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This post ran from April 29th to May 25th. News continues here starting with the 26th of May: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/the-ongoing-saga-71-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/
It is a continuation of:https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/the-ongoing-saga-69-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ Order is inverted with most recent update on top.
death grim reaper
Nuclear Power Nuclear War Everyday JFK quote
A time comes when silence is betrayal.” (Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam., quoted by Dr. Martin Luther King at Riverside church, April 4, 1967.) http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0115-13.htm There is such a thing as too late. We are standing on the threshold of too late. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/standing-at-the-threshold-70-years-of-nuclear-is-enough/ Just As Above Ground Nuclear Testing was Stopped, So Too Must Leaking of Radionuclides from the Nuclear Fuel Chain Be Stopped. Even from a statistical point of view they keep discovering that nuclear is more deadly than initially thought. For those who missed it: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/another-look-at-the-recent-low-dose-radiation-exposure-study-inworks/ Shows that risk is around 15 times worse than BEIR VII thought, and maybe higher.

Clustered DNA damage, which is hard, and perhaps impossible, to properly repair, is considered a signature of ionizing radiation: “clustered DNA damage sites, which may be considered as a signature of ionising radiation, underlie the deleterious biological consequences of ionising radiation…ionising radiation creates significant levels of clustered DNA damage, including complex double-strand breaks (DSB)” See: “Biological Consequences of Radiation-induced DNA Damage: Relevance to Radiotherapy“, by M.E. Lomax et. al. Clinical Oncology 25 (2013) 578-585
The formation of clustered damage distinguishes ionising radiation-induced damage from normal endogenous damage. https://cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp5-euratom/docs/non_dsb_lesions_projrep_en.pdf

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

French nuclear workers shut down nuclear reactor for 24 hours, it will take several days to turn back on.


Reblog of the late Michael Mariotte’s last post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/exelon-seems-to-think-the-rules-are-for-others/ Long time anti-nuclear activist, he became a perfect example of what BEIR calls the life-shortening effects of radiation induced cancer. BEIR says these life-shortening effects are 14 to 15 years. So, his dying at age 63 after a 3 year struggle against cancer makes him a too-perfect example.

Austria’s new President elect is from the Green Party:

Major nuclear player, Rolls Royce, under investigation for bribery reports Reuters
See: https://www.sfo.gov.uk/cases/rolls-royce-plc/

Reuters News Feed Selection

French police break fuel depot blockade, nuclear plant strike looms
Posted:Wed, 25 May 2016 03:20:15 -0400
PARIS (Reuters) – Police broke up a fuel depot blockade in France on Wednesday and France’s hardline CGT union prepared for a strike at a nuclear plant, escalating a standoff over proposed new labor laws. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/aBaB1-2wfmk/us-france-politics-protests-idUSKCN0YG0P4

Russia to lend Egypt $25 billion to build nuclear power plant
CAIRO, May 19 – Russia will loan Egypt $25 billion to finance building and operating a nuclear power plant in Egypt, the official gazette said on …
MAY 19, 2016 07:19AM EDT http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL5N18G2HW

Pakistan applies to join Nuclear Suppliers Group club
Posted:Fri, 20 May 2016 20:54:07 +0530
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan has made a formal application to join a club of nuclear trading nations, the foreign ministry said on Friday, a move likely to lead to a showdown in the group which has also been facing calls to induct India as a member. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INsouthAsiaNews/~3/epKkpQXos38/pakistan-nsg-usa-india-idINKCN0YB1W8

Japan PM Abe to discuss Okinawa crime with Obama ahead of G7
Posted:Wed, 25 May 2016 04:03:18 -0400
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday ahead of this week’s Group of Seven summit, a Japanese Foreign Ministry source said, with one topic being how to prevent crime by workers from U.S. military bases. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/KaR2-CnC-aw/us-g7-summit-japan-idUSKCN0YG013

Wildfire-sparked evacuation orders lifted at all Canadian work camps
Posted:Mon, 23 May 2016 16:29:01 -0400
CALGARY/TORONTO (Reuters) – Authorities in Canada lifted evacuation orders on Monday for all work camps and some additional oil facilities that had been shuttered when a massive wildfire threatened the nation’s energy hub, a significant step for companies eager to restart production. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/1Re99sSbDeU/us-canada-wildfire-idUSKCN0YE2GO

Peru declares mining-related emergency in remote part of Amazon
Posted:Mon, 23 May 2016 13:57:41 -0400
LIMA (Reuters) – Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has declared a 60-day emergency in a remote part of the Amazon to curb high levels of mercury poisoning from rampant illegal gold mining, the country’s environment minister said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/iZrnG1Rzgk4/us-peru-environment-idUSKCN0YE2C5

New Mexico sues EPA, mine owners over massive gold mine waste spill
Posted:Mon, 23 May 2016 18:04:52 -0400
(Reuters) – New Mexico sued the U.S. Environmental Protection agency, an agency contractor and two mining companies on Monday over the 2015 breach of an abandoned Colorado gold mine that spilled some 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into three states. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/hGCC_deLWtA/us-new-mexico-lawsuit-epa-idUSKCN0YE2PJ

Quake shakes southern Mexico, no immediate reports of damage
Posted:Mon, 23 May 2016 15:42:20 -0400
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – An earthquake struck on land near the southwestern coast of Mexico on Monday, earthquake monitoring institutes said, but there were no immediate reports of major damages or injuries.

Beijing to adopt China’s tightest fuel standards by Jan : Xinhua
Posted:Mon, 23 May 2016 06:19:58 -0400
BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing plans to roll out China’s tightest fuel standards by January 2017, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Monday citing the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, as the smog-choked city aims to drastically cut vehicle emission. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/2HavPhm3iNs/us-china-fuel-quality-idUSKCN0YE18T

Could UAE solar push lead a trend for the Gulf?
Posted:Mon, 23 May 2016 10:06:21 -0400
DUBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As the Gulf states take steps to expand their use of clean energy, a bold plan by the United Arab Emirates to boost its use of renewable electricity from less than 1 percent to 24 percent in the next five years could be a game-changer for the region, experts say. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5GZe1_cL5jk/us-emirates-solar-electricity-idUSKCN0YE1SJ

UPDATE 1-French oil and port workers vote to begin new strikes
Posted:Mon, 23 May 2016 16:13:32 -0400
PARIS, May 23 (Reuters) – Oil sector workers of French CGT and FO unions voted on Monday to begin a strike at Exxon Mobil’s 240,000 barrels-per-day Port Jerome refinery in northern France, the unions said in a joint statement. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qAYwEciNW4M/france-politics-protest-exxon-mobil-idUSL5N18K56I

New York energy investor indicted for $45 million tax scheme
Posted:Mon, 23 May 2016 17:43:55 -0400
NEW YORK, May 23 (Reuters) – A New York energy investor has been indicted for engaging in a multiyear scheme to evade paying over $45 million in taxes in connection with the sale of an oil company and the purchase of paintings by European artists, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QhM0pdcAe3I/new-york-crime-zukerman-idUSL2N18K1SB

Europe’s neutral anomaly fetes 200 years beyond borders
Posted:Sat, 21 May 2016 16:18:06 -0400
KELMIS, Belgium (Reuters) – A small town in Belgium that spent a century living outside the map of Europe’s great power system celebrates the 200th anniversary of the quirky autonomy it secured in the wake of the Napoleonic wars. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/rAyAVKc4YUI/us-europe-history-moresnet-idUSKCN0YC0GC

Strikes bring shortages in hundreds of French petrol stations
Posted:Sat, 21 May 2016 15:21:37 -0400
PARIS (Reuters) – Hundreds of petrol stations faced shortages in France on Saturday as protests over a labor law reform led to a fall in refinery output and blockades that hampered fuel supply and prompted consumer panic. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/8R9MDQt0H4Q/us-france-politics-protests-oil-idUSKCN0YC0L1

EgyptAir jet sent smoke-alarm warnings before crash
Posted:Sat, 21 May 2016 17:04:55 -0400
PARIS/CAIRO (Reuters) – The EgyptAir jet which crashed in the Mediterranean on Thursday sent a series of warnings indicating that smoke had been detected on board, shortly before it disappeared off radar screens, French investigators said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/kkd4T3T99nE/us-egyptair-airplane-idUSKCN0YA08W

