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California residents urged to conserve power amid heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California residents have been asked to voluntarily conserve power again as the heat wave baking the U.S. West strained the state’s energy grid and raised the possibility of rotating outages. The California Independent System Operator issued a Flex Alert for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. However, it passed without any outages and the operator thanks Californians for their conservation efforts. Also Friday, inland areas and deserts boiled. Palm Springs had a high of 119, breaking a record for the day set in 1893. However, temperatures were expected to ease slight over the weekend.

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