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Kenya power company say monkey caused nationwide blackout

blackout, monkey, Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s power generation company says a monkey caused a three-hour nationwide blackout. The Kenya Electricity Generation Company said in a statement late Tuesday that a monkey climbed onto the roof of the Gitaru Power Station in central Kenya and fell onto a transformer, tripping it. The company said this caused other machines in the station to ...

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Feds send $4.3 million to West Virginia for displaced miners

miners, West Virginia, coal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal labor officials say another $4.3 million is heading into West Virginia to help out-of-work coal miners. A U.S. Department of Labor news release Tuesday says the National Dislocated Worker Grant money will go to WorkForce West Virginia. The release says West Virginia has previously received $10.7 million combined since 2012 through the grant program. It ...

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Antelope County supervisors OK 160-turbine wind farm

wind farm

NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — Another wind farm has been approved for Antelope County, over objections from some residents. The county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to let a Chicago-based company erect 160 turbines near Neligh (NEE’-lee). The company, Invenergy, already operates a wind farm in the Elgin area. The supervisors imposed several conditions on the project, such as increased setback ...

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Iran says US congressmen can’t visit amid nuclear deal row

Tehran, Iran, nuclear deal

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Tuesday it would not grant visas to three U.S. congressmen opposed to the nuclear deal, calling their request to monitor the accord a “publicity stunt.” The three Republican lawmakers — Reps. Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey, Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Lee Zeldin of New York — all voted against the deal and are ...

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US stocks climb with energy companies, oil hits milestone

stocks, oil, energy companies

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks continue to rise Tuesday as energy companies build on their surge from a day earlier. The price of oil surpassed $50 a barrel for the first time in almost a year. Phone companies are rising as bond yields fall. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 71 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,991 ...

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Unions protest change in Alaska oil tanker escort contract

Alaska, oil tankers, unions, protest, Exxon Valdez

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two maritime unions are protesting a proposal to change who escorts oil tankers out of Alaska’s Prince William Sound, warning the change could cause a major spill in the area where the Exxon Valdez accident saw 11 million gallons of crude soil beaches and wildlife in 1989. Alyeska (al-ee-ES-kah) Pipeline Service Co., which operates the trans-Alaska ...

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Global stocks surge as Yellen appears to put off rate hike

LONDON (AP) — Global stocks rallied Tuesday after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen hinted that an interest rate increase next week is unlikely in light of a weak U.S. jobs report and uncertainties surrounding the U.S. and world economies. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany’s DAX soared 1.9 percent to 10,308 while the CAC-40 was up 1.3 percent at 4,482. ...

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Shell commits to western Pennsylvania ethane cracker plant

MONACA, Pa. (AP) — Shell Chemical Appalachia says it is building a petrochemical plant in northwestern Pennsylvania that will create up to 6,000 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs once it begins production early next decade. The company has been buying various rights and property, including a former zinc smelting site in Potter Township, Beaver County, where the plant will ...

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5 arrested at Vermont natural gas pipeline protest

Vermont, pipeline, protest, arrested

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Five people have been arrested following a protest against a natural gas pipeline in Vermont. Dozens gathered in Williston early Monday morning at the work site. The protest was organized by the group Rising Tide Vermont. Police say one woman attached herself to construction equipment, was freed by rescue crews and arrested. Another man attached himself ...

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French labor standoff: rail company offers deal to unions

France, airport

PARIS (AP) — With trains canceled across France on the seventh day of a nationwide strike, the SNCF national rail service has offered unions a deal to try to persuade train drivers to go back to work. The main Paris airport and most of the country’s oil refineries were also hit by blockades or strikes Tuesday, part of an extensive ...

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