Texas utility settles over sky-high energy bills from freeze

AUSTIN, Texas — The electric utility Griddy Energy has reached a settlement with Texas officials over crushing electric bills its customers received after the deadly February winter storm and cold wave, the Texas Attorney General’s Office announced Monday. Griddy Energy sold power to consumers at wholesale prices plus a $9.99 monthly fee. Its rates skyrocketed […]

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1st sentence to be handed down in Michigan gov's kidnap plot

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Prosecutors preparing for the first prison sentence in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are loudly signaling to five other defendants that a key insider has shared extraordinary details about the operation. Ty Garbin cooperated within weeks of being arrested, willingly putting a “target on his back to […]

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Stocks higher on Wall Street, hovering near records

TOKYO — Stocks were rising slightly in early trading Tuesday, continuing to hover near record levels, as energy prices helped push oil and gas companies higher. The full approval a day earlier of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was continuing to provide support for the market. The S&P 500 index was up 0.2% as of 10 a.m. […]

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Trial blocked by police data loss; murder suspect released

DALLAS — A murder suspect was released from jail Monday after his trial was postponed when Dallas police revealed they had lost a massive amount of criminal data. A masked Jonathan Pitts wore an ankle monitor Monday as he walked from the Frank Crowley Courts Building adjoining Dallas County’s main jail, The Dallas Morning News […]

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Lava streams from Indonesia's Mount Merapi in new eruption

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted Monday with its biggest lava flow in months, sending a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 3.5 kilometers (more than 2 miles) down its slopes on the densely populated island of Java. The rumbling sound could be heard several kilometers (miles) away as Mount Merapi […]

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Park Service pushes back against licensing Georgia spaceport

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The National Park Service is pushing back after a U.S. government report recommended approval of a launch pad for commercial rockets on the Georgia coast, saying a chance of explosive misfires over a federally protected island popular with tourists and campers poses an “unacceptable risk.” Camden County in Georgia’s coastal, southeast corner […]

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Experts: False claims on voting machines obscure real flaws

ATLANTA — The aftermath of the 2020 election put an intense spotlight on voting machines as supporters of former President Donald Trump claimed victory was stolen from him. While the theories were unproven — and many outlandish and blatantly false — election security experts say there are real concerns that need to be addressed. In […]

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Climate-fueled wildfires take toll on tropical Pacific isles

WAIMEA, Hawaii — A metal roof sits atop the burned remains of a homestead on the once-lush slopes of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea — a dormant volcano and the state’s tallest peak — charred cars and motorcycles strewn about as wind-whipped sand and ash blast the scorched landscape. Generations of Kumu Micah Kamohoalii’s family have lived […]

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