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Congress Clears Way For Copper Mine in Arizona

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

A trade of public and private lands needed to allow the development of a massive copper mine 70 miles southeast of Phoenix is on its way to President Barack Obama's desk as part of the nation's annual defense funding bill. The annual defense authorization bill passed by the Senate Friday includes the trade that will allow Resolution Copper Mining Co. to develop the mine near Superior, touted as the largest in North America.

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UN Climate Talks Deadlocked

December 15, 2014 10:16 am | by KARL RITTER, Associated Press | Comments

The main goal for the two-week session in Lima was relatively modest: Reach agreement on what information should go into the pledges that countries submit for a global climate pact expected to be adopted next year in Paris. But even that became complicated as several developing nations rebelled against a draft decision they said blurred the distinction between what rich and poor countries can be expected to do.

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13 Workers Killed at Power Plant in Ecuador

December 15, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A sudden collapse at the site of Ecuador's largest-ever infrastructure project killed 13 people and injured a dozen more, officials said Sunday. The Chinese embassy in Quito confirmed that 10 Ecuadorean and three Chinese workers were killed over the weekend at the construction site of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant. The Chinese firm Sinohydro is building the $2 billion 1,500-megawatt power plant.

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Water Leak Found at Pennsylvania Nuclear Plant

December 15, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Operators of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in central Pennsylvania say they have disconnected Unit One from the regional power grid after finding a small water leak inside the containment structure. PPL officials said Saturday that the leak was "well within the plants limits for continued safe operation."

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Woman Who Drank Toxic Tea Reaches Deal With Restaurant

December 15, 2014 9:09 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Pre | Comments

A Utah woman has reached a settlement with a barbecue chain restaurant where she unknowingly drank iced tea mixed with chemicals and nearly died. Dickey's Barbecue and Jan Harding issued a joint statement this week announcing they came to terms on an agreement that will lead to extensive changes at the business to ensure such an incident never happens again.

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Central European Presidents Want Energy Sources Diversified

December 12, 2014 11:30 am | by Ceska Tiskova Kancelar, Prague | Comments

The presidents of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries, or Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and of Austria and Slovenia agreed at their summit in Prague on the need to diversify energy sources and distribution channels, they said in their joint declaration today. The declaration was presented at the close of the two-day summit.

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Cheaper Gas And Food Lower U.S. Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation. The Labor Department says the producer price index fell 0.2 percent in November, after rising by the same amount in October. In the past 12 months, producer prices have risen just 1.4 percent, the smallest yearly increase since February.

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Calif. Nuclear Waste Goes Underground

December 12, 2014 10:39 am | by Morgan Lee, U-T San Diego | Comments

Spent nuclear fuel from the retired San Onofre nuclear plant will be stored underground in casks designed by New Jersey-based Holtec International, plant manager Southern California Edison announced Thursday. The selection of a cask supplier allows Edison to move forward with transferring used fuel from cooling pools to so-called dry storage in thick stainless steel casks, which rest inside thick concrete bunkers.

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Offering a Case Against Fracking

December 12, 2014 10:35 am | by BRIAN NEARING, NY Times Syndication | Comments

There were 32 fracking health studies in 2011, 66 more in 2012, and 139 more in 2013, when the state Health Department was ordered to conduct its health fracking study. Of health-related papers, 96 percent cited potential health risks from fracking, according to the study.

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Putin, Modi Look to Bolster Trade Agreements in Diamonds, Oil And More

December 11, 2014 5:07 pm | by Press Trust of India | Comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today assured industry leaders from the two countries of measures to enhance bilateral trade and investments.  Putin, who is on a visit to India, was accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes business tycoons. Representatives of India Inc. raised various issues to increase trade flows in sectors like pharmaceuticals, banking, energy and infrastructure.

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Shale Gas Industry "Ripe For Noncompliance" With Wage Law

December 11, 2014 11:37 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The “fissured landscape” of the shale gas industry is drawing regulators’ eyes as they seek to enforce labor laws, U.S. Department of Labor officials said. The department announced an agreement with roughly 145 oil and gas employers to pay a combined $4.5 million in back wages to 5,300 workers.

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How Your Carton of Milk Could be Changing

December 11, 2014 11:31 am | by Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Comments

The dairy industry is eyeing package innovations to boost slumping sales. Changes could include products such as milk cartons that don’t require refrigeration until they’re opened. Shifting consumer habits, more drink choices and a lack of dairy product innovation are behind the steady decline in milk sales.

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Little Support For Power Line in Amish Country

December 11, 2014 11:24 am | by Chris Hubbuch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. | Comments

Wisconsin’s top utility regulator heard dozens of people explain why they don’t want or need high-voltage power lines running through a community that is home to the state’s largest Amish population and wind turbines that more than meet its energy demands.

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Study Estimates Nearly 270,000 Tons of Plastic Floating in World's Oceans

December 11, 2014 10:53 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A new study estimates nearly 270,000 tons of plastic is floating in the world's oceans. Studying the amount of plastic in the ocean will help scientists understand how the material is affecting fish, seabirds and the larger marine ecosystem.

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Bangladesh Salvages Sunken Tanker as Leaking Oil Threatens Rare Wildlife

December 11, 2014 10:43 am | by Press Trust of India | Comments

Bangladesh today retrieved an oil-leaking sunken tanker, two days after it capsized in a river at the Sundarbans, as the oil overnight spread in 34,000 hectares at the world's largest mangrove forest, which is home to dolphins, rare acquatic animals and Royal Bengal tigers.

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