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Electric company urges Pokemon Go players to use caution

Pokemon

SUMMERDALE, Ala. (AP) — The Baldwin Electric Membership Cooperative is warning Pokemon Go players to stay away from power lines, transformers and substations when playing the game. The Summerdale-based company said in a statement Thursday that players should “exercise extreme caution” while attempting to catch Pokemon. It says electric utilities cannot control where the Pokemon appear, making it important for ...

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Where’s the value in contractor vetting?

contractor safety

ISNetworld, BROWZ, First Verify, PICS, and other third party vetting providers serve to ensure that your health and safety programs and practices meet client requirements.  To put it another way, if you want a client’s business, you’d better have what the client is looking for.  The formal vetting of contractors to pre-qualify them for work has been around for a ...

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House GOP subpoenas NY, Mass. AGs on climate change probe

CLIMATE CHANGE

WASHINGTON (AP) — Escalating a political fight over global warming, a Republican House chairman issued subpoenas Wednesday to two Democratic state attorneys general, seeking records about their investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about man-made climate change. Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science Committee, is pursuing records from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts ...

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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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Family: Dallas suspect changed after military service

Dallas police shootings, Micah Johnson

DALLAS (AP) — Military service changed the Dallas gunman from an extrovert into a hermit, his parents said in an interview excerpt published Monday. Micah Johnson’s mother, Delphine Johnson, told TheBlaze website in an interview that her son wanted to be a police officer as a child. His six years in the Army Reserve, including a tour in Afghanistan, were ...

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Power outage sparks fire at Nebraska ethanol plant

power plant fire

WOOD RIVER, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a power outage caused a fire at a central Nebraska ethanol plant. The Grand Island Independent reports (http://bit.ly/29nhb8B ) that crews responded to the fire around 5:40 a.m. Thursday at the Green Plains plant in Wood River. Wood River Fire Chief Todd King says the fire was contained to the dryer, but crews ...

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Coal groups worried about executive liability in ex-CEO case

don blankenship

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal industry groups are concerned that the conviction of former coal executive Don Blankenship could expose other industry leaders to criminal conspiracy charges. Coal Associations from Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia shared concerns in a brief Tuesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considering Blankenship’s appeal. Blankenship is serving a one-year sentence ...

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