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The Latest: Dallas EF-3 tornado carried winds up to 140 mph

Oct. 21, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on severe weather that struck portions of the central and southern U.S. (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The National Weather Service says the tornado that ripped through North Dallas had a maximum wind speed of 140 mph (225 kph). The agency rated the Sunday night tornado as EF-3. It...

Group misses deadline to get nuclear plant bailout on ballot

Oct. 21, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A group trying to overturn the financial rescue for Ohio's two nuclear power plants says it doesn't have enough signatures needed for a statewide vote. Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts had until to Monday to submit the signatures. The group says it isn't giving up and will continue...

Hong Kong descends into chaos again as protesters defy ban

Oct. 20, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong streets descended into chaotic scenes following an unauthorized pro-democracy rally Sunday, as protesters set up roadblocks and torched businesses, and police responded with tear gas and a water cannon. Protesters tossed firebombs and took their anger out on shops with mainland...

Unlikely alliance fighting pipeline in Texas Hill Country

Oct. 19, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (AP) — One of the longest proposed new natural gas pipelines in the U.S. is set to run through Heath Frantzen's property in the Texas Hill Country, where more than 600 white-tailed and trophy axis deer graze on a hunting ranch his family has owned for three generations. Fearing...

California regulator slams PG&E over electricity shut-off

Oct. 18, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's top regulator excoriated top executives of the state's largest utility even as Pacific Gas & Electric repeatedly said they know they failed to meet public expectations when the company cut the power to more than 2 million people last week. Marybel Batjer, president of...

The Latest: California names director for wildfire safety

Oct. 18, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a massive power shut-off last week in Northern California (all times local): 4:45 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has named the first director of a new Wildfire Safety Division. Newsom said Friday that Caroline Thomas Jacobs will head the new division under the state's...

Diplomat said to have questioned optics of Hunter Biden job

Oct. 18, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent told impeachment investigators this week that he had raised concerns in 2015 about Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, working with a Ukrainian gas company. Kent told lawmakers investigating President Donald Trump's...

Trump taps Perry deputy to replace him at Energy Department

Oct. 18, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday selected Dan Brouillette, deputy to departing Energy Secretary Rick Perry, to lead the Energy Department, calling him a "total professional" with unparalleled experience. Trump acted quickly, just a day after Perry told the president that he would leave by...

California utility chief pledges to improve communications

Oct. 17, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's largest utility pledged to improve communications. But it reminded state regulators that its difficult decision to pre-emptively shut off power to more than 2 million people last week may have prevented deadly wildfires. Bill Johnson, chief executive of Pacific Gas &...

The Latest: PG&E chief pledges to improve communications

Oct. 17, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Northern California power outages (all times local): 7:15 p.m. California's largest utility pledged Thursday to improve communications. But it said the difficult decision to pre-emptively cut off power last week could have prevented catastrophic wildfires. Pacific...