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Company fingered in blackout investigation says they're not to blame
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Washington-AP -- FirstEnergy Corporation, at the center of the search for answers in last week's massive blackout, says the problem goes far beyond its power lines.

A spokesman for the Ohio utility says company data showed strange fluctuations of voltage in the the Midwest power grid as early as noon on Thursday, more than three hours before the FirstEnergy lines failed.

That claim has not been confirmed. One investigator says the outages began in Ohio, but that any attempt to identify a specific cause at this point would be "speculative and premature."

As of last night, all systems were operating reliably, but today marks the first true test as industries and workers get back to business.

Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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