Construction and engineering

FILE - In this June 19, 2019, file photo a worker carries shingles for a roof of a house under construction in a Brandon, Miss., neighborhood. On Friday, Aug. 16, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in July. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
August 16, 2019 - 11:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The pace of U.S. home construction fell a sharp 4% in July despite strong demand from would-be buyers, held back by a shortage of skilled labor and affordable land. The Commerce Department said Friday that housing starts slipped last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1...
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FILE - In this July 14, 2019, file photo, a telescope at the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii's tallest mountain is viewed. Astronomers across 11 observatories on Hawaii’s tallest mountain have cancelled more than 2,000 hours of telescope viewing over the past four weeks because a protest blocked a road to the summit. Astronomers said Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, they will attempt to resume observations but in some cases won’t be able to make up the missed research. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
August 10, 2019 - 8:18 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Asteroids, including those that might slam into Earth. Clouds of gas and dust on the verge of forming stars. Planets orbiting stars other than our own. This is some of the research astronomers say they have missed out on at 11 observatories on Hawaii's tallest mountain as a protest...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2009 file photo, the Gran Telescopio Canarias, one of the the world's largest telescopes is seen at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain. A leading Spanish official said Monday Aug. 5, 2019, that the consortium pushing to build a giant telescope in Hawaii amid continued protests by locals is planning to ask for a building permit for an alternative site in Spain's Canary Islands. The notification comes as Native Hawaiian protesters enter the fourth week of blocking construction of the telescope on a mountain they consider sacred. (AP Photo/Carlos Moreno, File)
August 05, 2019 - 7:32 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The director of a Spanish research center said Monday that the international consortium that wants to build a giant telescope on Hawaii's tallest peak despite protests from Native Hawaiians has decided to seek a building permit for an alternative site in the Canary Islands...
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FILE - This July 13, 2019 frame grab from a police dashcam video, shows a cow who escaped a nearby slaughterhouse moving through a Home Depot parking lot in Bloomfield, Conn. When employees of the butchery wrestle the calf to the ground, one slit its throat. Animal activists are decrying the public slaughter, and some people are making anti-Muslim comments about the halal butchery. (Bloomfield Police Department via AP, File)
July 30, 2019 - 3:37 pm
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (AP) — The slaughter in a Home Depot parking lot of a calf that escaped a butcher shop and led employees on a chase has sparked outrage by animal lovers and elicited racist messages online. The calf broke out of the Saba Live Poultry store in Bloomfield, Connecticut, on July 13...
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Queues in Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport, Friday July 26, 2019. Travelers are facing a second day of disruption in Britain after record breaking July temperatures gave way to thunderstorms. The heat eased Friday, but Heathrow, Europe's biggest airport, was forced to cancel or delay flights amid severe weather conditions. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)
July 26, 2019 - 1:34 pm
LONDON (AP) — The temperature's dropping but Europe's troubles aren't over: A record-busting heat wave gave way Friday to thunderstorms and hailstorms, bringing the Tour de France to a dramatic halt and causing trouble at British airports and beyond on one of the most hectic travel days of the year...
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Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, third from right, walks with TMT opposition leader Kaho'okahi Kanuha, third from left, while being accompanied by the Royal Order of Kamehameha I during a visit to the protests against the TMT telescope, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at the base of Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)
July 24, 2019 - 10:38 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on demonstrations against a giant telescope in Hawaii (all times local): 4:35 p.m. An indigenous group in Canada is asking the Canadian government to stop funding a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest mountain. The Canadian Press reports the Union of British...
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People cross a street during a blackout in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, July 22, 2019. The lights went out across much of Venezuela Monday, reviving fears of the blackouts that plunged the country into chaos a few months ago as the government once again accused opponents of sabotaging the nation's hydroelectric power system. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
July 23, 2019 - 12:00 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The lights went out across much of Venezuela, reviving fears of the blackouts that plunged the country into chaos a few months ago as the government once again accused opponents of sabotaging the nation's hydroelectric power system. The power in the capital went out after...
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Passengers check train times at Naples' Central station, southern Italy, Monday, July 22, 2019. A suspected arson fire has forced cancellations of at least 42 high-speed trains in Italy on the heavily-traveled Milan-Naples corridor. (Cesare Abbate/ANSA via AP)
July 22, 2019 - 12:04 pm
ROME (AP) — A suspected arson fire threw Italy's high-speed rail system into chaos Monday, forcing the cancellation of dozens of train runs and frustrating vacationers and commuters along the heavily-traveled Milan-Naples corridor. The state railways company said the suspicious fire occurred near...
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Israeli forces destroy a building in a Palestinian village of Sur Baher, east Jerusalem, Monday, July 22, 2019. Israeli work crews have begun demolishing dozens of Palestinian homes in an east Jerusalem neighborhood. Monday's demolitions cap a years-long legal battle over the buildings, which straddle the city and the occupied West Bank. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
July 22, 2019 - 7:51 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli work crews on Monday began demolishing dozens of Palestinian homes in an east Jerusalem neighborhood, in one of the largest operations of its kind in years. The demolitions capped a years-long legal battle over the buildings, built along the invisible line straddling the...
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FILE - This July 14, 2019, file photo shows the summit of Hawaii's Mauna Kea. For activists who say they're protecting Mauna Kea, the fight against the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope is a boiling point in Hawaiian history: the overthrow on the Hawaiian kingdom, battles over land, water and development and questions about how the islands should be governed. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
July 21, 2019 - 8:21 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Hundreds of opponents of a planned telescope on Hawaii's highest peak have gathered for a protest march. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that activists opposed to the Thirty Meter Telescope started marching Sunday morning in Waikiki. Last week, hundreds of protesters blocked a...
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