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11/26/2014Audit: Most BP Oil Spill Claims Handled Correctly

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A third-party audit of the oil spill settlement program finds the settlement program has correctly processed 99.5 percent of claims. The audit, conducted by Chicago-based McGladrey LLP, concluded the program is "well-designed and appropriate" and made no major recommendations for improvement. NOLA.com/The Times Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1vir0dv ) that claims ...
11/26/2014Boston Olympic Proposal Calls for Mostly Temporary Structures

(Eds: With AP Photos.) AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Field hockey at Harvard Stadium. Fencing and archery at MIT. Horses for the equestrian events cared for at the Tufts Hospital for Large Animals. Welcome to the University Games. Boston is bidding on the 2024 Summer Olympics, and the crux of its proposal is a walkable, sustainable, technology-based event that would harness the resources of ...
11/26/2014San Francisco's Bid for 2024 Olympics Taking Shape

(Eds: With AP Photos.) AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — This tech-booming city, home to Twitter and other innovative startups, is experiencing its greatest growth since the California Gold Rush more than 150 years ago. With the climate ripe for commerce, local organizers think they can make a strong case to bring the 2024 Olympics here. After all, the San Francisco Bay Area also is where ...
11/26/2014Detroit Streetcar Projects Completes First Phase of Track Laying

Nov. 26--The M-1 Rail has completed an early phase of its construction and should remove barriers to traffic along five blocks of Woodward Avenue between Campus Martius and Grand Circus Park following the Thanksgiving Day parade. "We met our goal of installing a quarter of a mile of new track in both the north-and-southbound lanes of downtown in four months. We said Woodward would be ready in ...
11/26/2014Dutch "Blue Energy" Project Seek to Generate Power From Salt Water Mix

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch researchers are seeking to add a new, largely untapped renewable energy source to the world's energy mix with the opening of a "Blue Energy" test facility on Wednesday. Blue energy takes advantage of the difference in salt concentration between sea water and fresh water to produce electricity. Rik Siebers of REDstack BV, the company overseeing the project, said the goal ...
11/26/2014NJ Senate Leader Seeks Fed Help for New Hudson River Tunnel

Nov. 26--TRENTON -- Senate President Stephen Sweeney wants the federal government to construct a new tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York City under the Hudson River but he sidestepped criticizing Gov. Chris Christie's 2010 decision to cancel a similar project. "Thanksgiving weekend is the heaviest travel season of the year so it highlights the deteriorating conditions of the ...
11/26/2014Developers Look to Create Underground NYC Park

NEW YORK (AP) — Visitors from around the world are drawn to New York City's High Line, an elevated park built on defunct railroad tracks transformed into an urban sanctuary of flowers, grasses and trees. Private planners inspired by the High Line's success are now looking deep under Manhattan at a proposal to create the Lowline, billed as the world's first underground park. The project would ...
11/26/2014Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to EPA's Powerplant Rules

Nov. 26--The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a challenge brought by 21 states -- including Ohio and West Virginia -- and other opponents of federal regulations to cut toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants that are set to kick in next year. The court's decision to hear the argument that the Environmental Protection Agency did not consider the costs of the regulations ...
11/25/2014Natural Gas Buildup Likely Cause of Building Collapse on Chicago's South Side

Nov. 25--An explosion of built-up natural gas from a leak likely caused the collapse of a three-story condominium building in the Washington Park neighborhood over the weekend, the Chicago Fire Department determined Tuesday. Neighbors had described hearing a loud explosion before the 10-year-old frame apartment building collapsed about 7 p.m. Sunday in the 5800 block of South Calumet Avenue. ...
11/24/2014South Korea To Construct Four New Nuclear Power Plants by 2022

South Korea is planning to commence construction of two new nuclear power plants in 2017 followed by two more by 2022. The government has signed an agreement with the southern coastal county, Uljin, to build Shin Hanul No.3 and No.4 nuclear plants by 2022, reports Reuters. Located approximately 330km southeast of Seoul, the Uljin County currently has an existing nuclear power plant with six ...
11/26/2014Ill. Regulators Approve $2B, 500-mile Transmission Line for Wind Power

Nov. 26--A 500-mile transmission line designed to move wind-generated electric power from Iowa to Grundy County, Ill. can move forward, Illinois regulators decided Tuesday. The Illinois Commerce Commission voted 5-0 to allow Clean Line Energy Partners to build and operate the first merchant-owned electric transmission line in the state. The proposed $2 billion "Rock Island Clean Line" has the ...
11/24/2014China, Pakistan Ink $45B Infrastructure Deal

China has signed an agreement to build 45.6 billion dollars (USD) worth of infrastructure and energy projects in Pakistan over the next six years. The accord, dubbed the China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC), was one of over 20 inked by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his visit to China earlier this month, Reuters reported on Friday. Under the CPEC agreement, Beijing has promised to ...
11/25/2014Report: Plant Vogtle Expansion Falling Further Behind Schedule

