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Trump EPA close to gutting Obama rule on coal power plants

Jun. 19, 2019 3:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is close to completing one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation's electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. The final Trump administration...

AP FACT CHECK: In 2020 debut, Trump exaggerates growth

Jun. 18, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump officially opened his 2020 campaign Tuesday with a speech exaggerating what he's done for the economy and against illegal immigration. Some claims from his rally in Orlando, Florida: ECONOMY TRUMP: "It's soaring to incredible new heights. Perhaps the greatest...

Marijuana industry sets environmental, ethical goals

Jun. 18, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An alliance of large marijuana businesses had a message for the public Tuesday: We're good corporate citizens. The 45-member Global Cannabis Partnership, which includes Canopy Growth Corp. and other companies operating in the sector, issued guidelines aimed at minimizing greenhouse gas...

Man caught at JFK smuggling 34 finches in hair curlers

Jun. 18, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities say a 39-year-old Connecticut man has been caught trying to smuggle nearly three dozen live finches through John F. Kennedy Airport in order to sell them for singing competitions. Francis Gurahoo was arrested Sunday after arriving on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana....

US, Iran voice resolve in brinkmanship, say war not sought

Jun. 18, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Iran said Tuesday they were not seeking war with each other as tensions simmered between the two in the Persian Gulf and President Donald Trump vowed the U.S. would respond to any attack. "We have a lot of things going with Iran," Trump told reporters as he left the...

Pup fostering gives genetic boost to wild Mexican wolves

Jun. 18, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It's a carefully planned mission that involves coordination across state lines — from Mexican gray wolf dens hidden deep in the woods of New Mexico and Arizona to breeding facilities at zoos and special conservation centers around the U.S. It's also about timing as wolves in...

Republicans: 'All options' on table to stop cap and trade

Jun. 18, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Senate Republicans issued a thinly veiled threat Tuesday to block a vote on what would become the nation's second economy wide cap and trade program. Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger, Jr., said in a statement that Republicans are "prepared to take action to stop"...

Britain, Italy make joint bid to host 2020 UN climate talks

Jun. 18, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Britain and Italy are making a joint bid to host the U.N.'s global climate summit next year. The two countries said Tuesday they're proposing that Britain host the annual U.N. talks in late 2020 and for Italy to stage a preparatory meeting. They said their partnership would send "a strong...

Enbridge pipeline project hits another Minnesota obstacle

Jun. 18, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Enbridge Energy's plan to replace an aging crude oil pipeline that runs through northern Minnesota hit another obstacle Tuesday when two state agencies said they would hold up approval of the project's permits until problems with its environmental review are resolved. The Minnesota...

US air quality is slipping after years of improvement

Jun. 18, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

After decades of improvement, America's air may not be getting any cleaner. Over the last two years the nation had more polluted air days than just a few years earlier, federal data shows. While it remains unclear whether this is the beginning of a trend, health experts say it's troubling to see air quality...