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Google, Japanese invest $500 million in wind farm

WASHINGTON — Google and the subsidiaries of two Japanese companies are investing $500 million in a wind farm being built in the northwestern US state of Oregon. Google said in a blog post Monday it was investing $100 million in the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm, expected to be the largest…

Russia builds new fish farms in hopes of boosting caviar exports

GAMZYUKI, Russia (AFP) – Once the world’s top exporter of black caviar, Russia is building fish farms to harvest the gourmet delicacy as it aims to bring its sturgeon stocks back from the brink. In Gamzyuki, a tiny village in the Kaluga region, around 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of…

China blocks up to $5 billion in US farm sales

WASHINGTON – The United States could sell China $5 billion more in farm goods if Beijing cut trade barriers, according to an official study Tuesday that is likely to stoke trade tensions between the two powers. “Results suggest that the elimination of Chinese tariffs and non-tariff measures could lead to…

Rewriting US history, GOP Rep claims Pilgrims fled European socialism

“Socialism” as a defined economic system did not emerge until the 20th century’s great industrial revolutions drove Russian laborers to unite behind Vladimir Lenin — but don’t tell that to Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO). Akin, according to a speech given on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday,…

House committee passes bill that would end Cuba travel ban

A bill to end the effective ban on US nationals’ travel to Cuba, and allow Havana to buy US goods on credit, has been moving through a legislative panel, though it still has a long way to go before it could actually take effect. The bill was passed in the…

Study reveals Bachmann to be ‘something of a welfare queen’

Outspoken Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann likes to make herself out to be a bastion of American conservatism, standing true as a bulwark against alleged socialism. But that image is about to come crashing down around her. Bachmann and her family were the recipients of over a quarter of a million…

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