Tag: Materials industry

Have a seat: Patio furniture shortage tells US economic tale

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COCKEYSVILLE, Maryland — People used to go to Valley View Farms to buy five tomato plants and end up with $5,000 in patio furniture. ...

Des Moines faces extreme measures to find clean water

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DES MOINES, Iowa — In the dim light just after dawn, Bill Blubaugh parks his Des Moines Water Works pickup truck, grabs a dipper...

Fewer working-age people may slow economy. Will it lift pay?

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WASHINGTON — As America's job market rebounds this summer and the need for workers intensifies, employers won't likely have a chance to relax anytime...

Evacuations extended near northern Illinois industrial fire

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MORRIS, Ill. — Toxic fumes and smoke from a burning former paper mill in northern Illinois that officials had believed was long abandoned but...

Mexico’s richest man to rebuild, pay for collapsed subway

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MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s richest man has pledged to rebuild and pay for a segment of a Mexico City subway line that collapsed on...

North Macedonia ready to create huge new national park

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POPOVA SHAPKA, North Macedonia — After decades of being exploited by loggers, a vast, cross-border area of breathtaking beauty in the Balkans centered on...

Fire chief: Illinois chemical plant fire likely accidental

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ROCKTON, Ill. — An explosion and massive fire at a chemical plant in northern Illinois that filled the sky with black smoke and forced...

Infrastructure spending promises boost for construction cos.

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Plans to pump money into rebuilding the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure could give companies with ties to the construction industry a solid...

Company defends use of toxic chemicals to fight plant fire

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A company whose northern Illinois chemical plant was heavily damaged in a fire last week defended its use of firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals...

Western drought brings another woe: voracious grasshoppers

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BILLINGS, Mont. — A punishing drought in the U.S. West is drying up waterways, sparking wildfires and leaving farmers scrambling for water. Next up:...