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In this April 10, 1970 photo made available by NASA, Apollo 13 astronauts, from left, Fred Haise, Jack Swigert and Jim Lovell gather for a photo on the day before launch. (NASA via AP)

'Houston, we’ve had a problem’: Remembering Apollo 13 at 50

Apr. 9, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 13′s astronauts never gave a thought to their mission number as they blasted off for the moon 50 years ago. Even when their oxygen tank ruptured two days later — on April 13. Jim Lovell and Fred Haise insist they’re not superstitious. They even use 13...

$300M contract to get New England Energy Connect moving

Apr. 8, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The New England Clean Energy Connect on Wednesday announced it has awarded more than $300 million in contracts for upgrading transmission lines and clearing land for the project led by Central Maine Power. The contract was awarded to Maine-based Cianbro in a joint venture with three...

FILE - This Feb. 8, 2018, file photo shows signs that mark the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Deerfield, Va. Dominion Energy Virginia recently told state regulators

Dominion: Significant new natural gas generation not viable

Apr. 8, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy Virginia recently told state regulators “significant build-out" of natural gas-fired power plants is no longer viable because of renewable energy legislation lawmakers passed earlier this year. The disclosure came in a filing with the State Corporation Commission...

President Donald Trump listens during a conference call with banks on efforts to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, at the White House, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Report: Outbreak triggers drop in climate-changing emissions

Apr. 8, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite mocking the idea of climate change, President Donald Trump will preside over one of the country’s sharpest drops in climate-damaging emissions on record, as the economic paralysis from the coronavirus tamps down energy use, according to an Energy Department projection on...

FILE - This Dec. 3, 2018, file photo shows homes leveled by the Camp Fire line at the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park retirement community in Paradise, Calif. Lawyers who negotiated a deal between wildfire victims and Pacific Gas & Electric say questions about the beleaguered company's ability to pay $13.5 billion to the victims could unravel the deal, upending the company's efforts to get out of bankruptcy by June 30.(AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Market tumult threatens PG&E deal with wildfire victims

Apr. 6, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Lawyers who negotiated a crucial $13.5 billion deal for the victims of deadly wildfires caused by Pacific Gas & Electric equipment are expressing serious doubts about whether the nation's largest utility will be able to pay the full amount as the economy sinks toward a...

Xcel selling Mankato plant to Southwest Generation

Apr. 6, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy said Monday it will sell its natural gas-fired power plant in southern Minnesota to Southwest Generation for $680 million and use the funds, in part, to support the coronavirus recovery efforts. Southwest is based in Denver, Colorado. The 760-megawatt Mankato Energy Center...

In this photo made on Saturday, April 4, 2020, an aerial view of a forest fire burning near the village of Volodymyrivka in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine. The fire was still burning on Sunday, April 5, Emergency Ministry firemen kept extinguishing the fire. (Emergency Situation Ministry via AP)

Ukraine continues to battle forest fire near Chernobyl

Apr. 6, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Emergency teams in Ukraine on Monday continued battling a forest fire in the contaminated area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that has raised radiation fears. Police said they tracked down a person suspected of starting the blaze by setting dry grass on fire in the area. The...

A view of a forest fire burning near the village of Volodymyrivka in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine, Sunday, April 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Yaroslav Yemelianenko)

Ukraine battles forest fires near Chernobyl

Apr. 5, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukrainian firefighters labored into Sunday night trying to put out two forest blazes in the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power station, which was evacuated because of radioactive contamination after the 1986 explosion at the plant. Ukraine's emergencies service said one of the...

Number of PA coronavirus cases tops 10,000; 136 deaths

Apr. 4, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health says the number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the commonwealth has topped 10,000 with another 34 deaths reported, bringing the statewide total to 136. The department reported Saturday another 1,597 additional positive...

Nuclear plant transfer to go on despite coronavirus concerns

Apr. 4, 2020 10:07 AM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Plans to transfer radioactive spent fuel at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth to steel-lined dry casks will go on as scheduled despite the coronavirus pandemic, the company decommissioning the now-closed plant said. Pilgrim permanently shut down last May and was...