Construction and engineering

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte arrives in Milan, Italy, Monday, April 2020 for a meeting with local authorities. Italian factories, construction sites and wholesale supply businesses can resume activity as soon as they put safety measures into place aimed at containing contagion with COVID-19. This concession comes with partial easing of national lockdown restrictions announced Sunday night by Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)
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April 28, 2020 - 10:23 am
ROME (AP) — Nearly two years after a highway bridge in Genoa collapsed and killed 43 people, workers moved the final piece of a replacement span into place Tuesday in a milestone hailed by Italy’s premier as a symbolic show of unity and hope amid the coronavirus emergency. As church bells tolled...
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FILE - In this March 1933, file photo, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his first radio "fireside chat" in Washington. The New Deal was a try-anything moment during the Great Depression that remade the role of the federal government in American life. (AP Photo)
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April 25, 2020 - 1:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The New Deal was really a series of new deals, spread out over more than six years during the Great Depression — a menu of nationally scaled projects that were one part make-work and many parts lasting impact. They delivered a broad-shouldered expression of presidential authority...
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This March 11, 2020 photo provided by the Bureau of Land Management shows a storage yard north of Saco, Mont., for pipe that will be used in construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline near the U.S.-Canada border. A Canadian company said Monday, April 6, 2020, that it's started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, despite calls from tribal leaders and environmentalists to delay the $8 billion project amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Al Nash/Bureau of Land Management via AP)
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April 16, 2020 - 7:39 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Native American tribes and environmental groups pressured a federal judge on Thursday to shut down work on the disputed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Nebraska, citing fears that workers could spread the coronavirus and construction could damage land. After years of...
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In this March 18 ,2020 photo, construction continues at a housing plan in Zelienople, Pa. Spending on U.S. construction projects fell 1.3% in February with housing and nonresidential construction both showing weakness even before the coronavirus struck with force in the United States. The Commerce Department said the February decline followed a 2.8% rise in construction in January. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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April 16, 2020 - 9:03 am
The Associated Press (AP) — U.S. home-building activity collapsed in March as the coronavirus spread, with housing starts tumbling 22.3% from a month ago. The Commerce Department said Thursday that ground breakings occurred last month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.2 million units, down...
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In this April 6, 2020 photo, a bus drives past a roadwork construction project in Seattle where ramps off of the Highway 520 floating bridge meet Montlake Blvd. that has been shut down due to concern over the spread of the coronavirus. The $2 trillion federal stimulus package enacted in March included billions of dollars for public transit systems, publicly owned commercial airports and Amtrak passenger train service, but earmarked nothing for state highways and bridges. Many of those projects across the country have been put on hold because of a sharp drop in fuel taxes, tolls and user fees since the coronarvirus-related shutdowns suspended much of the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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April 12, 2020 - 11:22 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — America’s roads are a lot less congested, due to coronavirus shutdowns that have kept millions of commuters, shoppers and vacationers parked at their homes. While that makes it easier to patch potholes, it also could spell trouble for road and bridge projects. The longer...
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A man rides past a mannequin wearing a gas mask, a wrestling mask and a jean jacket, as a way to advertise his Mexican wrestling mask shop, in Iztapalapa, Mexico City, Thursday, April 9, 2020. The Mexico City government is sending out teams to help the home-bound and the homeless during the shutdown declared to combat the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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April 10, 2020 - 3:34 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — In Mexico, beach towns have begun blocking off roads — in some cases, constructing barricades of rubble across roadways — to seal themselves off from the outside world in a bid to stop the new coronavirus from entering. The Gulf of California beach town of Puerto Peñasco...
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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada demonstrate in sub-freezing temperatures in Billings, Mont. Alberta is investing $1.1 billion in the disputed Keystone XL pipeline, a project that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says is crucial for the province's economy. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
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March 31, 2020 - 7:50 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company said Tuesday it plans to start construction of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline through the U.S. Midwest in April, after lining up customers and money for a proposal that is bitterly opposed by environmentalists and some American Indian tribes...
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Construction workers wearing face masks seen through safety fencing work near London Bridge in London, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday imposed its most draconian peacetime restrictions due to the spread of the coronavirus on businesses and gatherings, health workers begged for more gear, saying they felt like "cannon fodder." For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
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March 24, 2020 - 2:07 pm
LONDON (AP) — Confusion rippled through Britain on Tuesday, a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a three-week halt to all non-essential activity to fight the spread of the new coronavirus. Streets were empty but some subways were full. Hairdressers were closed but construction sites...
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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2019 file photo a sign rests in front of a newly constructed home, in Westwood, Mass. Construction of new homes fell again in February 2020, but not as much as the previous month. Those declines follow a December surge which had pushed home construction to the highest level in 13 years. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
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March 18, 2020 - 9:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes fell again in February, but not as much as the previous month. Those declines follow a December surge which had pushed home construction to the highest level in 13 years. Builders started construction on 1.60 million homes at a seasonally adjusted annual...
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March 13, 2020 - 10:27 pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The owner of an oil pipeline that spewed thousands of barrels of crude oil onto Southern California beaches in 2015 will pay $60 million to to settle allegations that it violated safety laws, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday. Texas-based Plains...
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