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Study: Dinosaurs were declining long before asteroid hit (VIDEO)

NEW YORK (AP) — Dinosaurs were in decline long before an asteroid strike polished them off about 66 million years ago, a study says. It’s the latest contribution to a long-running debate: Did the asteroid reverse the fortune of a thriving group of animals? Or were dinosaurs already struggling, and the disruptive effects of the asteroid pushed them over the ...

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New vistas open up at small businesses that use drones

In this Thursday, April 14, 2016, photo, DroneLinx CEO Steve Metzman operates a drone to make videos and still images of an apartment building, in Philadelphia. DroneLinx, a service based in New York, takes shots of cellphone towers, bridges, oil rigs and utility lines that are difficult to get careful inspections of, Metzman says. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

NEW YORK (AP) — That drone flying around a suburban house might not belong to a wannabe pilot — it may be a tool that’s become indispensable for a small business. Many small companies have either built their business around drones or use them to do tasks they previously accomplished by regular planes and helicopters. The unmanned aircraft also take ...

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$8M NY energy competition planned for local communities

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is holding a contest to see which local communities can create the best plans for local, independent energy networks designed to keep the lights on during natural disasters. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state will award up to $1 million to eight winners who submit the best plans for community microgrids. ...

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Utilities unveil largest solar power plant in Kentucky

BURGIN, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have unveiled the state’s largest solar facility. Multiple news outlets report that the companies showcased the solar plant Tuesday at the E.W. Brown Generating Station near Burgin. The complex features a hydroelectric plant, three coal-fired generating units and seven natural gas-fired combustion turbines. Utilities CEO Paul W. Thompson says ...

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Ohio Supreme Court approves AEP’s 2012 fee pricing structure

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a pricing structure for fees that competitors must pay to American Electric Power as the utility transitions to a competitive market. The court sided with a 2012 decision by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to set the fee at $188.88 per megawatt-day. The decision also upholds the requirement ...

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Brine found seeping from old well near Southfield church

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — State workers conducting a site evaluation for an exploratory oil and gas well permit on the grounds of a Southfield church have found brine seeping nearby from an old well. The state Department of Environmental Quality says Tuesday the brine essentially is salt water and that the seepage will be investigated with plans to stop it ...

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Solar farm planned for northeastern NY; Whiteface to benefit

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. (AP) — Developers plan to break ground on a solar farm in northeastern New York within the next three months. Borrego Solar will lease the land and own, operate and maintain the farm just south of the Canadian border. When completed, it will feed solar power into the local grid as part of a power purchase agreement between ...

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In new book, coal miners tell stories in their own words

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — For decades, coal communities bustling with miners and their families filled the landscape of southern West Virginia. As the years have gone by, the industry has changed — machines replaced men, strikes, layoffs, closures, environmental and safety concerns hit hard — and today many of those communities exist in name only. But the feelings and emotions, ...

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Average Ohio gas increases to about $2.09 per gallon

Average Ohio gas increases to about $2.09 per gallon

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Motorists are continuing to see a rise in Ohio gas prices as the average price is reported at more than $2 going into the workweek. The price per gallon in Ohio was about $2.09 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s up 17 cents from the state ...

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Plan delays Ohio renewable energy targets another 3 years

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An as-yet-to-be-introduced bill that would extend a freeze on Ohio’s renewable-energy requirements for an additional three years is already drawing opposition. State Sen. Bill Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican, said the draft legislation circulated last week tacks another three years onto a current two-year delay in phasing in state targets for use of solar, wind and other ...

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