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Midwest women join climate change group in Antarctica

Nov. 17, 2018 1:07 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — "Chicago is the coldest place I've ever been," said Jing Hu, who came from southern China to do her postdoctoral work in materials science at Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago. So she is "excited and terrified" about spending three weeks in Antarctica, among almost 100 women in...

The Latest: Southern California fire toll at 713 buildings

Nov. 16, 2018 10:14 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Authorities have increased the number of homes and other buildings burned by a massive Southern California wildfire. The figure rose Friday evening to 713 buildings destroyed — many of them homes — and more...

California utility shares rise as regulator calms investors

Nov. 16, 2018 7:46 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Shares of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. soared Friday after California's top utility regulator said his agency will help the company deal with potentially crippling liability costs from wildfires. PG&E's stock rebounded 37.5 percent Friday after plunging 60 percent and losing...

Entergy Arkansas reaches deal to stop using coal at 2 plants

Nov. 16, 2018 1:29 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' largest electric utility says it will eventually stop using coal at two power plants and shut down a natural gas plant under a settlement reached with environmental groups. Entergy Arkansas announced Friday it's reached a settlement with the Sierra Club and National Parks...

Wind tower developers lose another round in court

Nov. 16, 2018 11:49 AM EST

FAIRBANK, Iowa (AP) — Developers of three northeast Iowa wind turbine towers have lost another round in their battle to keep them up or rebuild them. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that a three-judge Iowa Supreme Court panel rejected the developers' appeal Wednesday. The justices let stand a July...

Chattanooga teacher wins $50k for skilled trades education

Nov. 16, 2018 3:49 AM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Chattanooga teacher has won a $50,000 prize for his work teaching manufacturing, electrical, and plumbing systems at Central High School. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Jerry Webb was surprised with the award on Thursday at the school. Webb will receive $15,000 to...

The Latest: Firefighter on California blaze struck by car

Nov. 16, 2018 1:23 AM EST

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 10:20 p.m. An out-of-state firefighter battling a massive Southern California blaze has been struck by a truck. But authorities say his injuries aren't life-threatening. KIRO-TV in Seattle reports that 46-year-old Terry...

Asia shares mixed on uncertainty over trade tensions

Nov. 15, 2018 11:09 PM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Shares were mixed in early trading in Asia on Friday on revived concerns over the prospects for a breakthrough in trade tensions between the U.S. and China. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 0.4 percent to 21,717.57 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong gave up 0.5 percent to...

Utility asked last month to hike bills over California fires

Nov. 15, 2018 10:09 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A utility facing severe financial pressure amid speculation its equipment may have sparked a deadly Northern California wildfire asked U.S. energy regulators last month for permission to raise its customers' monthly bills to harden its system against wildfires and deliver a...

Feds say utility projects need more design review

Nov. 15, 2018 7:05 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — In the wake of September's natural gas explosions and fires, Massachusetts should require a professional engineer to sign off on all public utility projects before any work starts, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended Thursday. The federal agency, which has been investigating...