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  • Coal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:56:46 GMT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new target.

  • Interior secretary pushes for Congress to act

    Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:07:34 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S Interior Secretary Sally Jewell vowed Thursday that the Obama administration will continue to use its executive powers to protect public lands until Congress takes action on a number of stalled conservation measures.

  • Study: Natural gas surge won't slow global warming

    Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:26:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheap and plentiful natural gas isn't quite a bridge to a brighter energy future as claimed and won't slow global warming, a new study projects.

  • Mayor: Toledo, Fiat Chrysler should work together

    Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:05:44 GMT

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toledo's mayor isn't about to pick a fight with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, even if it pulls Jeep Wrangler production out of the city where the vehicle's roots date to World War II.

  • W.Va. 3rd District race for Congress issue stances

    Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:31:41 GMT

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In the race for West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District, here's a look at where Democratic U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall and Republican Evan Jenkins stand on issues.

  • Chrysler reiterates challenge for Ohio Jeep plant

    Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:43:52 GMT

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor office says Chrysler insists that continuing to build the Jeep Wrangler in the state will be a challenge.

  • Montana proposes expanded hunting confidentiality

    Tue, 07 Oct 2014 21:10:55 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials are proposing to keep confidential the names of hunters and trappers who kill any wildlife in Montana, saying that information that can be obtained under the state's right-to-know laws is being used to threaten and harass.

  • Proposal to protect fisher cites pot farm threat

    Mon, 06 Oct 2014 19:52:15 GMT

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Citing a threat from rat poison used on illegal marijuana plantations, federal biologists on Monday proposed Endangered Species Act protection for West Coast populations of the fisher, a larger cousin of the weasel.

  • Study: Chesapeake cleanup would bring $22B boon

    Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:08:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay region would reap an additional $22.5 billion a year from improved hurricane protection, crab and fish production and climate stability if the Obama administration's contested plan to clean up the watershed proceeds, an environmental group says.

  • Federal judge won't give Wyoming control of wolves

    Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:10:11 GMT

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday denied requests from the state of Wyoming, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service and pro-hunting groups to change last week's decision that reinstated federal protections for wolves in the state.

  • California may restrict common pesticide

    Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:02:00 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.

  • Forest Service says media doesn't need permit

    Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:50:50 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Faced with increasing criticism of a proposal that would restrict media filming in wilderness areas, the head of the U.S. Forest Service said late Thursday that the rule is not intended to apply to news-gathering activities.

  • Proposal: Media needs permit to film in wilderness

    Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:45:52 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday it is extending the period for the public to weigh in on a proposal that would make permanent new rules on commercial video and photography in the nation's wildest areas.

  • Expanded US ocean preserve to be world's largest

    Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:16:52 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of miles off America's shores, an ocean preserve flush with rare seabirds, turtles and marine mammals will grow to roughly three times the size of California under a memorandum that President Barack Obama signed Thursday.

  • Obama to expand ocean preserve to 6 times the size

    Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:08:03 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama is carving out a wide swath the Pacific Ocean for an expanded marine preserve, putting the waters off-limits to drilling and most fishing in a bid to protect fragile underwater life.

  • Religion news in brief

    Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:07:04 GMT

    Pastor: UPS gunman was 'troubled' over work

  • Obama urges world to follow US lead on climate

    Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:13:31 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The only thing rising faster than heat-trapping gases Tuesday were the statements of urgency by world leaders, who told each other at a United Nations summit how seriously they take global warming. Binding commitments and action are to come.

  • Judge reinstates protections for Wyoming wolves

    Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:39:22 GMT

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wolves are back under federal projection after a ruling Tuesday by a federal judge in Washington, D.C.

  • Wind energy proposal would light Los Angeles homes

    Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:06:34 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An alliance of four companies proposed an $8 billion project Tuesday that within a decade could send wind power generated on the plains of Wyoming to households in Southern California.

  • FACT CHECK: Obama in UN speech spins statistics

    Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:16:14 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama glossed over some inconvenient truths Tuesday in his climate-change speech to the United Nations. For one, as the U.S. cleans up emissions at home, it's sending dirty fuel abroad to pollute the same sky.

  • Countries pledge to end forest loss; Brazil balks

    Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:38:54 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 30 countries set the first-ever deadline on Tuesday to end deforestation by 2030, but the feasibility of such a goal was eroded when a key player, Brazil, said it would not join.