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Struggling country's past, future shaped by Alcoa, aluminum

The dam Alcoa built in the South American country of Surinam is more than stone and turbines _ it's a symbol of progress, trauma and a global company's ability to dominate a little country's landscape and society

Asia stocks firm as markets mull Trump's taxes, Japan report

Asian shares are fairly firm as investors assessed the scant details of President Donald Trump's U.S. tax overhaul and a Japanese central bank report forecasting steady growth for Asia's No. 2 economy

Rumors rife as gas restrictions in N. Korean capital drag on

An acute shortage of gasoline in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang has gone on for a week with no explanation

Feds offer grants to spur growth on Maine's northern border

The federal Northern Border Regional Commission is offering grants to Maine communities for projects that revitalize infrastructure, improve telecommunications and reduce energy costs

Australia warns gas companies they risk export restrictions

Australia's prime minister has warned energy companies they will be restricted from exporting gas if Australians are not provided with adequate supplies at internationally competitive prices

Oil-gas wells shut down after Colorado home explosion

An oil and gas company is shutting down more than 3,000 wells in northeastern Colorado as a precaution amid an investigation into a house explosion that killed two people

Senate leader: 'Horrendous' roads deal deceives taxpayers

A bill that's supposed to fix South Carolina's crumbling roadways has been turned into a hoax on taxpayers, legislative leaders said Wednesday in criticizing a bi-partisan deal negotiated in the Senate

Dem senator accuses EPA chief Pruitt of violating ethics law

A Senate Democrat says the head of the Environmental Protection Agency is breaking the law by agreeing to headline a state GOP fundraiser

Nevada officials restate opposition to nuke dump in desert

Members of Nevada's delegation told a congressional committee the state will fight efforts to revive a mothballed plan to bury the nation's most radioactive waste in the Nevada desert

New Jersey regulators deem pipeline application incomplete

State regulators say that the application for a more than $1 billion proposed natural gas pipeline originating in Pennsylvania and ending in New Jersey is incomplete


Group pursuing ballot measure to close Mackinac pipelines

A group that wants to shut down twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac is taking steps to propose a ballot initiative to voters in 2018

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