Construction and engineering

November 22, 2017 - 4:57 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Over the river and through the woods will be relatively easy for most North Carolina motorists during the Thanksgiving holiday. A news release from the N.C. Department of Transportation says the road and lane closure suspension began Tuesday morning and continues through 8 p.m...
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Diana Steskal rests her head on her husband Byron's shoulder as Nebraska Public Service Commissioners rise to leave following their vote approving the TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline "mainline alternative route" through the state Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Lincoln, Neb. The couple are landowners in the path of the pipeline. (Eric Gregory/The Journal-Star via AP)
November 20, 2017 - 6:16 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska regulators Monday approved a Keystone XL oil pipeline route through the state, breathing new life into the long-delayed $8 billion project, although the chosen pathway is not the one preferred by the pipeline operator and could require more time to study the changes...
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This aerial photo shows spills from TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone pipeline, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, that leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, near Amherst, S.D., the company and state regulators said Thursday, but state officials don't believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems. Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning and activated emergency response procedures after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from the leak south of a pump station in Marshall County, TransCanada said in a statement. The cause was being investigated. (DroneBase via AP)
November 18, 2017 - 1:01 am
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Discovery of a 210,000-gallon oil leak from the Keystone pipeline would seem to be poor timing four days before regulators in Nebraska decide whether to allow a major expansion of the system, but officials say state law does not allow pipeline safety to be a factor in their...
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In this Thursday, June 1, 2017, photo, builders work on the roof of a home under construction at a housing plan in Jackson Township, Butler County, Pa. On Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in October. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
November 17, 2017 - 8:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes climbed 13.7 percent in October, the biggest jump in a year as builders broke ground on more apartments and single-family houses. The Commerce Department said Friday that the monthly gain put U.S. housing starts at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1...
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In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017, photo, a forklift is parked in front of one of the houses under construction in a housing plan in Zelienople, Pa. On Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo releases its November index of builder sentiment. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
November 16, 2017 - 10:01 am
U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic this month, reflecting a recent rebound in sales of newly built homes. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Thursday rose two points to 70 this month. That's the highest reading since March. Readings...
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Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left, greets Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, center, and U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp, at a hearing on hurricane recovery, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
November 14, 2017 - 3:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Puerto Rico's bankrupt electric utility ignored advice from its own lawyers before signing an expanded contract worth $300 million with a tiny Montana company to repair its damaged power grid, newly released documents show. The law firm, Greenberg Traurig, recommended that the...
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November 13, 2017 - 4:32 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — After years of planning, dealing and getting millions in public financing approved, the Oakland Raiders will break ground Monday on a 65,000-seat domed stadium in Las Vegas, across the freeway from the city's world-famous casinos. Contractors will be working under an ambitious...
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ARCHIVO- En esta fotografía del martes 14 de marzo de 2017 se muestra una bandera de la Unión Europea y una de Gran Bretaña afuera de las oficinas del parlamento europeo en Londres. (AP Foto/Matt Dunham, Archivo)
November 13, 2017 - 7:22 am
LONDON (AP) — Business leaders from both sides of the English Channel are meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May to urge her to accelerate talks on Britain's exit from the European Union as uncertainty about future trading relationships threatens jobs and investment. European business leaders are...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2017 file photo, U.N. World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley poses for a photo beside his agency's logo at the agency's headquarters in New York. Beasley is telling world leaders that the only way to end global hunger is to end conflicts, which would also free up billions of dollars to build roads and infrastructure and promote economic growth in all developing countries. (AP Photo/Robert Bumstead)
November 11, 2017 - 10:02 am
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. food agency is telling world leaders that the only way to end global hunger is to end conflicts, which would also free up billions of dollars to build roads and infrastructure and promote economic growth in all developing countries. David Beasley said in...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 18, 2017, file photo, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker addresses reporters during a news conference in Juneau, Alaska. The state of Alaska will attempt to advance a multibillion dollar natural gas pipeline project with the help of interests from China. Walker said the agreement signed late Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, is with Sinopec, China Investment Corp. and the Bank of China. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)
November 09, 2017 - 10:51 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The latest push in a decades-long effort to commercialize vast stores of Alaska's natural gas got a boost when the state announced a deal with three Chinese companies. But the $43 billion project is far from reality. The agreement advances a project to move gas through a...
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