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FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Marybel Batjer, of the California Public Utilities Commission, speaks during a news conference as Gov. Gavin Newsom looks on in Sacramento, Calif. California's utility regulator is issuing a series of sanctions against Pacific Gas and Electric for what it calls "failures in execution" during the largest planned power shut-off in state history to avoid wildfires. Batjer said Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, the utility needs to have a goal of restoring power within 12 hours instead of its current 48 hours, minimize the scale of future outages and better communicate with the public and local officials. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
October 14, 2019 - 4:33 pm
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...
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Protestors light their torches during a peaceful rally in central Hong Kong's business district, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. The protests that started in June over a now-shelved extradition bill have since snowballed into an anti-China campaign amid anger over what many view as Beijing's interference in Hong Kong's autonomy that was granted when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
October 14, 2019 - 7:06 am
HONG KONG (AP) — A homemade, remote-controlled bomb intended to "kill or to harm" riot control officers was detonated as they deployed against renewed violence in Hong Kong over the weekend, police said Monday, in a further escalation of destructive street battles gripping the business hub. The "...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric employees work in the PG&E Emergency Operations Center in San Francisco. Experts say it’s hard to know what might have happened had the power stayed on, or if the utility’s proactive shutoffs are to thank for California’s mild fire season this year. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
October 14, 2019 - 1:07 am
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 pre-emptively cut the power but by far the largest...
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One of the protesters shakes hands with a security officer as they celebrate the announcement that the government cancelled an austerity package that triggered violent protests, in Quito, Ecuador, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno and leaders of the country's indigenous peoples have struck a deal to cancel the disputed austerity package and end nearly two weeks of protests that have paralyzed the economy and left several people dead. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
October 13, 2019 - 11:19 pm
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador celebrated a deal President Lenín Moreno and indigenous leaders struck late Sunday to cancel a disputed austerity package and end nearly two weeks of protests that have paralyzed the economy and left seven dead. Under the agreement, Moreno will withdraw the...
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Anti-government demonstrators man a barricade during clashes with the police, near the national assembly building in Quito, Ecuador, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Indigenous leaders of protests that have paralyzed Ecuador’s economy for nearly a week say they are willing to negotiate with President Lenin Moreno, signaling a possible exit from the crisis, which was triggered by the cancellation of fuel subsidies by Moreno. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
October 13, 2019 - 6:39 am
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's army patrolled the streets of the capital Sunday as the government of President Lenín Moreno and indigenous leaders prepared for talks to end more than a week of fuel price protests that have led to attacks on government buildings and media offices, and prompted a 24...
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October 12, 2019 - 2:49 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land. The measure bars any California leasing authority from allowing pipelines or other oil and gas infrastructure...
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Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, arrives on Capitol Hill, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Washington, as she is scheduled to testify before congressional lawmakers on Friday as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
October 12, 2019 - 6:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Testifying in defiance of President Donald Trump's ban, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House impeachment investigators Friday that Trump himself pressured the State Department to oust her from her post and get her out of the country. Yovanovitch told...
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In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 photo, firefighters check on homes in smoke from the Saddleridge fire in Sylmar, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
October 11, 2019 - 6:43 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the power shutoff involving California wildfires (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it expects to restore power to 98% of some 2 million people affected by the utility's deliberate blackout by the end of the day. The utility announced...
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October 11, 2019 - 2:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Department records show an oil-and-gas industry executive that Energy Secretary Rick Perry recommended as an adviser to the Ukrainian government exaggerated his military credentials. The veterans group Valor Guardians says Robert Joseph Bensh scrubbed the false information...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019, file photo specialist Dilip Patel, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 11. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
October 11, 2019 - 7:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rallied in early trading Friday, erasing their losses for the week, as investors hope for a breakthrough in the U.S.-China trade war. President Donald Trump gave an upbeat assessment late Thursday of how the talks were going and is set to meet with China's lead negotiator...
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