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Pa. Town Chases New Energy Dream After Oil Bails

Marcus Hook, Pa., had been a refinery town for 109 years. But caught in big changes to the world of energy, the plant shut down last winter. Now the community's young mayor wants to reinvent the community as a hub for the natural gas industry.
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Ford's Little Engine That Could Challenge Hybrids

Ford Motor Co.'s new three-cylinder EcoBoost engine is one of the smallest on the vehicle market. The engine offers fuel economy numbers a hybrid could envy, but are American drivers ready to embrace a three-cylinder engine?
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Berliner: Pepco Rate Increase Best Consumers Could Get

Maryland state regulators rejected Pepco's call for a 4 percent rate increase in favor of a much more modest bump in fees. Montgomery County council president Roger Berliner says that was the best ratepayers could do.

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Commission Denies Pepco Rate Increase Request

The Maryland Public Service Commission denied Pepco's request for a 4 percent rate increase, citing the utility's history of poor performance, even as thousands remain without power.

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Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb

The country was just beginning to worry about nuclear fallout, and the Air Force wanted to reassure people that it was OK to use atomic weapons. And so on July 19, 1957, five Air Force officers stood on a patch of ground in the Nevada desert and waited for the bomb to drop.

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Miners Weather The Slow Burn Of Coal's Demise

For decades, coal represented half of the nation's electricity generation, but it dropped to only 34 percent in March. Technological breakthroughs in fracking have led to a gas boom that's caused prices to plummet, and now hundreds of coal miners are being laid off as the nation shifts away from the oldest and most plentiful source of electricity in the U.S.
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Pepco Raked Over Coals Even As Rate Hikes Considered

Pepco continues to face criticism for their response to storm damage in late June, and at least one local politician called the utility's request for a rate hike 'ridiculous.'

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