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Cantwell lauds new North American trade pact

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell praised the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico approved by the Senate on Thursday, saying it would help strengthen the country’s trade partners and open up new sales for Washington-produced wine north of the border.

Senate passes U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade deal, a Trump priority

The Senate overwhelmingly approved a new North American trade agreement Thursday that rewrites the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico and gives President Donald Trump a major policy win before senators turn their full attention to his impeachment trial.

Greta Thunberg hitches low-carbon ride across Atlantic

Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg hitched a renewable-energy ride back to Europe on Wednesday, sailing into the Atlantic on a trip she hopes will get her to Madrid in time for another climate conference, and then home for the holidays.

North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over risky Moroccan proposals for the first 48-team tournament. The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.

Salt keeps icy roads safe. It’s also putting North America’s freshwater lakes at risk.

During the past half-century, annual U.S. sales of road salt grew from 160,000 tons to about 20 million tons, as a group of environmental scientists pointed out in a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of the Sciences. NaCl kept roads free from slippery ice, but it also changed the nature of North America’s freshwater lakes.

BP to pay $275K to resolve Whiting refinery violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says BP Products North America Inc. has agreed to pay $275,000 in penalties and reduce pollution at its Whiting Refinery to resolve water and air pollution violations.

Team Challenge Cup adds skaters after online voting

Following online voting, several skaters have been added to the rosters of the three continent-based teams that will compete in the upcoming Team Challenge Cup, which kicks off later this month.