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Refiners, Retailers Drop Prices, Chase US Drivers' Demand

April 13, 2015 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The average national price of a regular gallon of gasoline continues to drop.

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Paper Towels, Toilet Tissue Latest Uses For Wheat Straw

April 13, 2015 9:35 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | Comments

A company plans to roll out a new line of tissues and paper towels this month that incorporates wheat straw and bamboo, which it hopes will provide a rapidly renewable and environmentally friendly source of fiber for its products while giving farmers a new market for what remains after the grain is harvested.

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'Toxic Toy' Bill Gets Another Push in NY, Industry Objects

April 10, 2015 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Legislation to ban the use of certain chemicals in toys may get another chance in New York state before lawmakers adjourn in June.

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A Look at Listeria, Pathogen Found in Ice Cream And Hummus

April 10, 2015 4:44 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | Comments

Large food recalls have forced consumers to throw away hummus and ice cream that may be contaminated with the same potentially deadly bacteria — listeria.

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Report Links Pennsylvania Fracking to Rising Radon Levels

April 10, 2015 4:26 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

“By drilling 7,000 holes in the ground, the fracking industry may have changed the geology and created new pathways for radon to rise to the surface,” the study's first author said.

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Court Upholds Iowa Natural Gas Tax Reviled by Ethanol Plants

April 10, 2015 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Rejecting a challenge from the ethanol industry, the Iowa Supreme Court says the state's tax on the use of natural gas is constitutional.

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Inspection Found no Problem at Oklahoma Ice Cream Plant

April 10, 2015 12:04 pm | by DAVID WARREN, JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | Comments

Days after a foodborne illness was linked to Blue Bell ice cream products, a state inspection of an Oklahoma plant later tied to the infection praised the facility for having no violations and doing a "great job," according to a copy of the inspection report.

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Big Retailers Pull Sales of Weight-Loss Supplements With Dangerous Chemical

April 10, 2015 11:11 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

The issue also intensified criticisms of the FDA.

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Pics of The Day: Oil Spill in Vancouver

April 10, 2015 11:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An oil spill in Vancouver, Canada on Wednesday has unleashed toxic sludge into the English Bay.

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Oilfield Freight Balances Refinery Freight Loss For Railroad

April 10, 2015 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Alaska Railroad says supplying oilfield activity on Alaska's North Slope helped offset revenue losses in 2014 from the closure of the North Pole refinery.

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US Again Leads in Petroleum and Natural Gas Production

April 9, 2015 5:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Despite a dramatic slide in the price of crude oil in late 2014, the U.S. increased its petroleum output by 3 quadrillion British thermal units during the year.

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European Regulators Find Few Violations of Pesticide Standards

April 9, 2015 5:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The European Food Safety Authority's latest analysis examined nearly 81,000 samples from 27 EU member nations as well as Iceland and Norway, including apples, cabbage, leeks, lettuce, milk, peaches, pork, rye, oats, strawberries, tomatoes and wine.

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Study: Wild Lettuce Could Serve As Rubber Source

April 9, 2015 5:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers from Washington State University believe a pesky weed could hold the key to developing a new source of rubber.  

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Pipeline That Leaked Into Montana River Was Split at Weld

April 9, 2015 4:48 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

A Montana pipeline that spilled 30,000 gallons of oil had been split at the site of an exposed weld where the line crosses beneath the Yellowstone River, officials said, prompting a warning for pipeline companies nationwide to take precautions against flooding.

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Utility Won't Appeal $1.6 Billion Penalty For Deadly Blast

April 9, 2015 4:44 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

California's largest power utility says it won't appeal a record $1.6 billion penalty from the state for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb.

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