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Duke Energy: $1.5M to electric-vehicle sites in lawsuit deal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy is ready to spend $1.5 million to expand the number of electric-vehicle charging stations around North Carolina as part of a deal settling claims of illicit smokestack pollution. The country’s largest electric company is announcing Tuesday that it will make $1 million available to cities and towns wanting to install public charging stations for ...

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Thousands of Venezuelans stream over border to Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Venezuelans streamed across bridges into Colombia over the weekend after Venezuela briefly lifted a year-old border closure to allow people to buy food and medicine. Colombian authorities said 35,000 Venezuelans made the trip Sunday during the 12-hour border opening. The dramatic scenes of the elderly and mothers storming Colombian supermarkets were a ...

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The Latest: Electricity restored to most of Oahu jail

Oahu jail power outage

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a power outage at Oahu Community Correctional Center (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Electricity has been restored to most of Oahu Community Correctional Center. The state Department of Public Safety says electrical contractors are working on a couple sections that are still on the back-up generator Monday afternoon. Inmates and staff at the state’s ...

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US rig count up 9 last week to 440

rig count, Baker Hughes

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by nine last week to 440. A year ago, 863 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 351 rigs sought oil and 88 explored for natural gas last week. ...

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Gas prices still dropping northern New England

gasoline, gas pump, gas price

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices are dropping in northern New England. GasBuddy surveys show the average retail price in New Hampshire is $2.19 per gallon, down 3.2 cents from last week. The average price per gallon in Maine has fallen 2.9 cents to $2.29. In Vermont, the price went down 1.1 cents, to $2.30. The national average of $2.23 ...

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