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Heavy rain leaves scores dead in Nepal, India, Bangladesh

Jul. 14, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have killed at least 50 people in Nepal in the past few days, with more deaths reported across the border in India and Bangladesh, officials said Sunday. At least 30 other people were missing in Nepal, either swept away by swollen...

Report: PG&E ignored repairs on aging power lines

Jul. 10, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric, which is blamed for some of California's deadliest recent fires, knew for years that dozens of its aging power lines posed a wildfire threat but avoided replacing or repairing them, it was reported Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal, using company documents...

Argentina: Faulty reprogramming caused 3-nation blackout

Jul. 3, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's energy secretary says improper reprogramming of the electricity system following installation of a bypass on a major transmission line caused the power outage that left tens of millions of people in three nations without power. Gustavo Lopetegui told a...

California governor proposes safety steps for utilities

Jun. 21, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is willing to throw a financial lifeline to the state's major utilities dealing with the results of disastrous wildfires -- but only if they agree to concessions including tying executive compensation to safety performance. A proposal unveiled Friday...

Venezuela's massive blackout sparks boom in generator sales

Jun. 13, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP) — Wilfido Briñez considers himself lucky to live with the roar of electric generators outside his front door in Maracaibo, Venezuela's second largest city and ground zero for the nation's rolling blackouts. While many of his neighbors sit in the dark waiting for the lights to...

Hurricane season 2019: A sense of fear for towns already hit

May. 31, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

The annual start of hurricane season casts a shadow of dread over coastal sections of the United States. People fret over the next Big One, even as communities struggle to recover from the last one. For some communities, the devastation remains an open wound, as in Florida's Panama City, slammed by Hurricane...

Tornadoes hit Kansas, Pennsylvania as storms sweep across US

May. 28, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — A vicious storm tore through the western outskirts of Kansas City on Tuesday, spawning one or more tornadoes that downed trees and power lines, damaged homes and injured at least 12 people in the latest barrage of severe weather that saw tornado warnings as far east as New York...

Correction: Navajo Nation-Electricity story

May. 20, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

KAIBETO, Ariz. (AP) — In a story May 18 about electricity on the Navajo Nation, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of a senior vice president at the American Public Power Association. He is Mike Hyland, not Mark Hyland. A corrected version of the story is below: No longer in the dark:...