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Russia's Sinking Economy Becoming a Global Threat

December 17, 2014 | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Russia's suddenly escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy. "Oil hasn't found a bottom yet, so the pain is only going to get worse as the price of oil continues to fall," said a chief market strategist.

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Four Indicted in West Virginia Chemical Spill Case

December 17, 2014 12:29 pm | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | Comments

A grand jury has indicted four former executives of a chemical company on pollution charges in a spill that prompted a drinking water ban for 300,000 West Virginia residents. The indictment charges ex-Freedom Industries presidents with failing to ensure that Freedom operated the terminal that leaked in a reasonable and environmentally sound manner.

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Wyoming Lawmakers Endorse Workplace Fatality Bill

December 17, 2014 9:30 am | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | Comments

Lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal that would sharply increase penalties when employee deaths occur because of safety violations at large companies in Wyoming, which has long been among the top states for workplace deaths. Mary Jane Collins of Sheridan urged the committee to pass the bill. Her grandson, Brett Collins, died in a construction accident in 2012.

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Regulators Consider Ga. Nuclear Plant Costs

December 16, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Utility regulators will continue their review of the costs of building a new nuclear plant in eastern Georgia. The Public Service Commission plans to meet Tuesday as it debates whether to approve Georgia Power's recent spending as it builds two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

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Deborah Borg Named President, Dow USA

December 15, 2014 4:51 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

Deborah Borg, vice president of the Human Resource Partner Organization, has been named president of Dow USA. Borg will be responsible for coordinating Dow’s activities across the U.S. and play an instrumental role in representing Dow's interests to key stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, joint venture partners, key government organizations and communities.

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Magnum Hunter Loses Control of Gas Well

December 15, 2014 4:40 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. says that it lost control of a natural gas well in Ohio over the weekend. The well located in Monroe County had been temporarily plugged while work was being done elsewhere onsite. But when workers tried to resume production operations Saturday afternoon, the well began to flow uncontrollably.

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Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 4:34 pm | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear. Additional gains came from food and wood, plastics and rubber-based products. Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12 months. 

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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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