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`Made in the U.S.A.’ turbines complicate U.S. offshore wind plan

NEW YORK - With state officials eyeing $56 billion of wind farm projects off the American coastline, developers are worried the turbines will need to...
THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION reported that 2017 was the costliest year on record for weather and climate disasters. / COURTESY NOAA

Weather disasters cost the U.S. a record $306B in 2017

NEW YORK - Extreme weather took an extreme toll on the United States last year.Losses from weather and climate disasters including hurricanes Harvey, Irma and...
THE UNITED STATES recorded 15 weather events costing $1 billion or more each through early October, one short of the record 16 in 2011. Above, damage in Providence caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011. / PBN FILE PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN

Only once has America seen more billion-dollar weather disasters

NEW YORK - In the year that President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris accord and downplayed global warming as a security threat, the...
Fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union protest in front of a McDonald's Corp. billboard on the street in Los Angeles, Calif., ratcheting up pressure on the industry to raise wages. California is one of several states set to raise the lowest legal hourly wage above the rate of $7.25 an hour set by Congress. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/PATRICK T. FALLON

No waiting for Obama as states front run U.S. on minimum...

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is pushing to raise the U.S. minimum wage higher than $7.25 an hour – the rate it’s been for...
SEVERAL U.S. STATES are taking steps to crack down on employers who improperly classify their workers as independent contractors to avoid paying insurance, taxes, fair wages and overtime. An employer who misclassifies employees can save an average $3,710 annually in employment taxes for each worker earning a salary of $43,007, according to a June 14 report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/SAM HODGSON

States clamp down on employers calling workers contractors

NEW YORK - When construction slowed during the recession, some companies hired workers and wrongly designated them as independent contractors to avoid paying insurance,...

Salazar announces streamlined permit process for offshore wind farms

NEW YORK - The United States will move faster to approve wind-power farms off the Atlantic Coast in an effort to attract investors and...
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