UK “Remain” camp gains ground in EU poll, bookmakers lengthen Brexit odds
Posted:Sat, 21 May 2016 23:30:50 +0530
LONDON (Reuters) – The campaign to keep Britain in the European Union extended its lead over the “Out” campaign in an opinion poll published on Saturday, while two major bookmakers offered the shortest odds to date on a vote to remain. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/Km344wQOeds/britain-eu-odds-idINKCN0YC0GU

Political future on line, Italy’s Renzi launches referendum campaign
Posted:Sat, 21 May 2016 18:43:10 +0530
ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Matteo Renzi launched his campaign on Saturday to win an October referendum on constitutional reform, staking his political future on an attempt to finally give Italy stable governments. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/9PK8atqIr5A/italy-reform-referendum-idINKCN0YC0HK

Bangladesh village doctor hacked to death in attack claimed by Islamic State
Posted:Sat, 21 May 2016 11:19:58 +0530
DHAKA (Reuters) – Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a village doctor and wounded a university teacher in Bangladesh on Friday, in what police suspected was the latest in a series attacks by Islamists in the majority-Muslim nation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/VOzXccmYDgE/bangladesh-attacks-idINKCN0YB0O6

PRESS DIGEST- British Business – May 20
Posted:Thu, 19 May 2016 20:24:18 -0400
May 20 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/bjhTlanbwUA/britain-press-business-idUSL3N18G5LP

Obama’s Hiroshima visit looks to future amid charges of selective amnesia
Posted:Fri, 20 May 2016 05:45:19 -0400
TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Japan and the United States are presenting U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima as an affirmation of a strong alliance and a step towards world denuclearization, but critics see selective amnesia and paradoxes on nuclear policy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/lLO2lQt-d2I/us-japan-obama-hiroshima-idUSKCN0YB0FB

Canada wildfire moves into Saskatchewan, but little risk to mines, farms

Posted:Fri, 20 May 2016 14:46:16 -0400
May 20 (Reuters) – A Canadian wildfire has moved from oil-rich Alberta into Saskatchewan, but that province’s fertile farms and lucrative mines are tucked far away from the blaze’s path. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/SkBz7lyiqds/canada-wildfire-saskatchewan-idUSL2N18H165

UPDATE 1-Eurotunnel to build France-UK power link via Channel Tunnel

Posted:Fri, 20 May 2016 13:52:58 -0400
* 1000 MW HVDC line to run through channel tunnel (Adds financial detail, other interconnector plans) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/JsTJ5McB8EA/eurotunnel-electricity-idUSL5N18H46X

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The post on “Greens Urge Ireland…” has information on how to complain about the lack of transboundary environmental consultation for the UK’s Hinkley Point and Moorside Nuclear Power Stations. 47 countries have signed the Aarhus Convention. Espoo tells governments to inform other governments. Aarhus is about the right to environmental information-consultation both for transboundary impacts, but also within one’s own country. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/greens-urge-ireland-to-insist-on-hinkley-nuclear-power-consultation-following-unesc-ruling/

As Reuters explains, French state owned EDF which is supposed to build Hinkley Point, and which owns the existing UK reactors, has had “hybrid debt” downgraded to junk status. If it were not French government owned it would no longer exist. Nuclear utility RWE also not doing well.

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Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-S&P downgrades EDF hybrids to junk status
Posted:Fri, 13 May 2016 15:02:58 -0400
* CEO called hybrid debt EDF’s Achilles heel (Adds S&P downgrade on Friday) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/wd4_uOL9BQs/edf-ratings-idUSL5N18A6AP

Moody’s cuts RWE debt to one notch above junk
Posted:Sat, 14 May 2016 10:28:47 -0400
FRANKFURT, May 14 (Reuters) – RWE is just one notch above junk status after Moody’s downgraded the Germany utility’s debt to Baa3 from Baa2, citing weak power prices, Germany’s nuclear exit and the company’s exposure to coal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/EDgjjDxJtKA/rwe-ratings-idUSL5N18B0DM

Red tuna crabs carpet Southern California beaches again
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 00:03:29 -0400
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Masses of tiny red crustaceans known as tuna crabs have washed up for a second straight year along stretches of the Southern California shoreline in a phenomenon marine scientists say is linked to warmer ocean currents flowing up the coast. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/NaRCr9_sv7Q/us-california-crabs-idUSKCN0Y71VM

Yellowstone issues warning after visitors put baby bison in car
Posted:Mon, 16 May 2016 16:18:07 -0400
(Reuters) – Yellowstone National Park managers on Monday warned visitors to leave wildlife alone after two tourists put a newborn bison calf in their car, touching off a string of events that led to the animal’s death. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Ch_RQgaQUVA/us-yellowstone-bison-idUSKCN0Y7259

UPDATE 1-General Electric reaffirms forecast despite weaker growth
Posted:Wed, 18 May 2016 12:53:27 -0400
NEW YORK, May 18 (Reuters) – General Electric Co expects to hit this year’s earnings targets despite tough conditions in its oil and gas business, lower industrial margins and slower revenue growth, Chief Executive Jeff Immelt said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/EXOYKEaGswk/ge-outlook-idUSL2N18F165

BRIEF-U.S. prosecutors examining alleged transfer of hundreds of thousands of dollars from Ex-1MDB empolyee to Goldman’s Leissner-Bloomberg
Posted:Wed, 18 May 2016 13:02:27 -0400
* U.S. prosecutors examining alleged transfer of hundreds of thousands of dollars from Ex-1MDB empolyee to Goldman’s Leissner-Bloomberg,citing sources http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/46fYtIOAL-8/idUSFWN18F0IQ

U.S. trade panel opens patent probe into Volkswagen hybrid vehicles
Posted:Wed, 18 May 2016 12:39:28 -0400
WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday said it launched an investigation into whether Volkswagen AG and its subsidiaries infringed hybrid electric vehicle… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/8JWXDJe3d8k/autos-volkswagen-patents-idUSL2N18F15I

Exclusive: Skeptical Trump says would renegotiate global climate deal
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 20:15:27 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would renegotiate America’s role in the U.N. global climate accord, spelling potential doom for an agreement many view as a last chance to turn the tide on global warming. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/gsNzJvQuT08/us-usa-election-trump-climate-exclusive-idUSKCN0Y82NW

Most Texas quakes likely caused by oil, gas activities: study
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 17:35:49 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil and gas activities may have caused nearly nine in 10 of the earthquakes Texas has experienced in the past 40 years, and the quakes have become more frequent as oilfield activity has picked up in the past decade, according to a forthcoming study. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/xVTniRg0yjI/us-usa-texas-earthquakes-idUSKCN0Y82LY

Canada wildfire rages near oil sand facilities, extending shutdowns
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 18:09:26 -0400
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – A massive wildfire raged near Fort McMurray, Alberta on Tuesday and threatened major oil sands production facilities, forcing the evacuation of thousands of workers and prolonging a shutdown that cut Canadian oil output by 1 million barrels a day. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/NG1CEi0Mnyg/us-canada-wildfire-enbridge-idUSKCN0Y71ZT

Sri Lanka landslide buries three villages; death toll unknown
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 14:02:46 -0400
COLOMBO (Reuters) – A landslide in Sri Lanka, triggered by more than three days of rain, buried three villages in a central district and the death toll is yet to be determined, government officials and area residents said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/4cmlT-DddLY/us-sri-lanka-floods-idUSKCN0Y815C

French parliament adopts bill to ratify Paris climate agreement
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 17:41:43 -0400
PARIS (Reuters) – French parliamentarians in a near unanimous vote on Tuesday adopted a bill authorizing the government to ratify the landmark climate agreement reached by 195 nations in Paris in December. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/qe6MbzmY3mY/us-france-climatechange-agreement-idUSKCN0Y82M6

Plains All American Pipeline indicted in Santa Barbara oil spill
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 18:48:35 -0400
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Houston-based pipeline company has been indicted in California on 46 criminal charges stemming from a major oil spill last year that forced beach closures and fouled miles of shoreline near Santa Barbara, prosecutors said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/AmE59SIXci8/us-california-oilspill-idUSKCN0Y826J

