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Spain's Wind Farms Break Energy Record

For the first time, electricity production from Spanish wind mills topped that of nuclear, coal and solar. Spain's location in the south of Europe means it's endowed with lots of sunshine and clear windy skies — which it's put to use becoming a leader in renewable energy.
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Even Without Earmarks, Tax Breaks And Special Deals Fill Bills

Congress likes to say it doesn't do earmarks anymore. And while that may be true, it's also a fact that targeted provisions are still useful in moving legislation — even critical legislation like the bill that pulled Washington back from the fiscal cliff last month.
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How Happy Is America?

The government is considering adopting a national happiness index. But how do you measure happiness?
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Government Investigators Question Safety Of Boeing 787's Battery

The National Transportation Safety Board says the battery fire on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner was caused by multiple short circuits in a single cell, but it still doesn't know what caused the problem. The NTSB also says the process the FAA used to approve the plane needs to be reviewed.
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Move Over James Bond, China Has An Unlikely Box Office Champ

Hollywood blockbusters usually do well in China. But last year, Lost in Thailand, a scrappy, slapstick comedy that cost less than $5 million to make, raked in $200 million in just seven weeks. It's now the highest-grossing Chinese film ever. It begins a limited run in the U.S. on Friday.
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New York's Grimy Garment District Hatches Designers' Dreams

As Fashion Week opens in New York on Thursday, all eyes will be on the Lincoln Center catwalk. But the real business of fashion will be happening a short distance away in the city's garment district, the resource-rich laboratory that has launched the careers of countless designers.
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NTSB Says Regulators Should Reconsider Approval Of Dreamliner Battery

What Boeing told the FAA about the risks involving the lithium-ion battery aboard the plane have proved different in practice. Because of the battery issue, the 50 Dreamliners in service around world have been grounded.

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