Rolling blackouts affect millions and force factory closures in Mexico

February 18, 2021

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People wait in line to fill propane tanks in Houston, Texas. Customers waited over an hour in the freezing rain to fill their tanks, Feb. 17, 2021.

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The freezing temperatures have resulted in rolling blackouts across Texas, that extend to most of northern Mexico. Millions are stuck without power and thousands of factories have shut down. And, Australian Facebook saw a total news blackout on Thursday after the company preempted a proposed law that would have forced the company to pay media organizations for news content on the tech platform. Also, Seiko Hashimoto, a seven-time Olympian, has been named the new head of the organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics.

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