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  • The delays have been perpetuated also by a surge in rail deliveries of crude oil and grain, leaving power producers such as FirstEnergy Corp scrambling for transport alternatives before winter sets in, potentially adding to costs.

  • Stop worrying, and love nuclear power: Officials Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    Although atomic power is languishing, the industry is going on the offensive to change the conversation.

  • Boats scattered on Catalina Island     Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 6:23 AM ET

    A look at photos of damage to a boatyard in Santa Catalina Island, and the weather forecast into the Labor Day weekend, with The Weather Channel's Alex Wallace.

  • Vilsack says up to $45M to help Lake Champlain Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 4:52 AM ET

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced in Vermont on Thursday that his agency will double the pace of spending on efforts to reduce farm runoff entering Lake Champlain.

  • Feds say balance struck in California logging plan Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    FRESNO, Calif.— U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists have called it a travesty and are threatening to sue.

  • Blast at BP refinery sparks fire, rattles homes Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    WHITING, Ind.— An explosion at BP oil refinery in northwestern Indiana along Lake Michigan rattled nearby homes and sparked a fire that was later extinguished, but it didn't cause any major injuries or halt production at the facility, a company official said Thursday.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 27- Investors are warming up to a possible victory by Marina Silva in Brazil's presidential election as the popular environmentalist emerges as their best shot at avoiding four more years of a government they strongly dislike.

  • BRASILIA, Aug 27- Environmentalist Marina Silva would handily beat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil's October election goes to a runoff, a poll showed on Wednesday, an outcome that seemed unimaginable just a few weeks ago and one that would put an end to 12 years of Workers' Party rule.

  • Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 11:54 AM ET

    FRESNO, Calif.— U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.

  • GM to move Cadillac SRX production to Tennessee Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    SPRING HILL, Tenn.— General Motors announced Wednesday that it is moving production of its next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to its plant in Tennessee, leading United Auto Workers leaders to chide Tennessee Republicans for their opposition to the union increasing its influence in the state.

  • Correction: Dwindling Bathhouses story Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— In a story Aug. 23 about the declining number of gay bathhouses The Associated Press reported erroneously that Todd Saporito, the CEO of Ohio- based Flex Spas, ran the Gay Games that were held in Cleveland. LOS ANGELES— Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.

  • Aug 25- A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California's stressed groundwater supplies has come under fire from agricultural interests, injecting doubt into the measures' fates in the waning days of the state's legislative session this week.

  • TOKYO, Aug 26- Japan's government lobbied hard for a global pact that limits mercury use and to name the resulting treaty after Minamata, the site of a homegrown industrial disaster from the 1950 s when the toxic metal poured into a river, poisoning thousands.

  • Politicians cheer Pittsburgh airport gas drilling Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    IMPERIAL, Pa.— The start of natural gas drilling near the Pittsburgh International Airport was cheered Monday by Pennsylvania politicians from both parties. Tom Corbett, Democratic County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Republican U.S.

  • Canadian company eyes new mine in Alaska Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 | 7:11 PM ET

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska— A Canadian company is moving forward with plans for a new rare-earth metals mine at the end of Kendrick Bay on Prince of Wales Island, sending a team to drill and spending millions sampling rock and studying the area.

  • Report: Tesla building I-80 supercharger station Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 | 2:37 PM ET

    TRUCKEE, Calif.— Tesla Motors Inc. is building a supercharger station in the Sierra Nevada north of Lake Tahoe where drivers of the company's electric cars can recharge for free along Interstate 80, a newspaper says.

  • Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    It's taken away the need to sneak into back-alley places, "said Dennis Holding, 75, who owns a Miami- based bathhouse. In the last decade, bathhouses, including ones in San Diego, Syracuse, Seattle and San Antonio, have shut down and the total nationwide is less than 70. Most patrons are older.

  • Correction: Oil Spill-Land Conservation story Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 5:37 PM ET

    HOUSTON— In a story Aug. 21 about a new state park planned for southeast Texas, The Associated Press erroneously reported the amount of money from a BP and Transocean fund that was used to buy the land. Conservationists team up to buy Texas bayside ranch with $30 M from BP's 2010 oil spill fund.

  • EPA environmental crimes office opens in ND Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 5:29 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— The Environmental Protection Agency's law enforcement arm has opened an office in Bismarck so that it will have a bigger presence in the North Dakota's booming oil patch.

  • Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 3:19 AM ET

    HEXIGTEN, China— Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. This is the first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China wants to build, mostly in remote parts of the country where ethnic minorities have farmed and herded for centuries.