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US temporarily stops youth climate lawsuit days before trial

Oct. 19, 2018 8:23 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights with policies that have caused a dangerous climate. Chief Justice John Roberts signed an order...

Pregnant Chicago postal worker missing; foul play suspected

Oct. 19, 2018 10:42 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More than two weeks after a 27-year-old pregnant postal worker vanished after calling in sick for work, Chicago police say they suspect foul play in her disappearance. "Based on the length of time of Kierra Coles disappearance and the fact that she has fallen off the grid, police suspect...

Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

Oct. 18, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. Some argue the best way to get more salmon to the starving whales is to tear down four dams on the Lower...

Power company proposes burying line under Maine gorge

Oct. 18, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

CARATUNK, Maine (AP) — A Maine power company is making a concession to environmentalists by proposing to bury a portion of a transmission line that would cross a scenic gorge. Central Maine Power notified regulators Thursday that it wants to drill rather than cross the Kennebec River Gorge with elevated...

West Coast military installations eyed for US fuel exports

Oct. 15, 2018 5:25 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military installations or other federal properties to open the way for more U.S. fossil fuel exports to Asia in the name of national security and despite opposition from coastal states. The proposal was described to The...

Buehler invested $100k in tax credits, then blasted program

Oct. 15, 2018 1:51 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Knute Buehler stumped on the floor of the Oregon House of Representatives to decry the state's controversial business energy tax incentives. The East Oregonian reported that Buehler, now the Republican nominee for governor, left out one fact in his speech. He and his wife once had...

Fracking begins in UK for first time since 2011

Oct. 15, 2018 9:54 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Protesters have gathered near a shale gas exploration site in northwestern England, as fracking began in the U.K. for the first time since 2011. Hydraulic fracturing had been stalled in the country after two earthquakes in the same area led to legal challenges. Environmental campaigners...

Ohio US senate candidates spar over health care, immigration

Oct. 14, 2018 8:54 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Candidates in Ohio's U.S. senate campaign sparred Sunday over health care, approaches to climate change, student loan debt, immigration, tariffs and gun control in the first of three debates. Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci repeatedly criticized incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown as being a...

Correction: Blowout-Texas Oil Boom story

Oct. 12, 2018 3:16 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — In a story distributed by The Associated Press on Oct. 11 about the oil and gas production boom in West Texas, The Texas Tribune and the Center for Public Integrity erroneously reported that student enrollment for the Ector County Independent School District had doubled in the past...

Economy, energy and Trump dominate Colorado governor's race

Oct. 11, 2018 3:36 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis is banking on his wealth, entrepreneurial experience and anti-Donald Trump sentiment as he seeks to win over independents in his quest to succeed term-limited centrist Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper. Polis' Republican opponent, state Treasurer Walker...