WASHINGTON, D.C.—Your alarm clock could actually be a valid excuse to be late for work.
Scientists found that your old plug in clock could be losing or gaining few ticks over time.
They say a change from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is to blame.
Electric clocks keep time based on an electric current from the power grid.
Unfortunately the regulators have eliminated a requirement that forces power companies to keep that current on pace.
They say your clocks could be off by up to seven minutes.
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