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U.S. Factory Output Up In March

April 16, 2014 | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January. Manufacturers produced more furniture, clothing, chemicals and aerospace products.

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Alliant Energy To Build In Marshalltown

April 16, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An Alliant Energy official says the utility has received the necessary permits for a power plant in Marshalltown and expects to begin construction this summer.                           

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Sen. Manchin Urges Mines To Push Back On Emission Standards

April 16, 2014 10:38 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | Comments

Speaking to the National Western Mining Conference in Denver, Sen. Joe Manchin said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not being reasonable in proposing that future coal plants reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and storing carbon.

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Senate Wants States Managing Carbon Emissions

April 16, 2014 10:26 am | by LAUREN LANGLOIS, Associated Press | Comments

Louisiana could have its own, less stringent plan for implementing the Environmental Protection Agency's limits on carbon dioxide emissions, under a proposal that got the approval Tuesday of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.             

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Sudanese Rebels Capture Oil Capital

April 16, 2014 10:24 am | by ILYA GRIDNEFF, Associated Press | Comments

Rebel fighters in South Sudan claimed Tuesday that they captured the capital of an oil-rich state, and they issued an ultimatum to oil companies to shut down production and evacuate workers. U.N. peacekeepers rescued 10 oil workers from the violence, but not before five were wounded.

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Kentucky Drilling Scam Convictions Upheld

April 16, 2014 10:17 am | by BRETT BARROUQUERE, Associated Press | Comments

Two brothers who defrauded millions of dollars from thousands of investors in an oil and gas drilling scheme lost a bid Tuesday to have their convictions and sentences overturned.                     

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ConocoPhillips Resumes Kenai LNG Shipments

April 15, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | Comments

ConocoPhillips says it will resume exports of liquefied natural gas from a Kenai Peninsula facility.                                           

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Georgia Factory Accused Of Polluting Altamaha River

April 15, 2014 10:40 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | Comments

An environmental group is suing a factory in southeast Georgia, accusing the company of discharging colored waste and odors in the Altamaha River.                                                

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Glencore Xstrata Buys Caracal Energy For $1.35B

April 15, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Swiss-based commodities giant Glencore Xstrata Plc says it is buying oil exploration firm Caracal Energy Inc. for about 800 million pounds ($1.35 billion) in cash.                             

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Utilities' Defenses Hold Against Hackers

April 15, 2014 10:23 am | by STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press | Comments

Electric, natural gas and major water companies and regional distribution systems in Connecticut have been penetrated by hackers and other cyber attackers, but defenses have prevented interruption, state utility regulators said Monday in their first report on cyber security.

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BNSF Promises More Fertilizer Trains

April 15, 2014 10:20 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

BNSF Railway Co. has promised to add more trains to ensure timely delivery of fertilizer for spring planting, Sen. John Hoeven said Monday.                                      

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Court Overturns Conflict Minerals Provision

April 15, 2014 10:15 am | by PETE YOST, Associated Press | Comments

A U.S. appeals court has overturned a disclosure requirement that public companies must post information about their use of minerals from Congo, where militias linked to atrocities have profited from mining minerals used in electronics, jewelry and other goods.

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Shell Discusses Shale Gas Plant In Pennsylvania

April 15, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Shell Chemical LP plans to hold meetings in western Pennsylvania to discuss the possibility of building a huge natural gas processing plant there.                                               

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Restoring The Ohio Oil Leak Site

April 15, 2014 10:07 am | by LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press | Comments

Crews worked for the fourth week to clean oil that leaked from a pipeline into a nature preserve near Cincinnati as officials began to focus on restoration of the affected area.                      

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In The Wake Of West Anniversary, Fire Chief Urges Changes

April 15, 2014 10:05 am | by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press | Comments

The state fire marshal recommended Monday that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.   

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Fitch Downgrades Alcoa's Credit To "Junk"

April 14, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Fitch Ratings Service downgraded Alcoa's credit rating to "junk" status on Friday, saying it thinks the company's leverage will stay high and aluminum prices and profitability will remain low.                       

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