Texas attorney general backs Exxon in climate change fight
Posted:Mon, 16 May 2016 18:04:16 -0400
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked a state judge on Monday to block U.S. Virgin Islands officials from subpoenaing 40 years of internal climate change documents from Exxon Mobil Corp, saying the probe is “a fishing expedition of the worst kind.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/TIDYHU89QqU/us-exxon-mobil-climatechange-idUSKCN0Y72AO

U.S. top court rejects Exxon appeal in groundwater contamination case
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 03:49:33 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Exxon Mobil Corp’s appeal of a $236 million judgment against the oil company in a case brought by the state of New Hampshire over groundwater contamination linked to a gasoline additive. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/WIwtLqFnQjY/us-court-exxon-mobil-idUSKCN0Y71HD

Senate passes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 16:05:50 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for damages, setting up a potential showdown with the White House, which has threatened a veto. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/d2OkFMf1O3E/us-saudi-usa-congress-idUSKCN0Y8239

South Carolina bans abortion after 19 weeks
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 21:47:14 -0400
CHARLESTON, SC (Reuters) – The South Carolina legislature on Tuesday passed a bill banning most abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother’s life was at risk, making it the 17th U.S. state to approve such a ban. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/PUdvW0cJOx4/us-south-carolina-abortion-idUSKCN0Y904T

UPDATE 1-Brazil delays leniency deals in graft probe, calls for rigor
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 20:42:53 -0400
SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, May 17 (Reuters) – Brazil’s new interim government is suspending negotiations with construction companies caught up in a massive corruption investigation in order to make leniency… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/mxrwBfLRcug/brazil-corruption-idUSL2N18E1FL

Suzuki suspected of using improper fuel economy testing in Japan – media
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 23:28:16 -0400
TOKYO, May 18 (Reuters) – Suzuki Motor Corp is suspected of using improper fuel economy testing methods in Japan, domestic media reported on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/cyclicalconsumergoodsNews/~3/7XSMuRFdu9E/mitsubishimotors-scandal-suzuki-motor-idUST9N187003

UPDATE 1-U.S. extends GM safety oversight for additional year
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 20:01:31 -0400
WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – U.S. auto safety regulators will oversee General Motors Co’s decision-making about potential vehicle safety issues for another year, until May 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told the automaker in a letter made public on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/cyclicalconsumergoodsNews/~3/EZ6o-_gzFcc/autos-generalmotors-idUSL2N18E28S

Mitsubishi Motors president to step down – Nikkei
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 19:56:26 -0400
May 18 (Reuters) – Mitsubishi Motors Corp President Tetsuro Aikawa will step down to take responsibility for the fuel economy data scandal, the Nikkei reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/cyclicalconsumergoodsNews/~3/NWQdCfZKO9w/autos-generalmotors-idUSL2N18E27U

U.S. extends GM safety oversight for additional year
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 19:23:59 -0400
WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – U.S. auto safety regulators will oversee General Motors Co’s decision-making about potential vehicle safety issues until May 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told the automaker in a letter made public on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/cyclicalconsumergoodsNews/~3/NWQdCfZKO9w/autos-generalmotors-idUSL2N18E27U

Carlos Slim keeps it in the family as grandkids join boards
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 11:42:36 -0400
MEXICO CITY/MADRID, May 17 (Reuters) – Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has put two of his grandchildren on boards of his companies, a major step in the succession of one of the world’s largest family business empires. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/0d3zHfkWWrI/mexico-slim-succession-idUSL5N1877MT

Congo to seek up to $500 million in budget support from World Bank
Posted:Tue, 17 May 2016 11:29:15 -0400
KINSHASA, May 17 (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo will seek between $250 million and $500 million in budgetary support from the World Bank this year, pending a review of its economy by the International Monetary Fund next month, the government said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/8x7i9t33HjU/congodemocratic-economy-idUSL5N18E3B5

Sunday 15 May 2016

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Unable to successfully build even one nuclear reactor in France, French State owned EDF-AREVA propose six in India.

Some news items are older than one week, but had gotten misplaced. Hopefully we will pick up efficiency and start posting news feeds more frequently again.

Southern Co. mentioned in Reuters is building Vogtle Nuclear Power Station. The steel industry, discussed in Reuters, is important for construction projects, including nuclear power stations. But, why not invest in needed infrastructure?

Reuters News Feed Selection

EDF to propose deal for 6 nuclear reactors in India by year-end
Posted:Thu, 12 May 2016 18:09:21 +0530
PARIS (Reuters) – EDF will deliver a proposal to the Indian government by year’s end to build six nuclear reactors, an executive at the French utility said on Thursday, in what could be the world’s biggest nuclear deal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/J7SCDtpvR3U/edf-nuclear-india-idINKCN0Y31MA

UPDATE 3-EDF says Hinkley Point cost could rise 3 bln pounds, timing slips
Posted:Thu, 12 May 2016 12:07:29 -0400
* EDF says gave CGN guarantees in case of cost overruns (Adds EDF saying it does not expect Hinkley Point delays) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/0Zk12Zf_bcU/edf-nuclear-britain-idUSL5N1892AB

Croatia interested in role in Hungary’s disputed nuclear project
Posted:Thu, 05 May 2016 06:47:21 -0400
SARAJEVO, May 5 (Reuters) – Croatia is interested in taking part in a disputed project to expand the Paks nuclear power plant its neighbour Hungary has awarded to Russia’s Rosatom, Croatia’s Entrepreneurship and Crafts Minister Darko Horvat said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/AAG2aUyhNI8/croatia-hungary-nuclear-idUSL5N18229T

Solar plane departs Arizona on 11th leg of round-the-world flight
Posted:Thu, 12 May 2016 15:22:42 -0400
May 12 (Reuters) – An experimental airplane powered solely by energy from the sun stored in batteries took off from Arizona early on Thursday on the eleventh leg of an historic bid by its pilots and developers to fly around the globe without a drop of fuel. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FrZZVkaGuGI/solar-plane-idUSL2N1891Y9

REFILE-UPDATE 2-DONG Energy set for Europe’s biggest share float this year
Posted:Thu, 12 May 2016 13:11:48 -0400
COPENHAGEN, May 12 (Reuters) – Danish wind farm developer DONG Energy, which analysts value as high as $13 billion, said on Thursday it plans to list its shares on the Copenhagen stock exchange this summer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/01J8BZ6Pujc/dong-energy-ipo-idUSL5N1891SA

UPDATE 3-Top oil explorer Eni embarks on green energy quest
Posted:Thu, 12 May 2016 12:52:24 -0400
* Does not intend to compete with Enel’s green business (Adds CEO comments from AGM) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/TC0lsljggkU/eni-renewable-energy-idUSL5N1892TQ

UPDATE 1-Shell participates in bid for Dutch offshore wind farm
Posted:Thu, 12 May 2016 12:40:23 -0400
AMSTERDAM, May 12 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is in a consortium bidding to build two 350 megawatt wind farms off the coast of the Netherlands, the oil company said on Thursday, delivering on a promise to invest more in wind energy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/UNfQGdk51Lk/shell-windfarm-netherlands-idUSL5N1896Q7

Michigan expands water payments in Flint to speed recovery
Posted:Thu, 12 May 2016 11:48:17 -0400
DETROIT (Reuters) – Michigan on Thursday extended and expanded coverage of water bills for residents of Flint to speed recovery from a health crisis caused by high levels of lead. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/XkmplYYEl28/us-michigan-water-idUSKCN0Y325N

Insurers shun risk as oil-linked quakes soar in Oklahoma
Posted:Thu, 12 May 2016 06:32:05 -0400
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – As the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma exploded into the hundreds in the last few years, nearly a dozen insurance companies moved to limit their exposure, often at the expense of homeowners, a Reuters examination has found. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/2P3rGrWWDY4/us-usa-oklahoma-earthquakes-idUSKCN0Y30DC

UPDATE 5-Oil up 3 pct; Canada, Nigeria outages offset U.S. stockbuild worry
Posted:Tue, 10 May 2016 11:08:24 -0400
* New highs seen in U.S. crude stocks after 5th week of growth http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/i7–V6PjciA/global-oil-idUSL3N18707W

