Construction and engineering

This Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, photo shows a "House for Sale by Owner" sign in a yard in Fort Washington, Pa. On Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, the National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in September. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
October 20, 2017 - 10:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales rose slightly last month as the Houston housing market quickly recovered from Hurricane Harvey. Still, a shortage of available homes is thwarting many would-be buyers and limiting sales. The National Association of Realtors said Friday existing home sales increased...
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Crews work on a border wall prototype near the border with Tijuana, Mexico, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in San Diego. Companies are nearing an Oct. 26 deadline to finish building eight prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
October 20, 2017 - 12:09 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The last two of eight prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall took shape Thursday at a construction site in San Diego. The prototypes form a tightly packed row of imposing concrete and metal panels, including one with sharp metal edges on top. Another has a...
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Crews work on one of the sidewalls of the damaged main spillway of the Oroville Dam on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Oroville, Calif. California officials say repair costs at the nation's tallest dam will be nearly double the original estimate of $275 million. The main spillway and emergency spillway suffered significant damage during storms last February, prompting fears of massive flooding. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
October 19, 2017 - 9:35 pm
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The costs to repair the nation's tallest dam after a nearly catastrophic failure of the spillways will top $500 million, nearly double the original estimate of $275 million, a California Department of Water Resources official said Thursday. The $500 million figure reflects...
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FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002 file photo shows a tugboat maneuvering through waiting freighters on the Columbia River near the Port of Vancouver in Vancouver, Wash. Developers of a proposed oil-by-rail terminal along the Columbia River that would be the nation's largest have poured big money into a local port commissioner race that may shape the project's future. Backers of the Vancouver Energy project have given $370,000 in cash to support Kris Greene, who has expressed support for the oil terminal proposed at the Port of Vancouver, according to filings with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission. (AP Photo/Don Ryan,File)
October 19, 2017 - 8:09 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Developers of a proposed oil-by-rail terminal that would be the largest in the nation have poured big money into a port commissioner race in Washington state that may shape the project's future. Backers of the Vancouver Energy project have given $370,000 in cash to support Kris...
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In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017, photo taken with a fisheye lens, a forklift is parked in front of one of the houses under construction in Zelienople, Pa. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in September. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
October 18, 2017 - 9:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes fell 4.7 percent in September, the biggest decline in six months, reflecting weakness in both single-family activity and apartment building. The September result left construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.13 million units, the Commerce...
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This Sept. 24, 2017 photo shows an apartment building that was partially destroyed during the 7.1 magnitude earthquake, on Emiliano Zapata Avenue in Mexico City. The eco-friendly apartment building with its wood-paneled balconies and a solar-paneled roof collapsed when a corner column failed, and the flat-slab structure pancaked, said Eduardo Miranda, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford and global expert on earthquake-resistant design. (AP Photo/Miguel Tovar)
October 09, 2017 - 9:49 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of the buildings that collapsed in Mexico City's monstrous earthquake last month were built using a construction method that is now forbidden in seismic hotspots in the United States, Chile and New Zealand, according to new data compiled by a team of structural...
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A gazebo is blown over the Mississippi Gulf Coast welcome sign near the intersection of Hewes Avenue and U.S. 90 in Gulfport, Miss., Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, after Hurricane Nate made landfall on the Gulf Coast. (Justin Sellers/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)
October 09, 2017 - 12:51 pm
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Nate slogged its way up the northeastern U.S. on Monday, dumping heavy rains and bringing gusty winds to inland states as a tropical depression less than two days after it roared ashore in Mississippi and Louisiana as a hurricane. Nate spared the region the kind of catastrophic...
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October 09, 2017 - 12:07 pm
The latest on tropical storms Nate and Ophelia (all times local): 11:10 a.m. Nate caused relatively little damage in Alabama, but it could still take days to deal with the storm's worst effects. On Dauphin Island, Mayor Jeff Collier said workers were using heavy equipment Monday to remove as much...
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October 06, 2017 - 2:42 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — It probably will take until next spring for the Army Corps of Engineers to finish court-ordered additional environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, agency attorneys said in court documents filed Friday. The Corps had anticipated completing the task by the end of...
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In this Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, photo, Phil Wiggett, right, a recruiter with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, looks at a resume during a job fair in San Jose, Calif. On Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, the U.S. government issues the September jobs report. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
October 06, 2017 - 10:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. shed 33,000 jobs in September because of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which closed thousands of businesses in Texas and Florida and forced widespread evacuations. It marked the first monthly hiring drop in nearly seven years. The unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent from...
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