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US employers added 160K jobs in April; jobless rate 5 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in April, adding 160,000 jobs, the fewest in seven months, after a streak of robust monthly gains. The unemployment rate remained at a low 5 percent, roughly where it has been since fall. Last month’s hiring gain marked a drop from the average increase of 200,000 over the past three months. ...

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Stocks slip as jobs report shows hiring slowdown

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were slightly lower in early trading Friday after a report on the U.S. economy showed a significant slowdown in hiring last month, echoing weakness seen earlier in the week in Europe and Asia. TAKING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 20 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,640 as of 10:03 a.m. Eastern. The Standard ...

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Global, local leaders vow hard work against temperature rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — International leaders and local officials on Thursday pledged to work hard to stem the rise of global temperatures by investing in public transportation and electric cars, planting trees and switching to solar energy. At a climate action summit, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments, businesses and civil society to make good on the landmark climate agreement concluded ...

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New wind energy rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles. Under the plan announced Wednesday, companies could kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles a year without penalty —nearly four times ...

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Trade group recognizes Maine company’s tidal energy system

Ocean Renewable Power Company's RivGen® Power System ready for installation in 2015 in the Kvichak River, Igiugig, Alaska. (Image courtesy of ORPC)

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Hydropower Association is recognizing a Maine-based tidal power company. The trade group has given Ocean Renewable Power Company’s “RivGen” system a 2016 Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters Award in the category of Operational Excellence. Its RivGen unit is a smaller version of the larger tidal energy unit that’s designed for shallow tidal applications. Ocean ...

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Oil exploration threatens Georgia state marine mammal

An aerial view of a North Atlantic Right Whale whose way of life is under threat from offshore oil and gas exploration. (Image: FWC fish and Wildlife Research Institute via Flickr)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Exploration for oil and gas deposits under the sea floor threatens the existence of an official symbol of Georgia, the North Atlantic right whale, according leading marine scientists. An international group of 28 leading right whale researchers wrote an open letter to President Obama last week stating that seismic oil and gas surveys planned in the ...

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Possibly flawed welds cited in Pennsylvania pipeline blast

Investigators say they’ve found evidence of corrosion on a natural gas pipeline that exploded in western Pennsylvania last week, damaging homes and burning a resident. The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says the cause of the blast remains unknown, but the corrosion indicates a “possible flaw” in the coating material applied to welded joints. The federal agency said ...

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County wants more details on Bakken oil refinery proposed near park

Pictured here is the Oxbow Overlook in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. If approved, a proposed refinery would be located only three miles from the park. (Image: NPCA Photos via Flickr)

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Billings County leaders want more information before deciding whether to approve a proposed Bakken oil refinery about 3 miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota. The county’s planning and zoning board last month recommended approval of the $850 million plant, but the County Commission on Tuesday delayed taking action. Houston-based Meridian Energy Group ...

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Pipelines drained; feds investigating cause of gas explosion

pennsylvania pipeline gas explosion

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Natural gas pipelines were being drained Saturday as authorities try to determine the cause of an explosion in western Pennsylvania that destroyed one home, damaged at least three others and burned a fleeing homeowner. Officials in Westmoreland County said the 30-inch Texas Eastern transmission line burst open around 8:15 a.m. Friday in Salem Township, shooting flames ...

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Royal Dutch Shell first quarter earnings down 58 percent

LONDON (AP) — Oil company Royal Dutch Shell said first-quarter earnings plunged 58 percent as depressed crude prices create “hugely challenging times” for the energy industry. The Anglo-Dutch company said Wednesday that profit adjusted for changes in the value of inventories and excluding one-time items dropped to $1.55 billion from $3.74 billion in the same period of 2015. The results ...

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