UPDATE 1-Repair crews assess damage to wildfire-hit Canadian energy boomtown
Posted:Tue, 10 May 2016 10:53:30 -0400
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, May 10 (Reuters) – Repair crews on Tuesday assessed wildfire damage to Fort McMurray after an initial inspection by officials showed the Canadian energy boomtown was spared the worst as nearby oil sands companies looked to resume production. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/82H8wJqXsPE/canada-wildfire-idUSL2N1870GW

CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as oil rallies; oil sands producers plan restarts
Posted:Tue, 10 May 2016 10:45:11 -0400
TORONTO, May 10 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index rose on Tuesday, led by financial and energy stocks as oil rose, while producers planned restarts at disrupted oil sands facilities. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zspk1zYJPGU/canada-stocks-idUSL2N1870OY

Repair crews assess damage to wildfire-hit Canadian energy boomtown
Posted:Tue, 10 May 2016 10:55:31 -0400
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (Reuters) – Repair crews on Tuesday assessed wildfire damage to Fort McMurray after an initial inspection by officials showed the Canadian energy boomtown was spared the worst as nearby oil sands companies looked to resume production. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/_1h_VrrWVQI/us-canada-wildfire-idUSKCN0XY0BM

Large tornado hits south of Oklahoma City, two dead
Posted:Mon, 09 May 2016 21:59:53 -0400
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – A large and violent tornado hit an area south of Oklahoma City on Monday, causing at least two deaths and reducing at least three homes to splinters, authorities said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/1X4lSQaby9M/us-oklahoma-tornado-idUSKCN0Y02KZ

Thailand to shut sole gold mine over environmental concerns
Posted:Tue, 10 May 2016 11:52:26 -0400
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand has ordered the closure of its only active gold mine by the end of the year, the industry ministry said on Tuesday, in the wake of concerns it was responsible for contamination suffered by villagers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/ogj3hNkAS9A/us-thailand-australia-mine-idUSKCN0Y11KU

Ancient lava bubbles reveal conditions on primordial Earth
Posted:Mon, 09 May 2016 16:46:02 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tiny bubbles that formed inside volcanic rock 2.7 billion years ago are providing big insights into the conditions on primordial Earth. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/TQg334D4t7s/us-science-bubbles-idUSKCN0Y02EK

Bison officially designated as national mammal of U.S.
Posted:Tue, 10 May 2016 05:49:17 -0400
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – North America’s bison, a living emblem of the Western frontier that roamed the continent by the millions before being hunted to near extinction in the late 1800s, was officially designated on Monday as the national mammal of the United States. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/8F0Iry8CknM/us-usa-bison-idUSKCN0Y103F

China landslide death toll climbs to 34: Xinhua
Posted:Mon, 09 May 2016 23:09:36 -0400
BEIJING (Reuters) – The death toll in a landslide in China’s southeastern Fujian province has risen to 34, with four people still missing, state media said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/M9HfwT-X1-E/us-china-landslide-idUSKCN0XZ051

Fifth of plant types at risk as farms, logging expand
Posted:Mon, 09 May 2016 22:18:06 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – One in five types of plant worldwide is at risk of extinction from threats such as farming and logging that are wrecking many habitats, a first global overview of plant life said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/0xn1SGedJ4k/us-environment-plants-idUSKCN0Y02LI

California to lift severe mandatory water conservation rules
Posted:Mon, 09 May 2016 22:23:41 -0400
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California on Monday prepared to lift severe mandatory water conservation orders imposed at the height of the state’s multi-year drought, after a wet winter led to swelling reservoirs and a deep snowpack in numerous parts of the state. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Sa5oygWWmLI/us-california-drought-idUSKCN0Y02G0

UPDATE 1-Czech power firm CEZ tops forecast with Q1 profit surge
Posted:Tue, 10 May 2016 02:39:34 -0400
PRAGUE, May 10 (Reuters) – Czech electricity producer CEZ reported a 32 percent rise in first-quarter adjusted net profit on Tuesday, lifted by higher trading income, currency gains and a boost from renewable sources in Romania that compensated for falling power prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/0ayN637umxQ/cez-results-idUSL5N1871B4

Huadian Fuxin says landslide death toll at 26, hydropower plant unaffected
Posted:Mon, 09 May 2016 21:30:37 -0400
HONG KONG, May 10 (Reuters) – Huadian Fuxin Energy Corp Ltd said on Tuesday that 26 people had died after a landslide hit sections of a hydroelectric power project in China’s southeastern Fujian province. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/dY0KlLDd2a4/huadian-fuxin-landslide-idUSL3N1870SU

UPDATE 1-Mining bosses shift focus from debt and start to see new investment potential
Posted:Tue, 10 May 2016 09:45:56 -0400
* Capital expenditure on horizon after next year – BHP (Adds quotes, context) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/pjlY529Evh8/mining-bhp-idUSL5N1874SD

UPDATE 2-Recovery eludes Lumber Liquidators as cancer controversy linger
Posted:Tue, 10 May 2016 08:54:18 -0400
* Shares down 12 pct premarket (Adds details, background, shares) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/IhZRl1IjOw8/lumber-liquidate-results-idUSL3N1873KZ

UPDATE 1-India’s JSW Steel bids for Tata UK assets – sources
Posted:Tue, 10 May 2016 08:34:48 -0400
* JSW Steel shares down 3 pct to lowest in a month (Adds JSW comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/6xajwDtQO4E/tata-steel-jsw-steel-idUSL3N18747O

India’s JSW Steel bids for Tata UK assets – sources
Posted:Tue, 10 May 2016 05:56:31 -0400
MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, May 10 (Reuters) – India’s JSW Steel Ltd has bid for the British operations of Tata Steel Ltd , two sources with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed, worrying bankers about its high debt levels and pulling down JSW shares on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/BNa0mXRO7x0/tata-steel-jsw-steel-idUSL3N1872NT

Stung by commodity slump, Japan trading houses broaden horizons
Posted:Tue, 10 May 2016 05:55:43 -0400
TOKYO, May 10 (Reuters) – Japan’s giant trading houses are looking for new paths to profitability after some of them racked up the first losses in their history on Tuesday, stung by a global commodities slump.

BRIEF-Enbridge inspects sites for safe restart after wildfires
Posted:Tue, 10 May 2016 11:54:48 -0400
* Crews have been inspecting facilities and pipelines in Fort Mcmurray region http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/olJ0QQpKYQA/idUSASC08OIA

UPDATE 1-Congo state miner says not informed of Freeport’s copper mine sale
Posted:Tue, 10 May 2016 12:02:01 -0400
KINSHASA, May 10 (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo state miner Gecamines said on Tuesday it was not informed of Freeport-McMoRan Inc’s sale of its majority stake in the Tenke copper project and “will assert its rights.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/aAVC736gRc4/congodemocratic-mining-idUSL5N1876J1

RPT-CN Rail struggled with track improvements after fiery derailments
Posted:Mon, 02 May 2016 07:00:01 -0400
NEW YORK, April 29 (Reuters) – Canada’s biggest railway struggled to keep some heavily used track in adequate repair even after a string of derailments last year showed the danger of moving oil on poorly maintained track, documents obtained by Reuters show. http://www.reuters.com/article/canada-railway-safety-idUSL2N17W1D9?feedType=RSS&feedName=industrialsSector

India amends mining law in boost to cement mergers and banks
Posted:Mon, 02 May 2016 09:23:03 -0400
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, May 2 (Reuters) – The upper house of India’s parliament on Monday approved an amendment to the mining law, allowing the transfer of mines from sellers to buyers in a victory for the State Bank of India (SBI) that had lobbied for the change. http://www.reuters.com/article/india-mining-idUSL3N17Z2HX?feedType=RSS&feedName=industrialsSector

RPT-Goldman targets “mass affluent” borrowers with unusual lending plan
Posted:Mon, 02 May 2016 07:00:01 -0400
NEW YORK, May 2 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc, the banking gold standard for the world’s elite, sees a future in less prosperous investors. http://www.reuters.com/article/goldman-sachs-lending-idUSL2N17W285?feedType=RSS&feedName=industrialsSector

France studying possible ban on import of U.S. Shale gas – minister
Posted:Tue, 10 May 2016 10:41:07 -0400
PARIS, May 10 (Reuters) – French Energy Minister Segolene Royal said on Tuesday she is investigating legal means to ban the import of shale gas from the United States because France has banned shale… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/MDEk_R-P8FE/france-usa-shalegas-idUSL5N1875VT

