Materials industry

FILE - This Tuesday, July 2, 2019 file photo shows Eagle Butte mine in in Gillette, Wyo., following the closure of the Blackjewel mines.The coal industry was already hurting before the coronavirus. The pandemic has made things a lot worse. Production is down along with electricity demand, with office and school lights off across the nation. (Josh Galemore/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)
April 19, 2020 - 11:54 am
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Travis Deti has been working the phones to try to get government support for the U.S. coal industry during the coronavirus pandemic. Between recent calls, the head of the Wyoming Mining Association tried to unclog a sink at home. But unlike Deti’s sink, which eventually...
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This March 2020 photo provided by the U.S. Border Patrol's San Diego Tunnel Team shows a tunnel under the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, Calif. Federal authorities seized a panoply of narcotics inside the newly discovered underground passage connecting a warehouse in Tijuana with south San Diego. The bust of $30 million worth of street drugs was also notable for its low amount of fentanyl - about 2 pounds. (U.S. Border Patrol via AP)
April 19, 2020 - 10:35 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus is dealing a gut punch to the illegal drug trade, paralyzing economies, closing borders and severing supply chains in China that traffickers rely on for the chemicals to make such profitable drugs as methamphetamine and fentanyl. One of the main suppliers that shut down...
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A medical worker prepares to test a young man for COVID-19 at a Children's National Hospital drive-through (drive-in) coronavirus testing site at Trinity University, Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
April 18, 2020 - 12:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is struggling to test enough people to track and control the spread of the novel coronavirus, a crucial first step to reopening parts of the economy, which President Donald Trump is pushing to do by May 1. Trump on Thursday released a plan to ease business...
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Wreckage smolders at the Androscoggin Mill after an explosion at the paper mill, Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in Jay, Maine. The explosion shook the ground and produced a plume of black smoke that was visible for miles around.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
April 15, 2020 - 5:19 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An explosion at a paper mill in Maine shook the ground Wednesday and produced a plume of black smoke that was visible for miles around, but it appeared no one was injured. The blast rocked the Androscoggin Mill in Jay, in central Maine, around noon, state police spokesman...
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In this Friday, March 6, 2020 photo, villagers board a bus as they flee their homes following clashes between security forces and a rebel group, in Tembagapura, Papua, Indonesia. The attacks between gunmen and security forces near the world's largest gold mine in Indonesia's easternmost region has caused nearly 2,000 villagers to flee, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Sevianto Pakiding)
April 11, 2020 - 1:50 am
TIMIKA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian security forces shot and killed three separatist rebels who were suspected in an attack that killed a New Zealander near the world’s largest gold mine in the easternmost province of Papua, police said Saturday. Clashes near the Grasberg copper and gold mine began...
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This undated photo provided by Georgia-Pacific shows the production line at the Georgia-Pacific plant in Atlanta. NCSolutions, a data and consulting firm, said online and in-store U.S. toilet paper sales rose 51% between Feb. 24, 2020 and March 10, as buyers started getting uneasy about the growing number of coronavirus cases. (Georgia-Pacific via AP)
April 09, 2020 - 9:58 am
What does toilet paper have to do with a global pandemic? Nothing. Yet millions of people have been panicking about their household supply. Stores shelves have been emptied. Amazon is often out of stock. And social media is bursting with jokes and pleas for a roll or two. The good news: Things are...
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and President Donald Trump listen to a question during a conference call with banks on efforts to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, at the White House, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
April 08, 2020 - 7:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is rushing headlong into a conflict over the next coronavirus aid package as the White House wants to pump $250 billion into a small business fund but opposes Democrats' proposal to tack on billions for protective gear, food stamps and support to state and local...
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In this Sunday, March 29, 2020, photo, a sign posted at an entrance to a 365 Whole Foods store advises customers not to use their own bags while shopping in Lake Oswego, Ore. Just weeks earlier, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags or pay a small fee. Grocery clerks are nervous that the virus could linger on reusable fabric bags and their unions are backing them up with demands to end plastic bag fees and suspend bag bans. The plastics industry has seized the moment, lobbying to overturn existing bans on single-use plastics. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
April 08, 2020 - 1:02 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just weeks ago, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags or pay a small fee as the movement to eliminate single-use plastics took hold in mainstream America. What a difference a...
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People queue for shopping at a local supermarket in Duduza, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, April 2, 2020. South Africa went into a nationwide lockdown for 21 days in an effort to mitigate the spread to the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
April 03, 2020 - 10:19 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More than half of Africa’s 54 countries have closed their land, air and sea borders to fight the spread of the coronavirus, authorities said Friday, but fears are growing that the restrictions are delaying deliveries of critical aid. African nations have closed airports and...
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A worker inspects bottles of antiseptic alcohol at the Santa Teresa rum factory in La Victoria, Aragua state, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Venezuela's premier rum distillery and one of Venezuela's few private businesses says that most of its production will be for antiseptic alcohol, in an effort to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
April 01, 2020 - 4:23 pm
LA VICTORIA, Venezuela (AP) — The Santa Teresa distillery in Venezuela has lifted spirits for generations with its amber-red rum, famous around the world for being slowly sipped over ice or mixed into cocktails like the Cuba Libre. Now, the company has turned its steel vats and steaming...
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