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Volkswagen expanding electric vehicle production in US

Nov. 13, 2019 3:04 PM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is making Tennessee its North American base for electric vehicle production, breaking ground on an $800 million (727 million euro) expansion at its plant in Chattanooga. Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh was at the factory Wednesday for the expansion’s...

Free speech rights a concern in Wisconsin water resolution

Nov. 12, 2019 2:10 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A southwestern Wisconsin county council on Tuesday dropped a proposal to prosecute journalists over their reporting on a water quality study but could still decide to discipline any county officials who talk about the research without government approval. The Lafayette County Land...

Meeting on proposal to prosecute journalists back on

Nov. 11, 2019 9:52 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Officials in southwestern Wisconsin are going ahead with a meeting on a resolution that calls for prosecuting journalists who edit an upcoming news release on a water quality study. The Lafayette County Land Conservation Committee was set to vote on the resolution Tuesday. But county...

Man guilty of hate crime for confronting woman over T-shirt

Sep. 25, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man who confronted a woman for wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag has been found guilty of a hate crime. Timothy Trybus of Des Plaines was convicted Wednesday for confronting Mia Irizarry over the shirt. The 25-year-old Irizarry testified Tuesday...

Africa's charcoal trade is decimating fragile forest cover

Sep. 25, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The machete-wielding men lodge themselves deep inside forests for weeks at a time, felling trees that will be incinerated into pieces of charcoal. Because they often work at night and target seemingly idle public land, they operate with relative impunity while decimating forests in...

New Jersey buys 700th flood-prone home _ but none on ocean

Sep. 24, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey says it has bought its 700th home under a program to acquire and demolish houses in flood-prone areas. But nearly seven years after Superstorm Sandy, not one of those purchases has been along the ocean. The state Department of Environmental Protection announced the...

Brazil aims to deflect criticism over Amazon deforestation

Sep. 20, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In July, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed global concerns about fires raging in the world's largest rainforest, saying "The Amazon is Brazil's, not yours." Now, the far-right president's government has a new message: Everything's fine, and the rainforest is open for private...