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  • You may not be familiar with them, but microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, are an integral part of our daily lives.

  • "It's sort of a situation where nobody, really, is going to end up looking good," said James Stevenson, director of North American coal for analyst firm IHS. Nationwide, self-bonding in the coal-mining industry tops $3.3 billion. That includes $2.3 billion in IOUs that the three biggest bankrupt coal companies— Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal and Peabody— owe in...

  • SHENZHEN, China— Forget Beijing and Shanghai. China's economic future is emerging in Shenzhen. Formerly a collection of fishing enclaves next door to Hong Kong that became the epicenter of China's manufacturing-driven miracle, Shenzhen is reinventing itself again by staking its future growth on finance, technology and culture. Divided from the former...

  • WASHINGTON, May 18- General Motors Co is expected to announce plans to compensate about 130,000 individual U.S. owners of SUVs that had inflated fuel economy labels, sources briefed on the plans said on Wednesday. The Detroit automaker said on Friday it was temporarily halting sales of about 60,000 new 2016 U.S. GM Canada is expected to offer a similar...

  • DETROIT— A change in pollution control hardware between model years cut the gas mileage on some General Motors SUVs and forced it to correct the figures on window stickers, the company said Wednesday. But Consumer Reports magazine questioned why the 2016 mileage would be worse than the 2015 models when little was changed between model years and the SUVs from...

  • HOUSTON— Floods are getting worse and more expensive in Houston, the nation's fourth-largest city, where entire neighborhoods are often overwhelmed shortly after a heavy rainstorm. Since 1998, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid more than $3 billion in today's dollars in Houston flood losses. Since 1985, rising average temperatures have...

  • May 18- The United States is considering whether to reign in a subsidy on coal mine cleanup costs and in so doing shield taxpayers from those liabilities, a leading regulator for the mining industry said on Wednesday. Environmentalists have warned officials that coal-producing states in the west left the self-bonding program open to abuse and the Office of...

  • BERLIN— A German government commission is seeking further explanation from General Motors Co.' s Opel division of diesel engines that can disable some pollution controls under certain circumstances. Opel representatives appeared Wednesday before the panel looking into diesel emissions controls, following a report last week by German environmental...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey won't collect $225 million from the settlement of an environmental lawsuit against Exxon Mobil anytime soon, the state's top financial official told lawmakers on Wednesday. A Superior Court judge in August approved a deal between the Christie administration and Exxon Mobil worth $225 million to the state. New Jersey sued ExxonMobil...

  • HOUSTON— With clay soil and tabletop-flat terrain, Houston has endured flooding for generations. Its 1,700 miles of man-made channels struggle to dispatch storm runoff to the Gulf of Mexico. The latest calamity occurred April 18, killing eight people and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage.

  • *Oil majors announce $2.5 bln green investments. LONDON, May 18- Europe's biggest oil companies, reeling from losing billions in the two-year oil market rout, are intensifying their push into renewable energy as they hunt for new sources of future revenue. Shell, Eni, Total and Statoil have announced green energy investments with a combined value of around $2.5...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— All coal-ash pits in North Carolina maintained by Duke Energy power plants pose enough of an environmental risk that they should be excavated and moved by 2024, state environmental regulators said Wednesday. The agency was required to submit its risk rankings for all 33 pits by Wednesday under a state law passed in 2014, after a spill at a Duke...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— New York's comptroller says Best Buy and Nordstrom have agreed to increasingly use renewable energy in their operations and supply chains. It owns about $32 million in Best Buy shares and $18 million in Nordstrom. Best Buy Co. is based in Richfield, Minnesota.

  • Higher and more volatile global food prices could knock $161 billion off China's economy and $49 billion off India's, the United Nations has warned.

  • *Q1 adj EPS $0.87 vs est $0.85. *Net sales jump 7.8 pct to $15.23 bln vs est $14.87 bln. May 18- Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos Inc followed larger rival Home Depot Inc in reporting better-than-expected quarterly sales as strength in the U.S. housing market and favorable weather led to strong demand for building and home renovation products.

  • TROMSOE, Norway— Norway awarded on Wednesday 10 new licenses for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Barents Sea, including three in previously untouched waters near the Russian border. Thirteen companies were awarded 10 licenses consisting of 40 blocks in the Barents Sea, a portion of the Arctic Ocean just above Norway's northern coast.

  • Genetically modified crops are safe for both human consumption and the environment, according to a report by top U.S. scientists on Tuesday.

  • Five more military bases are to join Solar Ready Vets, an initiative that will prepare service members leaving duty for careers in solar.

  • BOSTON— A Massachusetts environmental advocacy group is suing ExxonMobil for what it calls "a decades-long campaign to discredit climate change." ExxonMobil spokesman Alan Jeffers calls the lawsuit part of a "well-publicized, coordinated assault on ExxonMobil's reputation" that he says includes deliberately inaccurate reporting on the company's nearly...

  • The chemical, used in Teflon coatings, was first found in more than 50 wells in towns surrounding the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility in Merrimack and has since been found in 11 private wells near a former manufacturing site operated by Textiles Coated International in Amherst. Textiles Coated International, based in Manchester, has said it is "...