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Waterloo Demolition Effort Puts Taxpayers on the Hook

By Tim Jamison WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An aggressive effort to demolish dilapidated houses has put taxpayers on the hook for ongoing maintenance costs. While the city of Waterloo leads the state in using Iowa Code 657A to acquire abandoned neighborhood eyesores, it ultimately gets left picking up the tab for mowing and snow removal [...]

Expectations, Safety and Compliance

By Dan Naumovich Two outside electrical contractors arrive at a facility to complete work, but fail to check in with building management. They continue on, unescorted, to a mechanical room. Despite not wearing the proper personal protective equipment, they proceed to remove bolt covers on equipment. These three missteps are the equivalent of strikes one, [...]

Elkhart Fallout Shelters a Testament to Nuclear Fears

By J.C. Lee ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — The war was over, but the fears still remained. In the decade after the end of World War II, the relationship between former allies United States and the Soviet Union grew tense. Both countries were locked in an arms race, each trying to top the other by building [...]

Microsoft Co-founder Says He Found Sunken Japan WWII Warship

By Mari Yamaguchi TOKYO (AP) — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday. The apparent discovery of the Musashi, one of the largest battleships in [...]

New Anchorage Building Uses Energy-Efficient Materials

By Sean Doogan ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new office tower going up in Midtown Anchorage is making the most of its location — right next to the Chester Creek greenbelt. With panoramic views in every direction, the eight-story Fireweed Business Center being built by the Alaska Native corporation Cook Inlet Region Inc., will offer [...]