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AP Interview: IMF says low oil prices still hurting Mideast

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oil-producing Mideast countries are coping with low global oil prices though more government reforms are needed, the International Monetary Fund’s chief for the Mideast said as the organization issued a new report Wednesday showing weak economic growth in the region. Masood Ahmed also told The Associated Press that Iran’s economy beat expectations by growing ...

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Researchers: Limits on drilling not enough to protect sage grouse

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Oil and gas development in the Western U.S. could continue to cause sage grouse numbers to decline despite limits on drilling meant to protect the struggling bird species, according to scientists. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado State University reached the conclusion after examining the effects of drilling on greater sage grouse over a ...

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After Calif. leak, feds seek to curtail natural gas blowouts

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after a blowout at a natural gas well near Los Angeles spewed tons of noxious gas and drove thousands from their homes, a federal task force is recommending dozens of safety changes for the nation’s 400 underground natural gas storage facilities. A report released Tuesday recommends that operators of gas-storage sites conduct strict risk assessments ...

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The 9-Point Checklist for Hiring the Right Motor & Generator Service Company

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Choosing a company to be your motor and generator service firm isn’t something that people take lightly.  There are many things to consider.  Some may feel that the choice is price-driven while others are looking for quality above all.  And still others may be looking for something as simple as reliable field service. Whatever the reasons, it’s best to do ...

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Arson suspected in latest Dakota Access pipeline fire

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REASNOR, Iowa (AP) — Authorities suspect arson in the latest burning of heavy equipment being used in the construction of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline in central Iowa. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says the blaze late Saturday near Reasnor, Iowa, caused about $2 million damage to an excavator and three bulldozers. The equipment is operated by a contractor for ...

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Judge drops charge against ‘Democracy Now’ reporter

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MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — “Democracy Now!” reporter Amy Goodman won’t face a riot charge stemming from her coverage of a protest against construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota, with a judge saying Monday that there was no cause for it. Judge John Grinsteiner refused to sign off on the misdemeanor riot charge, which prosecutor Ladd Erickson ...

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Instead of arguing over the thermostat, try these tips to reduce your energy bills

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A viral Facebook post by Autumn Brandon from Clarkston, Michigan showed an argument that’s been going on between parents and kids, and even between partners, for as long as thermostats have been hanging on walls. It’s the argument about the ideal temperature and the high priced energy bills that follow. Brandon posted a sign on her thermostat that said: Unless you ...

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