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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2019, file photo, clothes dryers, top, are stacked on top of washing machines at a Home Depot store location, in Boston.  Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods increased a weak 0.4% in August following a much larger July gain. The Commerce Department reported Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 that the August advance marked the fourth consecutive increase but was far lower than the 11.7% surge seen in July.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods ticks up just 0.4%

Sep. 25, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods increased just 0.4% in August following a much larger gain in the previous month. It was the fourth consecutive monthly increase, but the most recent uptick was far weaker than the 11.7% surge in July, the Commerce Department...

Hawaii geothermal plant can restart without further review

Sep. 25, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health determined the state’s only geothermal power plant does not need an additional environmental review in its ongoing effort to restart after the facility was shut down by a volcanic eruption. Puna Geothermal Venture is in the review process for a...

Zheng Zhongwei, an official with China's National Health Commission, holds a chart showing different priority groups for a coronavirus vaccine as he speaks during a press conference held to discuss COVID-19 vaccine-related issues at the State Council Information Office in Beijing, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. A Chinese health official said Friday that the country's annual production capacity for COVID-19 vaccines will top 1-billion next year, following an aggressive government support program for new factories. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China aims to make 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses a year

Sep. 25, 2020 7:21 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese health official said Friday that the country's annual production capacity for coronavirus vaccines will top 1 billion doses next year, following an aggressive government support program for construction of new factories. Capacity is expected to reach 610 million doses by the end of...

Australian think tank finds 380 detention camps in Xinjiang

Sep. 25, 2020 5:24 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China appears to be expanding its network of secret detention centers in Xinjiang, where predominantly Muslim minorities are targeted in a forced assimilation campaign, and more of the facilities resemble prisons, an Australian think tank has found. The Australian Strategic...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014 file photo, work continues on the Iowa Premium Beef plant in Tama, Iowa. Iowa regulators have issued their first citation to a meatpacking plant with a large coronavirus outbreak that sickened its workforce — a $957 fine for a minor record-keeping violation. The outbreak at the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama in April resulted in 338 of the plant's 850 workers testing positive for the virus, 80 more than the state previously acknowledged, according to inspection records released Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.  (Matthew Putney/The Courier via AP, File)

Iowa fines beef plant $957 after huge coronavirus outbreak

Sep. 24, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa regulators have issued their first citation to a meatpacking plant with a large coronavirus outbreak that sickened its workforce — a $957 fine for a minor record-keeping violation. The outbreak at the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama in April resulted in 338 of the plant's...

Executive leaves mine project amid recorded comment fallout

Sep. 23, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The man helping lead efforts to develop a copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major salmon fishery in Alaska has resigned following the release of recorded comments in which he “embellished” relationships with elected and regulatory officials, Northern Dynasty...

FILE - In this April 29, 2015, file photo, an illustration depicts a planned interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico as officials announce plans to pursue the project during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. The state of New Mexico is strongly objecting to a recommendation by federal nuclear regulators that a license be granted to build a multibillion-dollar storage facility for spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the U.S. State officials in a letter submitted Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the site is geologically unsuitable and regulators have failed to consider environmental justice concerns. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico objects to license for nuclear fuel storage plan

Sep. 23, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico is strongly objecting to federal nuclear regulators' preliminary recommendation that a license be granted to build a multibillion-dollar storage facility for spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the U.S. State officials, in a letter...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, a sign at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is posted near Richland, Wash. Two companies that do work at the former nuclear weapons production plant will pay fines of nearly $58 million for improperly billing the federal government for thousands of hours of work that were not performed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Hanford contractors agree to pay $58 million fine for fraud

Sep. 23, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Two companies that do work at a former nuclear weapons production plant will pay fines of nearly $58 million for improperly billing the federal government for thousands of hours of work that were not performed. Federal prosecutors on Tuesday afternoon announced the settlement...

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to consider new facilities

Sep. 23, 2020 2:36 AM EDT

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — Two Kentucky horse racing companies have jointly filed an application with the state's racing commission to begin work on two facilities that would expand horse racing in the state's southeastern corner. The project, a partnership between Keeneland and Kentucky Downs, would include a new...

North Dakota leaders approve revisions to flaring policy

Sep. 22, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Industrial Commission on Tuesday approved a revised gas capture policy that aims to encourage investment in infrastructure but doesn’t change targets for burning excess natural gas at well heads. Current gas capture policy requires companies to capture 88%...