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Your TV may use more energy than you think, group charges

TV, energy hog, energy waste

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An environmental group accused three major television manufacturers Wednesday of misleading consumers and regulators about how much energy their high-definition screens devour by designing them to draw less power during government testing than in ordinary use. The Natural Resources Defense Council concluded that the TVs made by Samsung, LG Electronics and Vizio saddle households with an ...

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Most of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million people without power

Puerto Rico, power outage, diesel

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Much of Puerto Rico was without electricity Thursday following a fire at a power plant that set off a series of outages across the island’s aging utility grid, leaving most of the island’s 3.5 million people without service. The vast majority of Puerto Ricans don’t have generators and they were forced to spend the ...

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Pipeline will soon reopen, carrying gasoline to 5 states

natural gas pipeline, pipeline spill

ATLANTA (AP) — Gasoline should begin flowing again Wednesday — through a temporary bypass on a critical pipeline — after a major leak in Alabama forced a shutdown that led to surging fuel prices and scattered gas shortages across the South, a company official said Tuesday. The roughly 500-foot (152-meter) section of pipe serving as the bypass is now complete, ...

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Edwards defends contract with top fundraiser for legal work

Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Defending his administration’s legal contract with a top fundraiser, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday accused Louisiana’s attorney general of fabricating politically motivated reasons for rejecting the lawyer’s contract to represent the state in litigation against oil and gas companies over coastal wetland loss. Edwards said Attorney General Jeff Landry either doesn’t understand or is ...

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North Dakota borrowing $6M for pipeline protest costs

DAPL protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota legislative committee has approved an emergency request to borrow $6 million to cover the cost of law enforcement related to the ongoing protest of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline. The state’s Emergency Commission, headed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, voted Wednesday to borrow the funds from the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. The ...

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Hawaii utility program to vary rates based on time of day

Hawaii electric

HONOLULU (AP) — Regulators have approved a program for Hawaiian Electric customers to pay different rates for electricity based on the time of day. Under the pilot program announced Monday, customers will pay more for power at night when it’s more expensive to produce. They’ll be charged less during the day when the state’s many solar panels reduce the cost ...

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UAE opens first jetty outside Gulf to load fuel onto tankers

UAE energy minister refuses to discuss tentative oil cap

FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has opened its first jetty outside the Persian Gulf that is capable of loading oil onto some of the world’s biggest tanker ships. The launch of the new $650 million facility in the eastern city of Fujairah on Wednesday will make it easier for hulking tanker ships known as “very ...

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Reporters get rare look at SC nuke reactor project

Iran official denies report of nuclear reactor being sealed

JENKINSVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Reporters are getting a rare look at some of the first nuclear reactors of their kind to be built in the U.S. in more than 30 years. South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. and Santee Cooper are building two new reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville. The reactors are slated to come online ...

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Settlement reached in damages from Exxon’s Yellowstone spill

Yellowstone River, oil spill, Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. will pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons (238,474 liters) of crude into Montana’s Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday. The payment settles claims from the U.S. and state governments that the 2011 spill harmed natural ...

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Helis Oil & Gas halts St. Tammany Parish drilling project

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Helis Oil & Gas Co. has abandoned its plans to drill in St. Tammany Parish. Following a lengthy review of the geologic, engineering and other data from its exploratory well in rural St. Tammany Parish, Helis has concluded that it will not proceed with further operations at the site northeast of Mandeville, the company said in ...

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