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  • Energy Department signals new loans from stalled advanced vehicles program

    An Energy Department loan program for advanced vehicle technologies that has drawn GOP criticism is revving its engine once again. The department announced changes to its Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program Wednesday, which focuses on electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles,...

  • Environmental group sues over mine expansion plan

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An environmental group is suing Montana environmental regulators over a permit allowing the expansion of a gold mining operation near Whitehall without requiring the Canadian company to completely backfill the new open pit after the mining ends. The reclamation plan...

  • US says oil reserves highest since 1976

    Crude oil reserves in the U.S. grew for the fourth straight year, reaching the highest level since 1976, according to an Energy Department report released Thursday. The report says reserves grew 4.5 billion barrels, or 15 percent, to 33 billion barrels in 2012. It was the biggest one-year jump...

  • Artificial cooling tricky topic for climate panel

    BERLIN (AP) — It's Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space. Called geoengineering, it's considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it, since plan A...

  • Cherry blossoms reach peak bloom on target in DC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's famous cherry blossom trees reached peak bloom Thursday, just in time to provide a colorful finale to the city's spring festival, the National Park Service said. Park officials had predicted the peak bloom would arrive between April 8 and April 12, and they...

  • In China, jar of French mountain air fetches $860

    BEIJING (AP) — Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip in southern France with well-rested lungs and a small item of protest against his home city's choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air. He put it up for auction before a group of about 100 Chinese artists...

  • Gov't says report on power grid threats mishandled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal energy regulators improperly allowed widespread access to a sensitive document that outlined specific locations where the nation's electric grid is vulnerable to physical threats, a government investigator said Wednesday. The document created by the Federal Energy...

  • If you think the sky is falling, check out the prophecies of the 1970s

    Forty years is roughly the length of a working lifetime—and long enough for history to have taken some unexpected turns. And to have proved that long-term forecasts based on extrapolations of existing trends usually end up wide of the mark. The list of failed prophecies from the 1970s is...

  • Putin turns up economic heat before Ukraine talks

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin turned up the heat on Ukraine on Wednesday by threatening to demand advance payment for gas supplies, a move designed to exert economic pressure as Ukraine confronts possible bankruptcy, a mutiny by pro-Russian separatists in the east and a...

  • Virginia ethanol plant finds life, investments

    HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) — A bio-energy plant in Hopeful completed in 2010 but never opened has found new life. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday Vireol Bio Energy LLC will invest $26.2 million to begin production at the plant, creating 70 jobs. The plant had been destined to be dismantled...

  • Feds say oil trains should have two-man crews

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to a series of fiery train derailments, federal regulators said Wednesday they will propose that trains transporting crude oil have at least two-man crews and requirements aimed at preventing parked train cars from coming loose and causing an accident like one in...

  • Russia threatens Ukraine on gas supply

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has threatened that Russia's state-owned gas company could ask Ukraine to pay for gas in advance, according to Russian state news agencies. In a meeting Wednesday with government ministers, Putin said that asking for advance payments "corresponded with...

  • Oil rises to near $103 a barrel on Ukraine unrest

    The price of oil edged up closer to $103 a barrel Wednesday amid unrest in eastern Ukraine, even as a report showed a large rise in U.S. crude stockpiles. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude oil for May delivery was up 25 cents to $102.81 in electronic trading on the New York...

  • NC sides with Duke in appeal of coal ash ruling

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps. The state Environmental Management Commission filed notice Monday that it intends to appeal a March 6...

  • California bill that would end orca shows stalls

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out their captivity was put on hold Tuesday, dousing an escalating fight between animal activists and supporters of the major tourist attraction. The bill's author, Democrat...



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