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Cuba tells officials to reduce electricity consumption

Apr. 21, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — An official newspaper in Cuba reports that officials are restricting electricity use at a time the economy is being squeezed by a series of setbacks, including reduced fuel shipments from Venezuela and tighter U.S. sanctions. The local Communist Party newspaper Invasor in Ciego de Avila...

Average US price of gas spikes 13 cents per gallon, to $2.91

Apr. 21, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline surged 13 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past two weeks, to $2.91. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says one of the reasons for the spike is an increase in crude oil costs. Lundberg says Sunday that...

University of New Mexico revamps film program amid demand

Apr. 21, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico has revamped its film and digital arts program amid the demand of film and television productions in the state. The school announced this month it will offer new degree plans in the Department of Film and Digital Arts that will allow students to focus...

'The Curse of La Llorona' reigns over weekend box office

Apr. 21, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Curse of La Llorona" (yuh-ROH'-nuh) had only good fortune at the box office. The Warner Bros. horror film based on a Mexican legend about a woman who murdered her children and wanders the world looking for them brought in $26.5 million as the weekend's top film. It ended the...

Colorado inspections at oil and gas sites showing results

Apr. 21, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

DACONO, Colo. (AP) — State health inspectors equipped with infrared cameras dropped in unannounced on about 2,000 oil and gas operations across Colorado last year and found leaks of heat-trapping methane and volatile organic gas at 13 percent of those sites — half the frequency of leaks they...

Waikiki flood concerns spur push for Hawaii shore protection

Apr. 21, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets. Predicting Honolulu will start experiencing frequent flooding within the next 15 to 20 years, state lawmakers are trying to pass...

Federal census better recognizes Wisconsin's female farmers

Apr. 21, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The number of female producers on Wisconsin farms increased by 16% between 2012 and 2017, according to the latest census by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The federal agency, which released the 2017 Census of Agriculture earlier this month, counted 38,509 female producers on...

Rochester leaders hail sustainable buildings as new standard

Apr. 21, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Rochester officials are hoping that new energy-efficient buildings taking shape downtown will become the standard for construction as the city continues to grow under its taxpayer-subsidized economic development plan. Officials are looking to buildings such as One Discovery Square...

Ex-governor's farm could be Sioux Falls' next commercial hub

Apr. 21, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Developers want to turn the Sioux Falls family farm of a former South Dakota governor into the next bustling commercial district as the city expands eastward. Ryan Tysdal, the great nephew of former Gov. Joe Foss, now owns the farmland in east Sioux Falls that's poised to become a...

Talks resume Sunday between Stop & Shop, striking workers

Apr. 21, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Striking Stop & Shop supermarket workers and company officials are resuming negotiations. Representatives for both sides tell The Boston Globe that bargaining will resume on Sunday. Talks went late into the night on Saturday. United Food and Commercial Workers union members at 240 Stop...