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Los Angeles fire began under power lines, cause not known

Oct. 14, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A destructive fire that exploded on the edge of Los Angeles began beneath a high-voltage transmission tower owned by Southern California Edison, fire officials said Monday. Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigators determined the origin of the Saddle Ridge Fire was beneath power...

Do California power shutoffs work? Hard to know, experts say

Oct. 14, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state's large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has preemptively cut the power but by far the largest to date...

California regulator criticizes utility over power outages

Oct. 14, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's top utility regulator blasted Pacific Gas and Electric on Monday for what she called "failures in execution" during the largest planned power outage in state history to avoid wildfires that she said, "created an unacceptable situation that should never be repeated." The...

The Latest: PG&E says system had 100 incidents of damage

Oct. 14, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California power shutoffs to prevent wildfires (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says inspections have found more than 100 places where its system was damaged by recent strong winds that prompted last week's deliberate power cut to northern and...

Hawaii power company plans to begin drilling geothermal well

Oct. 14, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Puna Geothermal Venture says it plans to begin drilling a new geothermal production well on Hawaii Island as part of its recovery from the Kilauea volcano eruption. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Monday that the energy company expects to begin drilling its Kapoho State 18 well...

Ecuador crisis weakens president, strengthens indigenous

Oct. 14, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Thousands of indigenous demonstrators, student volunteers and local residents launched a mass cleanup Monday of a Quito park where anti-austerity protesters fought police for days, leaving piles of burning tires, trees and construction material. President Lenín Moreno signed a...

Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams

Oct. 14, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Two Pacific Northwest tribes on Monday demanded the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River to save migrating salmon and starving orcas and restore fishing sites that were guaranteed to the tribes in a treaty more than 150 years ago. The Yakama and Lummi...

Venezuela boosts worker pay again amid hyperinflation

Oct. 14, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela announced a dramatic hike to the minimum wage Monday in a move that critics expect will do little to alleviate widespread suffering in the crisis-torn country. The monthly package of pay and bonuses workers will soon bring home equals roughly $15 monthly, socialist party...

Regulators ask for expedited power grid reliability study

Oct. 14, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Utility regulators from three states used nearly identical language in letters urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to speed up its study on the effects of upcoming coal-fired power plant closures on the U.S. power grid. The Billings Gazette reports the language appeared...

Stocks close slightly lower after choppy day on Wall Street

Oct. 14, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

Stocks capped a wobbly day of trading on Wall Street with modest losses Monday, a shaky start to the week for the market after its first weekly gain in a month. Losses in consumer goods makers, utilities and technology stocks helped outweigh gains in banks and real estate companies. A 2% drop in crude oil prices...