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U2 guitarist won't get to build mansions on Malibu hillside

Jun. 19, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A plan by U2 guitarist The Edge to build a cluster of mansions on a ridgeline above Malibu appears to be dead after California's highest court declined to consider his last-ditch appeal. The musician, whose real name is David Evans, staged a 14-year legal fight to build five large,...

Environmentalists: Offshore drilling rule changes dangerous

Jun. 11, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten environmental groups are suing to challenge what they view as the Trump administration's decision to weaken critical safety rules created after the nation's worst offshore drilling disaster. The rule changes announced in March will make oil and gas exploration and development off the...

Firm to reapply for permits to build northeast gas pipeline

Jun. 6, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — An Oklahoma company says it will reapply to build a hotly contested pipeline that would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania through New Jersey, and under a bay and the ocean to New York. Tulsa-based Williams Companies says it will reapply for key environmental permits that were...

Opponents hope New Jersey scuttles gas pipeline to New York

Jun. 4, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — A proposal for a nearly $1 billion pipeline that would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania's shale fields through New Jersey, a bay and the ocean en route to supplying New York City and Long Island faces some key hurdles this week. New Jersey environmental officials are due to...

Judge rejects Congress' challenge of border wall funding

Jun. 3, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday denied a House request to prevent President Donald Trump from tapping Defense Department money for his proposed border wall with Mexico, saying Congress lacked authority to sue. Trump's victory is muted by a federal ruling in California last month that blocked...

The Latest: Trump says he plans to appeal judge's ruling

May. 25, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on U.S. judge blocking President Donald Trump from building sections of a border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency (all times local): 1:10 p.m. Saturday President Donald Trump pledged to make an expedited appeal of a ruling by a federal...

Tribes, environmentalists battle copper mine in Arizona

May. 19, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

SONOITA, Ariz. (AP) — Scenic State Highway 83 gently curves through southeastern Arizona's wine country, past waves of blond grass dotted with orange-tipped ocotillo plants before the dark Santa Rita Mountains loom into view. The Milepost 44 pullout offers a panorama of the range in the Coronado National...

Court hears 2 cases against Trump's plan for border wall

May. 17, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving fast to build a wall on the Mexico border with billions of dollars secured under his declaration of a national emergency, but he first must get past the courts. On Friday, a federal judge in Oakland heard arguments in two lawsuits seeking to block the...

The Latest: Court hears 2 cases against Trump's border wall

May. 17, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a California court weighing Trump's plan to seek Pentagon funding for border wall (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Arguments have concluded in a federal courtroom in California where billions of dollars that would allow President Donald Trump to build his border wall is at...

Revived proposal for new oil, gas drilling in California

May. 9, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. government moved Thursday toward allowing new oil and gas drilling on wide swaths of federal land in California that has been off-limits since environmentalists sued in 2013. The Bureau of Land Management issued final plans for oil and gas leases on about 800,000 acres (323,755...