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Controversial nuclear power plant near New York to close NEW YORK: The controversial Indian Point nuclear plant near New York will close in 2021, a casualty of low energy prices and relentless criticism by environmentalists, the power company announced Monday.Under an agreement with New York State, Entergy plans to shut down one of the two operating units at Indian Point by April 30, 2020, and the second unit will close a year after that.Entergy attributed the decision to close the decades-old plant to shifting energy economics. Among the changes, power prices fell as much as 45 percent due to natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation in New York and Pennsylvania, part of the American shale boom."Key considerations in our decision to shut down Indian Point ahead of schedule include sustained low current and projected wholesale energy prices that have reduced revenues, as well as increased operating costs," said Bill Mohl, president of Entergy wholesale commodities.Entergy said it would ...

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UN agency seeks $813 million to support Palestine refugees UNITED NATIONS: With Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem and those who have fled the conflict in Syria, facing humanitarian crises, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Monday launched an $813 million emergency aid appeal. "Palestine refugees are among the worst affected by the conflict. Over 95 per cent of those who have remained in Syria "430,000" are in critical need of sustained ...

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US arrests VW executive on fraud charges: report WASHINGTON: FBI agents have arrested a Volkswagen executive on conspiracy charges in relation to the 'dieselgate' emissions-cheating scandal, The New York Times reported Monday.Agents arrested Oliver Schmidt, who led the German automaker's US regulatory compliance office from 2014 to March 2015, in Florida on Saturday, the newspaper reported, citing two unnamed sources with knowledge of the arrest.Volkswagen admitted last year that it had installed software on as many as 11 million diesel vehicles sold worldwide ...

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Trump accepts US intelligence on Russia hacking, top aide says WASHINGTON: President-elect Donald Trump accepts the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber attacks aimed at disrupting the presidential election and may take actions in response, his incoming chief of staff said on Sunday. Reince Priebus, the former Republican National Committee chairman, said Trump understands that Moscow was behind the intrusions into the Democratic Party organizations. "He accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russia so that's not the issue," ...

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Replacing, repealing Obamacare at same time 'ideal' -top Trump aide WASHINGTON: Repealing and replacing the US Affordable Care Act in one action would be "ideal," but it "may take time" to get all elements of the heath care law's alternative ready, President-elect Donald Trump's incoming chief of staff said on Sunday. A full repeal and replacing of Obamacare may not happen immediately but it will happen "as quickly as possible,"Reince Priebus said on the CBS program "Face the Nation." Copyright Reuters, 2017 ...

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N. Korea's missile testing 'serious threat' to U.S WASHINGTON: North Korea's nuclear weapons capabilities and ballistic missile defense programs constitute a "serious threat" to the United States, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Sunday. The United States is prepared to shoot down a North Korean missile launch or test "if it were coming towards our territory or the territory of our friends and allies," Carter said during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." Copyright Reuters, 2017 ...

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Obama admits underestimating impact of Russian hacking WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama admitted Sunday that he "underestimated" the impact misinformation and hacking could have on democracies, a remark that follows an intelligence report on Russian meddling in the US presidential vote.In a pre-taped interview on ABC's "This Week," Obama denied underestimating Russian President Vladimir Putin, who US intelligence agencies say ordered a campaign of hacking, leaking and media manipulation aimed at undermining the presidential campaign of the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and boosting ...