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Second Evacuation Order Lifted in Texas City Hit by Explosion, Chemical Fire

HOUSTON — Authorities on Thursday lifted a second evacuation order in a week for thousands of people in a Texas city as U.S. safety officials began examining what caused the latest in a series of chemical plant fires in the …

TPC to Rebuild Texas Chemical Plant Shut by Explosions, Fire

Petrochemical maker TPC Group Inc will rebuild the Texas plant shut last week by devastating explosions that ignited fires that burned for six days, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The last fire at the Port Neches plant was extinguished late …

Probe Can’t Determine Cause of Minneapolis High-Rise Fire

MINNEAPOLIS — Fire officials said Monday they could not determine the exact cause of a high-rise apartment fire that killed five people last week in Minneapolis and that a handful of factors may have contributed to igniting the blaze. The …

Fire Contained, Evacuation Lifted at Texas Chemical Site

The fire at a Texas chemical facility owned by TPC Group Inc. has been contained and an evacuation order for the surrounding community has been lifted, allowing thousands who spent Thanksgiving away from home to return. “We are close to …

Fire Contained at Texas Oilfield Site, One Critically Injured

One person was seriously injured in a Midland, Texas, explosion and fire on Thursday involving several storage tanks and a truck used in oilfield operations, city and hospital officials said. The fire was contained at the property owned by petroleum …

Nissan Recalls Nearly 400,000 Vehicles Over Braking System Defect

Japan’s Nissan Motor Co Ltd has said it is recalling 394,025 cars in the United States over a braking system defect, causing concerns that a brake fluid leak could potentially lead to a fire. The leak into internal circuit boards …

Tyson Foods Earnings Miss Forecasts as Slaughterhouse Fire Hurts Beef Sales

Tyson Foods Inc fell short of Wall Street estimates for quarterly revenue and profit on Tuesday after a fire at a Kansas slaughterhouse hurt sales volumes in its beef business, the company’s biggest segment. Shares of the maker of Ball …

Musk Says Tesla Has Finally Made a Ready-to-Deploy Solar Roof

Almost three years after Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk unveiled solar roof shingles as part of his push to buy SolarCity, the automaker says it finally has a version of the tiles that it can mass produce. “It’s …

Fire-Ravaged Forests Get Help from Pine Cone Collectors

ALONG THE BURNT MESA TRAIL, N.M. — With snow ready to fall, the scramble was on to collect as many ponderosa pine cones as possible. A crew outfitted with spurs, ropes and hard hats scaled hefty tree trunks and used …

Edison Report Ties Equipment to a Deadly Los Angeles Wildfire

California utility giant Edison International has sent state regulators a report on a deadly wildfire that broke out last week on the edge of Los Angeles, signaling that the company’s equipment may have been somehow involved in the blaze. Southern …