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Arch Coal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

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NEW YORK (AP) — Arch Coal, which has been hurt by the weakening demand for coal, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday. The coal industry is struggling as electric power companies shift to using natural gas, which costs less than coal and produces less pollution. Other coal companies have filed for bankruptcy protection recently, including Alpha Natural Resources Inc. ...

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LIHEAP heat assistance program to begin on Monday

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Bell-Whitley CAA, Inc. will begin operating the “Crisis” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Monday. The program is operated on a first-come, first-served basis until Federal funds are exhausted. LIHEAP assists households in a home heating crisis. The deepening of cold winter weather, combined with rising utility costs, leaves many households unable to fully meet heating ...

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Environmental group calls out Pennsylvania drilling study

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BRISTOL, Pa. (AP) — An environmental group is calling out a Pennsylvania regulator’s study that found radiation levels in oil and gas industry wastewater and byproducts showed little potential for radiation exposure. The January study by the state Department of Environmental Protection began after questions arose about the radioactivity in the huge volumes of wastewater and solid waste coming out ...

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Derailments more dangerous, but no increase in inspectors

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Months before a CSX train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in Mount Carbon, W.Va., polluting the air and water and forcing more than 1,100 people from their homes, inspectors missed a problem with the track there. Inspection reports compiled by a railroad contractor and CSX showed evidence of the defect, but the track wasn’t repaired or replaced. In fact, ...

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Immigration fuels Cruz-Rubio Republican clash

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MUSCATINE, Iowa — More than any other issue, immigration is driving the rivalry between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, presidential rivals focusing on the divisive topic in their closing messages to Republican voters before the sprint to the Iowa caucuses. Cruz, a Texas senator and tea party firebrand, sees Rubio’s support for a more forgiving immigration policy as his greatest ...

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Cheap gas spurs SUV sales and puts U.S. climate goals at risk

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WASHINGTON/DETROIT – Surging demand for trucks and SUVs fueled by cheap gasoline is holding back improvements in U.S. fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, a government report due out on Wednesday is expected to show. The disconnect between consumer demand for larger, less efficient vehicles and the Obama administration’s climate goals sets up a clash between the auto industry and ...

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Average gas price soon under $2, lowest since recession

FILE - In this May 8, 2015 file photo, gas station attendant Carlos Macar pumps gas in Andover, Mass. Gasoline is close to breaking below a key psychological barrier as drivers enjoy some of the cheapest pump prices since the recession. The nationwide average price of a gallon of regular Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 was $2.02, down 58 cents from this time last year, according to auto club AAA. Experts say it could drop below $2 in the coming days. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

DALLAS — Gasoline is close to breaking below a key psychological barrier as drivers enjoy some of the cheapest pump prices since the recession. The nationwide average price of a gallon of regular Saturday was $2.02, down 58 cents from this time last year, according to auto club AAA. Experts say it could drop below $2 a gallon in the ...

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