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Trump plan rolls back Obama's coal emissions standards

Aug. 21, 2018 6:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, the Clean Power Plan that restricts greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. A plan to be announced in coming days would give states broad authority to...

Australia's Turnbull survives leadership vote; Dutton leaves

Aug. 21, 2018 4:47 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on his government to unite behind him after he survived an internal leadership challenge Tuesday, defeating a senior minister in a ballot that is unlikely to settle questions about whether he's the right person to lead the party...

The Latest: Police investigating Colorado man found affair

Aug. 20, 2018 11:50 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a Colorado man in the disappearance of his family (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Police investigating a Colorado man for the deaths of his pregnant wife and two young daughters learned that he was having an affair with a co-worker. According to an arrest affidavit...

Federal officials pledge readiness for pipeline spills

Aug. 20, 2018 8:35 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials said Monday they were prepared to act quickly if oil pipelines in a sensitive Michigan waterway leak, drawing a skeptical response from a U.S. senator who said the handling of a suspected anchor strike last spring exposed flaws in the system. Sen. Gary Peters,...

Trump ready to ease rules on coal-fired power plants

Aug. 20, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, the Clean Power Plan that restricts greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. A plan to be announced Tuesday would give states broad authority to determine...

The Latest: EPA to reveal rule changes on coal-fired plants

Aug. 20, 2018 8:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's plan to roll back the centerpiece of Obama-era efforts to slow global warming(all times local): 8:20 p.m. The Trump administration is set to announce plans to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming. The...

Hard to see, hard to breathe: US West struggles with smoke

Aug. 20, 2018 7:50 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Smoke from wildfires clogged the sky across the U.S. West, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, delaying flights and forcing authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors. As large cities dealt with unhealthy air for a second summer...

The Latest: Alaska Native leader responds to whale kill

Aug. 20, 2018 7:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska Native hunters who illegally killed a whale (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The head of an Alaska Native organization who received a federal warning about the illegal killing of a protected gray whale last year says her group respects laws and treaties protecting...

APNewsBreak: Alaska Natives believed whale hunt was legal

Aug. 20, 2018 7:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Indigenous hunters in Alaska initially believed they were legally hunting a beluga whale when they unlawfully killed a protected gray whale with harpoons and guns after the massive animal strayed into a river last year, a federal investigative report said. After the shooting began,...

Fires prompt sage grouse hunting ban in large part of Nevada

Aug. 20, 2018 6:09 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Destruction of sage grouse habitat by a series of large wildfires has prompted a ban on hunting for the game bird this fall across a stretch of Nevada that is nearly twice as big as the state of Delaware. The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners approved the emergency closure Friday of...