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In this May 2 photo, Jeff Moline grooms and compacts a coal pile after a rainstorm degraded the pile at the Sherco power plant in Becker, Minn. The share of U.S. electricity that comes from coal has fallen to its lowest level since World War II.

US coal use falling fast; utilities switch to gas

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NEW YORK (AP) -- America is shoveling coal to the sidelines.

The fuel that powered the U.S. from the industrial revolution into the iPhone era is being pushed aside as utilities switch to cleaner and cheaper alternatives.

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