UK’s Cameron says British exit from EU would hurt steel industry
Posted:Wed, 04 May 2016 12:15:23 -0400
LONDON, May 4 (Reuters) – Britain’s steel industry would face severe challenges if the country was not a member of the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday ahead of a June 23 referendum on whether to stay in the bloc http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/3fmB1cquP3c/tata-steel-britain-cameron-idUSS8N0WK05G

RPT-UPDATE 3-Brazil judge approves Samarco dam burst settlement with government
Posted:Thu, 05 May 2016 22:29:18 -0400
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 5 (Reuters) – A Brazilian judge on Thursday ratified the settlement Samarco and its owners, BHP Billiton and Vale SA, signed with Brazil’s government in March to cover damages for a deadly dam spill last year, Vale said in a statement. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/HKIAfru9E3o/brazil-damburst-settlement-idUSL3N1831CG

BRIEF-Southern Company offering 18.3 million common shares for gross proceeds of about $900 million Posted:Thu, 05 May 2016 21:21:50 -0400
* Southern company announces pricing of public offering of common stock http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/news/usmarkets/~3/VQnW_Yo7kTE/idUSASC08NO0

BRIEF-Las Vegas Sands CEO says he will back Donald Trump for the GOP nomination for President – New York Times Posted:Thu, 05 May 2016 22:52:53 -0400
* Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson says he will back Donald Trump for the GOP nomination for President – New York Times http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/news/usmarkets/~3/MrHAGxrfMeg/idUSFWN1821A4

Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions
Posted:Thu, 05 May 2016 16:03:36 -0400
May 5 (Reuters) – The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Thursday: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/X1JakWdSSv8/deals-day-idUSL3N1822FZ

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Montana Deer Wildfire USDA-US Forestry Service
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Canada fire rages for seventh day, evacuees set for long wait
Posted:Sun, 08 May 2016 10:40:03 -0400
GREGOIRE LAKE, Alberta (Reuters) – A wildfire ripping through Canada’s oil sands region was set to grow rapidly on Sunday but move further away from heavily populated areas, a fire official said.
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Small magnitude earthquake swarm continues at Mount St. Helens
May 05, 2016
Beginning March 14, 2016, a number of small magnitude earthquakes have occurred beneath Mount St. Helens, at a depth between 2 and 7 km (1.2 to 4 miles). Over the last 8 weeks, there have been over 130 earthquakes formally located by the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network and many more earthquakes too small to be located. The earthquakes have low magnitudes of 0.5 or less; the largest a magnitude 1.3. Earthquake rates have been steadily increasing since March, reaching nearly 40 located earthquakes per week. These earthquakes are too small to be felt at the surface.
The earthquakes are volcano-tectonic in nature, indicative of a slip on a small fault. Such events are commonly seen in active hydrothermal and magmatic systems. The magma chamber is likely imparting its own stresses on the crust around and above it, as the system slowly recharges. The stress drives fluids through cracks, producing the small quakes. The current pattern of seismicity is similar to swarms seen at Mount St. Helens in 2013 and 2014; recharge swarms in the 1990s had much higher earthquake rates and energy release.
No anomalous gases, increases in ground inflation or shallow seismicity have been detected with this swarm, and there are no signs of an imminent eruption. As was observed at Mount St. Helens between 1987-2004, recharge can continue for many years beneath a volcano without an eruption.

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Canada fire rages for seventh day, evacuees set for long wait
Posted:Sun, 08 May 2016 10:40:03 -0400
GREGOIRE LAKE, Alberta (Reuters) – A wildfire ripping through Canada’s oil sands region was set to grow rapidly on Sunday but move further away from heavily populated areas, a fire official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/_1h_VrrWVQI/us-canada-wildfire-idUSKCN0XY0BM

Canada wildfire growing as weather heats up, more escape convoys planned
Posted:Sat, 07 May 2016 08:55:35 -0400
LAC LA BICHE, Alberta, May 7 (Reuters) – A raging Canadian wildfire that forced the evacuation of the Alberta oil town of Fort McMurray intensified on Saturday, helped by hot, dry weather, with officials working to get another convoy of evacuees out of the region.

Syncrude says Alberta oil sands mine shut down because of wildfire
Posted:Fri, 06 May 2016 14:42:45 -0400
CALGARY, Alberta, May 6 (Reuters) – The Syncrude oil sands project has completely shut down extraction at its Aurora bitumen mine and is operating other facilities at minimum levels, the result of… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/news/usmarkets/~3/jHJQHiua6sI/canada-wildfire-syncrude-idUSL2N1831JD

UPDATE 2-BP warns on Canadian oil deliveries as wildfire burns on
Posted:Fri, 06 May 2016 19:27:58 -0400
NEW YORK, May 6 (Reuters) – BP PLC said on Friday it would not be able to deliver on some contracts for Canadian crude due to a wildfire that has cut Canada’s oil sands output in half and snarled supply lines. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EQsX5yy6fNM/canada-wildfire-bp-idUSL2N183297

UPDATE 2-Early start to UK power supply scheme to cost 2-3 bln stg
Posted:Fri, 06 May 2016 10:15:30 -0400
* Govt says bills would be higher without the scheme (Updates throughout, recasts with costs) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/TPKqLn0DN-M/britain-energy-capacity-idUSL5N183380

UPDATE 1-Enbridge requests regulator extend Northern Gateway permit
Posted:Fri, 06 May 2016 13:25:59 -0400
May 6 (Reuters) – Enbridge Inc filed a request with Canada’s national energy regulator on Friday for an extension of its permit for the proposed Northern Gateway project to continue talks with communities in northwest British Columbia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/kQSiyi1WYE8/enbridge-inc-pipeline-idUSL3N18340V

For first time, scientists grow two-week-old human embryos in lab
Posted:Wed, 04 May 2016 13:12:11 -0400
LONDON(Reuters) – Scientists have for the first time grown human embryos outside of the mother for almost two full weeks into development, giving unique insight into what they say is the most mysterious stage of early human life. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/scienceNews/~3/TvrTaheIkwQ/us-health-embryos-idUSKCN0XV260

Solar-powered plane lands in Arizona on round-the-world flight
Posted:Tue, 03 May 2016 09:18:34 -0400
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A solar-powered airplane midway through a historic bid to circle the globe completed the 10th leg of its journey on Monday, landing in Arizona after a 16-hour flight from California, the project team said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/scienceNews/~3/_QT6dGLzedE/us-solar-plane-idUSKCN0XT1N5

Primate fate: Chinese fossils illuminate key evolutionary period
Posted:Thu, 05 May 2016 14:08:58 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A treasure trove of fossils of six furry critters that inhabited the trees of southern China 34 million years ago is providing a deeper understanding of a pivotal moment in the evolution of primates, the group that eventually gave rise to people. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/scienceNews/~3/K5qaa3lCUPM/us-science-primates-idUSKCN0XW1YB

UPDATE 3-Major oil firms issue force majeures on Canadian crude
Posted:Fri, 06 May 2016 21:28:30 -0400
* Actions show output cuts curbing supplies (Adds details on Suncor, Phillips 66 notifications) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9VfujD1uBYU/canada-wildfire-bp-idUSL2N1832A6

Security, traffic cameras record chilling advance of Canada wildfire
Posted:Fri, 06 May 2016 17:20:10 -0400
GREGOIRE LAKE, Alberta, May 6 (Reuters) – An indoor security camera gave the world a haunting five-minute glimpse of one of the worst wildfires in Canadian history as it roared through a living room in Fort McMurray and the homeowner watched it burn on his mobile phone. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/tqSIGOmDKpw/canada-wildfire-webcams-idUSL2N1831KR

UPDATE 1-South African Airways will never be privatised, says Zuma
Posted:Fri, 06 May 2016 13:28:12 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, May 6 (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma ruled out privatising South African Airways (SAA) on Friday, saying the government would never sell the money-losing national flag carrier. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/w_4Pdfi-2mo/safrica-zuma-idUSL5N1833OZ

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions
Posted:Fri, 06 May 2016 16:16:18 -0400
May 6 (Reuters) – The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Friday: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/29gqtVpSjaQ/deals-day-idUSL3N1832X2

