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California Blackouts a Warning for States Ramping Up Green Power

Millions of Californians could lose power in coming days, the state’s grid operator warned Monday, as it continues to struggle with inadequate electricity supplies as many people have been forced indoors to ride out a crippling heat wave during the coronavirus pandemic. The rolling blackouts across California serve as a cautionary tale as states across…

Justice Department Disagreement Arises Over Possible Google Antitrust Suit

WASHINGTON—Some Justice Department staffers have expressed internal concerns over plans to bring an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc.’s GOOG 0.68% Google—and what they view as an aggressive timeline favored by Attorney General William Barr, according to people familiar with the matter.The department has been moving toward bringing a lawsuit as soon as this summer, but…

‘Fortnite’ Creator Says Apple Threatening to Restrict Access to Software Tools

“Fortnite” creator Epic Games Inc. accused Apple Inc. of threatening to block it from making software for iOS devices and Mac computers, an escalation of a dispute that could reverberate through the global market for mobile apps. Epic on Monday asked a federal judge to prevent Apple from terminating its software-development accounts by Aug. 28—a…

Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders to Speak at Democratic National Convention, Make Case Against Trump

Democrats launched their general-election pitch during the first night of their virtual convention, presenting Joe Biden as someone who could heal a nation battling a coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest while criticizing President Trump’s handling of those upheavals.Former first lady Michelle Obama, in Monday night’s keynote speech, described Mr. Trump as the “wrong president for…

House Democrats Set Vote on Bill to Bolster USPS

WASHINGTON—House Democrats set a Saturday vote on a bill that would prohibit operational changes to the Postal Service until well after the election and give $25 billion in additional funding to the agency, which has become the focus of a political battle over expanded mail-in voting that Democrats favor amid the pandemic and President Trump…

China’s CDC, Built to Stop Pandemics Like Covid, Stumbled When It Mattered Most

BEIJING—Before going to bed, George Gao, the head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, typically completes his 10,000 steps for the day and then checks the news online. When he scanned his feed on Dec. 30, he was stunned. Two leaked local-government notices warned about cases of unexplained pneumonia in the Chinese…

U.S. Tightens Restrictions on Huawei’s Access to Chips

The U.S. Commerce Department issued new rules curbing Huawei Technologies Co.’s access to foreign-made chips, expanding the Trump administration’s restrictions on the Chinese telecom company’s link to crucial components.The new rules prohibit non-U.S. companies from selling any chips made using U.S. technology to Huawei without a special license. The rule covers even widely available, off-the-shelf…

Interior Secretary Approves Oil Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Refuge

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration approved an oil leasing program for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Monday, opening up the pristine 19-million-acre wilderness to drilling for the first time and making it difficult to unwind the decision should Democrats recapture the White House in November.Approving the program clears the way to auction oil leases “right around…

Fortescue Strikes Deal to Build Fleet of Hydrogen-Fueled Buses

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