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Court tosses permit for pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

Dec. 13, 2018 5:09 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail, was thrown out Thursday by a federal appeals court that harshly criticized regulators for approving the proposal. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of...

Court nixes pension law that prompted teacher protests

Dec. 13, 2018 3:48 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that made changes to one of the country's worst-funded public pension systems, a victory for teachers who closed schools across the state in protest earlier this year. Thousands of teachers filled the state Capitol in the...

Michigan governor signs bill allowing Great Lakes oil tunnel

Dec. 12, 2018 4:43 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Wednesday establishing a panel to oversee construction of an oil pipeline tunnel in the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan, while opponents insisted the battle isn't over and could widen from the state Capitol to the courts. Snyder also...

The Latest: Trump order boosts Opportunity Zones program

Dec. 12, 2018 3:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Opportunity Zone program (all times local): 2:45 p.m. President Donald Trump is signing an executive order that will engage 13 federal agencies to aid the Opportunity Zones program targeting development in distressed American communities. The program is part of the 2017...

Hungary: Lawmakers OK labor code changes seen as 'slave law'

Dec. 12, 2018 1:11 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's parliament on Wednesday approved amendments to the labor code — changes that trade unions and opponents have criticized as "slave law" benefiting employers. Lawmakers voted 130-52, with one abstention, to pass the government-backed proposal. Opposition members...

Google grilled in Congress: What's ahead for tech companies

Dec. 12, 2018 2:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. lawmakers' grilling of Google CEO Sundar Pichai may have sounded like a broken record, but it amplified the prickly issues facing tech companies as Democrats prepare to take control of the House next month. The 3 1/2-hour hearing Tuesday hit upon familiar themes — online...

Communities sue over Michigan's tough lead rules for water

Dec. 11, 2018 6:58 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Local governments and utilities sued the state of Michigan Tuesday over its implementation of the nation's toughest drinking water rules for lead, saying they support strong action against public exposure to the toxin but find the new rules arbitrary and too costly for the communities left...

Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote

Dec. 11, 2018 6:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation's federal sentencing laws. McConnell's decision comes after more than three years of...

Lawsuit filed over Trump plans for offshore drilling tests

Dec. 11, 2018 4:58 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Environmental groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday over offshore drilling tests, launching a legal fight against a proposal that has drawn bipartisan opposition along the Atlantic Coast. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, claims the National...

Greece: Parliament to vote on canceling further pension cuts

Dec. 11, 2018 8:37 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers are debating legislation cancelling a major round of pension cuts which were to take effect on Jan. 1, after the country secured the agreement of bailout lenders that the cuts were no longer necessary for a balanced budget. Parliament is to vote Tuesday on whether to...