Construction and engineering

In this Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, photo, construction continues on a high-rise condominium project in Miami. On Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in December. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
January 18, 2018 - 8:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Groundbreakings on new homes fell 8.2 percent in December, with builders ending 2017 by slowing down their construction of single-family houses. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the monthly decline put U.S. housing starts at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19...
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In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017, photo, new home construction is underway in a housing plan in Zelienople, Pa. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo releases its January index of builder sentiment, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
January 17, 2018 - 10:00 am
U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less optimistic about their sales prospects, even as their overall outlook remains favorable. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Wednesday slipped this month to 72. That's down two points from December's...
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In this Jan. 11, 2018, photo, riders wait to board as others depart a Metro train in the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station in Washington. Washington's Metro system has become internationally synonymous with delays, breakdowns and smoke-filled tunnels. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
January 16, 2018 - 6:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A derailment over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend is only the latest problem for the dysfunctional D.C. subway system that Washingtonians love to hate. Metro's problems are familiar to subway riders in New York and other big cities: smoke-filled tunnels, technical...
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A general view of the Carillion company headquarters building in Wolverhampton, England, Monday Jan. 15, 2018, as the construction giant goes into liquidation putting thousands of jobs and millions of pounds worth of British government contracts at risk. In a statement released Monday, Carillion says it had no choice but to go into liquidation after weekend talks with creditors and government officials failed. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
January 16, 2018 - 8:50 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's business secretary called Tuesday for a fast-tracked investigation into the collapse of construction giant and state contractor Carillion, expanding the remit of the probe to include the behavior of executives both past and present. Greg Clark asked the insolvency service...
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A general view of the Carillion company headquarters building in Wolverhampton, England, Monday Jan. 15, 2018, as the construction giant goes into liquidation putting thousands of jobs and millions of pounds worth of British government contracts at risk. In a statement released Monday, Carillion says it had no choice but to go into liquidation after weekend talks with creditors and government officials failed. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
January 16, 2018 - 7:41 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's business secretary has called for a fast-tracked investigation into the collapse of construction giant and state contractor Carillion. Greg Clark says in a statement Tuesday he asked the insolvency service and the official receiver to expedite their inquiry. Clark says that...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, a damaged car sits over fallen and debris behind downed power lines in Montecito, Calif. While an aggressive cleanup could mean Montecito will welcome visitors again in weeks, the rebuilding of infrastructure and hundreds of homes will be measured in months and years. It will also offer a chance to re-imagine aspects of a town that has favored slow growth over the runaway development closer to Los Angeles, 90 miles down the coast. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
January 15, 2018 - 12:54 pm
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — After power and drinking water return, and cleanup crews haul away the last of the boulders and muck that splintered homes like a battering ram, the wealthy seaside hideaway of Montecito, California, will start rebuilding with the possibility of another catastrophic flood...
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January 14, 2018 - 11:50 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Sunday it destroyed an attack tunnel built by the Hamas militant group that stretched from the Gaza Strip, through Israel and into Egypt, and that ran past Israeli military posts as well as gas and fuel pipelines. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan...
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January 14, 2018 - 11:02 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Sunday it destroyed an attack tunnel built by the Hamas militant group that stretched from the Gaza Strip, through Israel and into Egypt, and that ran past Israeli military posts as well as gas and fuel pipelines. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan...
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January 14, 2018 - 10:56 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Sunday it destroyed an attack tunnel built by the Hamas militant group that stretched from the Gaza Strip, through Israel and into Egypt, and that ran past Israeli military posts as well as gas and fuel pipelines. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan...
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January 12, 2018 - 5:44 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday it will review a court order that could force Washington state to pay billions of dollars to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration — a development the state attorney general is using to try to persuade Northwest...
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