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Eufaula Plant Expanding, Adding 20 Jobs

December 30, 2014 1:39 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

CARBO Ceramics in Eufaula is expanding and adding 20 jobs, who will join 75 who already work for at the Eufaula plant. The company makes products and provides services for oilfield service companies and operators of natural gas and oil wells.

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NYC Fields Over 200 Pre-Suit Claims From Gas Blast

December 30, 2014 1:33 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

New York City could face more than 200 lawsuits over a gas explosion that leveled two buildings and killed eight people earlier this year. The explosion destroyed two five-story East Harlem apartment buildings and injured more than 60 people.

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Shuster: No Plan For Gas Tax Hike, Mileage Fees

December 30, 2014 10:47 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | Comments

The chairman of the House Transportation Committee says passing a bill to pay for America's aging roads and bridges will be a top priority next year but is ruling out a gasoline tax hike or motorist user fees as the way to do it. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., has previously said a vehicle-miles-traveled tax should be considered.

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China Fires Officials Over Deadly Factory Blast

December 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Associated Press | Comments

China's Cabinet announced on Tuesday the firing of the top two officials where an explosion at an auto parts factory in August killed 146 people in the country's worst industrial accident since 2005. A national investigation team found that plant management failed to provide safety training for workers and ignored rules on building spacing, density in manufacturing lines, dust cleanup, and use of anti-explosion equipment.

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2 Western Ky. Mines Halt Operations, Affecting 670 Miners

December 29, 2014 4:47 pm | by The Gleaner; Henderson, Ky. | Comments

Two large underground coal mines in western Kentucky will be idled, putting about 670 miners out of work. Patriot Coal Corp. is halting operations at its Highland No. 9 mine and Dodge Hill No. 1 mine in Union County. The mines employ about 670 workers and produced about 3.9 million tons of thermal coal last year

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Why The US Will Power The World Economy in 2015

December 29, 2014 1:45 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The United States is back, and ready to drive global growth in 2015. After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health. But the new year doesn't look quite so bright in other major countries.

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Ukraine Nuke Plant Unit Taken Offline

December 29, 2014 11:09 am | by Associated Press | Comments

One unit of Ukraine's Zaporozhiya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has been taken offline because of generator problems. State nuclear power company Energoatom says the unit was disconnected from the electricity net early Sunday to prevent internal damage to the generator. It did not give further details, but said radiation in the area is within acceptable limits.

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Suicide Bombers Attack Syria Gas Facilities

December 29, 2014 10:07 am | by ALBERT AJI, Associated Press | Comments

A Syrian official says two suicide attackers have targeted separate natural gas facilities in the central province of Homs, killing eight people. The state news agency SANA also reported the attacks, saying guards opened fire at the attackers as they drove toward the plants, forcing them to detonate their payloads before reaching their targets.

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Mixed Reaction as Vermont Yankee Plant Shuts Down

December 29, 2014 10:03 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | Comments

Ellen Merkel says she gets "a little teary-eyed" when she thinks about the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant sending its last electrons to the regional power grid. She knows it will likely mean moving from her nice neighborhood in Vernon, where her husband works at the plant, to the South for a new job.

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China Offers to Help Electricity-Starved Nepal

December 26, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | Comments

China said Friday that it would help Nepal develop its power industry to alleviate severe electricity outages that can last up to 12 hours a day in the Himalayan nation, where Beijing is trying to increase influence and investment.

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Agreement For Fertilizer Plant in American Falls

December 26, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An agreement has been reached to build a new $2 billion fertilizer plant in American Falls. ConAgra Foods and Magnida also announced an agreement on groundwater Tuesday, The Idaho Statesman reported. Construction on the new plant could begin in 2015.

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Lawmakers Promise to Help Strapped Oil-Patch Towns

December 26, 2014 10:40 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press; JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

Relief could be on the horizon for strapped public services in the Northern Plains' booming oil patch, as elected leaders in Montana and North Dakota move to steer more money into the region during the states' upcoming legislative sessions.

Callaway Nuclear Plant Marks 30 Years

December 26, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The only commercial nuclear power plant in Missouri has turned 30 and is seeking to operate for another three decades. The Callaway Energy Center, which generates about 20 percent of Ameren Missouri's electricity for its 1.2 million customers, was granted a 40-year operating license in 1984.

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3 S. Korea Workers Die at Nuke Plant Construction Site

December 26, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Three South Korean workers died Friday after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a nuclear plant being built by South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company, which has come under recent threats by hackers, a company official said.

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Prosecutors Not to Indict 3 Ex-TEPCO Execs Over Fukushima

December 26, 2014 10:17 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | Comments

Japanese prosecutors are expected not to indict three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. on charges of professional negligence resulting in deaths and injuries over the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, sources familiar with the matter said Friday.

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