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  • EPA moves to regulate climate-warming airliner pollution

    Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:22:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jet engine exhaust from airliners endangers human health and adds to climate change, the government found Monday in taking the first step toward regulating those emissions.

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    Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:17:32 GMT

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  • APNewsBreak: Volkswagen has emissions-cheating fix ready

    Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:55:09 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen's plan to fix most of its 2-liter diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests includes a computer software update and a larger catalytic converter to trap harmful nitrogen oxide, and it may not hurt mileage or performance, according to dealers who were briefed by executives on the matter.

  • Dealers say Volkswagen has emissions-cheating fixes ready

    Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:58:15 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen's plan to fix most of its 2-liter diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests includes a computer software update and a larger catalytic converter to trap harmful nitrogen oxide, according to two dealers who were briefed by executives on the matter.

  • France and UN press for ratification of climate agreement

    Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:45:01 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France's environment minister, who was in charge of global climate negotiations, said Wednesday that she and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be pressing governments to speedily ratify the historic agreement on climate change reached in December.

  • Volkswagen shares soar after buoyant earnings update

    Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:59:13 GMT

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen shares soared Wednesday after the German car giant revealed that its first-half earnings before charges related to its diesel-emissions scandal were "significantly higher" than market forecasts.

  • Lawsuits: VW employees tried to cover up emissions cheating

    Wed, 20 Jul 2016 01:31:03 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York, Massachusetts and Maryland are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, accusing the German automakers of defrauding customers, misleading regulators and then seeking to cover up the deception.

  • Feds remove the lesser prairie chicken from protection list

    Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:49:26 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facing an uphill court fight, the U.S. government announced Tuesday it was formally removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act.

  • NY, Massachusetts, Maryland sue VW over emissions cheating

    Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:45:46 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state, Massachusetts and Maryland are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, alleging that the German automakers defrauded customers and violated state environmental laws by selling diesel vehicles equipped with software allowing them to cheat emissions testing.

  • The Latest: Maryland joins 2 other states in suing VW

    Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:10:51 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on lawsuits filed against Volkswagen over vehicles equipped with software that cheated on emissions tests (all times local):

  • NY, Massachusetts sue Volkswagen over emissions cheating

    Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:53:31 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state and Massachusetts are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, alleging that the German automakers defrauded customers by selling diesel vehicles equipped with software allowing them to cheat emissions testing.

  • The Latest: VW calls state diesel lawsuits 'regrettable'

    Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:48:52 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on lawsuits filed against Volkswagen over vehicles equipped with software that cheated on emissions tests (all times local):

  • The Latest: VW declines to comment on new diesel lawsuits

    Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:12:28 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on lawsuits filed against Volkswagen over vehicles equipped with software that cheated on emissions tests (all times local):

  • Questions and answers about US fuel economy standards

    Tue, 19 Jul 2016 04:11:14 GMT

    The U.S. government has issued a report on fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for U.S. cars and trucks that were first established in 2012. The report Monday kicked off a two-year review process leading to a government decision on whether to leave the standards in place through 2025 or change them.

  • US says autos can meet 2025 fuel economy targets

    Mon, 18 Jul 2016 22:25:27 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government says the nation's cars and trucks are well on their way to meeting fuel economy and emissions standards set for 2025.

  • Air pollution reduction settlement reached for 6 refineries

    Mon, 18 Jul 2016 22:18:14 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a $425 million settlement with two companies to reduce air pollution at six petroleum refineries in the West.

  • US says fuel economy likely won't meet 2025 targets

    Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:43:17 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government says the nation's cars and trucks are well on their way to meeting fuel economy and emissions standards set for 2025, but cheaper gas prices could ultimately lower those targets by encouraging consumers to buy less-efficient vehicles.

  • Animal welfare group again sues Iowa zoo, focusing on lions

    Sat, 16 Jul 2016 21:01:32 GMT

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An embattled northeast Iowa zoo is facing a second lawsuit — this time regarding treatment of its endangered African lions.

  • Volkswagen repays European loans early amid diesel fallout

    Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:55:36 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen says it has decided to repay early a pair of loans from the European Investment Bank totaling 975 million euros (nearly $1.1 billion) as the company grapples with fallout from its diesel-emissions scandal.

  • San Francisco enacts broad ban on foam cups, coolers, toys

    Sat, 09 Jul 2016 14:59:56 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco, say goodbye to those squeaky, Styrofoam-like coffee cups that have long been a staple of picnic outings.

  • Report: German prosecutors eye possible VW fines

    Fri, 08 Jul 2016 17:40:21 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — A German newspaper and two broadcasters are reporting that prosecutors have opened proceedings that could result in Volkswagen being fined in Germany over its diesel emissions scandal.