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AP Survey: Dimmer Outlook for U.S. Economy, Wages and Hiring

August 25, 2015 11:27 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

A majority of the nearly three dozen who responded to the survey predict tepid economic growth, weak pay gains and modest hiring for the next two years at least.

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U.S. Crude Closes Under $40 a Barrel to Breach Long-Time Low

August 25, 2015 11:22 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Oil hadn't closed below $40 since February 2009, although it briefly traded below that level on Friday. Monday's closing price was the lowest since Feb. 18, 2009.

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Dutch Nutritional Supplement Maker DSM to Cut 900-1,100 Jobs

August 25, 2015 11:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The company announced the job cuts Tuesday, saying the move would cut costs by 125-150 million euros ($144-173 million) by the end of 2017.

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Sewage Spill Prompts Closure of Famed Hawaii Beach

August 25, 2015 11:15 am | by Caleb Jones, Associated Press | Comments

The Waikiki beach area was closed Monday after storm water flowed into the city's sewage system as a weather system linked to Tropical Storm Kilo dumped heavy rain on the islands.

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Russia Removes Foreign Detergent, Washing Powder from Shops

August 25, 2015 11:11 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Consumer Protection Agency said that recent inspections of selected goods by top foreign brands such as Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble have found high levels of toxic ingredients.

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Navajo Farmers Reject Use of Water After Mine Spill

August 25, 2015 11:07 am | by Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press | Comments

Though officials say water quality has returned to the level it was before the spill, farmers reportedly don't want to risk contaminating the soil for future generations.

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Oil-Covered Beach Near Santa Barbara, California Reopens

August 25, 2015 10:54 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The beach was closed this past Friday after officials found more and more liquid oil over a 300-yard stretch.

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Report: Investors Could Benefit From Lifting Iranian Sanctions

August 25, 2015 10:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The country produces chemical feedstock at among the lowest costs in the world and maintains access to major markets.

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Washington State: Car Wash Chemical Dangerous to Workers

August 24, 2015 11:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A recently-published report looked at workers' compensation injury reports from 2001 to 2013, finding 48 workers suffered burns from hydrofluoric-acid-based car wash products.

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EPA Knew of 'Blowout' Risk for Tainted Water at Gold Mine

August 24, 2015 11:15 am | by Michael Biesecker and Matthew Brown, Associated Press | Comments

EPA released documents shed some light on the circumstances surrounding the Aug. 5 accident, and raise more questions about whether enough was done to prevent it.

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Dubai, Saudi Markets Lose 7 Percent After Oil Prices Dip

August 24, 2015 11:10 am | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | Comments

Sunday was the first day of trading in the Middle East after Brent crude, a benchmark for international oil, fell more than a dollar to close Friday at $45.46 while the price of U.S. crude closed at $40.45.

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Explosion Rips Through Chemical Plant in Eastern China

August 24, 2015 11:03 am | by Associated Press | Comments

At least nine people were reportedly injured in the explosion in the Shandong province city of Zibo, just over a week after a similar blast at a Chinese chemical warehouse killed more than 100 people.

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Proposed Mine Exploration Draws Nearly 6K Public Comments

August 24, 2015 10:54 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Forest Service reportedly received about 4,100 comments and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality received another 1,700 by Thursday's deadline about a proposed gold mine near Yellowstone National Park.

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Obama Pushing for More Clean Energy Choices for Consumers

August 24, 2015 10:43 am | by Nancy Benac, Associated Press | Comments

On Monday, Obama plans to announce new executive actions and other efforts aimed at making it easier for homeowners and businesses to invest in green energy improvements that in the past may have been impractical or unaffordable.

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Local Officials Blame Feds for Delay in Nuke Dump Reopening

August 24, 2015 10:36 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's opening has been postponed indefinitely so officials can make sure all is secure following last year's fire and radiation leak.

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