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  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. "The challenge in America is the scale of America," said Robert Eckels, chief executive of the...

  • LOS ANGELES— Firefighters investigating a reported petroleum stench at a California beach last month didn't take long to find a spill— oil was spreading across the sand and into the surf. An employee at the scene for Plains All American Pipeline initially suggested to firefighters that the spill "was too big to be from their pipeline," according to the documents...

  • HOUSTON, June 26- Union workers at Exxon Mobil Corp's Beaumont, Texas, refinery agreed to an unusually long six-year contract on Thursday night, which sources say the company pushed to assure no work stoppages during a contemplated multibillion-dollar expansion. Members of United Steelworkers union Local 13 -243 voted by secret ballot on the contract offer,...

  • LOS ANGELES— A petroleum pipeline company said Friday that oil from a Santa Barbara, California, spill spread more than 100 miles to Los Angeles County beaches. Plains All American Pipeline said that oil from its pipeline was found as far away as Redondo Beach. The Houston- based company and state officials said earlier in the week that oil from the May 19 spill had...

  • June 26- A federal appeals court on Friday ordered a union negotiating seniority rights of former US Airways and America West pilots to stop favoring the US Airways pilots, in a divisive decade-old dispute overhanging the 2013 merger that created American Airlines Group Inc.. By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals instructed the US Airline Pilots...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to 859, the first weekly gain since December. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 628 rigs were seeking oil and 228 explored for natural gas. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,...

  • New Mexico already spends close to $470 million annually on tax incentives and other programs aimed at boosting economic development. New Mexico has had 33 straight months of job growth, but the rate of that growth continues to lag behind neighboring states and the nation as a whole, according to labor statistics. Luciano "Lucky" Varela, D- Santa Fe, said he's...

  • *EU's Tusk says "game nearly over" with Greece. *Greece faces default on Tuesday if no weekend deal. If Greece does not clinch an agreement at the weekend to unlock funds, it is set to default on an International Monetary Fund loan on Tuesday, possibly sparking a bank run, capital controls and raising doubts about its future in the euro zone.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. "The challenge in America is the scale of America," said Robert Eckels, chief executive of the...

  • The problem is clear: Traffic congestion will become significantly worse and more widespread without big changes in how people and products get around. The possible solutions are many, but none is easy or cheap. The nation's driving capital, Los Angeles, is making a multibillion-dollar investment in building or extending five rail lines.

  • At 4:35 a.m. each weekday, Stan Paul drives out of his Southern California suburb with 10 passengers in a van, headed to his job as an undergraduate counselor at the University of California, Los Angeles. On the return trip, Los Angeles' infamously snarled traffic often stretches their afternoon commute to three hours. "If we don't change, in 2045, the...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— Like many fast-growing parts of the country, North Carolina's Triangle region is trying to avoid being strangled by its own success: Traffic is thickening, drivers are getting stuck in it and there's no simple solution in sight. The population of the three counties that include Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill is forecast to grow by more than 40...

  • LOS ANGELES— Fewer of tomorrow's freeways will be free. In exchange, drivers willing and able to pay will avoid the traffic congestion that bedevils everyone else. Perhaps the most ambitious highway-conversion plan is in the San Francisco Bay Area, where hills and the namesake body of water are natural barriers to mobility.

  • HOUSTON, June 26- Unionized workers at Exxon Mobil Corp's Beaumont, Texas, refinery agreed to an unusually long six-year contract on Thursday night, which sources say the company pushed to assure no work stoppages during a contemplated multibillion-dollar expansion. Members of United Steelworkers union Local 13 -243 voted by secret ballot on the contract...

  • 6 ways states are luring small business Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    With two of the nation's busiest airports and the bustling Houston Ship Channel, Texas’ infrastructure is in a class by itself.

    States are vying for small-business investment to spur job growth. But only locales offering a friendly start-up climate are winning out.

  • LONDON, June 26- The initial consumption stimulus from lower oil prices may be fading, at least in the United States, according to the latest round of official data on traffic volumes and fuel sales. Average gasoline prices across the country have risen to $2.90 per gallon, still down from $3.78 last June but substantially higher than the recent low of $2.23 in...

  • An employee at the scene for Plains All American Pipeline initially suggested to firefighters that the spill "was too big to be from their pipeline," according to the documents obtained by The Associated Press. The description of what firefighters found May 19 at Refugio State Beach was detailed in a records filed by Santa Barbara County firefighters with...

  • WASHINGTON, June 25- The U.S. Export-Import Bank faced an imminent shutdown of its new lending and insurance activities as lawmakers left Washington on Thursday for an 11- day break without renewing the trade lender's charter. "This is a small step toward renewing a competitive free-market economy and arresting the rise of the progressive welfare state and...

  • June 25- Texas' largest power company, Energy Future Holdings Corp, has scrapped a bankruptcy exit plan centered on the sale of its multibillion dollar power line stake and instead will pursue a reorganization, the company said in an internal memo on Thursday. The Luminant power generating business and its TXU retail utility would be spun off to the senior...

  • LOS ANGELES— A congressional committee Thursday opened a probe into an oil pipeline rupture on the Central California coast that spread to the Pacific Ocean and washed up goo on beaches as far as 100 miles away. The House Energy and Commerce Committee asked operator Plains All American Pipeline for detailed information on maintenance of the failed line,...