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Billion-dollar Mitsubishi chemical plant economically questionable, energy group says

Jul. 22, 2024 21:44 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A $1.3 billion chemical production facility to be built in Louisiana by Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi is economically questionable and unnecessarily increases greenhouse gas emissions, according to an energy think tank report released Monday. The proposed...

Silicon Valley-backed voter plan for a new California city won't be on the November ballot after all

Jul. 22, 2024 18:59 PM EDT

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A Silicon Valley-backed initiative to build a green city for up to 400,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area on land now zoned for agriculture won't be on the Nov. 5 ballot after all, officials said Monday. The California Forever campaign qualified for...

Estonia's new government is formally appointed. Its first priority is to improve state finances

Jul. 22, 2024 12:34 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia’s president formally appointed the Baltic country’s new government on Monday after lawmakers gave the green light to Prime Minister-designate Kristen Michal’s three-party coalition Cabinet. Addressing the new Cabinet, which is to be sworn in Tuesday,...

EPA awards $4.3 billion to fund projects in 30 states to reduce climate pollution

Jul. 22, 2024 09:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $4.3 billion in grants to fund projects in 30 states to reduce climate pollution. The money will go to 25 projects targeting greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, electric power, commercial and residential buildings,...

Belarus' foreign minister will visit North Korea for possible talks on Russia cooperation

Jul. 22, 2024 07:32 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Belarus’ foreign minister is to visit North Korea this week, the two countries announced Monday, a trip expected to focus on discussions of trilateral cooperation involving Russia in the face of their separate confrontations with the West. Belarusian...

Britain's Treasury chief vows to run the economy with 'iron discipline' amid demands for pay raises

Jul. 21, 2024 07:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s new Treasury chief said Sunday she will run the economy with “iron discipline,” but suggested she’ll give public sector workers an above-inflation pay raise to help end a wave of strikes and strife. The Labour Party government is under pressure from...

Blinken points to wider pledges to support Ukraine in case US backs away under Trump

Jul. 19, 2024 20:03 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Ukraine is on its way to being able to “stand on its own feet” militarily, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday, noting that more than 20 other countries have pledged to maintain their own military and financial aid to the country even if the U.S. were to withdraw...

Trail on trial: To York leaders, it’s a dream. To neighbors, it’s something else

Jul. 19, 2024 13:56 PM EDT

YORK, Neb. (AP) — It seemed, at first, like such a smooth ride. Two years ago, the federal government awarded the city of York $15.6 million to do a thing many smaller Nebraska communities fundraise for and dream of – add a walking and biking trail through town. ...

Alabama birthing units are closing to save money and get funding. Some say babies are at risk

Jul. 19, 2024 01:10 AM EDT

GROVE HILL, Ala. (AP) — One of the last remaining birthing units in southern Alabama will close next month to qualify for federal funding that will save the hospital’s emergency services, but doctors warn the move may cost newborns and pregnant women essential access to obstetric care. ...

Montana’s largest nursing home prepares to close following patient safety violations

Jul. 18, 2024 16:50 PM EDT

The state’s largest nursing home plans to close its doors weeks after being terminated from the federal Medicare and Medicaid program after “ a history of serious quality issues ” and violations for deficient patient care. In a recent public notice, the Centers for Medicare and...