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APNewsBreak: Coal tax cut endangers federal black lung fund

Mar. 19, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

COEBURN, Va. (AP) — Former coal miner John Robinson's bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration. Amid the turmoil of the government shutdown this winter, a...

The Latest: 137,000 gallons of foam used to battle fire

Mar. 19, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on fire burning at a Texas petrochemical facility (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Officials say fire crews have used 137,000 gallons of foam to fight a fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility where a large blaze is burning eight storage tanks filled with gasoline...

Permanent offshore oil drilling ban OK'd by Oregon lawmakers

Mar. 19, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a permanent offshore oil drilling ban as the Trump administration forges ahead with a plan that could open up the Pacific coast for petroleum exploration and extraction. The House voted 47-8 to prohibit drilling and exploration in...

Washington Supreme Court hears case on carbon cap rule

Mar. 19, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether the state Department of Ecology has the authority to cap carbon pollution from major industrial emitters, something business groups and utilities have argued can only be done by the Legislature. The hearing came after a...

Ohio Senate committee pushes changes to transportation bill

Mar. 19, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate committee has proposed changes to the state transportation budget bill including reducing fees on electric and hybrid vehicles, while leaving the House's proposed gas-tax increase in the bill for now. But Senate officials say more changes in addition to those proposed...

Saltwater and oil leak at Divide County well recovered

Mar. 19, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

FORTUNA, N.D. (AP) — A leak of about 12,600 gallons of saltwater and 420 gallons of oil has been recovered at a well in Divide County. The state Oil and Gas Division says Future Acquisition Company on Monday reported the March 6 spill at a well about 4 miles southwest of Fortuna. The company said a tank...

Asian shares mixed in muted trading ahead of US Fed meeting

Mar. 18, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed in muted trading Tuesday as investors awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting later in the week. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.3 percent to 21,528.23 in early trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 edged down 0.1 percent to 6,182.10. South Korea's Kospi inched down...

Putin visits Crimea to mark 5th anniversary of annexation

Mar. 18, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin led thousands to chant "Russia!" on a visit Monday to Crimea marking the fifth anniversary of the Black Sea peninsula's annexation from Ukraine, as NATO and the European Union once again strongly condemned the land grab by Russia. Speaking at an outdoor concert in...

Virginia electric utilities wiring rural areas for broadband

Mar. 18, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If you want internet service in the rural hamlet of Honaker, in far Southwest Virginia, Cable Plus is the only game in town. With internet speeds of 3 megabits per second, customers can go online to check their email, surf social media and watch low-quality videos from streaming...

Gas station gains social media following

Mar. 18, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

ORANGE, Conn. (AP) — It's not unusual to see customers dancing to the oldies while pumping gas at Ben's Shell Service Center & Towing — and if they're just too cute, the video could end up on the station's popular Facebook page. The service station combines old-fashioned service — they'll...