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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019 file photo, a Fiat logo is pictured on a car in Bayonne, southwestern France. About 1 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles with four-cylinder engines in the U.S. may spew too much pollution, and the company is working with government officials on a recall. The EPA said in a statement Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 that the vehicles will be recalled. (AP Photo/Bob Edme, File)

Fiat Chrysler to recall vehicles that may pollute too much

Aug. 5, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — About 1 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles with four-cylinder engines in the U.S. may spew too much pollution, and the company is working with government officials on a recall. Fiat Chrysler says in a quarterly filing with securities regulators that it found the excess pollution during internal...

Montana coal-fired power plant starts partial demolition

Aug. 5, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's largest coal-fired power plant has begun demolishing equipment as part of a partial closure. The Colstrip Power Plant started dismantling its Unit 1 and 2 cooling towers in July, The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday. Units 1 and 2 of the facility built in the 1970s were...

Space Needle reopens to visitors in Seattle after upgrades

Aug. 5, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's Space Needle has reopened to visitors after recently completing $1 million in upgrades intended to provide a safer experience during the coronavirus pandemic. Chief Operating and Marketing Officer Karen Olson said the skyline-defining tourist attraction, which closed in March, has...

BP to cut dividends as it prepares for fossil fuel decline

Aug. 4, 2020 6:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — BP plc said Tuesday it plans to slash dividends as the global oil company prepares for declining sales of fossil fuels by boosting investment in alternative energy projects. London-based BP said it will increase spending on low-carbon technology, including renewable energy projects, 10-fold...

Firefighters work against the Apple Fire near Banning, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Vehicle malfunction sparked Southern California wildfire

Aug. 4, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

BANNING, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire in mountains east of Los Angeles that has forced thousands of people from their homes was sparked by a malfunctioning diesel vehicle, fire officials said Monday. The vehicle spewed burning carbon from its exhaust system, igniting several fires Friday on Oak Glen Road in...

Colorado wildfire burns federal land north of Grand Junction

Aug. 2, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire burning mostly federal land 18 miles (29 kilometers) north of Grand Junction was caused by a lightning strike, officials said. The fire started Friday and has spread across over 2 square miles (6 square kilometers) of Bureau of Land Management land despite low...

Hand crews work on the remaining hot spots from a brush fire at the Apple Fire in Cherry Valley, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Homes evacuated as Southern California wildfire grows

Aug. 2, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

BANNING, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of people were under evacuation orders Sunday after a wildfire in mountains east of Los Angeles exploded in size as crews battled flames in triple-digit heat. The fire in Riverside County consumed more than 31 square miles (about 80 square kilometers) of dry brush and...

Judge upholds Colorado air quality rules for oil, gas sites

Jul. 31, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Denver district judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Weld County challenging new state regulations designed to cut oil and gas industry emissions. District Judge Michael Martinez granted a motion by the state to dismiss the case, agreeing with state attorneys that the rules, adopted under a...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks about American energy production during a visit to the Double Eagle Energy Oil Rig in Midland, Texas. Trump, like many fellow Republicans, holds out tax reductions and regulatory cuts as economic cure-alls and frames himself as a conservative champion in seemingly endless culture wars. But the president, still trying to fashion himself as an outsider, offers little detail about how he’d pull the levers of government in a second term.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump vs. Biden: Where they stand on health, economy, more

Jul. 30, 2020 5:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, both promise sweeping progress over the next four years –- via starkly different paths. Trump, like many fellow Republicans, holds out tax reductions and regulatory cuts as economic cure-alls and frames himself as a...

President Donald Trump adjusts his jacket as he stands with Double Eagle Energy co-CEOs Cody Campbell, left, and John Sellers, right before viewing the Double Eagle Energy Oil Rig, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump downplays West Texas energy worries, attacks Democrats

Jul. 29, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump took sweeping digs at “crazy left radical Democrats” on a trip Wednesday to the fracking fields of West Texas, launching unsubstantiated claims that a Democratic administration would destroy everything from the country's suburbs to the U.S. energy...