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  • India gives Ganges, Yamuna rivers same rights as a human

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:17:01 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Two of India's most iconic rivers, considered sacred by nearly a billion Hindus in the country, have been given the status of living entities to save them from further harm caused by widespread pollution.

  • Indian court gives Ganges, Yamuna same rights as a human

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:59:26 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A court in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand has granted the same legal rights as a human to the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, considered sacred by nearly a billion Indians.

  • Court gives 2 Indian rivers same rights as a human

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:11:31 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A court in northern India has granted the same legal rights as a human to the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, considered sacred by nearly a billion Indians.

  • Supreme Court seems divided in property rights dispute

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:50:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court struggled on Monday over a property rights dispute that could make it tougher for state and local governments to limit development in coastal areas.

  • From bedroom to boardroom, Supreme Court is in your business

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:05:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Quick, name a Supreme Court justice. OK, name three. One of the current justices, Stephen Breyer, once noted wryly that their names are less well-known than those of the Three Stooges.

  • French emissions probe clears Opel; others accused of fraud

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:43:53 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — French investigators say they have found evidence of possible emissions fraud in Fiat, Renault, Peugeot-Citroen and Volkswagen cars sold in France, but have found no proof of fraud in Opel vehicles.

  • Cheerleaders, chambermaids: The Supreme Court's broad reach

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:45:48 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The rhythms of daily life for ordinary Americans may seem far removed from the rarified world of the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Justices to hear property rights dispute over family's land

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:14:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court could make it tougher for state and local governments to limit development in coastal areas.

  • Former dairy farmer leads Trump-Russia investigation

    Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:59:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Devin Nunes once said all he wanted to do was work on a dairy farm.

  • Top Kansas court clears way for new coal-fired power plant

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:01:21 GMT

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court on Friday cleared a major obstacle to the long-delayed construction of a big, new coal-fired power plant, rejecting an effort by an environment group to force the state to regulate emissions linked to climate change.

  • Republicans join Democrats against Trump's Great Lakes cuts

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:47:10 GMT

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — It sounds like an idea that would warm a conservative Republican's heart: Kill funding of a regional environmental cleanup that has lasted seven years and cost the federal government more than $2 billion, with no end in sight. If states want to keep the program going, let them pick up the tab.

  • Auto industry backs commitment to fuel economy amid doubts

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:55:43 GMT

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Just because President Trump may weaken U.S. fuel economy requirements, don't expect gas guzzlers like the giant 13 mpg Hummer H1 to make a comeback.

  • Volkswagen exec remains jailed in US emissions cheating case

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:59:06 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Thursday refused to set a bond and release a German Volkswagen executive who was arrested in the company's U.S. emissions scandal while on vacation in Florida.

  • Volkswagen exec stays in jail in US emissions cheating case

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:00:12 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Thursday refused to set a bond and release a German Volkswagen executive who was arrested in the company's U.S. emissions scandal while on vacation in Florida.

  • Army Corps on trial over Missouri River flooding complaint

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:15:33 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is defending itself at trial against more than 300 farmers and other landowners who say the agency's management of the Missouri River has contributed to major flooding in five states, most notably 2011 flooding that caused billions of dollars in damage.

  • Australia to expand hydropower project to address shortages

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:37:41 GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will put 2 billion Australian dollars ($1.5 billion) into expanding a hydroelectric project in its latest measure to avoid looming gas and electricity shortages across the nation's densely populated southeast, the government said Thursday.

  • Trump announces challenge to Obama-era fuel standards

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:40:13 GMT

    YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration will re-examine federal requirements governing the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks, moving forcefully against Obama-era environmental regulations that Trump says are stifling economic growth.

  • Trump admin halts Obama-era rule on fracking on public land

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:21:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is rolling back an Obama administration rule requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking.

  • Trump fuel economy move sets up fight with Calif., NY

    Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:54:15 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump's decision to re-examine Obama-era rules that govern automobile gas mileage could be the first round of a potentially bruising political fight: revoking the ability of California and other Democratic-leaning states to set their own, tougher car-emission standards.

  • Trump fuel economy move sets up fight with California

    Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:02:27 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump's decision to re-examine Obama-era rules that govern automobile gas mileage could be the first round of a potentially bruising political fight: revoking the ability of California and other Democratic-leaning states to set their own, tougher car-emission standards.

  • The Latest: NY, Calif. officials denounce fuel economy shift

    Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:27:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):