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Life sentence for crash that killed linemen after hurricane

Jan. 27, 2020 5:46 PM EST

CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — A man who prosecutors say was high on drugs when his pickup truck fatally struck three utility workers in the Florida Panhandle as they were repairing power lines after Hurricane Michael was sentenced Monday to life in prison. John Goedtke, 38, had pleaded no contest last week to three...

No contest plea in crash that killed workers after hurricane

Jan. 24, 2020 6:04 PM EST

CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — A man prosecutors say was high on drugs when his pickup truck fatally struck three utility workers in the Florida Panhandle as they were repairing power lines after Hurricane Michael faces the possibility of life in prison. John Goedtke, 38, pleaded no contest Thursday to three counts...

In this image take from NASA video, astronauts Jessica Meir, right, and Christina Koch install batteries for the International Space Station's solar power grid during a space walk Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (NASA via AP)

Spacewalking astronauts wrap up battery improvements

Jan. 20, 2020 2:06 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A pair of spacewalking astronauts successfully wrapped up battery improvements outside the International Space Station on Monday, completing a job begun last fall. NASA's Jessica Meir and Christina Koch installed the last new battery in a set of six launched to the orbiting lab...

Snow covers the land by Steven's Pizza in Skykomish, Wash., along Highway 2, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Skykomish, Wash. Volunteers brought food and supplies here for local Skykomish residents stranded without power or access to food. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times via AP)

Storms cut power in Washington state mountain towns for days

Jan. 17, 2020 4:41 AM EST

SKYKOMISH, Wash. (AP) — Rural mountain communities outside Seattle that have been without power for days and cut off from the outside world by a series of winter storms saw some relief as convoys brought in food and other supplies. The storms have dumped several feet of unusual snow on parts of western...

President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt speaks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump proposes sweeping rollback of environmental oversight

Jan. 9, 2020 5:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic rollback of environmental oversight, President Donald Trump took action Thursday to clear the way and speed up development of a wide range of commercial projects by cutting back federal review of their impact on the environment. “The United States can’t compete...

A couple kisses next to Christmas lights strung over El Guaire River in Caracas, Venezuela, late Dec. 18, 2019. While the decorations are designed to spread holiday cheer, Caracas residents have painful memories from earlier this year when the entire country went dark for days amid blackouts, and millions continue to live without lights, or any electricity, a good part of each day. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela's Christmas lights glow after a dark year

Dec. 20, 2019 2:11 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — After a tumultuous year in Venezuela with unprecedented blackouts, the country's government has put up brilliant displays of Christmas lights, trying to spread a little holiday cheer. Cars filled with families have choked a Caracas avenue as Christmas approaches to see one of the...

The Belo Monte hydroelectric dam stands in the Xingu River in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. With the start of full-scale operations three weeks ago, debate over its legacy, and whether its construction was worth local sacrifice, is coming into focus. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazil’s Amazon mega-dam: broken promises for distant power

Dec. 18, 2019 8:48 AM EST

ALTAMIRA, Brazil (AP) — Edizangela Alves Barros believed that being forced to relocate to make way for a mammoth dam in Brazil’s Amazon would mean a brighter future for her family. Instead, their newly built settlement has more expensive electricity bills and intermittent public lighting -- a cruel...

Appeals court approves controversial Grain Belt power line

Dec. 17, 2019 1:19 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday gave approval to the state's portion of a controversial wind power transmission line that would provide energy from the Midwest to a power grid for eastern states. The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District ruled against landowners and the...