Evonik nears purchase of Air Products’ materials ops -source
Posted:Fri, 06 May 2016 05:37:10 -0400
FRANKFURT, May 6 (Reuters) – Germany’s Evonik Industries AG is close to striking a deal to buy the performance materials operations of industrial gas producer Air Products and Chemicals Inc, a… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/QiBqPt9XIXU/airproductsmaterials-ma-evonik-industrie-idUSFWN1830HD

BRIEF-Rio Tinto approves $5.3 bln Oyu Tolgoi copper expansion in Mongolia
Posted:Fri, 06 May 2016 02:44:43 -0400
* Development of underground mine will start in mid-2016 following approval of a $5.3 billion investment by partners and recent granting of all necessary permits http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/dGyQTUHAs7g/idUSFWN1821AQ

India overpass collapse kills 14; scores feared trapped
Posted:Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:58:26 -0400
KOLKATA, India (Reuters) – An overpass under construction in the bustling Indian city of Kolkata collapsed on Thursday on to vehicles and street vendors below, killing at least 14 people with more than 100 people feared trapped. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/T-7QIfDXEKk/us-india-collapse-idUSKCN0WX0T7

Ex-N.Y. legislative leader Silver to be sentenced for corruption
Posted:Tue, 03 May 2016 08:32:36 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who spent decades as one of the state’s most powerful politicians before being convicted of corruption, is set to be sentenced on Tuesday for collecting millions of dollars in illegal kickbacks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/MUZ7MyMvwzY/us-new-york-corruption-idUSKCN0XU0TL

So much corruption, stuffed into one Chicago tour
Posted:Tue, 03 May 2016 08:45:10 -0400
CHICAGO (Reuters) – While designing a walking tour of Chicago focused on corruption and political shenanigans, journalist Paul Dailing watched new scandals pop up at a rate that only reinforced the city’s reputation for rackets and rough politics. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/TTqDAmXTMrQ/us-chicago-corruption-tour-idUSKCN0XU17Q

Islamic State kills U.S. serviceman in Iraq
Posted:Tue, 03 May 2016 09:24:38 -0400
STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters killed a U.S. serviceman in northern Iraq on Tuesday when they overran Kurdish defenses in the biggest attack in the area in recent months, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/jqF0viJ2sG4/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-usa-idUSKCN0XU0T8

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Seattle minimum wage law
Posted:Mon, 02 May 2016 20:48:17 -0400
(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge by business groups to Seattle’s law raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour, a move echoed by other locales, in a case focusing on how the ordinance affected local franchises like McDonald’s. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/lKQpXL5-3WQ/us-usa-court-minimumwage-idUSKCN0XT18Z

Puerto Rico government bank misses payment, talking with creditors
Posted:Mon, 02 May 2016 17:04:47 -0400
SAN JUAN/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Puerto Rico’s Government Development Bank, the main funding source for the U.S. commonwealth’s public agencies, said it reached a tentative restructuring deal with some major creditors hours after declaring it would skip a $422 million debt payment. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/MJrJLxtbInc/us-usa-puertorico-default-idUSKCN0XT171

Former FBI agent pleads guilty to stealing $136,000 in drug proceeds
Posted:Mon, 02 May 2016 21:49:11 -0400
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation accused of stealing more than $136,000 in drug money and spending it on cars, vehicle accessories and cosmetic surgery for his wife pleaded guilty to federal charges on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/X2bbv0dwzXA/us-california-fbi-idUSKCN0XU02L

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

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Delay in fusion development is good because nuclear fusion produces high levels of tritium (radioactive hydrogen) which makes radioactive water (tritiated water).

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ISS recommends voting for special audit at Deutsche Bank
Posted:Tue, 03 May 2016 04:37:18 -0400
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Influential shareholder advisory group ISS is recommending that shareholders attending Deutsche Bank’s shareholder meeting vote for a special audit on whether management at the lender breached legal obligations in connection with various legal and regulatory matters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/X8OarWAc5Ek/us-deutsche-bank-agm-idUSKCN0XU0LH

U.N. says firms channeled $221 billion to low tax entities in 2015
Posted:Tue, 03 May 2016 05:31:15 -0400
GENEVA (Reuters) – Companies sent $221 billion in 2015 to “special purpose entities” in low tax zones such as Luxembourg and the Netherlands, but the flows reversed after new rules on abusive tax practices came in, a U.N. report said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/8Gv4hPehSJY/us-tax-un-idUSKCN0XU0QJ

Bribery for services rampant in Mideast, North Africa, research finds
Posted:Tue, 03 May 2016 01:00:01 -0400
NEW YORK, May 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Roughly one in three people in the Middle East and North Africa has recently paid bribes to public officials and for services such as medical care and electricity, and most people say corruption is growing, a watchdog group said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/84VC1XI0nYk/mideast-corruption-idUSL2N17Z0X9

Siemens to pay Israel $43 mln to settle bribery case -Israel
Posted:Mon, 02 May 2016 11:12:24 -0400
JERUSALEM, May 2 (Reuters) – Siemens AG will pay Israel 160 million shekels ($43 million) to settle a decade-old corruption case in which the German group was accused of bribing executives at a state-owned utility to win contracts, Israeli authorities said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/rj-Ps3B8vBQ/israel-siemens-idUSL5N17Z2N6

UPDATE 2-Engie says 40 pct of 15 bln-euro asset sales programme complete

Posted:Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:20:34 -0400
* 2016 profit guidance confirmed (Adds detail on divestments, carbon price) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/HO3c1M8J0mQ/engie-results-idUSL5N17W0YL

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 million in talc-powder trial
Posted:Mon, 02 May 2016 20:15:34 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a U.S. jury on Monday to pay $55 million to a woman who said that using the company’s talc-powder products for feminine hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/Mv1QEmQyNCI/us-johnson-johnson-talc-verdict-idUSKCN0XT20L

U.S. construction spending rises to 8-1/2-year high
Posted:Mon, 02 May 2016 10:00:39 -0400
WASHINGTON, May 2 (Reuters) – U.S. construction spending rose to an 8-1/2-year high in March and the prior month’s outlays were revised higher, pointing to sustained strength in the sector despite a sharp downturn in spending by energy firms. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9O8j-iPi748/usa-economy-construction-idUSL2N17W1YQ

UN mediator urges Russia, U.S. to push nationwide Syria ceasefire
Posted:Mon, 02 May 2016 11:13:09 -0400
GENEVA, May 2 (Reuters) – The United Nations mediator in the Syrian conflict called on the United States and Russian Federation to try to salvage and renew a cessation of hostilities, after fighting intensified in many areas. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/8uB4sZ95aB4/mideast-crisis-syria-ceasefire-idUSL5N17Z3IH

UPDATE 2-Airbus Helicopters lifts ban on some Super Puma flights

Posted:Mon, 02 May 2016 14:45:09 -0400
OSLO/PARIS, May 2 (Reuters) – Airbus Helicopters is no longer recommending a blanket ban on commercial flights of its H225 Super Puma helicopter, saying initial evidence suggested there was no link between Friday’s crash in Norway and two North Sea accidents in 2012. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/kC0b3nAbyHg/norway-crash-airbus-idUSL5N17Z2UI

UPDATE 1-Norway fund to vote in favour of Exxon, Chevron shareholder proposals
Posted:Tue, 03 May 2016 04:00:47 -0400
OSLO, May 3 (Reuters) – Norway’s $872 billion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, will back shareholder proposals aimed at changing corporate governance and climate policies at U.S. oil majors Exxon Mobil and Chevron , it said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/BWnCMBIVH2Y/exxon-mobil-norway-swf-idUSL5N180192

ITER nuclear fusion project faces new delay, cost overrun: Les Echos
Posted:Mon, 02 May 2016 05:09:07 -0400
PARIS (Reuters) – The international ITER project to build a prototype nuclear fusion reactor will be delayed by more than a decade and faces another 4 billion euros of cost overruns, its director told French daily Les Echos. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/scienceNews/~3/drUv4UEKu7o/us-france-nuclear-fusion-idUSKCN0XT0LY

UPDATE 2-Russia’s Yamal LNG gets round sanctions with $12 bln Chinese loan deal
Posted:Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:38:30 -0400
* Loan agreement likely be lauded as Putin win over West (Adds details, quote from Yamal director general) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/MX_zXljVTNg/russia-china-yamal-idUSL5N17W2G8

