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Minnesota solar projects stalled due to Xcel Energy's delays

Sep. 25, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The number of Minnesota solar projects stalled due to delays by Xcel Energy has ballooned to more than 300, with a backlog of applications that solar industry leaders say will take decades to clear at the utility’s current pace. In one case in...

Ohio lawmakers line up to repeal subsidy for coal plants

Sep. 24, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Some lawmakers in the Ohio Legislature want to end a subsidy for two unprofitable Cold War-era coal plants that have cost state electric customers more than $340 million thus far and leave them on the hook for hundreds of millions more, thanks to a tainted energy bill that...

Fund pays back tax debt of 1,600 Detroit homeowners

Sep. 23, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — About 1,600 homeowners have had their back taxes paid through a program designed to preserve wealth and home equity in Detroit while helping families achieve financial independence. Another 3,250 Detroit homeowners also are in the Detroit Tax Relief Fund...

After Northeast flooding, insurance woes swamp residents

Sep. 23, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After being pummeled by two tropical storms that submerged basements, cracked home foundations and destroyed belongings, Northeastern U.S. residents still in the throes of recovery are being hit with another unexpected blow: Thousands of families are now swamped with...

4 workarounds to book your fall vacation rental with points

Sep. 22, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

Even before the pandemic, home booking sites like Airbnb and Vrbo were becoming increasingly popular with travelers. The opportunity to have a homelike experience, complete with full kitchen, extra living space and local flavor, was more appealing than a standard hotel room for many. ...

Michigan budget boosts child care, keeps caregiver pay hike

Sep. 21, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will make more kids eligible for child care subsidies, equip state troopers with body cameras and make permanent a pandemic wage hike for nursing home workers and other caregivers under the next state budget, poised for initial approval Tuesday. ...

Hotel housing for homeless to continue for 30 days for some

Sep. 21, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

The more than 54O homeless people who were expected to lose access to hotel rooms paid for by the state during the pandemic will continue to have the benefit for another 30 days as the state takes a pause to examine paths forward, Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday. This...

Rural patients unable to transfer to full Arizona hospitals

Sep. 19, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — As Arizona's biggest hospitals fill up with COVID-19 cases, physicians in some of the state's smaller or more rural communities fear it's their patients who need specialty care who will pay the ultimate price. From Bisbee up to Flagstaff, smaller...

Trailblazing tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown

Sep. 18, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Four space tourists safely ended their trailblazing trip to orbit Saturday with a splashdown in the Atlantic off the Florida coast. Their SpaceX capsule parachuted into the ocean just before sunset, not far from where their chartered flight...

Man sentenced to 12 years in $200 million phone-fraud scheme

Sep. 17, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Pakistan resident has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a conspiracy to “unlock” phones from AT&T’s network, a scheme the company says cost it more than $200 million. Muhammad Fahd, 35, of Karachi, recruited an employee of an AT&T...