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Timing is everything: Obama’s budget same day as NH primary


WASHINGTON (AP) — The main thing to know about President Barack Obama’s final, $4 trillion budget is that it comes on the same day as the New Hampshire primary, ensuring it gets minimal attention with all the focus on the White House contenders. The timing cements the impression that Obama realizes a Republican-led Congress is unlikely to embrace his spending ...

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Driven by power outages and savings, towns look to microgrid

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step by pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid. The decision by Nassau to rely on solar, wind, landfill gas and battery storage by 2020 puts the town of 5,000 near Albany ...

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Debate Takeaways: Clinton, Sanders mix it up over Wall St.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, walks back on stage after a break during a Democratic presidential primary debate with Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — For months, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have campaigned against each other with a velvet touch, eager to distinguish their race for the Democratic presidential nomination from the combative contest taking place in the Republican primary. No more. The pair tangled again and again during their first one-on-one debate of the 2016 race, battling over who ...

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Average long-term US mortgage rate falls fifth straight week

In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, photo, a single family home is advertised for sale in Miami. On Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

WASHINGTON — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for the fifth straight week amid volatility in world financial markets. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slid to 3.72 percent this week, down from 3.79 percent last week and the lowest since it averaged 3.68 percent in April 2015. The average rate on a ...

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NYC mayor wants to boost solar power capacity five-fold

solar panels in the city

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to increase the solar power capacity of city-owned buildings five-fold from what it is now, mayoral aides said Wednesday. The push comes as part of an ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the country’s most populous city by 80 percent by 2050. De Blasio plans to make the announcement in ...

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Green groups, residents sue crude-by-rail operator

oil train, crude oil

ALBANY, N.Y. — A coalition of residents and environmental groups is suing a crude oil transporter, claiming violations of the federal Clean Air Act. The coalition consisting of Albany County, a tenants association and six environmental groups filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday against Waltham, Massachusetts-based Global Partners. The lawsuit claims Global failed to obtain a required air pollution permit and ...

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High winds knock out power to 11K customers in upstate New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. — High winds are being blamed for downing power lines and knocking out electricity service to more than 11,000 utility customers in parts of upstate New York. The National Weather Service says wind gusts topping 40 mph have been recorded early Wednesday morning in Dunkirk in Chautauqua County, where NYSEG (NYE’-sehg) says about 3,700 of its 5,400 total ...

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Lawmakers, officials voice opposition to Atlantic drilling

ASBURY PARK, N.J. — Officials from several New Jersey shore towns joined with some members of the state’s congressional delegation Sunday to oppose federal plans that would allow oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. Environmental and tourism groups also took part in the rally on the Asbury Park boardwalk, which drew a crowd of about 200. U.S. Sens. ...

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Regulators nix Constitution Pipeline’s tree-cutting request

ALBANY, N.Y. — Federal regulators have rejected the Constitution Pipeline Company’s request to cut trees in New York along the proposed route of its 124-mile natural gas pipeline before a critical state permit is issued. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission notified the company Friday that it could begin tree-cutting in Pennsylvania, which has granted all necessary permits. New York regulators ...

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NY lawmakers to review Cuomo’s environmental plans

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York lawmakers are taking a look at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans to spend more on the environment through stepped-up land conservation efforts, incentives for renewable energy, and upgrades to water and sewer systems. The Legislature’s joint budget committee is scheduled to review the Democratic governor’s environmental proposals Thursday in the latest of several scheduled hearings on ...

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