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  • 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...

  • EPA's secret gas chamber experiments: A deceitful failure

    A man — we’ll call him “Subject No. 1” — had a clear plastic pipe stuck into his mouth with his lips sealed around it, while the diesel exhaust from a parked truck outside the gas chamber was mixed with particulate matter and pumped straight into his lungs. The pumped mixture level was...

  • US bacon prices rise after virus kills baby pigs

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more. Scientists think porcine epidemic diarrhea,...

  • Russia oil talks pose new hurdle to Iran nuke pact

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States could impose economic sanctions if Iran and Russia move forward with a reported oil-for-goods contract, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, discussing with a Senate panel an emerging threat to talks designed to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran. The...

  • Stink bugs invade Europe; France, Italy hit

    Stink bug infestations have spread to 41 states and Europe's farm basket, having lived through the super-cold and snowy winter by making their own anti-freeze, according to the Agriculture Department's top brown marmorated stink bug watcher. “We are not seeing any difference in the mortality...

  • EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy: 'EPA listened' on carbon rules

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Monday attempted to assuage fears about a forthcoming carbon emissions rule for existing power plants, as she said it would contain flexibility for states. "The only thing I really hope when this proposal goes out is that people...

  • New Hampshire senators press for more heating funds

    New Hampshire's U.S. senators want more money to go toward the Low Income Home Heating Assistance Program for Fiscal Year 2015. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte say the administration's budget proposal requests $2.8 billion for the program. That's a $600 million decrease from Fiscal Year...

  • Indiana official's global warming comment draws fire

    Indiana's top official in charge of improving the state's air quality has angered some of his staff with a remark expressing skepticism about global warming.

  • West Virginia gas pipeline explodes, no injuries reported

    Six homes were evacuated in Marshall County after a 12-inch gas pipeline exploded.

  • Climate meeting to discuss future of fossil fuels

    After concluding that global warming almost certainly is man-made and poses a grave threat to humanity, the U.N.-sponsored expert panel on climate change is moving on to the next phase: what to do about it.



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