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  • US roads, airports unready for extreme weather

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s lifelines — its roads, airports, railways and transit systems — are getting hammered by extreme weather beyond what their builders imagined, leaving states and cities …


  • Rubble cleanup a massive task in NY, NJ

    NEW YORK (AP) — Just a few months ago, the parking lot at Jacob Riis Park on New York City’s Rockaway seashore was filled with happy beachgoers. Now, it is …


  • Study: NJ beaches 30-40 feet narrower after storm

    SPRING LAKE, N.J. (AP) — The average New Jersey beach is 30 to 40 feet narrower after Superstorm Sandy, according to a survey that is sure to intensify a long-running …


  • Study: NJ beaches 30-40 feet narrower after storm

    SPRING LAKE, N.J. (AP) — A study has found that Superstorm Sandy washed away an average of 30 to 40 feet from New Jersey beaches, though some suffered five times …


  • 2 workers shoulder blame for 2010 BP oil disaster

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The manslaughter charges brought against two relatively low-ranking BP rig workers in the deadly Gulf of Mexico disaster may be as far as federal prosecutors are …


  • Violent dolphin deaths a mystery for scientists

    ALONG THE GULF COAST (AP) — Dolphins are washing ashore along the northern Gulf Coast with bullet wounds, missing jaws and hacked off fins and federal officials are looking into …


  • Correction: Gulf Rig Fire story

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story Nov. 17 about an oil platform fire in the Gulf of Mexico, The Associated Press erroneously described the Bureau of Safety and Environmental …


  • Coast Guard: Body found near burned Gulf oil rig

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Divers hired by the owner of an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico that caught fire recovered a body in the waters near the site …


  • Coast Guard ends search for 2 after oil rig fire

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard on Saturday evening called off its search for two workers missing after a fire broke out on an oil platform in the Gulf …


  • Coast Guard searches for 2 after oil platform fire

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two oil workers remained lost at sea Saturday, a day after a torch being used to cut an oil pipe ignited a blaze that severely burned …


  • Coast Guard searches for 2 after Gulf rig fire

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The eruption of a fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico — which left two workers missing and four others badly burned — …


  • Judge backs Calif. high-speed rail over farmers

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge denied a request Friday from Central Valley farmers who sought to halt work on California’s ambitious high-speed rail project, allowing work on the $68 …


  • 2 missing, 4 badly burned in Gulf platform fire

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard was searching late Friday for two workers missing after a fire erupted on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, sending an …


  • EPA turns down states’ request for ethanol waiver

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday denied requests from several governors to waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol. A renewable fuels law requires that 13.2 billion gallons …


  • Gulf rig fire leaves 4 workers critical, 2 missing

    VENICE, La. (AP) — An explosion and fire ripped through a Gulf oil platform Friday as workers used a cutting torch, sending four people to a hospital with critical burns …


  • Gulf rig fire leaves 4 hurt, 2 missing; no leak

    VENICE, La. (AP) — An explosion and fire ripped through a Gulf oil platform Friday as workers used a cutting torch, sending four people to a hospital with burns and …


  • Fire out at Gulf oil rig; 4 hurt, 2 may be missing

    VENICE, La. (AP) — An oil rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana sent four people to hospital Friday and two others were believed to be missing, Coast Guard officials …


  • Defense lawyers say BP rig workers are scapegoats

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — While BP has resolved a sweeping criminal probe of its role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, two company employees charged …


  • Calif. high-speed rail faces crucial court ruling

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s plan to begin building its $68 billion high-speed rail system in the Central Valley hinges on a crucial court decision that could stop the project …


  • BP agrees to pay $4.5B; 3 employees charged

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A day of reckoning arrived for BP on Thursday as the oil giant agreed to plead guilty to a raft of charges in the deadly Gulf …


  • AP PHOTOS: Impacts of the Gulf oil spill

    BP has agreed to pay a $4.5 billion settlement with the U.S. government over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig, 50 miles off …


  • AP PHOTOS: Impacts of the Gull oil spill

    BP has agreed to pay a $4.5 billion settlement with the U.S. government over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig, 50 miles off …


  • AG Holder: Investigation of BP spill to continue

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two men who worked for BP during the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster have been charged with manslaughter and a third with lying to federal investigators, …


  • BP to pay $4.5 billion in oil spill settlement

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP said Thursday that it will pay $4.5 billion in a settlement with the U.S. government over the disastrous 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of …


  • US AG sets news conference on BP spill settlement

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will speak in New Orleans about the government’s $4.5 billion settlement with BP over the massive 2010 oil spill in the …


  • APNewsBreak: BP gets record fine in Gulf oil spill

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil giant BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history, totaling billions of dollars, for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf …


  • Calif. unlikely to spur federal emissions cap soon

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s new system for limiting industrial greenhouse gas emissions by putting a price on carbon is not likely to spur a similar federal program anytime soon, …


  • Calif debuts landmark program to cap emissions

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California began auctioning permits Wednesday for greenhouse gas emissions, launching one of the world’s most ambitious efforts to cut heat-trapping gases from industrial sources. The California …


  • California debuts landmark cap-and-trade system

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California has begun auctioning permits for greenhouse gas emissions, launching what is expected to be the world’s second-largest carbon market. The California Air Resources Board says …


  • Ignored on campaign, global warming talk heats up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate change is suddenly a hot topic again. The issue is resurfacing in talks about a possible new tax. Superstorm Sandy, the rare and devastating Northeast storm, …