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Goodbye, Three Mile Island: Remaining reactor shuts down

Sep. 20, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The money-losing Three Mile Island, the 1979 site of the United States' worst commercial nuclear power accident, was shut down Friday by its energy giant owner. The end of the 45-year electricity-producing career of Three Mile Island Unit 1 came after Chicago-based Exelon Corp. tried...

The Latest: Young Mexicans urge leaders to act on climate

Sep. 20, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the global climate protests being held in cities around the world (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Hundreds of mainly young demonstrators are marching through downtown Mexico City, chanting "political change, not climate change!" That was an apparent reference to President...

No safety issues so far in Vermont nuclear plant demolition

Sep. 20, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

VERNON, Vt. (AP) — No safety problems have been revealed so far in the ongoing decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a new report. The commission's quarterly report, released Wednesday, details federal inspection results for May, June, July and...

Ethiopia: Egypt's Nile dam proposal is against 'sovereignty'

Sep. 20, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's foreign ministry in a sharply worded statement Friday dismissed Egypt's latest proposal on a massive Nile River dam project as "against the sovereignty of Ethiopia." The statement came shortly after Egypt said a new round of talks over the filling and operation of...

Lime to close down app-based car-rental service in Seattle

Sep. 20, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Lime will shut down its app-based car-rental service in Seattle by the end of the year to focus on electric mobility, calling the endeavor a "great learning experience" in an email to users. The Seattle Times reports the company will start reducing the number of green and white Fiat cars in...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump team distortions on fuel economy rules

Sep. 19, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his team are distorting the facts in explaining the administration's decision to stop California from setting its own emission standards for cars and trucks. The move announced this week revokes California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than...

Three Mile Island nuclear power plant's shutdown is imminent

Sep. 19, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The final shutdown of Three Mile Island, where 1979's terrifying partial meltdown became a landmark event in the life cycle of nuclear power in the United States, is imminent. Exelon Corp. officials said the plant will stop producing electricity around noon Friday, following through...

Dominion planning large wind farm off Virginia coast

Sep. 19, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy announced plans Thursday to seek approval to build what it says would be the largest offshore wind project in the United States off the Virginia coast. The company told The Associated Press ahead of a public announcement that the project would include about 220 wind...

Settlement means no rate increase for Oklahoma utility

Sep. 19, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has reached an agreement with the state's largest electrical utility that avoids a rate increase for its 800,000 customers in the state. The three-member commission said Thursday the agreement settles a $77.6 million rate increase request filed by...

Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier parks allow e-bikes

Sep. 19, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — National Park Service officials say motorized electric bicycles are now allowed in Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier national parks, along with Wyoming's National Elk Refuge. The joint announcement Thursday follows an order signed late last month by Interior Secretary David...