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Immigration fuels Cruz-Rubio Republican clash

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

A car is filled with gasoline at a gas station pump in Carlsbad, California August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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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Congress takes bizarre detour to fund U.S. roads and bridges

To get to the $305 billion needed to fund the federal highway bill, Congress did everything short of searching the couch cushions or raising the gas tax. Thursday, it tapped the piggy bank of U.S. banks regulated by the Federal Reserve. It also planned to sell oil in the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve in attempt to find new “pay-fors,” which, ...

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Don’t blame the turkey if you feel snoozy; the bread and the basket share molecular formula and other Turkey Day science

Impress your friends and family this Thanksgiving with some tidbits about the chemistry behind the big meal. Read this and you can put a stop to that tryptophan myth: that one you’re always hearing about how all the tryptophan in turkey sends you into a stupor. Tryptophan — an amino acid — is not to blame. That’s just one lesson ...

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Value of utility property grows in WV

Assessed value of all property owned by public utilities in the state grew by $530 million to $10.04 billion in the past year, as Marcellus Shale counties continued to see major investments while southern coalfield counties suffered severe losses, according to a report Tuesday to the Board of Public Works. “The Marcellus counties are getting richer, and the southern coal ...

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Company puts used fracking fluid to other uses

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Deep-well injection of used fracking fluid raises concerns of environmental pollution and pressure-stimulated earthquakes. Just north of Fairmont, overlooking the east side of the Monongahela River and Bellview across the water, a small plant is busy providing an alternative. Since 2013, Fairmont Brine Processing has been cleaning up frack fluid and producing distilled water for re-use in ...

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