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Pipeline will soon reopen, carrying gasoline to 5 states

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ATLANTA (AP) — Gasoline should begin flowing again Wednesday — through a temporary bypass on a critical pipeline — after a major leak in Alabama forced a shutdown that led to surging fuel prices and scattered gas shortages across the South, a company official said Tuesday. The roughly 500-foot (152-meter) section of pipe serving as the bypass is now complete, ...

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The Latest: Agency: Leak led to vapors in air, dead animals

Alabama pipeline spill, fuel shortage

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the gas shortage caused by a pipeline spill (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Federal officials say highly flammable vapors keep investigators from the site of a gas leak for the first few days after it was discovered. The pipeline leak in Alabama has led to gas shortages across the South. Harmful chemicals in the ...

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Minnesota mall stabbing’s potential terrorism raises fears

mall stabbing, St. Cloud Minnesota

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the stabbings of nine people at a Minnesota mall as a potential act of terrorism, a finding that would realize long-held fears of an attack in the immigrant-rich state that has struggled to stop the recruiting of its young men by groups including the Islamic State. A young Somali man dressed as ...

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Prosecutor reaches $4M settlement with utility for gas leak

SoCal gas leak, gas leak protesters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A utility that owns a well that leaked massive amounts of natural gas and drove thousands of families from their Los Angeles homes pleaded no contest to a criminal charge Tuesday as part of a $4 million settlement with prosecutors. The deal requires Southern California Gas Co. to adopt a leak-monitoring system at its Aliso Canyon ...

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Boston mayor hoping to bring self-driving cars to city

This photo shows a rear view of a Lexus self-driving car. Photo: By Runner1928 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is hoping to bring self-driving cars to the city’s narrow, twisting roads. Walsh announced the launch of a program Wednesday designed to help develop autonomous technologies within Boston, whose original street plan — according to local lore — was laid down in part based on the paths that cows cut through the city. ...

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Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station shut down for mechanical issue

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PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was shut down for the second time in roughly three weeks following a mechanical issue at the Plymouth plant. A U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman says the facility experienced an “unplanned shutdown” around 8:35 a.m. Tuesday after water levels unexpectedly spiked in the reactor pressure vessel. Water is pumped into the reactor ...

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Man accused of stealing oil patch explosives signs plea deal

Tyler Porter, explosives

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A man accused of storing stolen explosives, guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his western North Dakota home has signed a plea agreement with the government, according to federal court documents released Wednesday. Authorities accuse Tyler Porter, 35, of stealing more than 200 explosives from two companies operating in the North Dakota oil patch ...

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Tank explodes at California refinery; no injuries reported

refinery fire, Tesoro refinery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A sulfur storage tank exploded Friday at the largest oil refinery in California, sending a chemical cloud into the air and causing a fire, authorities said. No injuries were reported. There was no immediate word on the cause of the blast at the Tesoro refinery in Wilmington near Long Beach. The fire was quickly extinguished, but ...

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Regulator: Dakota Access pipeline worker killed in accident

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man working on the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline was killed in an apparent accident in western North Dakota, a state regulator said Saturday. North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk said the man, whose name has not been released, died of his injuries Friday afternoon. The man was working as subcontractor for Dallas-based operator ...

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Gas leak prompts evacuation order in central Pennsylvania

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NEW OXFORD, Pa. (AP) — A gas leak has prompted an evacuation order for parts of one central Pennsylvania community. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency issued the order Thursday evening for residents within a half-mile of the reported leak in Hamilton Township in Adams County. Officials say the leak was caused when the driver of a truck backed up and ...

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