RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country’s largest electric company is publishing federally mandated maps that it previously refused to publish, showing what could happen to neighboring properties if a coal-ash pit burst.
Duke Energy Corp. said Friday it will now post online the maps and emergency responder contact information. The Charlotte-based electric utility said it’s changing course after reviewing how other utilities complied with a two-year-old U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring the maps showing what could be covered by coal-ash in a disaster.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A tired and discouraged Rosa Maria Almonte cleaned steel pots with bleach inside her darkened cafe as her daughter cooked up rice, beans and pork chops on a gas stove to feed people desperate for a hot meal in their storm-ravaged city.
She has run El Buen Cafe for 21 years and seen some tough times, but the damage from Hurricane Maria, with no running water, no electricity and the prospect of a grinding recovery that could take weeks or months, had her wondering whether there was any point in staying.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Because of a misspelling, a bus-sized ad supporting Roy Moore in Alabama’s GOP Senate primary directed people to a Democratic candidate’s campaign website.
The ad plastered on the side of a pro-Moore tour bus paid for by a group called the Great American Alliance promotes a website based on the phrase, “Alabama deserves Moore.”
But the word “deserves” is misspelled “derserves.”
HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by one this week to 935.
That’s still up from the 511 rigs that were active a year ago.
Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 744 rigs sought oil and 190 explored for natural gas this week. One was listed as miscellaneous.
Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained three rigs.
Alaska, New Mexico, and Texas each gained one rig. North Dakota and Oklahoma lost three rigs each, and Colorado lost two rigs.
SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) — General Motors is laying off the third shift at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, SUV factory as it deals with a slowing U.S. auto market.
About 1,000 people work on the overnight shift, but not all will lose their jobs when it ends Nov. 27. Company spokesman Tom Wickham said GM is still determining how many permanent and temporary workers will be furloughed. The layoffs will be indefinite.
GM also confirmed Friday that it’s investing $294 million in the factory to build a new Cadillac SUV. It likely will be a compact to give GM’s luxury brand an entry in the hottest part of the U.S. market.
WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump, gardener.
The former model and Manhattanite traded her stilettos for sneakers Friday to plant, harvest and wash vegetables in the White House kitchen garden with help from local children.
“I’m a big believer in healthy eating because it reflects on your mind and your body. I encourage you to eat a lot of vegetables and fruit so you grow up healthy,” she told about a dozen members of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. “It is very important.”
ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines is suing over a website that it says tricks people into thinking they’re dealing with the airline when arranging for their pets to fly on jets.
Atlanta-based Delta says in a federal lawsuit that the website — DeltaPetTransit.com — is designed to look like a Delta site and uses the airline’s logos and pictures of its planes.
The site is not affiliated with the airline and has no right to use its trademarks, Delta says in the lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Georgia.
DETROIT (AP) — A judge dismissed a lawsuit against Little Caesars Pizza that alleged that pork was sold as “halal pepperoni” at a restaurant in a Detroit suburb that has a large Muslim population.
Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Susan Hubbard on Thursday threw out the lawsuit filed by Dearborn resident Mohamad Bazzi against Little Caesars Pizza, the Detroit Free Press reported . But the judge allowed a second lawsuit against the pizza chain over the pepperoni to move forward.
A line of infant bib and bootie sets are being recalled because a piece poses a choking hazard. Other recalled consumer products this week include lawn tractors with potentially faulty transmissions.
Here’s a more detailed look:
INFANT BIB AND BOOTIE SETS
DETAILS: Story Time bib and bootie sets for infants, ages 3 through 6 months. The multi-colored pastel sets were sold in six different child themes and have serial numbers ranging from 5004700491 to 5004700496. The serial number can be found on the side of the bib. The sets were sold under the brand name Nat & Jules. Rattle attachments sewn into the booties coordinate with the theme. They were sold at Christus Health Retail Systems, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, More Than Words, The Mole Hole of Peddlers Village & Eash Sales from June 2017 through August 2017.
A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:
NOT REAL: Extremely Racist Black ESPN Reporter Says ALL White People Are NAZIS
THE FACTS: ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Jemele Hill never labeled all white people as Nazis, despite this viral headline from conservative site America’s Freedom Fighters. Hill did call President Donald Trump a white supremacist on Twitter, prompting Trump to call for an apology from the network. ESPN has repeatedly said Hill’s comments don’t reflect the network’s view. Hill has apologized for painting ESPN in an “unfair light,” but has stood by her statement about Trump.
The first U.S. airline flights to hurricane-battered Puerto Rico have arrived, and more flights are expected over the weekend.
Two American Airlines planes from Miami arrived at San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport on Friday morning.
Two JetBlue Airways planes with relief supplies — one of them also carrying New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — were en route to the island, a JetBlue spokesman says.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators say they’re reviewing Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s recent use of costly charter flights for official business to see if it complied with government regulations.
The inspector general’s office for the department confirmed the review on Friday.
A spokeswoman says the agency began looking into the matter immediately after reports that Price took five trips on private charters when other, cheaper travel options were available. Lawmakers also asked the inspector general to investigate the travel at taxpayers’ expense.
NEW YORK (AP) — More than a month after a liberal advocacy group publicly called on advertisers to boycott Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News Channel, luxury carmaker Cadillac has been the only new company to publicly back away from the program.
While Hannity has appeared largely impervious to the efforts against him, opponents say they’re not giving up.
Meanwhile, Hannity is ascendant at Fox. His show, which averaged nearly 2.7 million viewers in August, was the second most-popular program in cable news behind MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, according to the Nielsen company. Starting Monday, Hannity moves back to the 9 p.m. Eastern time slot he previously occupied, taking Maddow on directly.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal authorities could be looking into a possible fraud case related to companies’ abandonment of a multibillion-dollar nuclear power construction project in South Carolina.
That’s according to a former federal prosecutor who reviewed a subpoena issued to one of the co-owners of the scuttled V.C. Summer project.
Attorney Jim Griffin told The Associated Press on Friday that the subpoena issued this month to Santee Cooper by the South Carolina U.S. Attorney’s Office shows federal prosecutors want all information used by an outside engineering firm to compile a 2016 report.
NEW YORK (AP) — Would you be OK with letting a stranger into your house for the sake of convenience?
Walmart is testing the idea with a new service that lets a delivery person walk into your home when you’re not there to drop off packages or put groceries in the fridge.
“This may not be for everyone,” wrote Sloan Eddleston, Walmart’s head of e-commerce strategy, in a blog post Friday; “but we want to offer customers the opportunity to participate in tests today and help us shape what commerce will look like in the future.”