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NASA's asteroid hunter Lucy soars into sky with diamonds

Oct. 16, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft named Lucy rocketed into the sky with diamonds Saturday morning on a 12-year quest to explore eight asteroids. Seven of the mysterious space rocks are among swarms of asteroids sharing Jupiter's orbit, thought to be the...

German plastics manufacturer bringing jobs to North Carolina

Oct. 16, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A German company which makes plastic components is bringing 133 jobs to a North Carolina county, according to the governor's office. Pöppelmann Plastics USA LLC is investing more than $19.2 million to expand its manufacturing campus in Claremont...

Mineral exploration company looks for gold in Black Hills

Oct. 15, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — A junior mineral exploration company is making a new push to find gold in the Black Hills. Solitario Zinc Corp. arrived in Spearfish in July. Todd Christensen, a geologist with Solitario, says the company was invited to evaluate some claims from...

Bulgaria hands EU its recovery plan, seeks extension on coal

Oct. 15, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s caretaker prime minister said Friday that his country has set the future decarbonization of the economy as a priority in its pandemic recovery plan submitted formally for consideration to the European Commission. But Prime Minister...

Nippon Steel sues Japan business partner Toyota over patent

Oct. 15, 2021 05:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Nippon Steel Corp. is suing Toyota Motor Corp. over a patent for a technology used in electric motors in a rare case of legal wrangling between Japan’s top steelmaker and top automaker over intellectual property. Tokyo-based Nippon Steel filed the...

$4.5B clean energy complex planned for southeast Louisiana

Oct. 14, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Industrial gas supplier Air Products announced Thursday it will build a $4.5 billion clean energy facility in Louisiana's capital region, a project that Gov. John Bel Edwards said will help the state's work to reduce carbon emissions in the heart of the petrochemical...

2 convicted of sending undocumented workers to poultry plant

Oct. 14, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama couple has been convicted of providing undocumented workers to a Georgia-based poultry processing plant for years in a scheme that included false identities, homes for housing workers and vans that shuttled people around. Deivin...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Oct. 13, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

Johnson City Press. Oct. 9, 2021. Editorial: Nepotism has no place in the sheriff’s department Nepotism can ruin the morale at any workplace, but its effects are made worse when it pervades a public institution. We recently saw...

Bulgarian coal miners demand job security, fear changes

Oct. 13, 2021 10:50 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Hundreds of Bulgarian coal miners and energy workers staged a protest on Wednesday to demand government guarantees for their jobs amid bids by the European Union to close mines and reduce carbon emissions. Buses carried protesters from across...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Oct. 13, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

Scranton Times-Tribune. Oct. 12, 2021. Editorial: No Nobel for ignoble legislators It usually doesn’t require the award of a Nobel Prize to demonstrate how wrong-headed Pennsylvania state legislators can be in crafting public policy based on their...