HOUSTON (Reuters) – Hurricane Delta shut power and toppled equipment at U.S. Gulf Coast oil refineries and closed oil-export ports as its destructive winds and storm surge reached far from its center.

FILE PHOTO: A fallen utility pole is seen after Hurricane Delta hit Cancun in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico October 7, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Photo

Nearly 700,000 homes and businesses in three Gulf Coast states were without power on Saturday after Delta made landfall overnight as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 100 miles per hour (161 kph) near the town of Creole, Louisiana.

Delta’s fierce winds tore roofs off homes, cut electric power and disrupted energy operations as far away as Port Arthur, Texas, 65 miles (105 km) west of Delta’s landfall.

Total SA’s 225,500 barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery lost power, Valero Energy Corp’s 335,000 bpd plant lost a cooling tower, and Motiva Enterprises shut a

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HOUSTON (Reuters) – Hurricane Delta shut power and toppled equipment at U.S. Gulf Coast oil refineries and closed oil-export ports as its destructive winds and storm surge reached far from its center.

Nearly 700,000 homes and businesses in three Gulf Coast states were without power on Saturday after Delta made landfall overnight as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 100 miles per hour (161 kph) near the town of Creole, Louisiana.

Delta’s fierce winds tore roofs off homes, cut electric power and disrupted energy operations as far away as Port Arthur, Texas, 65 miles (105 km) west of Delta’s landfall.

Total SA’s 225,500 barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery lost power, Valero Energy Corp’s 335,000 bpd plant lost a cooling tower, and Motiva Enterprises shut a small unit at its 607,000 bpd refinery amid the storm, people familiar with operations said.

Total quickly launched efforts to restart the oil-processing plant, the people

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  • “Some voters, and elections staff, did feel intimidated by the crowd and we did provide escorts past the group,” said Gary Scott, the general registrar of Fairfax County.
  • But a local Republican official, Steve Rastatter, denied that protesters had been seeking to intimidate voters and said they had complied with officials’ requests to move away. 
  • President Trump has spread groundless accusations that Democrats are seeking to steal the election, and has called on supporters to act as poll monitors. 
  • Attempts at voter intimidation are illegal in Virginia and other US states. 
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Supporters of President Donald Trump staged a rally during early voting at a polling station in Virginia on Saturday, in a

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In our follow-up article focusing on BlackRock Multi-Sector Income Trust (BIT), we would like to update our readers on what has been going on in the housing and mortgage markets since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in late February 2020. This CEF has managed to recover all of the losses in market price and NAV after reaching a bottom in late March 2020, primarily supported by the sharp rally in both equities and fixed income securities. Other important contributors have been so far robust housing and mortgage markets, as they have managed to recover due to increased numbers of remote workers looking for bigger homes or moving out of key metropolitan areas. Surprisingly, A monthly distribution payment of $0.1237 per share has remained steady so far in 2020, even though net investment income was only $20.3 million in the first-half fiscal 2020 compared to the $44.4 million in full-year

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  • The online learning platform Blackboard, which serves more than 20 million US students reported that websites for one of its learning products were failing to load or were loading slowly, and users were unable to register on the first day of school.
  • Other sites like Google Drive also crashed. 
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HOUSTON (AP) — Students across the US ran into computer glitches Tuesday as they began the school year with online instruction at home because of the coronavirus, adding to the list of problems that have thrust many a harried parent into the role of teacher’s aide and tech support person.

The online learning platform Blackboard, which provides technology for 70 of the nation’s 100 biggest districts and serves more than 20 million US students

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