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American consumers showing more confidence in economy

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, file photo, Alana Fusco, left, an employee at Gerald Peters, at the Staten Island Mall in New York, helps a customer choose a bracelet for her niece. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, the Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for January. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

WASHINGTON — A strong job market and low gasoline prices helped boost U.S. consumer confidence again this month. The Conference Board on Tuesday said that its consumer confidence index rose to 98.1 in January from 96.3 in December, the second straight monthly gain. The business research group said Americans were more confident about the future, though their assessment of current ...

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States seek court delay in enforcement of Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON — A coalition of 25 states opposing President Obama’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is asking the Supreme Court to stop the new regulations from taking effect until after their legal challenge is resolved. West Virginia and Texas are leading the group of largely Republican states that on Tuesday asked the high court to immediately bar the Environmental ...

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Railroad: 850 gallons of soybean oil leaked in derailment

BROWNSVILLE, Minn. — The Canadian Pacific Railroad says around 850 gallons of soybean oil leaked when six tanker cars derailed into the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota. CP spokesman Andy Cummins says three of the six cars were successfully unloaded Thursday and are expected to be safely removed from the river Friday. The other three will be emptied Friday. Fifteen ...

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Hiring rises in 36 US states in December

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, job applicants fill out forms during a job fair at Dolphin Mall in Miami. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, the Labor Department reports on state unemployment rates for December 2015. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

WASHINGTON — Employers added jobs in 36 states last month, led by big gains in California, Texas and Florida, evidence that hiring remains solid nationwide. Low oil prices caused job losses in energy-rich states. THE NUMBERS: The widespread hiring helped push down unemployment rates in 25 states in December, with the sharpest drops occurring in Missouri and Oregon. The unemployment ...

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Justices won’t let North Dakota enforce tough abortion law

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2016 file photo, pro-abortion rights signs are seen during the March for Life 2016, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court will not allow North Dakota to enforce a law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The justices on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, turned away the state’s appeal of lower court rulings that struck down the 2013 fetal heartbeat law as unconstitutional. The law never took effect and abortion rights supporters said it was the strictest anti-abortion measure in the country. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

BISMARCK, N.D. — The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to review lower court rulings overturning North Dakota’s ban on abortion at six weeks of pregnancy — before many women know they’re pregnant. The justices turned away the state’s appeal of decisions striking down the 2013 fetal heartbeat law as unconstitutional. The law never took effect, and abortion-rights supporters said it ...

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Bismarck-Mandan schools expect continued enrollment growth

BISMARCK, N.D. — School officials in Bismarck and Mandan expect student enrollment to continue growing despite a slowdown in oil production. Planning firm RSP and Associates estimates that Bismarck Public Schools will exceed 14,200 students in four years. This school year started with 12,400 students enrolled in the district. Bismarck Public Schools Superintendent Tamara Uselman told the Bismarck Tribune that ...

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Judge in climate suit tells feds to re-examine coal mine

BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal officials must re-examine a 117 million-ton expansion of an eastern Montana coal mine after a judge sided with environmentalists who sued over the project’s potential to make climate change worse and cause other environmental damage. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters gave the Interior Department nine months to look again at the proposal for the Cloud Peak ...

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State regulators holding hearing on Cass County pipeline

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota regulators are holding a public hearing in Fargo on a proposed petroleum products pipeline in Cass County. Thursday’s Public Service Commission hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center on the North Dakota State University campus. The PSC says NuStar Pipeline Operating Partnership is seeking a permit for a 7.3-mile-long ...

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Missouri River power generation below average in 2015

North Dakota — Aerial view the water released from the spillway near the Garrison Dam which is located 75 miles north and upstream of the Bismarck-Mandan, N.D. area on June 8, 2011. The dam is releasing water into the Missouri River at a flow of 130,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) which reaches the Bismarck-Mandan area in about 30-36 hours. (Image: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. — Electric power generation from Missouri River dams fell below average in 2015, as water was kept in upstream reservoirs to balance levels in the river system, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps, which manages dams and reservoirs along the 2,341-mile river, said energy production from the six dams in the Dakotas, Montana and ...

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