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  • 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, …


  • Federal judge urged to approve BP settlement

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP and attorneys for businesses and people who lost money in the Gulf oil spill urged a federal judge Thursday to give his final approval to …


  • US trade panel finds harm from China solar panels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal trade panel found China responsible Wednesday for harming the U.S. solar panel industry, clearing the final hurdle for U.S. attempts to impose steep tariffs on …


  • Fight intensifies over NW coal exports

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The progressive college town of Bellingham, Wash., is known for its stunning scenery, access to the outdoors and eclectic mix of aging hippies, students and other …


  • Hyundai, Kia overstated gas mileage, EPA finds

    DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai and Kia overstated the gas mileage on 900,000 vehicles in the past three years, a discovery that could result in sanctions from the U.S. government and …


  • Derailed tanker burns in central Kentucky

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Emergency workers in Kentucky were increasingly confident that fire crews had contained a blaze spewing flames and smoke from a derailed tanker car, allowing them to …


  • EPA finds Hyundai, Kia overstated gas mileage

    DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai and Kia overstated the gas mileage on most of their models from the past three years in an embarrassing blunder that could bring sanctions from the …


  • Derailed tanker burns in Ky. with no end in sight

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The blaze that authorities initially said would end in a couple of hours instead spewed flames and smoke from a derailed tanker car for a second …


  • Battered NJ confronts how to rebuild its shore

    LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — In its tear of destruction, the megastorm Sandy left parts of New Jersey’s beloved shore in tatters, sweeping away beaches, homes, boardwalks and amusement …


  • Battered NJ agonizes over whether to rebuild shore

    LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — In its tear of destruction, the megastorm Sandy left parts of New Jersey’s beloved shore in tatters, sweeping away beaches, homes, boardwalks and amusement …


  • Wind kicks up 100-year-old volcanic ash in Alaska

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A smog-like haze that hung over part of Alaska’s Kodiak Island this week was courtesy of a volcanic eruption — 100 years ago. The National Weather …


  • DA: Grand jury to consider Texas chopper shooting

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury will consider the case of two Guatemalan immigrants killed when a Texas state trooper in a helicopter opened fire to stop a tarp-covered …


  • Man with bionic leg to climb Chicago skyscraper

    CHICAGO (AP) — Zac Vawter considers himself a test pilot. After losing his right leg in a motorcycle accident, the 31-year-old software engineer signed up to become a research subject, …


  • Spokane Valley company fined for dumping landfill waste

    A Spokane Valley waste-handling business will pay thousands of dollars for dumping hazardous waste in a local landfill. Emerald Services Inc., located on North Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley, will …


  • Diplomat: Texas agents should have seen people

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Texas law enforcement agents were close enough to a pickup truck to see it was carrying people, not drugs, before one opened fire, killing two Guatemalan …


  • Trooper fired from chopper to stop truck, kills 2

    LA JOYA, Texas (AP) — A Texas state trooper who fired on a pickup truck from a helicopter and killed two illegal immigrants during a chase through the desert was …


  • Trooper fired from helicopter to disable pickup

    LA JOYA, Texas (AP) — A Texas state trooper who fired on a pickup truck from a helicopter during a deadly chase through the desert was trying to disable the …


  • Teenage brothers charged with killing NJ girl, 12

    CLAYTON, N.J. (AP) — A teenage boy lured a 12-year-old girl into his house under the guise of getting parts for her treasured bicycle and then, with his older brother, …


  • Wine and fracking don’t mix, say vineyard owners

    The hillside vineyards of New York’s Finger Lakes region make money producing fine Rieslings and inviting tourists to sip white wine by the water’s edge. Now winery owners are worried …


  • US may soon become world’s top oil producer

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest producer. Driven by high prices and …


  • Groups win challenge to gene-altered crops

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge sided on Tuesday with environmental groups that challenged the planting of genetically-modified crops on National Wildlife Refuges in the South. U.S. District Judge James …


  • Court to hear arguments in Calif. clean fuels case

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments in a case seeking to stop California’s first-in-the-nation mandate requiring petroleum refiners and ethanol producers to make cleaner fuels …


  • Wis. wolf hunt begins; groups file intent to sue

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s first organized wolf hunt got under way Monday even as animal welfare advocates demanded federal officials return Great Lake wolves to the endangered species list. …


  • World matched record for hottest September _ again

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Something about September keeps bringing out the record heat in the world. The globe last month matched a record for the hottest September, set in 2005. It …

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