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Power restored at overcrowded California prison after outage amid heat wave

Jul. 16, 2024 19:14 PM EDT

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Power was restored Tuesday at an overcrowded California men's prison that ran on emergency generator power for three days following a major electrical outage amid a heat wave. The problem was fixed shortly after 2 p.m. at California State Prison, Solano,...

Anger over Houston power outages after Beryl has repair crews facing threats from some residents

Jul. 16, 2024 18:48 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Drawn guns. Thrown rocks. Threatening messages. Houston’s prolonged outages following Hurricane Beryl has some fed-up and frustrated residents taking out their anger on repair workers who are trying to restore power across the city. The threats and confrontations...

Texas governor criticizes Houston energy as utility says power will be mostly restored by Wednesday

Jul. 15, 2024 20:30 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The majority of Houston outages that followed Hurricane Beryl should be fixed within the next two days, the city’s main utility company said Monday as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott threatened to punish CenterPoint Energy even after the lights come back. The Texas...

How reggaeton stars are driving a basketball boom in Puerto Rico

Jul. 14, 2024 01:53 AM EDT

CAROLINA, Puerto Rico (AP) — Vianca Braña never used to attend basketball games in her hometown of Carolina, Puerto Rico — or anywhere else in the United States territory. But in recent years, the 23-year-old has left the arena with a hoarse voice, often wearing a T-shirt that reads...

Houston hospitals report spike in heat-related illness during widespread storm power outages

Jul. 12, 2024 16:24 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Widespread power outages caused by Hurricane Beryl have sent a wave of patients to Houston-area hospitals for treatment of heat-related illnesses and carbon monoxide poisoning due to using home generators improperly, medical officials said Friday. Hundreds of...

Half a million Houston-area homes and businesses still won't have power into next week

Jul. 11, 2024 23:13 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — About half a million Houston-area homes and businesses will still be without electricity next week, the city's largest utility said Thursday, stoking the frustration of hot and weary residents and leading a top state official to call the pace of recovery from Hurricane Beryl “not...

Houston's power utility says 500,000 customers still won't have electricity next week as wide outages from Beryl persist

Jul. 11, 2024 11:52 AM EDT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Houston's power utility says 500,000 customers still won't have electricity next week as wide outages from Beryl persist.

Power outages around Houston soar past 2 million as Beryl pushes inland through Texas as a tropical storm

Jul. 08, 2024 12:24 PM EDT
HOUSTON (AP) — Power outages around Houston soar past 2 million as Beryl pushes inland through Texas as a tropical storm.

Texas officials tell coastal residents to expect power outages, flooding as Beryl forecasted to become hurricane again

Jul. 07, 2024 15:04 PM EDT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas officials tell coastal residents to expect power outages, flooding as Beryl forecasted to become hurricane again.

Puerto Rico approves electricity rate increase weeks after massive blackout

Jul. 01, 2024 20:49 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Ricans were hit Monday with a 4.6% increase in electricity rates through September, in a blow to 3.2 million people who struggle with chronic power outages as the U.S. territory’s grid keeps deteriorating. For clients who consume 800 kilowatt...