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After delay, Lebanese lawmakers convene to approve Cabinet

Sep. 20, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese lawmakers convened Monday to confirm the country’s new government following a power outage and a broken generator that briefly delayed the start of the parliament session. It took some 40 minutes before electricity came back on. The incident,...

Things to watch at the UN General Assembly meeting this week

Sep. 19, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Things to watch beyond the main speeches from leaders at this week's high-level meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in New York: — A MEETING at U.N. headquarters on Wednesday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the U.N. conference on racism...

Crews work to restore power after weekend storms

Sep. 19, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Utility crews worked Sunday to restore power to thousands of customers in northwest Washington state after weekend storms downed trees and left large areas with no electricity. Puget Sound Energy said it hoped to restore power in several counties in the...

Customer refunds part of ICC deal with power supplier

Sep. 19, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Commerce Commission has reached a settlement with Star Energy Partners LLC over its investigation into the alternative electric retail supplier's practices. The ICC announced that the settlement includes $300,000 in refunds,...

The Nature Conservancy buys 13.5K acres in Hancock County

Sep. 19, 2021 08:45 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The Nature Conservancy has acquired approximately 13,500 acres of forested land north of Tunk Mountain in Hancock County. The land, which will continue to be open for birding, hunting and fishing, abuts an existing preserve to the north of Tunk...

Lawmakers review agency charged with coastal regulation

Sep. 18, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A legislative commission is looking at ways to reorganize Rhode Island's lead agency for reviewing offshore wind projects and other coastal development proposals. House Rep. Deborah Ruggiero, a Jamestown Democrat, will lead the 15-member House...

Louisiana town to pay $2.5M in refunds to utility customers

Sep. 18, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

VIDALIA, La. (AP) — Utility customers of a central Louisiana town soon will be getting a check in the mail, thanks to a $2.5 million royalty refund approved this week by the mayor and council. “We approved the refund on Tuesday and we’re going to sit down and...

Sauk-Suiattle tribe sues Seattle utility over green stance

Sep. 18, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe has filed a class-action lawsuit against the city of Seattle on behalf of its members and the public, saying the electric utility’s green power claims are misleading and hurting the tribe. The lawsuit filed in King County...

China, pandemic, energy top Japan's leadership race debate

Sep. 18, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Four candidates vying to lead Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party — and replacing outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga — held their first main debate on Saturday, discussing plans to tackle key issues such as China, the COVID-19 measures, the pandemic-hit economy...

Advocates fear US weighing climate vs. human rights on China

Sep. 18, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

U.S. envoy John Kerry’s diplomatic quest to stave off the worst scenarios of global warming is meeting resistance from China, the world's biggest climate polluter, which is adamant that the United States ease confrontation over other matters if it wants Beijing to...