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New Hampshire sues Monsanto over PCB contamination

Oct. 27, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

New Hampshire filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the agrochemical giant Monsanto over what it says has been widespread PCB pollution in the state. The state alleges Monsanto and two companies that used to be part of Monsanto, Solutia Inc. and Pharmacia LLC, are responsible for contamination of public property as...

Police seize 75K marijuana plants from Los Padres forest

Oct. 27, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — About 75,000 marijuana plants were seized and 11 suspects were arrested by authorities in Southern California during an investigation into illegal grows in Los Padres National Forest. The Ventura County sheriff's office said in a statement Monday that the quantities represent a...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, the logo of British Petroleum, BP, adorns a petrol station in west London.  The London-based oil company, BP said Tuesday Oct, 27, 2020, that third-quarter earnings plunged 96% as the COVID-19 pandemic reduced energy prices and demand.  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, FILE)

BP reports 3Q earnings plunge amid falling demand

Oct. 27, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — BP plc says third-quarter earnings plunged 96% as the COVID-19 pandemic reduced energy prices and demand. The London-based oil company said Tuesday that profits, excluding one-time items and changes in the value of inventories, dropped to $86 million from $2.25 billion in the same period last...

Bigelow Laboratory developing test to find toxins in mussels

Oct. 27, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — A Maine lab is set to receive about $900,000 in federal funding to research a new method of detecting potentially harmful toxins in mussels. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Center for Coastal Ocean Science awarded the money to Bigelow Laboratory...

A devotee applies vermilion on the face of another during Durga Puja festival in Mumbai, India, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The Hindu festival season is traditionally laced with an unmatched fanfare and extravaganza, with socializing being the hallmark of the celebration. But because of the coronavirus pandemic this year's festivities have started on a pale note. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The Latest: India's daily infections at lowest in 3 months

Oct. 27, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — Authorities in India are reporting 36,470 newly confirmed coronavirus infections — that’s the lowest one-day tally in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. In its report Tuesday, the Health Ministry also listed 488 new fatalities from COVID-19 in the previous 24...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga delivers a policy speech during an extraordinary Diet session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Suga has declared Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050 in his first policy speech after taking over from Shinzo Abe. The policy speech Monday at the outset of the parliamentary session set an ambitious agenda reflecting Suga's pragmatic approach to getting things done. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Post-Abe agenda: Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050

Oct. 26, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared Monday, outlining an ambitious agenda as the country struggles to balance economic and pandemic concerns. The policy speech at the outset of the parliamentary session was Suga’s first since he took...

Crews continue cleanup after oil washes ashore in Delaware

Oct. 26, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Authorities in Delaware say they're continuing to cleanup after an oil spill along the state's coast. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said in a statement on Sunday that more than 100 people were involved in the response. The state said that small...

Failure to report contamination site labeled an 'oversight'

Oct. 26, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 2015 report identified hazardous substances on the site of the Sheboygan Municipal Armory near Lake Michigan, but contamination was only recently reported to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at the request of state environmental regulators. Now, the DNR is directing the...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, the sun shines through clouds above a shale gas drilling site in St. Mary's, Pa. In a late gambit to win the battleground state of Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump and his GOP allies have intensified attacks on Joe Biden over fracking, hoping to drive a wedge between the former vice president and the white, working-class voters tied to the state's booming natural gas industry. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Trump intensifies fracking assault on Biden in Pennsylvania

Oct. 25, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a late gambit to win the battleground state of Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump and his GOP allies have intensified attacks on Joe Biden over fracking, hoping to drive a wedge between the former vice president and the white, working-class voters tied to the state's booming...

Colorado cement plant to employ capture carbon technology

Oct. 25, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The owner of a cement plant in Florence has started design and engineering work with the goal of making it the first such U.S. facility to use carbon-capture technology on a commercial scale. LafargeHolcim, a global building materials supplier, has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S....