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FILE - In this March 1, 2012 file photo, former President Bill Clinton shakes hands with Owen Bieber, left, with United Auto Workers union (UAW), at the 2012 UAW National Community†Action Program Conference, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, in Washington.  Bieber, who led the United Auto Workers union from the auto industry's dark days of the early 1980s to the prosperity of the mid-1990s, has died. He was 90.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Former UAW President Owen Bieber dies aged 90

Feb. 17, 2020 5:52 PM EST

Owen Bieber, who led the United Auto Workers union from the auto industry's dark days of the early 1980s to the prosperity of the mid-1990s, has died. He was 90. Neither as charismatic as his predecessor, Douglas Fraser, nor as confrontational as his successor, Stephen Yokich, the low-key Bieber had an easygoing...

FILE - In this July 22, 2019, file photo, Oregon State University's Marine Studies Building, which is under construction in a tsunami inundation zone, is viewed from the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Ore. The building, center right, is surrounded by Yaquina Bay. The Oregon Legislature appears poised to continue to allow construction of critical facilities in tsunami inundation zones, a move slammed by critics. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon wrestles with building facilities in tsunami zones

Feb. 17, 2020 2:01 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Experts say the big one is coming to the Pacific Northwest: a massive earthquake that will cause buildings and bridges to collapse and unleash a tsunami that will devastate the coast. But, doubling down on its decision last year to allow the construction of critical facilities in tsunami...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2017, file photo, Wei Jianjun, chairman of Great Wall Motors Ltd., gestures as he speaks during an event celebrating it sales passing the one million mark, at the Great Wall headquarters in Baoding in north China's Hebei province. General Motors decision to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments raised dismay Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 from officials concerned over job losses.  The words behind reads

GM plans to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

Feb. 17, 2020 7:29 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors decision to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments raised dismay Monday from officials concerned over job losses. The company said in a statement Sunday that it plans to wind...

In this Feb. 12, 2020, photo, a worker disinfects a mall near an advertisement for a car in Beijing, China. Automakers are gradually reopening factories in China that were idled by anti-virus control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Automakers in China gradually reopen after virus shutdown

Feb. 17, 2020 5:49 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Automakers are reopening factories in China that were idled by anti-virus controls as they try to reverse a sales slump in their biggest market. Local officials have orders from the ruling Communist Party to get businesses functioning again while still enforcing anti-disease curbs that shut...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020 file photograph, the company logo sits on an unsold 2020 Model X at a Tesla dealership in Littleton, Colo. Shares of Tesla Inc. fell 4% in early trading Thursday, Feb. 13, after the electric vehicle and solar panel maker said it would sell more than $2 billion worth of additional shares. The move comes just two weeks after CEO Elon Musk said the company had enough cash to fund its capital programs and it didn't need to raise any more money. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

German court halts site preparation for Tesla factory

Feb. 16, 2020 4:28 PM EST

A German court has temporarily halted the site preparation for Tesla Inc.'s first electric car factory in Europe. The Higher Administrative Court for Berlin-Brandenburg ordered Tesla to stop clearing trees on the wooded site near Berlin until it considers an environmental group's appeal. In a statement Sunday,...

FILE-In this Friday, April 15, 2016 file photo, Heather Retberg collects eggs at the Quill's End Farm in Penobscot, Maine. Maine might join a growing number of states that require cage-free facilities for chickens that lay eggs for commercial consumption. A state lawmaker has proposed requiring producers that sell eggs in the state to follow guidelines that include cage-free housing systems that allow chickens to engage in behaviors such as perching and spreading their wings. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine might be the next state to require cage-free eggs

Feb. 16, 2020 1:00 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine might join a growing number of states that require cage-free facilities for chickens that lay eggs for commercial consumption, but some industry advocates have concerns about what it would mean for businesses. Democratic Rep. Maggie O'Neil of Saco has proposed requiring...

Retiree donates share of Canadian nickel mine to Purdue

Feb. 16, 2020 11:23 AM EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A retired investment adviser has donated a stake in a Canadian nickel mining operation to Purdue University that could eventually produce a big windfall for the school. Allyn Knoche, a 1956 Purdue graduate, donated a 1 percent stake in a mine owned by FPX Nickel, a...

EPA orders hazardous waste probe at shuttered Indiana site

Feb. 16, 2020 10:08 AM EST

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a hazardous waste investigation at a sprawling former oil refinery in northwestern Indiana that was shuttered in 1973 and later was the scene of a major fire. The federal agency recently ordered Citgo Petroleum Corp. and Oxy...

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2009, file photo, shows the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M. The utility Public Service Company of New Mexico is looking to its future as it readies to end operations at the San Juan Generating Station. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico utility looks toward future as it leaves coal

Feb. 15, 2020 11:17 AM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is approaching the wire for when it must issue a ruling on Public Service Company of New Mexico’s application to end operations at the San Juan Generating Station. PNM Vice President of Generation Tom Fallgren said he anticipates a...

This April 11, 2015, photo provided by EcoFlight shows the White Mesa Uranium Mill near Blanding in southeastern Utah. The Trump administration is asking Congress for $1.5 billion over 10 years to build up a U.S. uranium stockpile, saying it wants to break an over-reliance on foreign uranium that undermines U.S. energy security. The White Mesa facility is one of the sites where production could be ramped up under the proposal. (Dom Smith/EcoFlight via AP)

Trump's $1.5B uranium bailout triggers rush of mining plans

Feb. 14, 2020 11:20 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's $1.5 billion proposal to prop up the country's nuclear fuel industry has emboldened at least one company to take steps toward boosting operations at dormant uranium mines around the West, including outside Grand Canyon National Park. The company, Canada-based...