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Arkansas Firms Look At Fiber As Net’s Future

By Brian Fanney LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – There’s a laser in John Zeiler’s office that beams light into about 1,000 homes and businesses. He’s not a mad scientist. He’s an Internet service provider – a modern one. Zeiler is the general manager at Pinnacle Communications in Lavaca – a city of 2,400 east of [...]

Pilot Studies Ways To Save Aviation Fuel

By Jeff Mullin ENID, Okla. (AP) – Nobody likes to pay too much for energy, whether electricity or natural gas for your home, or gasoline for your vehicle. The same is true of the Air Force. The service’s annual energy bill is about $9.4 billion, some $8.1 billion of which goes to aviation fuel. All [...]

Gas Lines Will Take Decades To Replace

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pennsylvania’s natural gas utilities say replacing cast iron and uncoated steel lines in their distribution systems that carry gas to homes and businesses will take decades and cost billions of dollars, a newspaper reported. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review cites documents filed with the state Public Utility Commission, which relies on utilities to monitor [...]

Inaugural Pumpkin Chunk A Smashing Success

By Jerrod Clapp NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) – Each stood about 15 feet tall or so, carefully engineered and built specifically for a singular purpose: launching pumpkins about 100 yards. The inaugural Harvest Homecoming Pumpkin Chunk brought six teams with trebuchets – a type of catapult which use weight as opposed to built tension to [...]

World’s 1st Bullet Train, Made In Japan, Turns 50

By Emily Wang and Ken Moritsugu TOKYO (AP) – It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, “like flying in the sky.” Zipping cross-country in a super-high-speed train has become commonplace in many countries these days, but it was unheard of when Japan launched its bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka 50 years ago [...]