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Death Toll in California's Carr Wildfire Raises to 7 as Utility Worker Dies

Death Toll in California's Carr Wildfire Raises to 7 as Utility Worker DiesJairus Ayeta died working in 'dangerous terrain' of Carr fire



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Utility worker killed near Northern California wildfire

Utility worker killed near Northern California wildfireCLEARLAKE, Calif. (AP) — A utility worker was killed near a Northern California wildfire as crews working in sweltering conditions battled multiple blazes, including twin fires that exploded in size and forced hundreds more to evacuate rural communities, officials said Sunday.



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The Latest: Lava crosses highway, destroys 400 utility poles

The Latest: Lava crosses highway, destroys 400 utility polesHONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii (all times local):



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Hawaii lava crosses key highway, destroys utility poles

Hawaii lava crosses key highway, destroys utility polesHONOLULU (AP) — Lava crossed a key highway in the mostly rural district of the Big Island where Kilauea volcano was erupting, local authorities in Hawaii said Tuesday.



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Saudi Arabia detains 11 princes after protesting utility bills

Saudi Arabia detains 11 princes after protesting utility billsEleven princes in Saudi Arabia have been arrested for staging a sit-in protest at having to pay their own utility bills, after the kingdom announced subsidies would be cut as part of a major economic overhaul. The princes had gathered at Qasr al-Hokm palace in the capital Riyadh to demand the cancellation of a recent decree that halted state payment of water and electricity bills for royal family members. The government is currently trying to reduce its dependence on oil revenues. Public spending has been targeted, including the lifting of some government subsidies. The economic reforms have been linked to the arrest of more than 200 princes in an anti-corruption purge in November spearheaded by Prince Mohammed bin Salman. They have led to tension within the royal Al-Saud family which counts thousands of members – only a handful of whom wield direct influence over the kingdom. Saudi families arrive outside a stadium to attend an event in the capital Riyadh  Credit: AFP All those detained over the weekend, arrested for disturbing the peace, were thought to be sons of the deposed King Saud bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. Prince Mohammed has sidelined his cousins to become heir to the throne and has since consolidated his grip on the kingdom's economy. Saudi officials estimate that corruption and embezzlement has cost the kingdom at least $ 100 billion over decades. Reports suggest the Saudi authorities have demanded money in return for releasing the Saudi princes held at the Ritz Carlton hotel for nearly two months. They want at least $ 6 billion (£4.4bn) from Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, one of the world’s richest men. The 11 princes were being detained at Al-Hayer prison south of Riyadh, the capital, pending trial. "No one is above the law in Saudi Arabia. Everyone is equal and is treated the same as others," the statement said.



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Puerto Rico utility head resigns after slow Hurricane Maria response

Puerto Rico utility head resigns after slow Hurricane Maria responseBy Jessica Resnick-Ault and Nick Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) – The head of Puerto Rico’s indebted utility has resigned following criticism of the slow restoration of power to the island after Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory’s governor said. Ricardo Ramos, who was named head of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) in 2016, was also criticized over controversial contracts. Rossello recommended Justo Gonzalez as interim director, according to a separate statement.



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Head Of Puerto Rico Power Utility Resigns As More Controversy Plagues Island

Head Of Puerto Rico Power Utility Resigns As More Controversy Plagues IslandThe head of Puerto Rico’s power utility resigned Friday while facing scrutiny for the slow progress being made on restoring the island’s power grid eight weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory.



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Puerto Rico's PREPA utility creditors say power grid damage is overblown

Puerto Rico's PREPA utility creditors say power grid damage is overblownBondholders of Puerto Rico’s bankrupt power utility, PREPA, said on Friday that the damage to the local electric grid by Hurricane Maria is not as bad as the island’s government says, and could be fixed quickly with an outside energy expert in charge.     The PREPA bondholders made the argument in a written filing in federal court in San Juan.



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