The Latest: Alaska Gov: Biden’s vaccine order ‘un-American’

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FILE – In this May 27, 2021, file photo, National Guard Spc. Noah Vulpi, left, administers the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to Ira Young Jr. during a vaccination clinic held by the National Guard in Odessa, Texas. Larger U.S. businesses won’t have to decide whether to require their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Doing so is now federal policy, although many of the details have yet to be worked out.
President Joe Biden announced sweeping new orders Thursday, Sept. 9, that will require employers with more than 100 workers to mandate immunizations or offer weekly testing. (Eli Hartman/Odessa

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China: New airports, routes for PLA to transport personnel to Tibet, Xinjiang | World News

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The remote Chinese regions of Xinjiang and Tibet bordering India will soon have 30 airports at the disposal of the Western Theatre Command (WTC) to facilitate the movement of army personnel, a state media report said this week.

The WTC is the largest military command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and oversees the disputed border with India. While some of these airports have been built and are functional, the remaining are under construction.

Among the three new airports to be built in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) are those at Lhunze county, Tingri county and Burang county, close to

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West Virginia regulators consider utility upgrade request

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West Virginia utility regulators will consider a request to have state residents pay for upgrades at three coal-fired power plants after regulators in other states declined to support the changes because they were not economical.

The Public Service Commission agreed Thursday to reopen the case and scheduled a hearing on Sept. 24, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power filed a request Wednesday to have to West Virginia customers be responsible for $48 million annually for upgrades to keep the John Amos, Mountaineer and Mitchell coal-fired generating plants in Putnam, Mason and Marshall counties compliant. The

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New York City subway failed because someone pushed the wrong button

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New York: A recent power outage that disrupted half of New York City’s subway system for several hours and stranded hundreds of passengers was likely caused by someone accidentally pressing an “Emergency Power Off” button, according to investigations released on Friday.

Outside investigators looking into the disruption on the night of August 29 said there was a “strong possibility” that the button was accidentally pressed since the plastic guard designed to prevent accidental activation was missing, according to a pair of reports released by New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

The breakdown affected the subway system’s numbered lines plus the L train for several hours.

The breakdown affected the subway system’s numbered lines plus the L

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Cobb Chamber to host transportation summit

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If you have an interest in transportation issues related to Cobb County, and can spring for the pricey entrance fee, the Cobb Chamber will host the 2021 Transportation & Mobility Summit on Tuesday, October 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

It’s a luncheon summit, and the cost is $100 for non-Chamber-members and $60 for members.

The focus of the summit will be local, state, and federal transportation initiatives that will have an impact on Cobb and the surrounding metro region.

The press release for the summit states:

Through in-depth sessions, transportation

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Rail rapid transit needed from Surrey City Centre to Newton: business group

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In the midst of the federal election campaign, the Newton Business Improvement Association (NBIA) is advocating levels of government to bring fixed-rail rapid transit to Surrey’s neighbourhood of Newton.

They are calling for rail-based rapid transit down the King George Boulevard from Surrey City Centre to Newton.

“I am convinced that fixed rapid rail will be the catalyst to revitalization and will transform Newton into a connected, and livable community, making the Newton Town Centre more vibrant, accessible, and competitive,” said Philip Aguirre, the executive director of the NBIA.

“Surrey’s most populous town centre will ignite investment and transform Newton

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