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Beijing government pulls winter construction ban from website

BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing’s city authorities have taken down from their website a policy document put up just a few days ago that looked to help improve the city’s notorious air quality by banning construction during winter months.

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China’s small factories fear ‘rail Armageddon’ with orders to ditch trucks

BEIJING (Reuters) – Thousands of small factories in China, making everything from steel to chemicals, are scrambling for access to the country’s clogged rail network as Beijing curbs the use of diesel trucks in an effort to tackle air pollution.

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Arkansas one step away from ban on controversial herbicide use next summer

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Arkansas moved a step closer on Thursday to barring sprayings next summer of an herbicide linked to U.S. crop damage, setting the stage for a potential showdown between the state and chemical maker Monsanto Co.

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EPA trains employees on leaks, presentation shows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Employees of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency received training this week to prevent leaks to the media of classified and sensitive information as part of a White House-directed crackdown across federal agencies to stamp …

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Mexico rescuers in race to find trapped survivors 48 hours after quake

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Rescuers toiled on Thursday to extract survivors, including Taiwanese workers, from collapsed buildings after Mexico’s deadliest earthquake in 32 years, but the Navy said no children were now trapped at a school at the heart of …

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Storm Maria brings fear, pain and shock to Puerto Ricans

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – Miguel Cruz awoke to the descent of Hurricane Maria on his home on Wednesday morning when the massive storm peeled off most of the roof, sent his belongings flying in all directions, but left intact an icon of Jesus ha…

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Deep sleep: Even jellyfish need their slumber

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Even a jellyfish – one of Earth’s first and most ancient animals – needs its sleep.

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Hurricane Maria floods Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – Deadly Hurricane Maria flooded parts of the Dominican Republic as it grazed past on Thursday and dumped more heavy rain on the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico after destroying buildings and knocking out power to the enti…

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Conservative Chile presidential candidate calls for all-renewable grid

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chilean presidential candidate Sebastian Piñera, who is leading in the polls for this November’s elections, pledged on Thursday to move the South American country toward a fully renewable electricity grid by 2040.

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Death toll from Hurricane Maria rises as storm heads north

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – Deadly Hurricane Maria flooded parts of the Dominican Republic on Thursday and continued to dump heavy rain on the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico after destroying buildings and knocking out power to the entire island.

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