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Big Nevada gold mine expansion on hold in face of opposition

Aug. 7, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Facing fierce opposition from conservationists and tribal leaders on multiple fronts, Nevada’s largest mining company has suspended its proposed expansion of what would become one of the biggest gold mines in the world. Lawyers for the U.S. government and one of the groups seeking...

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Washington. Trump said Wednesday he would

Trump says he'll listen to both sides on Alaska mine project

Aug. 5, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would “listen to both sides” after his eldest son and a campaign adviser urged him to intervene to block a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday agreed with a tweet from...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic at the start of a ceremony where his nation's flag is projected in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Top court rules Brazil must protect Indigenous in pandemic

Aug. 5, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The Brazilian Supreme Court ordered President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration Wednesday to adopt measures to shield Indigenous peoples from the new coronavirus, in a vote that came hours after a prominent Indigenous leader died from COVID-19. The justices voted unanimously in...

FILE - In this June 23, 2020 file photo, Donald Trump Jr. speaks at Dream City Church in Phoenix. Trump Jr. has agreed with calls to block a proposed copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major U.S. salmon fishery in southwest Alaska. Trump Jr. responded Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, to a tweet by Nick Ayers, a former aide to Vice President Mike Pence, that expressed hope President Donald Trump would direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to block the proposed Pebble Mine. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump Jr. expresses opposition to Alaska mine project

Aug. 4, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump's eldest son agreed Tuesday with calls to block a proposed copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major U.S. salmon fishery in southwest Alaska. Donald Trump Jr. responded to a tweet by Nick Ayers, a former aide to Vice President Mike Pence and a senior...

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a speech before war veterans in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, July 27, 2020, marking the 67th anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Kim said his country’s hard-won nuclear weapons were a solid security guarantee and a “reliable, effective” deterrent that could prevent a second Korean War, state media reported Tuesday. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

UN experts: North Korea flouts sanctions on nukes, missiles

Aug. 4, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say North Korea is flouting U.N. sanctions by expanding its nuclear arsenal and ballistic missile program and by exporting coal and illegally importing refined petroleum products in excess of its annual quota. The experts said in key sections of a report obtained Tuesday...

FILE - This April 26, 2020, file photo shows empty lanes of the 110 Arroyo Seco Parkway that leads to downtown Los Angeles during the coronavirus outbreak in Los Angeles, Calif. A record drop in U.S. energy consumption this spring was driven by less demand for coal that's burned for electricity and oil that's refined into gasoline and jet fuel. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

US energy use hit 30-year low during pandemic shutdowns

Jul. 29, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. energy consumption plummeted to its lowest level in more than 30 years this spring as the nation’s economy largely shut down because of the coronavirus, federal officials reported Wednesday. The drop was driven by less demand for coal that is burned for electricity and...

FILE - In this July 13, 2007, file photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, near the village of Iliamma. The Pebble Limited Partnership, which wants to build a copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major U.S. salmon fishery in southwest Alaska, says it plans to offer residents in the region a dividend. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Mine developer sees review as positive for Alaska project

Jul. 24, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A proposed copper and gold mine that critics fear would imperil a major U.S. salmon fishery got a boost Friday with the release of an environmental review that the developer of the Pebble Mine sees as laying the groundwork for key federal approvals as early as this summer. The...

In this photo made available by the Fire brigade of Marseille, the orange-brown sheet of pollution is seen in the Mediterranean sea at Martigues, near Marseille in southern France, Thursday July 23, 2020. It was part of a15-acre (6-hectare) orange-brown sheet of pollution spilled into a nationally recognized nature spot in the French Mediterranean sea Thursday, following a leak at a petrochemical plant near Marseille, the local fire service said. (Francois Etourneau via AP)

French refinery leaks toxic chemical into marine life area

Jul. 24, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An orange-brown chemical sheet spread over 15 acres (6 hectares) of a nationally recognized marine life area in the French Mediterranean following a leak at a petrochemical plant in southern France, the local fire service said Friday. The leak at the Lavera refinery spilled 200 gallons or more...

Review fast tracked for Nevada vanadium mine, 1st in the US

Jul. 23, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Invoking President Trump’s executive order streamlining environmental reviews of projects critical to U.S. security, federal land managers have launched an expedited permitting process for the first U.S. vanadium mine at a high-desert site in Nevada. The rare metal has been used as...

Kentucky coal operator files for bankruptcy protection

Jul. 23, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A coal operator headquartered in Kentucky, which bought assets from Blackjewel LLC after the company went bankrupt last year, has now filed for bankruptcy protection. Rhino Resource Partners announced Wednesday they plan to sell all their assets and the assets of their subsidiaries to...