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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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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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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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Governor picks boss for Colorado natural resources agency

Colorado, Bear Lake

DENVER (AP) — The former deputy director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources has been named director. Gov. John Hickenlooper said Monday that Bob Randall steps into the top job immediately. Randall has been interim director since February 2016, when Mike King resigned to become planning director for Denver Water, the state’s largest municipal utility. Randall was deputy director ...

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