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New classroom helps Wyoming workers learn virtual reality

Jun. 19, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — It took a few minutes to get used to. The classroom full of city of Gillette workers, not students, sat in desks facing the front of the Gillette College Technical Education Center classroom, but they also were faced in all different directions,...

NRG announces plans to close Indian River plant next year

Jun. 18, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) — NRG plans to retire the Indian River plant in Delaware next year. WBOC-TV reports that the company announced plans to retire several plants on Thursday. The company expects to close the coal-powered plant near Millsboro in June 2022. ...

State has major win in Buckhorn mine Clean Water Act case

Jun. 18, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has issued a summary judgment in favor of Washington state against two gold mining companies over years of water pollution stemming from the Buckhorn Mountain gold mine in Okanogan County. U.S. District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf...

Evacuation order lifted after Illinois chemical plant blast

Jun. 18, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

ROCKTON, Ill. (AP) — Residents near a northern Illinois chemical plant were cleared to return to their homes Friday, four days after officials issued an evacuation order following a massive explosion at the plant. Rockton fire chief Kirk Wilson lifted the evacuation...

Iowa's high court stops lawsuit over farm runoff pollution

Jun. 18, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A sharply divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday stopped a lawsuit aimed at reducing the flow of fertilizer and hog farm waste into the state's river and streams, finding that limiting pollution from farms was a political matter and not one for the courts. ...

China pledges harsh penalties ahead of party anniversary

Jun. 18, 2021 05:03 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is pledging to harshly punish anyone responsible for major industrial accidents or outbreaks of violence in coming days as the ruling Communist Party prepares lavish celebrations for its centenary on July 1. At a meeting Thursday, Vice Premier Liu...

Foam containing 'forever chemicals' used against plant fire

Jun. 17, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

A company hired to help extinguish a fire that gutted a northern Illinois chemical plant this week used foam containing toxic compounds that have tainted surface waters and groundwater across the U.S., officials said Thursday. The private contractor sprayed the foam for...

EPA holds public meeting on former copper mine cleanup

Jun. 17, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

STRAFFORD, Vt. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is holding an online public meeting Thursday about the cleanup of a former copper mine in Strafford. The $90 million cleanup of the Elizabeth Mine Superfund site started in 2001. Two years ago officials started...

Who won? Mystery in small town after $731M Powerball win

Jun. 17, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

LONACONING, Md. (AP) — There haven’t been a lot of big wins in this little town tucked between gentle green mountains in Maryland’s far western reaches. Coal brought work, then took it away. The railroad meant prosperity, then stopped running. They made glass here, and then they...

Big diamond found in Botswana, could be world's 3rd largest

Jun. 17, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — A huge diamond weighing more than 1,000 carats, which could be the third-largest mined in history, has been discovered in the southern African country of Botswana. The high-quality gemstone weighing 1,098.3 carats was unearthed earlier this...