Nov. 25--Scheduling delays for two nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle are worsening, according to a report from a state-hired construction monitor. William Jacobs, who monitors the Vogtle project for the Georgia Public Service Commission, wrote in a report released Monday that he thinks the new units will be delayed past their current forecasted completions of late 2017 and ...
11/24/2014Hotel Developer Plans 50-story Project in Downtown Seattle

Nov. 24--A San Francisco hotel developer proposes to build a 50-story hotel and residential tower on a parking lot at the downtown Seattle corner where the monorail crosses Stewart Street,according to plans filed with the city. A real-estate partnership controlled by Stanford Hotels Group paid $16.75 million last year to acquire the 12,960-square-foot lot at 1903 Fifth Ave. The group intends ...
11/22/2014Strong Quake in Western China Kills Two, Injures 54

BEIJING (AP) — A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China on Saturday, killing at least one person, injuring 15 others and causing at least two homes to collapse, officials and state media said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.9 quake had a depth of 14.6 kilometers (9 miles). It struck in the late afternoon about 30 kilometers (20 miles) ...
11/24/2014Nepal Approves 900-MW Hydropower Project by Indian Firm

Nepal's Cabinet late Monday night endorsed an Indian company's plan to build a 900 megawatt hydropower plant in the eastern part of the country with the bulk of the power generated to be exported to India, a Cabinet source said. The Arun III project, estimated to cost $1.04 billion, will be built by India's state-run Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. with power generation scheduled to start in ...
11/24/2014Construction Begins on 100-Story "Icicle Skyscraper" in Chengdu, China

Architectural firm Smith and Gill has begun construction of a 468-metre-high crystalline skyscraper in Chengdu, China. The Greenland Tower Chengdu was designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill and is set to become the tallest building in southwestern China. According to the architects, the faceted-glass form of the office and hotel tower was "inspired by the unique ice mountain topography ...
11/22/2014Calif. High-Speed Rail Agency Issues RFQ for Kern County Route Segment

Nov. 22--The California High-Speed Rail Authority on Friday issued a request for qualifications to contractors that might be interested in building Construction Package 4, a 30-mile stretch of the bullet-train route through Kern County northwest of Bakersfield. The request represents a pre-screening step that will eventually lead to establishing a short list of contractor teams that will be ...
11/22/2014College in Ohio Building Indoor Drone-testing Pavilion

CINCINNATI (AP) — An indoor flying pavilion for students to test and fly drones will be built at a college in southwestern Ohio. Sinclair Community College officials say the 40-foot high pavilion resembling a traditional aircraft hangar will be built adjacent to a building in Dayton that houses some of its education and training programs in unmanned aerial systems and aviation. The indoor ...
11/24/2014U.S. Steel To Build New Headquarters in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — United States Steel Corp. announced Monday it will build its new world headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of the ongoing redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site by the NHL's Penguins. Company, team, local and state officials made the announcement at the Consol Energy Center, the hockey arena which opened in 2010 across the street from the site where a team-controlled ...
11/24/2014Florida Leads Nation in New Construction Jobs

Nov. 24--Florida led the nation in new construction jobs in October, adding 10.4 percent, or 40,100 jobs since the year before, according to the state. The swell in construction jobs was particularly evident in South Florida. Miami-Dade County had the biggest growth, 12.3 percent or 4,400 new jobs. Palm Beach County was up 7.6 percent, with 2,100 more construction jobs, and Broward added 1,700 ...
11/20/2014Massive Miami Marine Stadium Rehabilitation Plan Crumbles

Nov. 20--A $121-million plan to rehabilitate the iconic Miami Marine Stadium and turn the surrounding area into a maritime complex, announced amidst much hoopla only last week, crumbled Thursday after Miami officials balked at a privately funded proposal and indicated they'd rather pursue their own plan -- even if it means spending millions in public dollars. City commissioners could have ...
11/20/2014Tampa Int'l Airport Breaks Ground on $1B Expansion

Nov. 20--TAMPA -- A well-tilled box of soil took center stage atop the economy parking lot at Tampa International Airport Thursday as aviation officials, politicians and local economic gurus celebrated the largest expansion in the airport's history. With construction set to begin in just a few short days on a $1 billion expansion at the airport, CEO Joe Lopano couldn't wipe the grin off his ...
11/21/2014Sound Transit To Seek New Tax, Fees to Extend Seattle's Light-Rail Routes

Nov. 21--Citing popular demand, Sound Transit's governing board Thursday unanimously voted to seek a new sales tax, a new car-tab fee and/or a new property tax. Next, the agency will ask the Legislature for authorization before sending a proposal to the November 2016 ballot in urban Snohomish, King and Pierce counties. "I think we have a wonderful story to tell the Legislature," said board ...
11/23/2014Cal-OSHA Issues Fine for Deadly Winters Crane Accident

Nov. 23--The state division of Occupational Safety and Health fined Disney Construction of Burlingame $106,110 last week for "serious violations" that led to the deaths of two workers on May 30 in a horrific crane accident. The workers plunged 80 feet to their deaths from a platform being hoisted by a crane as part of a bridge-building project in Winters. An investigation by Cal-OSHA found the ...

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