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State doesn’t track old gas lines 22.9.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

State regulators don’t keep records of decommissioned gas lines like the Puget Sound Energy one that caused a Greenwood explosion in March. It’s not clear if PSE does either. Another company, Cascade Natural Gas, faces a $4 million fine for lax record-keeping.
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U.S. stocks jump after rates left unchanged 22.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • U.S. stocks climbed Wednesday as investors were relieved that the Federal Reserve once again left interest rates unchanged. That sent dividend-paying stocks higher, while energy companies jumped with the price of oil. Stocks made a big gain after the Fed’s decision, which ended about weeks of confusion for investors. With the central bank confirming that it will raise interest rates slowly, bond yields dropped and utility and phone companies rose. The price of oil rose after the U.S. ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Federal Reserve: No rate bump. U.S. stocks jump 22.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • U.S. stocks are climbing Wednesday as investors were relieved that the Federal Reserve once again left interest rates unchanged. That’s sending dividend-paying stocks higher. Energy companies are rising with the price of oil. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average added 132 points, or 0.7 percent, to 18,262 as of 1:15 p.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index picked up 19 points, or 0.9 percent, to 2,159. The Nasdaq composite rose 47 points, or 0.9 percent, to 5,288...
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Joint Proposal Advances Utility Efforts to Achieve Climate Targets in New York 21.9.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Joint Proposal Advances Utility Efforts to Achieve Climate Targets in New York
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Compliance with Clean Power Plan is Within Reach — Even for States Opposing It 21.9.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Nicholas Bianco ( Tomás Carbonell , EDF Director of Regulatory Policy and Senior Attorney, and Diane Munns , EDF Senior Director of External Affairs, co-authored this post) In one week – on Tuesday, September 27th – the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral argument in legal challenges brought by the coal industry and its allies against the Clean Power Plan . The Clean Power Plan establishes the nation’s first ever climate pollution standards for the power sector, which is the largest source of climate pollution in the United States, and one of the largest sources in the world. (According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency , the next largest sector – light-duty vehicles, which includes passenger cars and most pickup trucks – accounted for roughly one-half the emissions of the power sector in 2014.)  As a result, the Clean Power Plan is one of the most important measures the United States has ever taken to combat the threat of climate change. The Clean Power Plan is ...
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How the Greenwood explosion and investigation unfolded 21.9.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Buildings flattened. Businesses shattered. A neighborhood torn. Who's at fault?
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AT&T wants to make every telephone pole an ultra-fast wireless hotspot 21.9.2016 Washington Post
AT&T wants to make every telephone pole an ultra-fast wireless hotspot
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US stocks rise with oil prices ahead of Fed statement 21.9.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising Wednesday morning, following global markets higher, as investors wait for the Federal Reserve to conclude a policy meeting. The Bank of Japan didn’t change its policies much. Energy and metals prices are rising as the dollar gets a bit weaker. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average […]
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European human rights group warns on Azerbaijan constitution 21.9.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

PARIS (AP) — A European law and human rights commission on Wednesday criticized proposed constitutional changes in Azerbaijan that would extend the president’s term, a conclusion that drew an angry response from the ex-Soviet nation. The Venice Commission, a watchdog body of constitutional law experts based in France, released a preliminary report saying that extending […]
Stocks rise with oil prices; Federal Reserve decision looms 21.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

U .S. stocks are rising Wednesday morning, following global markets higher, as investors wait for the Federal Reserve to conclude a policy meeting. The Bank of Japan didn't change its policies much. Energy and metals prices are rising as the dollar gets a bit weaker.

The Dow Jones industrial average...

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France bans plastic cups and plates 21.9.2016 CNN: Top Stories
France has become the first country in the world to ban disposable plastic cups and plates.
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China Champions Green Finance in the G20 21.9.2016 WRI Stories
China Champions Green Finance in the G20Add Comment|PrintHangzhou, China, the site of the most recent G20 meeting. Photo by Ryan/Flickr Leaders of the G20 met in the Chinese city of Hangzhou earlier this month and released a final Communique that for the first time highlighted green finance as an effective means to support global sustainable growth. The Communique builds on the work of the G20 Green Finance Study Group, a Chinese initiative co-chaired by the People’s Bank of China. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Retirement Looks Good About Now 21.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
With all of the new requirements for practicing medicine under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), retirement for those who can do it looks like a pretty reasonable option. Unfortunately, there is a clause under the Act that may take this option off the table. Section 5210 Establishing a Ready Reserve Corps, amends Section 203 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 204) such that there will now be a Ready Reserve Corps for service in time of national emergency. Physicians have always been subject to a draft during times of war. This new law now makes them subject to a draft during any national emergency. It is not clear under the law as to what would constitute a "national emergency," but Section 203(c)(2)(D) states that the Ready Reserve Corps "be available for service assignment in isolated, hardship, and medically underserved communities ...to improve access to health services." Physicians are the "ready reserve corps". Not much has been written in the news media about this small section of the ...
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Protests filed over PG&E plan to shut down Diablo Canyon nuclear plant 21.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

It's been less than three months since Pacific Gas & Electric, along with an assortment of groups including environmentalists, announced its intention to shut down the last remaining nuclear power plant in California — Diablo Canyon.

Now the protests have been filed.

And the groups complaining...

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Greenwood explosion caused by abandoned, unsealed pipeline, regulators say 21.9.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission filed a complaint against Puget Sound Energy. The utility faces up to $3.2 million in penalties.
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And the Oscars (for federal employees) go to ... 21.9.2016 Washington Post
And the Oscars (for federal employees) go to ...
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When it comes to climate change, let's get our priorities straight 21.9.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
When it comes to climate change, let's get our priorities straight
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Scientists know climate change is a threat. Politicians need to realize it, too. 21.9.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
That's why we and 373 other scientists have written a letter about what's at risk.
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Obama gives final speech before UN General Assembly 20.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The address covered some of the president's foreign policy successes over his two terms in office, and touched on topics including the nuclear deal with Iran and chemical weapons in Syria.
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Family sues utility in death of Bucks high school teacher electrocuted in his backyard 20.9.2016 Philly.com News
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