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Nuclear industry push for reduced oversight gaining traction

Jul. 17, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer mock commando raids to test nuclear power plants' defenses against terrorist attacks. Fewer, smaller government inspections for plant safety issues. Less notice to the public and to state governors when problems arise. They're part of the money-saving rollbacks sought by the...

Alaska village will install new river power generator

Jul. 17, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tiny Native village in southwest Alaska has turned to an emerging technology to transform the power of a local river into a sustainable energy source that's expected to free residents from dependency on costly diesel fuel. The village council in Igiugig is the first tribal entity...

Cuba says nationwide blackouts to end by Saturday

Jul. 17, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Cuba's energy minister says breakdowns in the country's power plants have caused a string of blackouts across the country this week, and he promises the problem will be solved by Saturday. Minster of Energy and Mining Raúl García Barreiro told state media Tuesday...

Deadly California house explosion damaged neighboring homes

Jul. 16, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — A natural gas explosion and fire that killed a Southern California Gas Co. worker and injured 15 other people also badly damaged at least six other homes, officials said Tuesday. Four homes were red-tagged, meaning they can't be occupied, said Deputy Chief David Lantzer of Murrieta...

The Latest: California home gas blast kills 1, injures 15

Jul. 15, 2019 10:27 PM EDT

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on an explosion that destroyed a home in Southern California (all times local): 7: 30 p.m. Authorities say everyone has been accounted for after a natural gas explosion that blew apart a Southern California home and killed a gas company worker. The blast shortly after...

Calls for investigations after power restored in Manhattan

Jul. 14, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan power outage that temporarily turned off the bright lights of the big city only lasted for a few hours, but left plenty of lingering questions and calls for investigations on Sunday. Con Ed President Tim Cawley insisted the Saturday night blackout that darkened more than 40...

The Latest: Con Ed: Demand didn't cause power problem

Jul. 14, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a power outage in New York City (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Con Ed says a power outage that left parts of Manhattan in the dark for several hours didn't have anything to do with demand on the electrical grid. Con Ed President Tim Cawley says the cause of the Saturday night...

For Formula E teams, winning is almost secondary

Jul. 14, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

Sure, Formula E teams want to win and make money. That's a given. The big automobile manufacturers who fund the open-wheel electric cars that whir around tracks all over the world also have a bigger goal in mind: research and development. Brand named automakers — from BMW to Audi to Jaguar — compete...

The Latest: NYC power fully restored

Jul. 14, 2019 12:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York City power outage (all times local): 12:55 a.m. Con Edison and New York officials say power has been restored to hundreds of thousands of customers following a blackout in Manhattan. More than 70,000 customers were left in the dark during the hour-long power outage in...

Trump says he will not impose uranium quotas

Jul. 13, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will not impose quotas on importing uranium, backing away from a possible trade confrontation and breaking with a Commerce Department assessment that America's use of foreign uranium raises national security concerns. The decision is unusual for Trump, who...