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In Vermont, A Milestone In Green-Energy Efforts

By Wilson Ring BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass. With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold last month with the purchase of [...]

Tesla Selects Nevada For Battery Plant

By Justin Pritchard and Scott Sonner RENO, Nev. (AP) – Tesla Motors has chosen Nevada as the site for a massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out car batteries for a new generation of less-expensive electric vehicles, a person familiar with the company’s plans said. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because [...]

Couple Revamps Old Roadside Motel Into Apartments

By Jim Mayfield PHILADELPHIA, Ind. (AP) – In 1958, a quarter would buy a gallon of gas; America launched Explorer 1, officially joining the space race; and Pontiac Chieftan station wagons were barreling like buffalo past the Kaiden Motel along U.S. 40 just west of Greenfield. The Kaiden, complete with 13 roadside units, a gas [...]

Childhood Memories Drove Train Station Restoration

By Jaclyn Goldsborough FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) – Inside the decaying Baker Street station during the summer of 1996, the station was like the film set for a post-apocalyptic movie. In darkness, plaster fell from the ceiling and walls. Shattered lead glass was scattered about the floor. Benches remained empty, and turnstiles no longer welcomed [...]

Water Shortages Lead To ‘Tanker Mafia’ In India

By Patrick Reevell NEW DELHI (AP) – Every summer, when Minoo Phakey’s water runs out, she does what most people do in her middle-class neighborhood: She calls the mafia. Within an hour, a man in a tanker arrives, carrying a load of dubious water drawn illegally from the city’s groundwater. With India’s capital gripped by [...]