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Tesla inks deal to get key battery component outside China

Jan. 16, 2022 03:33 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Tesla is turning to Mozambique for a key component in its electric car batteries in what analysts believe is a first-of-its-kind deal designed to reduce its dependence on China for graphite. Elon Musk's company signed an agreement last month with Australia's Syrah...

Sculpture celebrates centennial of ski jump in Brattleboro

Jan. 15, 2022 10:59 AM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — As the Harris Hill Ski Jump in Brattleboro celebrates its 100th anniversary at competitions scheduled this February, a sculpture of a ski jumper has been installed downtown. The 17-foot-high aluminum and steel sculpture will be installed each year before...

Pennsylvania company restarting work at Birmingham-area site

Jan. 15, 2022 10:18 AM EST

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) — A Pennsylvania company said it plans to reopen a piece of Birmingham's manufacturing industry by spending $25 million on an old plant that will become a production, service and distribution center. HarbisonWalker International said Friday that construction...

North Dakota oil patch among top markets for Wisconsin sand

Jan. 15, 2022 01:04 AM EST

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — After more than a decade of alternating boom-and-bust cycles, the regional frac sand industry appears to be stabilizing — at least for now. That’s the assesssment of UW-Eau Claire geology professor Kent Syverson, who also serves as a consultant for the...

Coal miner dies in fall in West Virginia

Jan. 14, 2022 18:03 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia coal miner died Friday in a fall in the state's Northern Panhandle, Gov. Jim Justice said. The death of 44-year-old Jeffrey A. Phillips is at least the third in the U.S. coal mining industry already this year. Other deaths have occurred this...

Tarnished Gold: Illegal Amazon gold seeps into supply chains

Jan. 13, 2022 10:22 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The medals were billed as the most sustainable ever produced. To match the festive spirit of South America’s first Olympics, officials from Brazil, the host country for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, boasted that the medals hung around the necks of athletes on...

Tarnished Gold: Illegal Amazon gold seeps into supply chains

Jan. 13, 2022 08:24 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The medals were billed as the most sustainable ever produced. To match the festive spirit of South America’s first Olympics, officials from Brazil, the host country for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, boasted that the medals hung around the necks of athletes on...

Arkansas governor: New mill to help state lure auto industry

Jan. 12, 2022 18:04 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that a $3 billion steel mill planned for northeast Arkansas could help the state lure the auto industry to the state. Hutchinson and state Commerce Secretary Mike Preston hailed the mill that the United States Steel Corp....

Steelmaker Nucor to build $2.7B plant in West Virginia

Jan. 12, 2022 15:50 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A North Carolina steelmaker will build a $2.7 billion mill in West Virginia, creating an estimated 800 manufacturing jobs, Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday. The Republican governor called the location of Nucor Corp.'s plant in Mason County the largest...

Former Navajo president receives lifetime achievement award

Jan. 11, 2022 21:14 PM EST

TWIN ARROWS, Ariz. (AP) — Peterson Zah has never claimed to be an extraordinary Navajo, just a Navajo with extraordinary experiences. Those who gathered Tuesday to honor the former Navajo chairman and president at a tribal casino east of Flagstaff disagreed. They said Zah has...