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Signs of steady US economy: Rising pay and solid job market

WASHINGTON — Americans’ pay is up, fewer people need unemployment aid, more are buying new homes and business spending is rebounding. A flurry of data released Wednesday signaled that the fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain solid, if unspectacular, three weeks before the Federal Reserve will likely begin raising interest rates. Consumers appear relatively confident in the economy and may ...

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Global crude shortages now outweighed by US production

Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Record-setting production levels of liquid fuel in the U.S. are high enough to offset global oil price spikes caused by unplanned production disruptions, reports the Energy Information Administration. The results of a multi-year EIA study of America’s effect on the global energy market were released yesterday. The organization concluded that the country’s growing liquid ...

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Man on FBI’s Most Wanted list in custody

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in connection with a 2008 rape and homicide has been captured and brought to Louisiana, where the crime took place. The FBI reports on its website that Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara surrendered to authorities in Mexico and was returned to Lake Charles, Louisiana, Wednesday morning. Related: Man ...

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AP photos: Building boom in N. Dakota’s oil patch

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — President Theodore Roosevelt once came to North Dakota’s Badlands to find solitude and solace amid the area’s “desolate, grim beauty.” But Roosevelt’s Dakota is barely visible today. The area’s oil boom has resulted in an infrastructure-building frenzy as the rush for jobs and oil demands more roads, homes, food trucks and stores. The epicenter is a ...

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West’s largest coal-fired plant on track to close

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Felicia Fonseca | Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and is on track to cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday ...

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Survey: US gas prices fall 9 cents to $3.58

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Associated Press CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — A national survey finds the average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has plummeted 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $3.58. That’s the largest drop this year. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday the decrease came despite a rise in crude-oil prices. Lundberg says U.S. refiners, enjoying plentiful supplies, aggressively cut ...

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Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation’s nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios. A National Academy of Sciences report says that means thinking about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, solar storm, multiple failures and situations that seem freakishly unusual. ...

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Slow North Dakota city fire alert raises concern

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By Josh Wood | Associated Press WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A more efficient system must be established to alert residents of danger in North Dakota’s booming oil patch, an emergency manager and residents said, after authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours when a facility storing toxic chemicals exploded. No one was injured or killed in the ...

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