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Seattle explosion levels buildings, injures firefighters

Seattle explosion levels buildings, injures firefighters

SEATTLE (AP) — A natural gas explosion rocked a Seattle neighborhood early Wednesday, sending nine firefighters to the hospital and reducing businesses to rubble. Crews were responding to reports of a natural gas leak when the explosion happened along the main thoroughfare of the city’s Greenwood neighborhood, just north of downtown, Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Corey Orvold said. As the ...

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NC: Duke Energy coal ash polluting water, fines may follow

A sample of the coal ash gathered from a river impacted by Duke Energy. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy is violating state pollution laws because its coal ash pits are polluting nearby waterways, North Carolina environmental regulators said Friday. Fines are being considered. The state Division of Water Resources sent letters to the country’s largest electric company accusing Duke Energy of violating state law by allowing wastewater to leak from coal ash basins ...

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Texas police: 1 injured in refinery-generator explosion

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PASADENA, Texas (AP) — One person was injured when a generator inside a refinery near Houston exploded, authorities said Saturday. Officials at the Pasadena Refining System Inc. facility are doing a head count, Pasadena police spokesman Vance Mitchell said. The injured person was taken to a nearby hospital but Mitchell did not know the person’s condition. In September 2011, there ...

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New Mexico court ruling revives lawsuit against oil company

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court has revived a lawsuit by residents of a southeastern New Mexico neighborhood who claimed operations by an oil company resulted in contamination that caused health problems. The justices say a lower court erred by preventing the residents from introducing scientific evidence and expert testimony in support of their ...

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Appeals court upholds designation of polar bear habitat

File - In this Sept. 5, 2012 file photo, Ahpun, a female polar bear, strolls around her cage at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, Alaska. A federal appeals court says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service followed the law when it designated more than 187,000 square miles as critical habitat for threatened polar bears. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a 2013 lower court decision that said the critical habitat designated, an area larger than California, was too extensive and not specific. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service followed the law when it designated more than 187,000 square miles — an area larger than California — as critical habitat for threatened polar bears in Alaska marine waters and its northern coast, an appeals court ruled Monday. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a 2013 lower court decision ...

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