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions
Posted:Tue, 03 May 2016 06:00:04 -0400
May 3 (Reuters) – The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1000 GMT on Tuesday: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/ytyqv_jWgV8/deals-day-idUSL3N1801V0

RPT-CN Rail struggled with track improvements after fiery derailments
Posted:Mon, 02 May 2016 07:00:01 -0400
NEW YORK, April 29 (Reuters) – Canada’s biggest railway struggled to keep some heavily used track in adequate repair even after a string of derailments last year showed the danger of moving oil on poorly maintained track, documents obtained by Reuters show. http://www.reuters.com/article/canada-railway-safety-idUSL2N17W1D9?feedType=RSS&feedName=industrialsSector

India amends mining law in boost to cement mergers and banks
Posted:Mon, 02 May 2016 09:23:03 -0400
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, May 2 (Reuters) – The upper house of India’s parliament on Monday approved an amendment to the mining law, allowing the transfer of mines from sellers to buyers in a victory for the State Bank of India (SBI) that had lobbied for the change. http://www.reuters.com/article/india-mining-idUSL3N17Z2HX?feedType=RSS&feedName=industrialsSector

RPT-Goldman targets “mass affluent” borrowers with unusual lending plan
Posted:Mon, 02 May 2016 07:00:01 -0400
NEW YORK, May 2 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc, the banking gold standard for the world’s elite, sees a future in less prosperous investors. http://www.reuters.com/article/goldman-sachs-lending-idUSL2N17W285?feedType=RSS&feedName=industrialsSector

Friday 29 April 2016

Anti-Nuclear activists pepper sprayed by police in Finland

Link here – http://youtu.be/SHl6dqj1FMk

Finnish-Russian nuclear site broken into by protestors

How Swedish State-owned Vattenfall and German E.ON. take care of their radioactive waste. Then THEY are suing the German State! Shouldn’t the German State being suing them for this mess?
schleswig-holstein.de/ArchivSH/PI/MJGI/PDF/2012/2012_0307_PI_BilderBrunsbuettel rusted radioactive waste drum after empty
Brunsbuettel Rusted Rad Waste Drum after Emptied (SH-DE)
schleswig-holstein.de/ArchivSH/PI/MJGI/PDF/2012/2012_0307_PI_BilderBrunsbuettel Peek into Radioactive Waste Cavern
Brunsbuettel Rusted Rad Waste Drums view into the cavern (SH-DE).

Beware! Within Germany and without! Germany needs to dispose of its nuclear waste and German utilities have a long track record of trying to export it, whether legally or illegally, rather than just doing the right thing and building something proper in Germany, above ground and away from the Rhineland earthquakes and super-volcano. Some of the previous victims of German radioactive waste dumping on the cheap are the USA, Scotland, the North Sea, Italy, Russia, as well as parts of Germany.

Note differences between this April (2016) and last April(2015). The number is on top of what has already been paid into the nuclear waste-decommissioning fund but is apparently still lower than predicted costs. Those interested will want to pick through these and other articles carefully. The burden of doing it right will apparently fall upon the German taxpayer. The burden of doing it wrong will fall upon Germans or others and ultimately fall upon some taxpayers, within Germany or without, in the form of medical and social costs. And, of course, the environment.

Reuters News Feed Selection

German utilities to pay 23.3 bln eur into state fund – nuclear commission

Posted:Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:39:01 -0400
BERLIN, April 27 (Reuters) – German utilities will be asked to pay 23.3 billion euros ($26.4 billion) into a state fund to cover the costs of nuclear waste storage, members of a nuclear commission tasked with securing funds for the country’s nuclear exit said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/nAyEX5Lq7UM/germany-nuclear-commission-proposal-idUSB4N10001M

Costs for Germany’s nuclear exit could rise to 70 bln euros
Posted:Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:08:33 -0400
BERLIN, April 20 (Reuters) – The bill for shutting down Germany’s nuclear power plants and building a safe disposal site for nuclear waste could rise to 70 billion euros, the head of a government commission told daily Frankfurter Rundschau in an interview http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/xmxCQrHJdT4/germany-utilities-nuclear-exit-idUSL5N0XH1YX20150420

UPDATE 3-German firms could pay less than feared for nuclear clean-up

Posted:Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:10:54 -0400
* But power firms reject proposal (Adds confirmation, comment from commission, firms, shares) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/1_8oyINvldU/germany-nuclear-waste-idUSL5N17U3GM

UPDATE 1-German commission eyes 7 bln euro surcharge for nuclear storage

Posted:Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:16:14 -0400
BERLIN, April 21 (Reuters) – German utilities may have to come up with a further 7 billion euros ($8 billion) to remove unwanted long-term liability for the storage of nuclear waste from decommissioned plants, sources familiar with the plans told Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/7kdikOvo8Bs/germany-nuclear-commission-idUSL5N17O54F

German commission eyes 24 bln eur payment for nuclear waste storage-sources

Posted:Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:58:46 -0400
BERLIN, April 21 (Reuters) – The commission charged with how to apportion the costs of Germany’s nuclear exit wants operators to pay about 24 billion euros ($27.22 billion) into a state-run fund for the end and intermediate storage of radioactive waste, sources familiar with the plans told Reuters.

30 years on, Ukrainians remember victims of Chernobyl disaster

Posted:Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:22:55 -0400
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine held memorial services on Tuesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster which permanently poisoned swathes of eastern Europe and highlighted the shortcomings of the secretive Soviet system. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/znvBGi6LJjo/us-chernobyl-anniversary-idUSKCN0XN008

UPDATE 1-Areva’s first quarter sales slip as uranium deliveries slow
Posted:Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:39:37 -0400
PARIS, April 28 (Reuters) – French state-controlled nuclear group Areva said first-quarter sales from its nuclear fuel and uranium unit fell 0.8 percent to 826 million euros ($936 million) as uranium deliveries slowed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/75Gb4S5f7ek/areva-results-idUSL5N17V8PG

U.S. military can withstand the sage grouse, lawmakers say

Posted:Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:16:24 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Efforts to protect the greater sage grouse, a bird found in the western United States, do not pose a threat to the U.S. military, two senior Democratic House of Representatives lawmakers said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/28EMbD-MxoY/us-usa-defense-grouse-idUSKCN0XN2PK

Trump’s foreign policy speech offers few details but clear message: America first
Posted:Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:12:50 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rolling out an “America first” foreign policy, Republican front-runner Donald Trump vowed on Wednesday that if he were elected president, U.S. allies in Europe and Asia would have to fend for themselves if they did not pay more for the U.S. defense umbrella. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/GzvVAMQfLSE/us-usa-election-trump-idUSKCN0XO10R

Fight against illegal Amazon gold mining intensifies

Posted:Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:15:51 -0400
AMAJARI, Brazil (Reuters) – After trekking nearly two hours through dense jungle, Brazilian environmental special forces burst into a clearing where the trees had been sawn and a muddy crater dug: an illegal gold mine on indigenous land in the heart of the Amazon. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/NRtoefWbm7w/us-brazil-environment-amazon-idUSKCN0XN1GS

UPDATE 2-China imposes fresh curbs on commodities as iron ore, steel slide
Posted:Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:26:45 -0400
* Dalian iron ore falls 6 pct, Shanghai rebar down nearly 4 pct http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/q4Amsu9d8-k/china-markets-commodities-idUSL3N17T298

Australian PM defends costly submarine local build with France
Posted:Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:27:37 -0400
SYDNEY, April 27 (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday defended a decision to build a A$50 billion ($40 billion) submarine fleet in partnership with France in Australia, rather than opt for a faster build that would have seen initial work offshore http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/X0coZBYf658/australia-submarines-idUSL3N17T5RZ

UPDATE 3-Barrick Gold adjusted earnings top forecasts; shares rise
Posted:Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:06:53 -0400
VANCOUVER/TORONTO April 26 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp , the world’s largest gold producer, on Tuesday reported first-quarter adjusted earnings that rose sharply, topping market expectations, pushing its shares higher. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/QE2xbDdV92E/barrick-gold-results-idUSL3N17T3TT

