Power outages lead towns to look at microgrids

In this Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, photo, Nassau Town Supervisor David Fleming poses at the town landfill in Nassau, N.Y. The town proposes to be off the grid and to power its six buildings with solar, wind power and other renewable resources by 2020.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step by pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid.

‘Puppymonkeybaby’ among Super Bowl winners

This image provided by Audi shows a scene from the company's "The Commander" spot for Super Bowl 50. The ad features the new Audi R8 V10. (Audi via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — With 30-second Super Bowl ads costing up to $5 million, it’s a huge gamble to advertise. As the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers, there were winners and losers off the field, too. Here are the advertisers whose gamble paid off, and those who dropped the ball.

US manufacturing weakens as China’s factories slow

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 1, 2015, file photo, primer is applied to the midsole of a military tested New Balance 950v2 sneaker under ultraviolet light before the outsole is attached at one of company's manufacturing facilities in Boston. On Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for January. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Factory activity in the world’s two biggest economies — the United States and China — slowed in January, a discouraging trend for the global economy.

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