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Oklahoma deemed earthquake country as manmade tremors increase | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. government geologists now recognize much of Oklahoma as earthquake country, accounting for the bulk of 17 regions newly designated for seismic hazards attributed to underground disposal of wastewater from fossil fuel production.<p>The 17 regions are delineated in the first …

McDonald’s Is Closing Hundreds of Stores This Year

McDonald’s shuttered 350 poorly performing stores in Japan, the United States, and China the first three months of 2015 as part of its plan to boost …

Deep in coal country, pondering future without it

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — The rest of the house is just waking as Scottie Sizemore plops down in a rocking chair on his front porch with a cup of coffee. …

Burn, destroy, wreck, kill

In 1859, an American farmer in the Northwest shot and killed a pig that was on his land. The pig belonged to an Irishman, who demanded $100 in repayment. Instead, the two men feuded for years, a squabble that escalated into an international conflict that eventually led to both American and British …

After Ukraine, Will the U.S. Become an Energy Superpower?

The Russian chill and Mideast instability are boosting bipartisan support for domestic energy production.<p>Not surprisingly, Republican leaders are already denouncing President Obama for being too mild in his response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's expansionist course in Ukraine and defiance …

Success can build a culture of arrogance that will destroy a company

Even for the volatile tech industry, the implosion of Canadian telecom giant Nortel was spectacular. In 2000, it was the 9th most valuable corporation in the world with a market cap of $283 billion. A decade later, it was bankrupt and ceasing operations.<p>One of the company’s former CEOs, Jean Monty …

The 7-foot relief pitcher and why we can't have weird things

Loek Van Mil is over 7-feet tall, and will be pitching in Japan this season. This is good news for him, but kind of a bummer for baseball fans.<p>The simple fact of it is that Loek Van Mil may not be good enough to pitch in the Major Leagues. Which is nothing to be ashamed of, honestly. Most of …

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How To Set Up Your Raspberry Pi For The First Time

My Raspberry Pi arrived with the evening mail—by midnight, my husband and I had turned it into a working print server. And neither of us had any background in computer science.<p>Raspberry Pi is a computer the size of a credit card that’s so simple, anyone can program it. Designed as an introduction …

The Long Shadow Of Iran Contra

<b>I am a simple man</b>. Years ago, I made it a policy of mine that I would approve of any deal with Iran so long as it didn't involve selling missiles to the mullahs. I developed this policy in January of 1981, when I was in Washington covering the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan, and the …

See These Heartbreaking Photos Of The World’s Disappearing Cultures, Before They Fade Away

In the new book Before They Pass Away, photographer Jimmy Nelson has captured a series of gorgeous pictures of 31 remote cultures that are on the verge of disappearing.<p>Over the last three years, British photographer Jimmy Nelson traveled around the world–from Namibia to Papua New Guinea to …

Papua New Guinea

North Dakota's Salty Fracked Wells Drink More Water to Keep Oil Flowing

North Dakota's shale oil wells may consume more water for long-term salt removal and maintenance than they required for their initial fracking, state officials say.<p><b>It's well known that water has been key to the shale oil and gas rush in the United States. But in one center of the hydraulic</b> …

In Fracking, West Virginia Sees a Second Chance

West Vir­gin­ia’s coal built Amer­ica. It fired its steel mills, lit its homes, and provided the cheap en­ergy to cre­ate the wealth­i­est na­tion in …

Foreign Office hoarding 1m historic files in secret archive

The Foreign Office has unlawfully hoarded more than a million files of historic documents that should have been declassified and handed over to the National Archives, the Guardian has discovered.<p>The files are being kept at a secret archive at a high-security government communications centre in …

New Details On How U.S. 'Helped Saddam As He Gassed Iran'

Newly declassified CIA documents "combined with exclusive interviews with former intelligence officials, reveal new details about the depth of the United States' knowledge of how and when Iraq" used chemical weapons against Iran in the 1980s, <i>Foreign Policy</i> reports.<p>According to the magazine:<p>"In …

Investors Unimpressed With Mexican President Peña Nieto's Energy Reform

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto unveiled a highly-anticipated energy reform on Monday that will allow limited participation by oil giants such as Exxon Mobil, Chevron and BP in Mexico’s restricted oil industry for the first time in 75 years.<p>Peña Nieto presented the bill in a well-choreographed …

Canada train crash company shut down

Canada's transportation agency is suspending the operating licence of the US-based rail company whose runaway oil train derailed and exploded in a Quebec town, killing 47 people.<p>The agency said on Tuesday it was taking away the certificate of fitness for the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway and …

10 Years After The Blackout, How Has The Power Grid Changed?

Ten years ago, a sagging power line hit a tree near Cleveland, tripping some circuit breakers. To compensate, power was rerouted to a nearby line, which began to overheat and sink down into another tree, tripping another circuit. The resulting cascade created a massive blackout in the Northeast …

Photos Show The Stark Contrasts Of Mongolia's Economic Boom

Mongolia is in the middle of an economic boom. In the last ten years the GDP has more than doubled, and Marc Faber has said it could be the "Saudi Arabia of Asia" due to its tremendous mineral resources.<p>But all this growth hasn't come without problems, namely the "resource curse" where economies …

China’s crazy love affair with steel is a scary example of how its finances could implode

So maybe China’s <i>not</i> collapsing—in fact, it might be stabilizing. At least, that’s what China’s unexpectedly strong July trade data hints. Exports rose 5.1% year-on-year in July, more than analysts expected. Imports, though, were the real shocker, surging 10.9%, to hit $168 billion.<p>But wait—what …

Larry Summers' Enron Connection Is Yet Another Reason Not To Make Him Fed Chairman

Here's something else to add to the long list of reasons Larry Summers would make a terrible Federal Reserve chairman: He reportedly told California to suck it up when it complained that Enron was manipulating its power market.<p>According to Kurt Eichenwald's 2005 book about the Enron scandal, …

Rio: Eike’s port a blessing for locals

A plan by financially troubled Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista to build a port in the state of Rio de Janeiro, the so called Superporto do Açu, or the …

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Iron ore juniors forge Pilbara pact

''There are many ways in which you can deal with this, it could be mine gate sales agreement, a joint venture on properties, it can be by merger, but …

Buried Secrets

How an Israeli billionaire wrested control of one of Africa’s biggest prizes.<p>One of the world’s largest known deposits of untapped iron ore is buried inside a great, forested mountain range in the tiny West African republic of Guinea. In the country’s southeast highlands, far from any city or major …