UPDATE 2-In bold move, U.S. Steel launches campaign to stop China imports

Posted:Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:03:49 -0400
NEW YORK, April 26 (Reuters) – U.S. Steel Corp has launched a campaign to prevent imports from China’s largest steel producers, it said on Tuesday, the boldest step yet by a U.S. company as a trade brawl with the world’s largest steel producer escalates. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/55M56rXp9DU/u-s-steel-china-complaint-idUSL2N17T225

UPDATE 2-South Africa’s Eskom to spend $23.5 billion on new plants

Posted:Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:03:24 -0400
* Utility aiming to ease cost of coal for its plants (Recasts with Eskom CEO quotes) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/K-MNBtVawmE/safrica-eskom-idUSL5N17T2BN

UPDATE 3-Freeport confident of more copper asset sales by mid-year- CEO

Posted:Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:19:57 -0400
April 26 (Reuters) – Freeport-McMoRan Inc expects to have agreed $3 billion worth of asset sales by mid-year, its chief executive said on Tuesday, as the U.S. miner and oil producer tries to whittle down a nearly $21 billion debt pile he described as “a killer.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/2p6mUFlzpQs/freeport-mcmoran-results-idUSL3N17T426

UPDATE 1-French PM commits 200 mln euros to support New Caledonia nickel producer
Posted:Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:46:08 -0400
April 29 (Reuters) – France will lend up to 200 million euros ($228 million) to support struggling New Caledonia nickel producer Societe Le Nickel (SLN), Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/CBG3Bk9KarI/nickel-newcaledonia-france-idUSL3N17W1YX

As Japan’s electricity reform kicks off, Germany serves as warning
Posted:Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:52:21 -0400
TOKYO/FRANKFURT, April 29 (Reuters) – Four weeks into Japan’s power market shakeup aimed at boosting choice and energy security, the utility at the centre of the 2011 nuclear crisis has borne the brunt of consumer defections, with nearly 470,000 users switching electricity providers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/xoqYCeVQBzE/japan-power-trading-idUSL3N17G2R8

Britain’s National Grid to pay firms to use power this summer

Posted:Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:08:02 -0400
LONDON, April 21 (Reuters) – A dozen British companies will be paid to use electricity under a scheme National Grid will launch next month aimed at balancing the system in summer, when output is high from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/n0omLqf3iTE/britain-energy-national-grid-idUSL5N17N4T8

Hitachi Chemical to plead guilty to price fixing in auto parts probe
Posted:Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:26:31 -0400
WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) – Hitachi Chemical Co Ltd has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to fix the prices of electrolytic capacitors used in a broad range of electronic products and automobiles, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/yWdgz8NycFk/hitachi-chem-usa-ftc-idUSL2N17U22R

FBI would gain new hacking power if search warrant rules change
Posted:Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:06:53 -0400
WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) – U.S. judges will be able to issue search warrants giving law enforcement agents power to access computers in any jurisdiction, potentially even overseas, under a controversial rule change likely to be approved by the Supreme Court by May 1. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/technologysectorNews/~3/oyYmzHsL5Sc/usa-cyber-warrants-idUSL2N17U1SE

SpaceX breaks Boeing-Lockheed monopoly on military space launches

Posted:Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:00:37 -0400
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX an $83 million contract to launch a GPS satellite, breaking the monopoly that Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co have held on military space launches for more than a decade.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/oWspOnmlfXU/us-space-spacex-launch-idUSKCN0XO2TC

Ex-House Speaker Hastert gets 15 months, admits sex abuse

Posted:Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:26:14 -0400
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, once one of the country’s most powerful politicians, was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison for a financial crime related to sexual abuse of high school wrestlers he coached decades ago. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/NevO8UKphRw/us-crime-hastert-idUSKCN0XO178

Australian police to investigate submarine tender leak – ABC
Posted:Sat, 23 Apr 2016 00:49:30 -0400
SYDNEY, April 23 (Reuters) – Australian police are investigating how confidential information about the outcome of a tender process for Australia’s next submarine fleet was leaked to the media, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/uuhTznb3YaI/australia-defence-submarine-idUSL3N17Q029k

UK says support for Tata’s UK steel assets selloff will meet EU rules -Times
Posted:Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:31:54 -0400
LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) – Britain’s efforts to help find a buyer for Tata Steel’s UK assets will comply with European Union state aid regulations, Business Secretary Sajid Javid said on Sunday, insisting any deal would not be a bailout or nationalisation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/y3a_ERcYtpo/tata-steel-britain-idUSL5N17R0C8

REFILE-Death toll rises to 32 at petrochemical plant explosion
Posted:Sun, 24 Apr 2016 23:21:57 -0400
MEXICO CITY, April 24 (Reuters) – Four more people have been found dead after last week’s explosion at a petrochemical plant in southeastern Mexico, raising the death toll to 32, state oil giant Pemex and Mexican plastic pipe maker Mexichem said in a joint statement on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/TloIgY38PsQ/mexico-pemex-idUSL2N17S02V

S.African President Zuma in Iran to develop trade, political ties -presidency
Posted:Sun, 24 Apr 2016 07:33:15 -0400
DUBAI / JOHANNESBURG, April 24 (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma arrived in Iran on Sunday to strengthen political, trade and investment ties after crippling international sanctions against the Islamic Republic were lifted earlier this year, his office said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/isOu5rXDkWw/safrica-iran-idUSL5N17R099

Britain says can’t rule out sending troops to Libya – newspaper
Posted:Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:16:07 -0400
LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) – British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday that he could not rule out sending troops to Libya if requested to do so by the Libyan government, but that any deployment would need to be approved by parliament. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hSQ79QPGrN8/mideast-crisis-libya-britain-idUSL5N17R0AQ

UPDATE 1-Kurdish forces to keep areas taken from Syrian govt forces truce
Posted:Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:38:19 -0400
BEIRUT, April 24 (Reuters) – Kurdish security forces will keep territory taken from pro-government forces during a rare three-day outbreak of violence in a city in northeastern Syria, a truce announced by Kurdish authorities on Sunday indicated. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_sWSomOtuts/mideast-crisis-syria-qamashli-idUSL5N17R0EK

Lawyers file $220 million damage claim against EPA in Flint water crisis

Posted:Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:25:50 -0400
(Reuters) – Lawyers for residents of Flint, Michigan, have filed a $220.2 million damages claim alleging negligence on the part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contributed to dangerous lead levels in the city’s water supply. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/OoKRWHPsWWM/us-michigan-water-claims-idUSKCN0XN2A5

EPA calls for U.S. drinking water plan in wake of Flint crisis

Posted:Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:02:07 -0400
(Reuters) – A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official on Tuesday called for the development of a national plan to better protect the nation’s drinking water, citing the lead contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/0OmDvhNEY-8/us-michigan-water-epa-idUSKCN0XN2Z3

EPA orders Mitsubishi to conduct new vehicle testing

Posted:Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:07:42 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it ordered Mitsubishi Motors Corp to provide additional information and conduct new tests of U.S. vehicles after the Japanese automaker’s admission that it did not properly follow fuel economy test procedures in Japan since 1991. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/0OmDvhNEY-8/us-michigan-water-epa-idUSKCN0XN2Z3

Tornadoes, strong storms hit central U.S. states

Posted:Tue, 26 Apr 2016 22:47:43 -0400
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Tornadoes were spotted in two central states on Tuesday as the National Weather Service warned large swaths of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas could be hit by twisters, destructive hail and high winds. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/y6DVbcjT5Ss/us-usa-weather-idUSKCN0XN2D9

Stanford climate activists slam university over fossil fuel vote

Posted:Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:23:39 -0400
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Stanford University’s announcement on Monday that it will not rid its $22 billion endowment of oil and gas companies has raised the ire of campus climate activists, who said on Tuesday they will protest the decision. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/1k9oXd–QnY/us-usa-environment-stanford-idUSKCN0XN2WR

UPDATE 2-EDF delays Hinkley Point decision to consult works council-sources
Posted:Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:58:51 -0400
* Government http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/WLbnxNDd87A/edf-nuclear-britain-idUSL5N17P53Q

UPDATE 3-EDF secures state-backed finance deal ahead of Hinkley Point decision
Posted:Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:13:47 -0400
* Source says state EDF stake to remain around 85 pct (Adds CEO, finance ministry source comments) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/9wcixBUbxdQ/edf-finances-idUSL5N17P5Z6