Estimating Group report released Monday forecasts a $451 million revenue...

Grand Rapids selected for lead pipe replacement grant

Oct. 26, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan city has been selected to receive a $5.1 million federal water infrastructure improvement grant to help pay for lead service line replacement. The funding also will support public engagement in Grand Rapids on the risks of lead in drinking water, according to...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga delivers a policy speech during an extraordinary Diet session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Suga has declared Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050 in his first policy speech after taking over from Shinzo Abe. The policy speech Monday at the outset of the parliamentary session set an ambitious agenda reflecting Suga's pragmatic approach to getting things done. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Post-Abe agenda: Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050

Oct. 26, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared Monday, outlining an ambitious agenda as the country struggles to balance economic and pandemic concerns. The policy speech at the outset of the parliamentary session was Suga’s first since he took...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, file photo, Thomas Henney, left, and Charles Chavira watch a plume spread over Healdsburg, Calif., as the LNU Lightning Complex fires burn. Deadly wildfires in California have burned more than 4 million acres (6,250 square miles) this year — more than double the previous record for the most land burned in a single year in the state. California fire officials said the state hit the astonishing milestone Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 with about two months remaining in the fire season. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Californians see power shutoffs as winds, fire danger rise

Oct. 25, 2020 11:17 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Californians lost power as utilities sought to prevent the chance of their equipment sparking wildfires and the fire-weary state braced for a new bout of dry, windy weather. More than 1 million people were expected be in the dark Monday during what officials...