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NY attorney general sues over nuclear plant shutdown plan

Jan. 22, 2021 6:23 PM EST

BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday for denying the state a public hearing over the dismantling of the Indian Point nuclear power point before approving a sale. The lawsuit, filed in Washington, D.C., asks the...

Virus outbreaks shut down 2 Alaska seafood processing plants

Jan. 21, 2021 9:57 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — COVID-19 outbreaks have shut down operations at two of Alaska’s largest seafood processing plants in the Aleutian Islands. The plants owned separately by Trident Seafoods Corp. and UniSea Inc. are halting work as the lucrative crab and pollock seasons begin, Anchorage Daily...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2020, file photo, women eating snack walk by a Chanel cosmetic shop at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing. China’s economy grew 2.3% in 2020 as a recovery from the coronavirus pandemic accelerated while the United States, Europe and Japan struggled with disease flare-ups. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China economy grows in 2020 as rebound from virus gains

Jan. 18, 2021 4:34 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China eked out 2.3% economic growth in 2020, likely becoming the only major economy to expand as shops and factories reopened relatively early from a shutdown to fight the coronavirus while the United States, Japan and Europe struggled with rising infections. Growth in the three months...

FILE- This June 2, 2009 file photo shows  the U.S. Steel plant on Zug Island.  Great Lakes Works, the century-plus old blast furnaces that made the steel that built America, is mostly idle now, but the mill — despite social media rumors — has a little life left in it yet. In 2020, U.S. Steel said it would indefinitely idle major operations at the factories, sending notices to 1,545 employees. Now, there are about 500 workers left and just a small slice of what it was at its peak. In the late 1940s, more than 16,000 men reportedly worked there. (Patrica Beck/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Zug Island mill still operates with fraction of workforce

Jan. 17, 2021 1:01 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Great Lakes Works, the century-plus old blast furnaces that made the steel that built America, is mostly idle now, but the mill — despite social media rumors — has a little life left in it yet. But steel making in metro Detroit — and America — probably...

Missouri nuclear plant shut down for third time in 9 months

Jan. 15, 2021 12:10 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ameren Corp.'s nuclear plant in mid-Missouri has halted operations because of a non-nuclear issue involving the generator, the utility company said. The shutdown announced Thursday was the third time in nine months the plant about 30 miles north of Jefferson City has halted...

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 file photo, A row of 2020 Ford Escape sports-utility vehicles sits at a Ford dealership in Denver. A widening global shortage of semiconductors for auto parts is forcing major auto companies to halt or slow vehicle production just as they were recovering from pandemic-related factory shutdowns. Ford had scheduled down time next week at its Louisville, Kentucky, assembly plant, but moved it ahead to this week. The plant makes the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair small SUVs.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Semiconductor shortage forces automobile production cuts

Jan. 8, 2021 5:42 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A widening global shortage of semiconductors for auto parts is forcing major auto companies to halt or slow vehicle production just as they were recovering from pandemic-related factory shutdowns. Officials at Volkswagen, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and Nissan all say they have been hit by...

A long row of unsold 2021 QX50 sports-utility vehicles sits at an Infiniti dealership Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Highlands Ranch, Colo.  U.S. auto sales are expected to be down only about 15% for the year, with the average price hitting a record high as sales bounced back during the second half of the year.  AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Late sales rebound helps US automakers avoid 2020 disaster

Jan. 5, 2021 6:19 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Sales of new vehicles in the U.S. fell 14.6% last year, but a second-half rebound from a coronavirus-related plunge in the spring kindled optimism for a recovery later this year. Automakers on Tuesday reported selling 14.57 million new vehicles for the year, a far cry from the five previous...

This May 20, 2020, photo provided by Smithfield Foods shows some of the measures the company says it has taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus inside its plants. Workers inside its Sioux Falls, South Dakota, pork processing plant wear protective gear and are separated by plastic partitions as they carve up meat. (Photo courtesy Smithfield Foods via AP)

US plants hope to maintain production despite virus threat

Dec. 25, 2020 10:18 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. factories have been cranking out goods during much of the pandemic at rates that are remarkably close to normal. However, manufacturers are concerned they may not be able to keep pace until most of the country is vaccinated because the coronavirus continues to surge in areas where...

Judge denies Blackjewel coal's request to liquidate assets

Dec. 22, 2020 4:06 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bankrupt coal operator's request to liquidate its assets has been denied by a federal judge in West Virginia. Blackjewel filed for Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy in July 2019 and mostly halted operations. The company had sought to convert to Chapter 7, which would allow it...

Pat Talbott, right, watches with her son Ted as the first of three structures fall during a controlled demolition collapse at the Navajo Generating Station in Page, Ariz., on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. The 775-foot (236-meter) structures loomed over the Navajo Generating Station, a 2,250 megawatt plant that closed last year as natural gas became a cheaper alternative for electricity. (Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

Power plant stacks that loomed over Arizona come down

Dec. 18, 2020 8:53 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Three towering concrete stacks that were the most visual reminders of a coal-fired power plant that operated for decades along the Arizona-Utah state line came down Friday. The 775-foot (236-meter) structures loomed over the Navajo Generating Station, a 2,250 megawatt plant that...