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Croatian Dilemma: Oil in The Adriatic, or Tourism

May 28, 2015 10:37 am | by DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Associated Press DARKO BANDIC, Associated Press | Comments

"This is a high-risk problem," Fries said in a warm breeze that stirred the sea's mirrored surface. "No one wants to swim or dive in a sea with pipelines, oil platforms and tankers."

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Alaska Governor Tours Shell Oil Rig in Seattle

May 28, 2015 10:31 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | Comments

The governor of Alaska on Wednesday toured a massive oil drill rig parked on Seattle's waterfront then met with Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to tell him that Washington's position on future Arctic drilling will hurt the economy of Alaska.

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EPA Plans Temporary Pesticide Restrictions While Bees Feed

May 28, 2015 9:56 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

A federal rule to be proposed Thursday would create temporary pesticide-free zones when certain plants are in bloom around bees that are trucked from farm to farm by professional beekeepers, which are the majority of honeybees in the U.S.

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Complaint: Oilfield Worker Subjected to Hostile Workplace

May 28, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Authorities say Clark complained to a safety manager about the harassment and was terminated in retaliation.

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Ohio House OKs Ban on Pure Caffeine, Powdered Alcohol Sales

May 28, 2015 9:46 am | by ANN SANNER, Associated Press | Comments

A bill banning the sale of pure caffeine products in Ohio cleared the state House on Wednesday, one year after a high school senior overdosed on a powdered form of the stimulant and died.

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New Federal Rules On Stream Protection Hailed, Criticized

May 28, 2015 9:22 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | Comments

The rules, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, aim to clarify which smaller waterways fall under federal protection after two Supreme Court rulings left the reach of the Clean Water Act uncertain.

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Research Could Fix Chocolate 'Blooms'

May 27, 2015 5:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

European researchers believe tweaking chocolate production could eliminate unsightly "blooms" that can appear on sweets and present a challenge for manufacturers.

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Bill Would Limit Arsenic In Rice

May 27, 2015 5:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, said inorganic arsenic in rice, cereal and other common products exposes consumers to high levels of the carcinogen and that the federal government should step in.

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Texas Oil Industry Largely Unaffected by Flooding

May 27, 2015 4:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

At least 31 people have been killed in Texas, Oklahoma and northern Mexico due to flooding in recent days, and analysts warn more storms are likely this week — potentially affecting the oil patch.

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BASF Backs ‘Space Farming’ Project That Could Help Astronauts Get to Mars

May 27, 2015 4:48 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

The chemicals giant is working with three students to see if crops can be grown from cuttings in microgravity.

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China Coal Production Falls in First 4 Months of Year

May 27, 2015 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Coal production in China, the world's biggest coal-consuming nation, fell by 6 percent in the first four months of this year as the economy slows and the government makes a concerted push to reduce carbon emissions.

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Longview Port in Talks Over Oil Refinery on Columbia River

May 27, 2015 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Port of Longview says it is negotiating with an energy company on a proposal for a new crude oil refinery on the Columbia River.

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EPA Issues Final Rules Protecting Drinking Water, Streams

May 27, 2015 1:48 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration issued new rules Wednesday to protect the nation's drinking water and clarify which smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands are covered by anti-pollution and development provisions of the Clean Water Act.

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Drilling Cutbacks Drag Down Job Growth in Oil Patch

May 27, 2015 1:43 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Hammered by cheaper oil, drilling firms have laid off workers and dragged job growth lower in states from Texas to North Dakota.

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Exxon Shareholders to Vote on Climate Change, Fracking

May 27, 2015 1:34 pm | by DAVID KOENIG, AP Business Writer | Comments

That is one of several environmental and company-governance resolutions on the agenda at the oil giant's annual meeting Wednesday in Dallas.

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