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A look at the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in numbers

A look at the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in numbers

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine (AP) — Telling the story of Chernobyl in numbers 30 years later involves dauntingly large figures and others that are even more vexing because they’re still unknown. A look at numbers that hint at the scope of the world’s worst nuclear accident, the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986: —More than ...

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Solar plane pilots say trip was also test of human endurance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — The two Swiss pilots taking turns to fly a solar-powered airplane around the world said Sunday the endeavor is not only a demonstration of the importance of renewable energy but also of the many challenges the human body can endure. Pilot Bertrand Piccard completed a risky, three-day flight across a great expanse of the Pacific ...

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US stocks fall in global slump as energy companies skid

US stocks fall in global slump as energy companies skid

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are skidding Monday morning as global stocks also took losses. Energy companies are falling the farthest although the price of oil is little changed. Companies including Xerox and drugmaker Perrigo are down after reporting disappointing earnings. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 137 points, or 0.8 percent, to 17,866 as of 10:40 ...

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West Virginia, Japanese leaders talk natural gas partnership

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and natural gas industry executives have met with Japanese business leaders to discuss investment opportunities. A Tomblin news release says executives from Energy Corporation of America and MarkWest Energy Partners joined for the meeting Friday in New York City. The release says almost 100 people attended, ...

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NYC mayor announces steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions

NYC mayor announces steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing building owners to update heating and power systems in order to help meet his goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. De Blasio announced the new energy efficiency measures on Friday, which is Earth Day. He said the city has set bold goals as ...

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Schlumberger reduces workforce by 2,000 in first quarter

Schlumberger reduces workforce by 2,000 in first quarter

HOUSTON (AP) — Schlumberger NV trimmed its workforce by about 2,000 to 2,500 people in the first quarter as the company’s profit slumped 49 percent amid the continuing slump in oil and gas drilling. The company said in a news release that its workforce, which started the year at 95,000, ended the first quarter on March 31 with 93,000 employees. ...

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Top Eagle Ford news stories: April 15-22

Top Eagle Ford news stories: April 15-22

A deadly explosion devastated a Mexican community and low gasoline prices continue to cause problems in the Gulf states. Scroll down to recap this week’s top Eagle Ford news headlines. 5. ‘Hard choices’ in Texas as oil bust, costly lawsuits collide HOUMA, La. (AP) — It might sound strange, but the penny-pinching folks in Louisiana’s Oil Patch can’t wait for ...

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175 states signing landmark Paris deal on climate change

175 states signing landmark Paris deal on climate change

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leaders from at least 175 countries were signing the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the landmark deal took a key step forward, potentially entering into force years ahead of schedule. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, holding his young granddaughter, joined dozens of world leaders for a signing ceremony that set a record for ...

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Feds: No nuclear waste to be used in possible South Dakota test

Feds: No nuclear waste to be used in possible South Dakota test

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Organizers of a federal effort to assess whether nuclear waste can be stored in 3-mile-deep holes are trying to better explain their intentions to South Dakota residents after getting rebuffed in North Dakota over concerns that waste might eventually be stored there. Battelle, a nonprofit group hired to manage the U.S. Department of Energy project, is ...

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Source: VW to pay $1B to diesel owners, buy back some cars

Source: VW to pay $1B to diesel owners, buy back some cars

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen, the U.S. government and private lawyers have reached a deal for the automaker to buy back some of the nearly 600,000 diesel cars that cheat on emissions tests and spend just over $1 billion to compensate owners, according to a person briefed on the matter. The “deal in principle” includes a maximum amount of spending, but ...

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