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Duke Energy: $1.5M to electric-vehicle sites in lawsuit deal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy is ready to spend $1.5 million to expand the number of electric-vehicle charging stations around North Carolina as part of a deal settling claims of illicit smokestack pollution. The country’s largest electric company is announcing Tuesday that it will make $1 million available to cities and towns wanting to install public charging stations for ...

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Beware of scary Brexit headlines pushing you to buy gold

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NEW YORK (AP) — If you thought the Brexit vote was scary, check out the full page newspaper ad that recently appeared in The New York Times recounting all the horrors in the present tense, as if they were still unfolding: The vote “topples” the British government, “crushes” the pound and “wipes away” billions in stock market wealth. Then came ...

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Despite warning, Murray Energy says no layoffs expected

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Coal giant Murray Energy says it’s not expecting to lay off any of the 4,400 miners in six states who recently received notice that they could lose their jobs. A news release from the St. Clairsville, Ohio, company says “no layoffs are contemplated or expected at this time.” CEO Bob Murray told The Associated Press on ...

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Stocks end mixed as crude oil dives and safety stocks fall

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks swerved between gains and losses Thursday and wound up with a muddled finish as the price of oil plunged. Investors also sold utility and phone company stocks. They have favored those companies all year, especially in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union last month. Stocks started higher, building on gains ...

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Oil prices skid as traders worry there’s a fuel glut

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NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices fell nearly 5 percent on Thursday after a government report on fuel stocks reinforced worries about an oil glut. The report said that crude inventories are declining at a slower pace than expected. Stockpiles of oil and gasoline remain high, even though people drive more during the summer. A country awash in fuel has ...

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Coal groups worried about executive liability in ex-CEO case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal industry groups are concerned that the conviction of former coal executive Don Blankenship could expose other industry leaders to criminal conspiracy charges. Coal Associations from Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia shared concerns in a brief Tuesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considering Blankenship’s appeal. Blankenship is serving a one-year sentence ...

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AAA auto club says not all gasoline is the same

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Many motorists are clogging their car’s engine by not using gasoline with enough added detergents. That’s the conclusion of a study released Thursday by the AAA auto club. Federal rules in place since 1996 require all gasoline to have some engine-cleaning additives, but many major brands have extra detergents. AAA said tests it commissioned from an independent lab found that ...

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Trains sidelined over cracks, Philly commuters crowd aboard

Silverliner rail cars

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rail commuters were forced to cope with delayed, packed and fewer trains Tuesday after the region’s main transit agency sidelined one-third of its railroad cars over a structural problem. To adjust to the reduced service, many commuters set their alarm clocks up to an hour earlier so they could still make it to work on time. Others ...

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