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Settlement in Wrongful Death Suit Over Brewery Keg Explosion

July 31, 2015 | by The Associated Press | Comments

A $1.2 million settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit over a keg explosion at a New Hampshire brewery.

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Duke Energy Finishes $1.2B Power Buyout of Eastern NC Cities

July 31, 2015 4:31 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Duke Energy Corp. says it's competed a $1.2 billion deal to buy out dozens of eastern North Carolina cities that have struggled for years with bad investments in power plants.

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Stillwater Mining Co. Reports $27M Loss For 2nd Quarter

July 31, 2015 3:57 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The nation's only platinum and palladium mine is reporting a $27.5 million loss for the second quarter of 2015.

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Arctic-Bound Ship Leaves Portland After Oil Drilling Protest

July 31, 2015 3:48 pm | by TERRENCE PETTY, DAN JOLING, Associated Press | Comments

Authorities used boats, personal watercraft, poles and their bare hands to remove protesters in kayaks and hanging from bridges who had tried to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker bound for an Arctic drilling operation.

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Mississippi Phosphates Set to Plead Guilty in Pollution Case

July 31, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Gulf Coast fertilizer manufacturer will plead guilty Aug. 19 to federal allegation of violating the Clean Water Act by polluting waterways.

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OSHA Fines Southcross Energy Over January Fire

July 31, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Federal regulators on Wednesday cited a Texas natural gas company for safety violations following a January fire at its plant near Corpus Christi.

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The Honest Co. in Hot Seat Over ‘Ineffective’ Sunscreen

July 31, 2015 9:50 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Comments

Dozens of parents lit up social media and product review boards during the last week with complaints that a sunscreen made by The Honest Company, a ‘toxic-free’ body care company owned by Jessica Alba, hasn’t been doing its job.

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Senate Panel Backs Lifting Crude Export Ban

July 30, 2015 4:36 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Senate Energy Committee voted Thursday to lift the country's decades-old ban on exports of crude oil.

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Toxic Flame Retardant Found in Congressional Furniture

July 30, 2015 4:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

"It’s crazy to think that there are toxic chemicals in the very furniture we’re sitting on while working to update America’s chemical safety law,” Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, told Roll Call.

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Environmental Lawyer: New Jersey-Exxon Settlement Not Enough

July 30, 2015 4:00 pm | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press | Comments

A lawyer for an environmental group says a judge should find that New Jersey's proposed $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp. over natural resource damages is too small.

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Vegas-Area Coal Plant Owners to Pay $4.3M to Settle Lawsuit

July 30, 2015 3:58 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Operators of a coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas are agreeing to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution.

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Scientist: Oil Slick Likely From Natural Seafloor Seepage

July 30, 2015 3:53 pm | by CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press | Comments

Officials are still trying to determine the source of a mysterious miles-long oil slick off California's coast, but a scientist says it's likely the result of naturally occurring seepage from the sea floor.

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OPEC Chief Expects Oil Prices to Stabilize

July 30, 2015 3:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

OPEC and Russia say they expect the global oil market to become more balanced and stable next year after the recent sharp drops.

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Heavy Weather, Oil Patch Slump Lower H&E Profit

July 30, 2015 3:47 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Baton Rouge-based construction-equipment supplier H&E Equipment Services Inc. says heavy rains in May and a slumping oil industry put a damper on the second-quarter results.

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Solar Group Wants More Input Into Review of Westar Plan

July 30, 2015 3:44 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A solar advocacy group has raised concerns about the decision of Kansas regulators to limit the group's input over a large utility's plan to boost rates and change its billing structure.

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Shell to Cut Jobs to Cope With Long Period of Cheap Oil

July 30, 2015 9:39 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell announced deep cuts to jobs and investment on Thursday as the global energy giant prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices.

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