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Asbestos Pushed In Asia As Product For The Poor

By Katy Daigle VAISHALI, India (AP) – The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at the conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world’s poorest people. The industry’s wonder product, though, is one whose very [...]

World Engineers Honor Polish Enigma Code Breakers

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – A global organization of engineers honored the three Poles who broke the German Enigma cipher codes and helped end World War II. J. Roberto de Marca, head of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, unveiled a stone memorial with two plaques in honor of mathematicians Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Rozycki and [...]

NRG To Close Illinois Coal Plant In Clean-Air Move

By Carla K. Johnson CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) – NRG Energy Inc. announced its plans to close one Illinois coal-fired generating unit in Romeoville and convert a power facility in Joliet to natural gas, a move the company said would reduce carbon dioxide emissions but also eliminate 250 jobs during the next two years. Environmental groups [...]

Rose-Hulman Students Showcase ‘Plastic Lumber’

By Arthur Foulkes TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – An idea born in Terre Haute could help people in one of the world’s poorest countries greatly improve their lives. A small group of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students has developed a way to make sturdy “plastic lumber” using little more than the sun’s rays, some wood [...]

Industry: ND Oil No More Volatile Than Other Fuel

By James MacPherson BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple intends to ask top U.S. energy and transportation officials about conflicting reports over the volatility of crude coming from the state’s oil patch, he said. Dalrymple said he will question U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on a federal [...]