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Scientists turn carbon dioxide into harmless stone

carbon dioxide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have a found a quick way — but not a cheap one — to turn heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas into harmless rock. Experts say the results of a two-year, $10 million experiment called CarbFix , conducted about one-third of a mile (540 meters) deep in the rocks of Iceland, offer new hope for an effective weapon ...

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EPA’s plan to boost ethanol use in gasoline gets hearing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Obama administration’s proposal to boost the amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels blended into gasoline produced at least one consensus Thursday during the matter’s only public hearing: Few, if anyone, is entirely satisfied by the plan. Ethanol advocates, largely from Midwest farming states, testified that the Environmental Protection Agency’s target for biofuels next ...

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French partner joins UMaine offshore wind project

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A French company is joining a University of Maine-led consortium that’s developing an offshore wind farm. DCNS announced that it’s joining Maine Aqua Ventus, which intends to install a two-turbine, 12-megawatt project off the coast of Monhegan Island. The project shows enough promise that it’s in the running for a $40 million federal grant. The Portland ...

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German prosecutors investigating missing data in VW scandal

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors are investigating an employee at Volkswagen who allegedly asked his coworkers to delete or hide data in connection with the company’s emission scandal. Braunschweig prosecutor Klaus Ziehe said Thursday the suspect, whose name was not released, had in an “indirect but clear enough way” made the request just before Volkswagen acknowledged using special software to ...

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Denmark’s Dong Energy sees share price jump in market debut

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s Dong Energy, which focuses on wind power generation, has seen its shares jump on the first day of trading, bringing its market value to 98 billion kroner ($15 billion) — the most of any listed company in the country. Shares in the utility opened at 235 kroner ($36) on the Nasdaq Copenhagen stock market and ...

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North Dakota PSC hosting conference of energy regulators

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Public Service Commission is hosting a conference of energy regulators from 14 states. The three-day Mid-America Regulatory Conference begins Monday in Bismarck and brings together utility and energy regulatory agencies in states from the Dakotas to Texas. North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk was elected president of the group last year. The ...

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Global stocks slide amid concerns about world economy

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Global stocks fell on Thursday as investors worried about the health of the global economy given the Federal Reserve’s cautious stance about raising its interest rates. Financial markets were closed for holidays in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Britain’s FTSE 100 slid 0.9 percent at 6,248 and Germany’s DAX fell 1.2 percent ...

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Man is missing in mine where 2010 blast killed 29 miners

WHITESVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A man has been reported missing after authorities say he went to steal copper from a shuttered West Virginia mine that had been the site of a 2010 explosion that killed 29 coal miners. West Virginia State Police said in a statement that David Lee Adkins’ wife reported him missing Tuesday. She told authorities her husband ...

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Shell to end longtime sponsorship with Houston Open

Houston Open, Shell

HOUSTON (AP) — Shell Oil Co. has decided not to extend its title sponsorship of the Houston Open after next year, ending the third-longest running title sponsorship on the PGA Tour. Steve Timms, president and chief executive of the Houston Golf Association, said Shell’s decision to leave after 2017 was a function of its business environment and that the company ...

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