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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 1999, file photo, Seattle police use tear gas to push back World Trade Organization protesters in downtown Seattle. The Associated Press found that there is no government oversight of the manufacture and use of tear gas. Instead, the industry is left to regulate itself. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas

Aug. 6, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his alternative newspaper’s website. Shortly into the march, police, who reported that water bottles and rocks...

FILE - In this July 26, 2020, file photo, federal officers launch tear gas at demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Ore. The Associated Press found that there is no government oversight of the manufacture and use of tear gas. Instead, the industry is left to regulate itself. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas

Aug. 6, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his alternative newspaper’s website. Shortly into the march, police, who reported that water bottles and rocks...

FILE - This March 3, 2020, file photo shows the Iron Gate Dam, powerhouse and spillway are on the lower Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appealed directly to investor Warren Buffet to support demolishing four hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California border to save salmon populations that have dwindled to almost nothing. Newsom on Wednesday, July 28, 2020, wrote Buffet, urging him to back the Klamath River project, which would be the largest dam removal in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)

California governor asks Warren Buffett to back dam removal

Jul. 30, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has appealed directly to investor Warren Buffett to support demolishing four hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California border to save salmon populations that have dwindled to almost nothing. Newsom on Wednesday sent a letter to Buffett urging him to back...

Federal officers are surrounded by smoke as they push back demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Oregon governor says US agents will start leaving Portland

Jul. 29, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal agents who have clashed with protesters in Portland, Oregon, will begin a “phased withdrawal” from the city, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement the plan negotiated with Brown over the last 24 hours...

FILE - In this Monday, July 18, 2016, file photo, former Speaker of the Ohio House Larry Householder speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Householder, the Ohio House speaker now accused in a $60 million federal bribery probe, plays the long game when it comes to politics. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Ohio House sets Thursday vote to remove disgraced speaker

Jul. 28, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House plans to vote Thursday on the removal of the disgraced House speaker arrested last week in connection with a $60 million federal bribery probe, after Republicans took a secret vote on the matter Tuesday that was prompted by Larry Householder's refusal to resign. It...

President Donald Trump waves as he steps off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sunday, July 26, 2020. Trump is returning to Washington after spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump to discuss energy, tour oil rig, raise money in Texas

Jul. 26, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will shift his focus to American energy dominance during a stop in Texas later this week that will include his first visit to an oil rig. During the stop Wednesday at Double Eagle Energy in the west Texas city of Midland, Trump will discuss how the U.S. is achieving...

FILE - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks at the National Palace in Mexico City on April 5, 2020. The countries which top the rankings of COVID-19 deaths globally are led by populist, mold-breaking leaders like Obrador. The U.S., Brazil, the United Kingdom and Mexico all are led by leaders who have been skeptical of the scientists and who initially minimized the disease. And their four countries alone account for half of the total 585,000 COVID-19 deaths worldwide so far, according to statistics tracked by Johns Hopkins University. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

Mexico president happy as focus shifts to predecessors

Jul. 24, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is enjoying the spectacle as investigations into corruption under previous administrations advance. The extradition of a former head of the state-run oil company this month has provided a near daily leak of juicy details about...

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A nuclear plant bailout law should be repealed immediately, Democratic members of the Ohio House announced Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as a bribery scandal involving one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers unfolded over the law’s passage. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

Ohio governor reverses course, calls to repeal energy law

Jul. 23, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine reversed course on Thursday and called for a nuclear bailout energy law to be repealed and replaced in the wake of a $60 million state bribery scandal implicating one of Ohio's most powerful politicians. The Republican governor said he continues to support the idea...

Regulators, others fear plan to dismantle damaged reactor

Jul. 18, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) — It’s been more than 41 years, but Stephen Mohr still remembers how he knew something went wrong at the nuclear power plant on Three Mile Island. “I knew something happened because I went out to get the newspaper and I could smell it,” said Mohr, a lifelong...

FILE - This March 3, 2020, file photo shows the Iron Gate Dam, powerhouse and spillway are on the lower Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif. Federal regulators on Thursday, July 16, 2020, threw a significant curveball at a coalition that has been planning for years to demolish four massive hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California border to save salmon. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)

Agency throws curveball in largest U.S. dam demolition plan

Jul. 16, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal regulators on Thursday threw a significant curveball at a coalition that has been planning for years to demolish four massive hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California border to save salmon populations that have dwindled to almost nothing. The deal, which would...