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China's power cuts may foreshadow shortages of global goods

Sep. 27, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global shoppers face possible shortages of smartphones and other goods ahead of Christmas after power cuts to meet official energy use targets forced Chinese factories to shut down and left some households in the dark. In the northeastern city of...

California recycling firm to pay $34M in bottle and can scam

Sep. 27, 2021 19:11 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California recycling company will pay $34 million for a long-running fraud scheme in which the firm illegally submitted bogus weight tickets and processed out-of-state bottles and cans to get inflated refunds for used beverage containers, authorities said Monday....

US Steel shuts down Indiana plant after wastewater discharge

Sep. 27, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel temporarily shuttered operations at a northwest Indiana plant Monday after it leaked an orange substance into a Lake Michigan tributary, prompting the closure of a water treatment facility and several nearby beaches. The U.S. Steel...

Maine AG considers suing over PCB, PFAS contamination

Sep. 25, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's attorney general is seeking proposals from law firms willing to assist with potential legal claims over chemical contamination in the state. The state is considering legal claims over so-called PCBs and a separate class known as PFAS. Both...

Cadmium spiked at lead factory, workers didn’t get help

Sep. 25, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — In June 2014, an air monitor strapped to a worker inside a Tampa lead factory picked up an unmistakable red flag. The level of cadmium, a toxic metal known to cause cancer, had soared to more than 100 times the federal limit. It...

Minnesota DNR launches new hearing process for PolyMet mine

Sep. 24, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators on Friday launched a court-ordered process for assessing the risks to clean water from waste from the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources announced plans for a...

Shortages cause 'bottleneck recession' for German industry

Sep. 24, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Shortages of semiconductor chips and other raw materials are continuing to hit Germany's manufacturers, as bottlenecks leave companies struggling to fill orders from a rebounding global economy. Widespread friction in supply chains sent a...

COVID-19 toll in WVa eclipses worst US coal mine disaster

Sep. 23, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice compared the skyrocketing number of coronavirus deaths in West Virginia to some of the state’s worst coal mining disasters, asking why the daily tolls don’t motivate more people to get their COVID-19 shots. This month's...

Inflation forces homebuilders to take it slow, raise prices

Sep. 23, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even in the hottest U.S. housing market in more than a decade, new home construction has turned into a frustratingly uncertain and costly proposition for many homebuilders. Rising costs and shortages of building materials and labor are rippling across...

Community marks 20th anniversary of Alabama mine disaster

Sep. 23, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

BROOKWOOD, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama community marked the 20th anniversary Thursday of an underground explosion that killed more than a dozen coal miners in one of the state's worst mining disasters in generations. The Alabama Miner's Memorial Foundation planned a memorial...