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Pensacola inches closer to creating electric utility

Jan. 29, 2022 03:12 AM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Pensacola may be close to taking its first real step toward creating a municipal electric utility as anger over Florida Power & Light’s rate increase boiled over at the City Council’s workshop Wednesday. City Council members appeared open to the idea...

FAA clears Verizon and AT&T to turn on more 5G cell towers

Jan. 28, 2022 17:47 PM EST

Federal safety regulators say they have cleared the way for Verizon and AT&T to power up more towers for new 5G service without causing radio interference with airplanes. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that it took the steps after receiving details from the...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jan. 28, 2022 15:56 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ COVID vaccines lower...

Vikes GM: Wall Street to NFL is 'different canvas, same art'

Jan. 27, 2022 20:19 PM EST

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Kwesi Adofo-Mensah spent his first eight years out of Princeton on Wall Street, working as a commodities trader and a portfolio manager. Crossing the country to continue his studies and become an economics professor at Stanford was only the start of a sharp turn...

Fake poop helps evicted owls settle into new neighborhood

Jan. 27, 2022 14:12 PM EST

Settling into a new home can be tough for anyone. So scientists have come up with some tricks to make transplanted burrowing owls feel like they are not alone in their new digs, playing owl sounds and scattering fake poop. The owls’ grassland homes are often prime real estate, and...

Samsung reports robust profit based on chip strength

Jan. 26, 2022 21:32 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday its operating profit for the last quarter rose by more than 53% from the same period last year as it continued to thrive during the pandemic while relying on its dual strength in parts and finished products. ...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 26, 2022 17:24 PM EST

Philadelphia Inquirer. January 18, 2022. Editorial: State lawmakers must seize on an opportunity to upgrade public transit in Pa. In Pennsylvania, the conversation around public transit often involves an awful lot of “remember when.” Remember when...

Lawmakers look to head off all-electric building codes

Jan. 26, 2022 16:04 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Legislature signaled again Wednesday that it wants to stop municipalities in the nation’s No. 2 natural gas state from adopting building codes that prohibit gas hookups, as some states, cities and counties consider all-electric...

Mattel wins back rights for Disney Frozen, princess products

Jan. 26, 2022 15:01 PM EST

Toy company Mattel has won back the licensing rights for Disney's princess and “Frozen" franchises. The reunion comes after Hasbro bested the rights for the “Frozen" and princess products away from Mattel in 2014. Disney released “Frozen” in movie theaters in November 2013,...

No instant testing for toxic ski waxes at the Olympics

Jan. 26, 2022 10:48 AM EST

The on-again, off-again ban on high-end but toxic waxes that help cross country skis glide smoothly over the snow is on in some places — but not the World Cup circuit or 2022 Beijing Olympics. “It was supposed to be in effect this season,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard cross...