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  • Labor Day 2014

    labordayLabor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength,… Read More +

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  • Drones Banned At Olympic National Park

    drone policeOlympic National Park officials have banned the use of drones within park boundaries. The ban was approved by Superintendent M. Sarah Creachbaum last week, following a directive from the National Parks Service that ordered superintendents in its 401 parks to… Read More +

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  • Mariners Over Nationals 5-3

    mariners logo5Dustin Ackley homered and drove in four runs and the Seattle Mariners averted a three-game sweep, beating the Washington Nationals 5-3 Sunday. Bryce Harper homered twice for Washington and Nate Schierholz also connected. The NL East-leading Nationals homered 10 times in the series, one short of the Safeco Field record set by Cleveland in 2009.

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New Coal Pollution Limits Challenge Industry

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_e38650883b.jpgMichael Hall/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- These are tough times for America’s coal industry, and another challenge came on Friday, when the Obama administration announced EPA requirements for new coal-fired power plants, moving to impose for the first time strict limits on the pollution blamed for global warming. The proposal would help reshape where Americans get electricity, away from a coal-dependent past into a future fired by cleaner sources of energy.

President Obama says new rules would help end “the limitless dumping of carbon pollution” from power plants. Under the proposal, new coal-powered power plants would have to install expensive technology to capture carbon dioxide and bury it underground. No coal-fired power plant has done that yet, in large part because of the cost.

The coal industry, which is struggling to compete with cheaper and cleaner natural gas, accounts for 40 percent of U.S. electricity. But coal’s share is declining. The regulations have been in the works since 2011 and stem from a 1970 law passed by Congress to control air pollution. In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that that law, the Clean Air Act, could be applied to heat-trapping pollution.

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