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Administration Announces Temporary Freeze On Federal Land Mining Leases

Last week, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land while the department considers a comprehensive overhaul to the U.S. coal program.
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Implementation Day Arrives: Sanctions On Iran Are Lifted

The International Atomic Energy Agency has announced that Iran has shrunk its nuclear program enough to have sanctions lifted. From banking to pistachios, here's a look at what will happen next.
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More Bad News For Coal Mine-Reliant States

On Friday, the Obama administration announced a halt to new coal leases on federal land. In Wyoming, most of the federally-owned coal mines and revenue from coal leases pays for school construction.
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U.S. Stocks Fall Sharply As Oil Prices, China Spook Investors

China's slowdown and plummeting oil prices have investors spooked, and some are heading for the exits. There's concern the selloff in stocks signals tougher times ahead for the U.S. economy.
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Gas Company Understated Benzene Exposure From California Leak

SoCalGas wrote about two air samples with high levels of the carcinogen — but not about 12 others, the AP reports. And the LA Times writes that efforts to cap the well appear to have destabilized it.
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U.S. Announces Moratorium On New Coal Leases On Federal Lands

The change won't affect existing leases, which generated nearly $1.3 billion for the federal government's coal program last year.
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The Future Of America's Coal Industry

The second-biggest coal producer in the U.S. just filed for bankruptcy. It’s the latest sign of a declining industry, one that's facing plummeting energy prices and new environmental regulations. We look at the future of America’s coal industry.

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Solar Firms Stop Selling Panels In Nevada To Protest State Rule Change

The latest battle over state subsidies for the solar industry is in Nevada. Regulators ruled against solar companies and they are closing operations in the state and laying off hundreds of employees.
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Was Pepco's $25M Deal For DC United Naming Rights A Case Of 'Pay-To-Play?'

Pepco is paying D.C. $25 million for naming rights around the planned site of a new stadium for DC United. Critics allege the sponsorship agreement is about more than soccer — they connect it to the proposed merger between Pepco and energy giant Exelon.

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Is Obama's Hope For Better Fuel Economy Sputtering Out?

For a while, the president's plan for increasing vehicles' fuel efficiency worked; he said it would save money and reduce carbon pollution. Then came cheap gas, and the improvements have stalled.

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