Power failure plunges most of Havana, Cuba into darkness

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HAVANA (AP) - Power has failed in Havana, plunging most of Cuba's capital and some of its suburbs into darkness.

There is no immediate word on what caused Sunday night's blackout. It hit a little after 8 p.m., in the middle of the nightly news on state television.

The outage has knocked power out in a 24-mile (40-kilometer) stretch from Havana's western residential neighborhoods across the city's center and Old Havana district and on to suburbs on the other side of the bay.

In Havana's Vedado entertainment and business district, the only buildings with visible light are tourist hotels and upscale apartment towers, which have backup generators.

Big blackouts were common in Havana a decade ago, when Cuba had an energy crisis. Isolated outages still hit the city, but citywide blackouts are rare.

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