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  • Training under way for new nuclear plant operators

    WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Utility companies are preparing a new wave of workers to run first-of-their-kind nuclear plants, a process certain to influence how workers are trained on the new …


  • EPA tightens standards for soot pollution

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration on Friday imposed a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount …


  • Critic questions way coal firms build slurry ponds

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Slurry pond failures like the one that swallowed a bulldozer and its driver last week at a West Virginia coal mine could be avoided if the …


  • Clinton pushes US bid for Czech nuclear project

    PRAGUE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton lobbied the Czech government Monday to approve an American bid for a $10 billion expansion of a nuclear power plant, …


  • Peanut butter plant closure angers New Mexico town

    PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Farmers in a revered peanut-growing region along the New Mexico-Texas border should be celebrating one of the best harvests in recent memory. Instead, millions of pounds …


  • FDA suspends operations at peanut butter plant

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on a New Mexico peanut butter plant that had repeated food safety violations over several years, using new authority …


  • FDA halts operations at peanut butter plant

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration halted operations of the country’s largest organic peanut butter processor Monday, cracking down on salmonella poisoning for the first time with new …


  • Calif. panel rejects quake study near nuke plant

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Citing harm to marine life, California coastal regulators on Wednesday soundly rejected a utility’s plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by …


  • Coastal panel mulls quake study near nuke plant

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California coastal regulators were set to weigh in Wednesday on a utility’s contentious plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by blasting …


  • CA coastal panel mulls quake study near nuke plant

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California coastal regulators were set to weigh in Wednesday on a utility’s contentious plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by blasting …


  • Co-workers puzzle over Calif. plant shooting

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — As employees return to work Thursday at a chicken-processing plant that was the scene of a fatal workplace shooting, authorities and co-workers puzzled over what set …


  • Floods render NYC hospitals powerless

    NEW YORK (AP) — There are few places in the U.S. where hospitals have put as much thought and money into disaster planning as New York. And yet two of …


  • Nuclear plants shut down units as storm hits coast

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Parts of two nuclear power plants were shut down late Monday and early Tuesday, while another plant — the nation’s oldest — was put on alert after …


  • Nuclear plant shuts down unit as storm hits coast

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Part of a nuclear power plant was shut down late Monday while another plant — the nation’s oldest — was put on alert after waters from superstorm …


  • NM peanut capital at heart of national recall

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The country’s largest organic peanut processing plant is scrubbing its facilities top to bottom and hopes to get back in production soon after a massive recall …


  • Calif. gas prices hit all-time high

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a record, though just barely. The price of gasoline hit an all-time average high in California of $4.6140 a gallon Saturday, fueled by a reduced …


  • Calif. gas prices equal all-time high

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The price of gasoline equaled the all-time average high in California of $4.61 a gallon Saturday, fueled by a reduced supply and a volatile market. Prices …


  • Calif. gas prices will rise, then fall next week

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California gas prices will increase for several more days before leveling off after a temporary reduction in supply triggered a price spike that saw fuming motorists …


  • Short supplies keep gas prices rising in Calif.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California gas prices continued surging Friday, adding another 17 cents per gallon on average, and the increases are expected to continue for at least several more …


  • Problems found at peanut butter plant in 2010

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration found what it called “objectionable conditions” at a New Mexico peanut butter plant in 2010, two years before the current outbreak of …


  • Calif. refinery back online amid soaring prices

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians woke up to a shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by as much as 20 cents a gallon in some areas, ending a week …


  • Calif. gas prices jump by up to 20 cents overnight

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Californians woke up to a shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by as much as 20 cents a gallon in some areas, ending a week …


  • Analysts: Spike in Calif. gas prices may linger

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The recent spike in gasoline prices around the nation is expected to wane slowly in coming weeks, but California may not be so lucky due to …


  • Troubled Calif. nuke plant aims to restart reactor

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The operator of California’s ailing San Onofre nuclear power plant proposed Thursday to restart one of its shuttered reactors after concluding it could be run safely …


  • Burned-out Conn. bell factory resumes production

    EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (AP) — The 180-year-old New England company that made the little bell that rings every time an angel gets its wings in the Christmas classic “It’s a …


  • Officials mull seismic tests near Calif nuke plant

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Plans to use an array of powerful air cannons in an undersea seismic study near a Central California nuclear power plant have federal and state officials …


  • Deal reached for huge desalination plant in Calif.

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego County Water Authority announced a tentative agreement Thursday to buy the entire output of what will be the Western hemisphere’s largest seawater desalination …


  • EPA pushes tough asbestos standard for Mont. town

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A proposed standard for federal cleanup of asbestos contamination in a Montana town concludes that even a tiny amount of the material can lead to lung …


  • In NFL ref woes, key role of expertise spotlighted

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — If good help is hard to find, just how expendable is expertise? In a year of strife between worker and manager, NFL referees found themselves with …


  • 2 largest parking companies in proposed merger

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is requiring the two largest parking management companies in the U.S. to sell 107 of their garages and lots in the central business districts …

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