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CEO: Refinery by Roosevelt National Park 1 year behind plan

Aug. 20, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Lawsuits from environmentalists and landowners have made investors skittish and delayed progress another year on the proposed $800 million oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota, the developer's top executive said. Meridian wants to build the...

7 groups interested in investing in Bulgaria nuclear project

Aug. 20, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - Seven international groups have expressed interest in becoming strategic investors in the construction of Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant, the country's energy minister said Tuesday. Temenuzhka Petkova said that applications for investing in the 10...

Open-pit phosphate mines approved in Idaho with safeguards

Aug. 16, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have approved two open-pit phosphate mines in eastern Idaho that include environmental protections intended to prevent the type of pollution caused by past phosphate mining in the area. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Thursday it approved the Caldwell Canyon...

O'Rourke visits town targeted by 'terrifying' ICE raids

Aug. 16, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Beto O'Rourke on Friday became the first Democratic presidential candidate to visit one of the Mississippi towns where federal immigration agents raided chicken processing plants and arrested nearly 700 people — kicking off a new phase of his campaign he says will focus on...

County officials vote to favor mining near Okefenokee refuge

Aug. 16, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

FOLKSON, Ga. (AP) — County officials in Georgia are supporting a mining proposal near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge that a U.S. agency has said could cause environmental damage. Radio station WSVH reports the Charlton County Commission voted unanimously Thursday evening to approve a proclamation...

Critics blast Oregon repeal of tsunami-zone building ban

Aug. 16, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. Experts say it's only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes a...

New Orleans Superdome to be renovated before 2024 Super Bowl

Aug. 15, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Orleans' iconic Superdome, home to the Saints football team and a symbol of the city's revival after Hurricane Katrina, will undergo a $450 million facelift, under a financing plan approved Thursday that is aimed at keeping the NFL team in Louisiana for decades. The 44-year-old...

Briggs & Stratton expanding in Missouri, closing in Kentucky

Aug. 15, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — Briggs & Stratton will expand its manufacturing plant in the southeast Missouri town of Poplar Bluff and add 130 new jobs over the next year, while at the same time closing a plant in Kentucky. The company, which makes small gasoline engines used in lawnmowers, announced...

US retail sales rise strongly in sign of consumer optimism

Aug. 15, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans spent more at retail stores and restaurants in July, a sign that concerns over weakening economic growth and a persistent trade war that have roiled financial markets have yet to dampen consumer confidence. Retail sales rose a healthy 0.7% last month after a 0.3% gain in June,...

US industrial output fell 0.2% in July as factories struggle

Aug. 15, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production fell 0.2% in July, as factory activity slumped in a worrisome sign for the economy. The Federal Reserve said Thursday that the overall decline was caused primarily by a 0.4% drop last month in manufacturing production. Output decreased for autos, fabricated...