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Pipeline leak found in line that supplies fuel to NY airports

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City firefighters found a leak in a pipeline that delivers fuel to New York’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports, but say it has been isolated and the pipeline has been shut down. Fire crews initially received a call reporting an odor of gas near the Buckeye Pipeline in the East New York neighborhood ...

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Small-business owners ask NY to reject $15 minimum wage plan

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Small-business owners struck back against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to implement a $15 minimum wage Tuesday, saying the Democratic governor’s call to enact what would be the highest state minimum in the country would devastate an already struggling economy. Gathering at the Capitol in Albany, the business owners warned that such a steep increase ...

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US likely to report another month of solid hiring for Feb.

The Statue of Liberty as seen at night. (Image: StatueLibrtyNPS via Flickr)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. workers have been largely insulated from a global slowdown. Job growth remains steady and wages are finally picking up — trends that will be put to the test in Friday’s employment report for February. Economists have forecast that employers added a solid 195,000 jobs last month, up from the 151,000 added in January, according to data ...

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Bird poop apparently caused New York nuclear reactor outage

Here a small group of pigeons are seen conspiring and hatching an evil plot to shut down a NY nuclear plant with "bird streamers," naturally occurring airborne ballistic projectiles. Reports indicate that the December attack was successful after a "streamer" created an electric arc, prompting the Indian Point Nuclear Reactor to automatically shut down for safety. (Image: shawnleishman via Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bird poop was the likely cause of a December shutdown at a nuclear power plant outside New York City, according to the operator. An Indian Point reactor safely shut down for three days starting Dec. 14 following an electrical disturbance on outdoor high voltage transmission lines, Entergy Corp. said. An outside expert is analyzing whether what’s ...

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Even as gasoline prices rise, drivers will save at the pump

Even as gasoline prices rise, drivers will save at the pump

DALLAS (AP) — Gasoline prices have started their annual springtime migration higher, but motorists should still save money at the pump in 2016. The national average price for a gallon of regular has risen for eight straight days — the first time that has happened since last May, according to the auto club AAA — to about $1.79 on Wednesday. ...

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2 ethanol tankers among 16 derailed train cars in western NY

An artistic concept depicting an Ethanol spill. A freight train hauling various good derailed earlier this week. Two of the 18 cars were ethanol tankers. (Image via Pixabay - CC0)

RIPLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Crews are working to contain a leak on an ethanol tanker that was among 16 cars on a freight train that derailed in far southwestern New York and forced the evacuation of several homes. A spokesman for Norfolk Southern says a train derailed on the rail company’s line around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the town of ...

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Cuomo administration requests halt on natural gas pipeline

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Cuomo administration has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline near the nuclear power station in New York City’s suburbs. State health, environmental, utility and security agencies say they are launching an analysis at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s direction of the safety risks from Spectra Energy’s Algonquin pipeline that ...

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New York lawmakers want state pension fund to drop oil companies

The United States flag hangs outside the New York Stock Exchange. (Image: Dan Nelson via Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly a dozen state lawmakers want New York’s public pension fund to drop stock holdings in oil, gas and coal companies as part of a movement against global warming. Sponsors say climate change threatens New Yorkers’ safety, health and wealth by raising sea levels, increasing storm intensity and droughts, threatening biodiversity, damaging property and raising insurance, ...

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NY inspectors find defects in rail line used by oil trains

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Rail inspectors report examining 215 crude oil tank cars, 190 miles of track and 26 switches, finding four critical defects and 16 others in the latest round of New York inspections. Targeted inspections began in 2014 following deadly derailments the year before in Canada and the U.S. and fires from volatile oil. Inspectors examined cars at ...

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Gas prices drop 5 cents over past 2 weeks, to $1.77

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of gasoline has dropped 5 cents over the past two weeks, to $1.77 a gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the price is 56 cents per gallon cheaper than a year ago. Lundberg says it’s less likely that gas prices will continue to slide because crude oil prices are almost unchanged ...

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