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An Impoverished Indians gives his finger print on a biometric machine after purchasing food ration in Prayagraj, India, Thursday, April 2, 2020. India is adding more resources to tackle its increase in coronavirus cases by announcing that private hospitals may be requisitioned to help treat virus patients, and turning railway cars and a motor racing circuit into makeshift quarantine facilities. The steps were taken after a nationwide lockdown announced last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led to a mass exodus of migrant workers from cities to their villages, often on foot and without food and water, raising fears that the virus may have reached to the countryside, where health care facilities are limited. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The Latest: India's PM looks to boost country's morale

Apr. 3, 2020 12:38 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India's PM urges citizens to light candles Sunday night to...

FILE - In this March 25, 2011, file photo, workers gather near the Unit 2 reactor which is undergoing re-fueling during a tour of the Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Athens, Ala. U.S. nuclear plants will be allowed to keep workers on longer shifts to deal with staffing problems in the coronavirus pandemic. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials outlined the temporary shift extensions to nuclear power officials on Thursday, April 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

US allowing longer shifts at nuclear plants in pandemic

Apr. 2, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. nuclear plants will be allowed to keep workers on longer shifts to deal with staffing problems in the coronavirus pandemic, raising worries among watchdogs and some families living near reactors that employee exhaustion will increase the risks of accidents. The Nuclear Regulatory...

Official: Referendum threshold met despite tossed signatures

Apr. 2, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine election officials invalidated hundreds more signatures that were collected to force a referendum on a $1 billion hydropower transmission corridor, but there were still enough valid signatures to surpass the threshold for a statewide vote in November. The court-ordered review...

In this photo taken March 3, 2020, the Klamath River is seen flowing across northern California from atop Cade Mountain in the Klamath National Forest. A plan to demolish four dams on California's second-largest river to benefit threatened salmon has sharpened a decades-old dispute over who has the biggest claim to the river's life-giving waters. The project, if it goes forward, would be the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history and reopen 400 stream miles of potential salmon habitat that's been blocked off for more than a century. Numerous tribes in southern Oregon and northern California are pushing for the dams' removal to save dwindling salmon populations in California's second-largest river. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

Mar. 29, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

KLAMATH, Calif. (AP) — California's second-largest river has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks. With so many demands, the Klamath...

In this photo taken March 3, 2020, the Iron Gate Dam, powerhouse and spillway are on the lower Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif. A plan to demolish four dams on California's second-largest river to benefit threatened salmon has sharpened a decades-old dispute over who has the biggest claim to the river's life-giving waters. The project, if it goes forward, would be the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history and would include the Iron Gate Dam facility pictured. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

Mar. 29, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

KLAMATH, Calif. (AP) — The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks. With so many competing demands,...

FILE - In a June 3, 2014, photo, the Paradise Fossil Plant stands in Drakesboro Ky. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, File)

Iconic plant's end spells doom for struggling coal industry

Mar. 24, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

DRAKESBORO, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to stop it from happening. The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, did too. Despite their best efforts to make good on Trump’s campaign promise to save the beleaguered coal industry, including an eleventh-hour pressure campaign, the...

Offshore wind farm development to include underground cables

Mar. 16, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

FALMOUTH , Mass. (AP) — Developers presented plans Monday for an offshore wind farm in Massachusetts to include underground cables. The joint venture between Shell and EDP Renewables to develop a 804-megawatt wind farm in Falmouth was presented to the Board of Selectman, Cape Cod Times reported. Plans...

Japan nuke reactor taken offline due to delayed safety steps

Mar. 16, 2020 7:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of a nuclear power plant in southern Japan was forced to shut down one of its reactors Monday because of a failure to meet the deadline for adding anti-terror safety facility made mandatory after the Fukushima disaster. Kyushu Electric Power Co. shut down the No. 1 reactor at its...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, Dick Saslaw, Virginia Senate Majority Leader, stands near a podium after it was announced that he had won re-election at a Democrat election results party in Fairfax, Va. Environmental advocates notched one win, after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge.  “You can't fix the climate problem for free,

For environmentalists, a 'monumental' legislative session

Mar. 14, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Environmental advocates notched one win after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge. Legislators sent bills to Gov. Ralph Northam that will remake...

FILE - In this Tuesday Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew, during a joint press conference at the Sheraton Hotel, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday  March 12, 2020, Ethiopia's foreign minister said his country is refusing to be pressured by the U.S. into signing a deal with Egypt and Sudan over Ethiopia's controversial dam on the Nile River. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Ethiopia won't be forced by US on dam, foreign minister says

Mar. 13, 2020 6:55 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia refuses to be pressured by the United States into signing a deal with Egypt and Sudan over its controversial dam on the Nile River, says Ethiopia's foreign minister. In an interview with The Associated Press, Gedu Andargachew said the three countries need to resolve...