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US officials propose less paperwork for mineral royalty cuts

Oct. 18, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A U.S. Bureau of Land Management proposal published Friday would make it easier for mining companies to request lower government royalty rates for certain minerals, an idea backed by supporters of an industry that supplies much of the world's baking soda. The proposal would reduce...

Trump grants extension for nuclear fuel recommendations

Oct. 17, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. task force has been given more time to recommend ways to revive domestic uranium mining as it lags amid low prices and global competition. The Nuclear Fuel Working Group had been expected to deliver recommendations to President Donald Trump last week. But the Commerce...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's premature win on trade, Syria fiction

Oct. 14, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of caustic rhetoric by President Donald Trump over Syria and the impeachment inquiry, and truth often took a beating. Seeking to justify pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, Trump spread false information about the total defeat of the Islamic State and misrepresented the scope...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's shoddy info on Syria, impeachment

Oct. 12, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spread shoddy information about Syria, the economy and matters at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against him in a week of caustic rhetoric. Some examples: TRUMP, on Hunter Biden, whose father is former Vice President Joe Biden, a Trump political rival: "Guy...

About 2,000 workers prepare to strike against miner Asarco

Oct. 12, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

About 2,000 workers at copper producer Asarco are preparing to picket in Arizona and Texas after voting to strike. The United Steelworkers said late Friday that workers rejected the latest contract offer from the subsidiary of Grupo Mexico. The union said the offer included no wage increase for nearly two-thirds...

Cleanup requirements hold up sale of Blackjewel coal mines

Oct. 10, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Cleanup requirements are holding up the sale of a bankrupt coal company's mines in Wyoming and Appalachia. West Virginia-based Blackjewel proposes to sell mines including the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr operations in Wyoming to an affiliate of Alabama-based FM Coal with help from...

GM workers worry about paying bills as strike continues

Oct. 10, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Nearly four weeks into the United Auto Workers' strike against General Motors, employees are starting to feel the pinch of going without their regular paychecks. They're scaling back at the grocery, giving up on eating at restaurants and some are taking on part-time jobs while trying to...

Road tripping Thailand: Weekend getaways to beat the crowds

Oct. 9, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's southern beaches lure travelers with their turquoise water and dramatic limestone cliffs, but there's more to explore in the Southeast Asian country that's one of the world's most popular destinations. For a Thai road less traveled, try one of these getaways outside Bangkok, far...

Blackhawk Mining closes 3 West Virginia coal mines

Oct. 9, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Blackhawk Mining says it's closing three mines and two preparation plants in West Virginia amid weak global coal markets. The Kentucky-based coal company on Tuesday announced the idling of its facilities in Logan and Mingo counties. The move will impact 342 employees. Blackhawk...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misfires on economy, Syria, impeachment

Oct. 9, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling an impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump is misrepresenting facts as he blasts his investigators and seeks to highlight the administration's efforts to fulfill campaign pledges on the economy and war in the Middle East . In tweets and public remarks, the president minimized...