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Cardin Still Waiting On Transparency Rules

Congress passed a law meant to create more openness in Wall Street more than a year ago, but as Sen. Ben Cardin notes, the SEC is dragging its feet.

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A Push To Make Gasoline Engines More Efficient

Technology exists for gas cars to get 55 miles per gallon — the fuel economy goal set by the Obama administration for the year 2025. But all the extra comforts consumers are used to — including automatic transmissions and power windows — can drive fuel economy down by half.
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Automakers Set To Steer Customers To Hybrids

Some auto executives say customers may not be ready for hybrids yet, but now it's time for the car companies to lead them there. For companies to meet new rules that will nearly double average fuel economy by 2025, hybrids will have to play a much bigger role than they do now.
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Test Driving The Nissan Leaf

Robert Siegel test drives the Leaf, Nissan's electric plug-in vehicle, with Carlos Ghosn, chief executive officer of Nissan and Renault.
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North Anna Reactor Unit 2 Restarted

The North Anna Power Station will reopen soon, after being shut down since the last summer's 5-8 earthquake.

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Seaway Pipeline Tweak Could Change Oil Market

Oil prices briefly rose above $100 a barrel last week on news of a pipeline deal that would cut a glut of U.S. inventories. There are plans to reverse the flow of the Seaway pipeline. Prices have dipped since then, but not enough to soften historic highs for diesel or home heating oil.
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Timeline: The 100-Year History Of The Electric Car

The electric car was just as popular as its gasoline counterpart when it first went into production around the turn of the 20th century. But with the advent of highways, people wanted to go farther than their battery life allowed. Today's electric cars face similar challenges.
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Can Electric Cars Help Automakers Reach 55 MPG?

Fuel-economy standards are set to double by 2025. Electric cars could help reach that goal, but consumers just aren't buying them on a large scale. Beloved by niche markets, the cars face similar challenges as when they first appeared over 100 years ago: a higher price than gas cars and concerns over battery life.

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