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Mexico launches online platform for dual-use precursors

Nov. 23, 2022 19:59 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government presented an online platform Wednesday that it claims will allow authorities to track the importation and consumption so-called “dual-use” precursor chemicals that are often used to make synthetic drugs like meth and fentanyl. Mexico...

A rail strike looms and impact on US economy could be broad

Nov. 22, 2022 16:31 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — American consumers and nearly every industry will be affected if freight trains grind to a halt next month. One of the biggest rail unions rejected its deal Monday, joining three others that have failed to approve contracts over concerns about demanding schedules...

Investigators: Firm that cleans meat plants employed minors

Nov. 22, 2022 15:38 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Wisconsin company that cleans hundreds of meatpacking plants nationwide is defending itself against allegations that it employed more than two dozen minors working overnight shifts cleaning massive saws, grinding machines and other dangerous processing equipment at three...

Hard-working Colombian beetles clean garbage, retire as pets

Nov. 22, 2022 11:39 AM EST

TUNJA, Colombia (AP) — Three yellow-and-black beetles clung to the shirt of Germán Viasus Tibamoso, a Colombian environmental engineer who uses beetle larvae to transform food waste into fertilizers. As he encouraged them to move along, he murmured to them in Japanese — trying...

Oregon hemp plant fire injures 5, town temporarily evacuated

Nov. 21, 2022 22:32 PM EST

GRASS VALLEY, Ore. (AP) — A small town in central Oregon was evacuated and five people were hurt due to a hemp manufacturing plant fire Sunday. The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office said five employees were burned in the blaze, including one who suffered significant burns, The...

Russia launches missile barrage on Ukraine as 1st snow falls

Nov. 17, 2022 17:30 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian airstrikes targeted Ukraine’s energy facilities again Thursday as the first snow of the season fell in Kyiv, a harbinger of the hardship to come if Moscow’s missiles continue to take out power and gas plants as winter descends. Separately, the...

Sanctioned tycoon says Russia wants to engage on climate

Nov. 16, 2022 17:02 PM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — A Russian billionaire under sanctions by the United States and Europe over his alleged ties to the Kremlin said Wednesday that he was not surprised by protests against his country at this year's U.N. climate talks, but insisted that Russia wants to remain engaged on...

After years of construction, Shell ethane cracker starts up

Nov. 15, 2022 18:53 PM EST

MONACA, Pa. (AP) — Years in the works, a massive petrochemical refinery in western Pennsylvania fed by the vast natural gas reservoir underneath Appalachia became fully operational Tuesday, oil and gas giant Shell plc said. The refinery, built on the site of a former zinc smelter...

UN reports progress on Russia's grain and fertilizer exports

Nov. 11, 2022 17:02 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Top U.N. officials updated a high-level Russian delegation Friday on progress to facilitate Russia’s exports of food and fertilizer to global markets which have faced obstacles under an expiring wartime deal that has enabled Ukraine to ship over 10 million metric tons of grain...

California sues over 'forever chemicals' that taint water

Nov. 10, 2022 20:20 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A lawsuit filed Thursday by the state of California accuses 3M, Dupont and 16 smaller companies of covering up the harm caused to the environment and the public from chemicals manufactured by the firms that have over decades found their way into waterways and human...