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Boston Olympics Organizers: Report Didn’t Analyze Details

By Philip Marcelo BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s failed bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics underestimated costs for hosting the games, potentially leaving Massachusetts taxpayers on the hook for significant cost overruns, according to a state-funded report released Tuesday. Boston 2024, the local group organizing the bid, had projected construction costs for the Olympic Stadium, athletes […]

Idaho Fined After Demolishing Building Containing Asbestos

By Keith Ridler BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Transportation Department has agreed to pay a $52,000 fine after demolishing an asbestos-containing building in northern Idaho and potentially exposing the public to the cancer-causing fibers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the agreement involving the November demolition of the state-owned building in Priest River. The […]

Tourists Flock to Gawk at Massive Highway Bridge Projects

By Brian Bakst ON THE ST. CROIX RIVER, Minn. (AP) — Jockeying for a rail spot on the third-floor deck of a St. Croix River paddlewheel boat starts an hour before departure. Up there are prime views of the towering piers, protruding concrete segments and barges full of heavy equipment — all elements of one […]

Officials Expect New Dam to Finish This Fall

By Ben Jacobson DELHI, Iowa (AP) — Todd Gifford didn’t have long to enjoy the perks of being a lakeside property owner. Shortly after he purchased a home near Lake Delhi, it began to rain. Though the inclement weather passed relatively quickly, roiling, raging stormwaters punched through an earthen dam wall. On July 24, 2010, […]

With New Paint and Grease, Navy Tries to Lengthen Subs’ Lives

By Michael Melia GROTON, Conn. (AP) — As it tries to get the most out of each of its $2.6 billion attack submarines, the U.S. Navy is finding a lot depends on the right paint job. A new painting process that helps keep marine life from fouling the hulls is among dozens of innovations aimed […]