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EPA taking 1st big steps to clean up leaking Colorado mines

May. 23, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take the first major steps this summer to clean up wastewater flowing from dozens of old mines at a Superfund site in southwestern Colorado, officials said Thursday. The work includes dredging contaminated sediment from streams and ponds,...

Senior German diplomat in Tehran for nuclear deal talks

May. 23, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A senior German diplomat headed Thursday to Tehran to press Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear deal, despite the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. and increasing pressure from Washington. Tensions have soared in the Mideast recently as the White House earlier this month sent an...

Supreme leader criticizes Iran's politicians amid US tension

May. 22, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader publicly chastised the country's moderate president and foreign minister Wednesday, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they had negotiated with world powers. The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the first time he's...

British Steel collapses, threatening thousands of jobs

May. 22, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Steel Ltd has been ordered into liquidation as it struggles with industry-wide troubles and Brexit, threatening 5,000 workers and another 20,000 jobs in the supply chain. The company had asked for a package of support to tackle issues related to Britain's pending departure from the...

Australian state leader intervenes to approve coal mine

May. 22, 2019 4:16 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state government leader intervened on Wednesday to fast-track a proposed coal mine days after voters rejected tougher action to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the country's general election. The Carmichael mine proposed by India's Adani Mining in Queensland state...

Colorado won't halt drilling as it refocuses rules on safety

May. 21, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials said Tuesday that they had no plans to stop energy companies from drilling for oil and gas while regulators overhaul state rules to make health, safety and the environment their top priority. Dan Gibbs, chief of the state Department of Natural Resources, said lawmakers did...

Trump officials to Congress: Goal is deterring Iran, not war

May. 21, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tamping down talk of war, top Trump administration officials told Congress on Tuesday that recent actions by the U.S. deterred attacks on American forces. But some lawmakers remained deeply skeptical of the White House approach in the Middle East. After a day of closed-door briefings on...

UK government promises to do utmost to help British Steel

May. 21, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government pledged Tuesday to do its utmost to support British Steel amid reports the company is facing bankruptcy. Some 5,000 workers are employed by the company with another 20,000 jobs in the supply chain. Business minister Andrew Stephenson told the House of Commons that the...

Bomb-laden drone from Yemen rebels targets Saudi airport

May. 21, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone Tuesday, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Middle East tensions remained high between Tehran and Washington. There were no immediate reports of injuries or...

New Zealand crews reenter coal mine 8 years after 29 killed

May. 21, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Crews in New Zealand on Tuesday reentered an underground coal mine where a methane explosion killed 29 workers more than eight years ago, raising hopes among family members that they might find bodies and new evidence that leads to criminal charges. Anna Osborne, whose...