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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric employees work in the PG&E Emergency Operations Center in San Francisco. Experts say it’s hard to know what might have happened had the power stayed on, or if the utility’s proactive shutoffs are to thank for California’s mild fire season this year. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
October 14, 2019 - 11:48 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state's large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has preemptively cut the power but by far the largest...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Marybel Batjer, of the California Public Utilities Commission, speaks during a news conference as Gov. Gavin Newsom looks on in Sacramento, Calif. California's utility regulator is issuing a series of sanctions against Pacific Gas and Electric for what it calls "failures in execution" during the largest planned power shut-off in state history to avoid wildfires. Batjer said Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, the utility needs to have a goal of restoring power within 12 hours instead of its current 48 hours, minimize the scale of future outages and better communicate with the public and local officials. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
October 14, 2019 - 11:46 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's top utility regulator blasted Pacific Gas and Electric on Monday for what she called "failures in execution" during the largest planned power outage in state history to avoid wildfires that she said, "created an unacceptable situation that should never be repeated...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He after being given a letter in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. China's trade with the United States fell by double digits again in September amid a tariff war that threatens to tip the global economy into recession. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
October 14, 2019 - 3:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump heralded a breakthrough in U.S.-China trade talks, and markets rallied in relief over a de-escalation in tensions between the world's two biggest economies. But closer inspection suggests there isn't much substance, at least not yet, to the temporary truce...
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Volunteers help to clean up streets in the aftermath of violent protests against the government, in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Ecuador celebrated a deal President Lenín Moreno and indigenous leaders struck late Sunday to cancel a disputed austerity package and end nearly two weeks of protests that have paralyzed the economy and left seven dead. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
October 14, 2019 - 3:03 pm
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Thousands of indigenous demonstrators, student volunteers and local residents launched a massive cleanup Monday of a Quito park where anti-austerity protesters fought police for days, leaving piles of burning tires, trees and construction material. The cleanup began hours...
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Leader of Poland's ruling party Jaroslaw Kaczynski speaks in reaction to exit poll results right after voting closed in the nation's parliamentary election that is seen crucial for the nation's course in the next four years, in Warsaw , Poland, on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo)
October 14, 2019 - 8:41 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative ruling Law and Justice party capitalized on its popular social spending policies to do even better at the ballot box than when it swept to power four years ago, according to nearly complete results reported Monday. If confirmed, the results from Sunday's...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the Climate Forum at Georgetown University in Washington. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren raked in more cash over the past three months than any of their Democratic rivals. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
October 14, 2019 - 6:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders has released a major proposal to "end corporate greed and corruption" by requiring large companies to give ownership stakes to their workers. The proposal also would ensure that many of the nation's most profitable firms pay more in federal taxes and government...
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Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal, right, speaks as Swayam Prakash Pani, left, Inspector General of Police of Kashmir Range during a press conference, sits beside him in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, Oct. 12 2019. Around 4 million post-paid cellphone connections will be restored in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday, more than two months after New Delhi downgraded the region's semi-autonomy and imposed a security and communications lockdown, an official said Saturday. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
October 14, 2019 - 5:11 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Postpaid cellphone services were restored in India-administered Kashmir on Monday, more than two months after India's government downgraded the region's semi-autonomy and imposed a security and communications lockdown. Landline phones were restored in the region last month,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2019, file photo, an investor adjusts his hat as he monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing. Asian stock markets have risen after Washington and Beijing announced a truce on tariff hikes in a trade war. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul advanced. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
October 14, 2019 - 5:09 am
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rose while European markets opened lower Monday after Washington and Beijing announced a truce on tariff hikes in a trade war. London and Frankfurt declined while Shanghai and Hong Kong gained. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. President Donald Trump agreed...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2015 filephoto, an Airbus A380 takes off for its demonstration flight at the Paris Air Show, in Le Bourget airport, north of Paris. The World Trade Organization says the United States can impose tariffs on up to $7.5 billion worth of goods from the European Union as retaliation for illegal subsidies to European plane-maker Airbus — a record award from the trade body. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
October 14, 2019 - 4:41 am
GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization has formally given the go-ahead for the United States to impose trade sanctions on up to $7.5 billion worth of European Union goods following a ruling that European plane maker Airbus received illegal subsidies. The move by the trade body's dispute...
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European Union flags flap in the wind as two people walk up a set of stairs outside EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. Technical talks on Brexit continued in Brussels over the weekend with European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier due to brief EU ambassadors. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
October 14, 2019 - 4:17 am
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 9:15 a.m. Britain is getting out an ornate royal carriage and a diamond-studded crown for the State Opening of Parliament, a mix of ceremony and politics overshadowed by the looming Brexit deadline. Queen Elizabeth II is due at Parliament to...
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