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About 200 suspected poisoned by pesticides in Azerbaijan

Jun. 21, 2018 6:57 AM EDT

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Health officials in Azerbaijan say that about 200 farm workers have been poisoned with chemicals while working in cotton fields. The prosecutor general's office says it's investigating the breach of safety regulations involving the use of pesticides in cotton harvesting. Health...

Report finds industrial chemicals more toxic than thought

Jun. 20, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A family of industrial chemicals turning up in public water supplies around the country is even more toxic than previously thought, threatening human health at concentrations seven to 10 times lower than once realized, according to a government report released Wednesday. The chemicals are...

Too hot to handle: Politics of warming part of culture wars

Jun. 20, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to global warming, America's political climate may have changed more than the Earth's over the past three decades. NASA scientist James Hansen put the world on notice about global warming on June 23, 1988. Looking back, he says: "I was sufficiently idealistic that I thought...

Colorado to adopt California's stricter car pollution rules

Jun. 19, 2018 6:42 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor on Tuesday ordered his state to adopt vehicle pollution rules enforced in California, joining other states in resisting the Trump administration's plans to ease emission standards. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper told state regulators to begin writing rules that...

Report: Missouri creek contamination may raise cancer risks

Jun. 19, 2018 3:37 PM EDT

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) — A federal report says people who lived near or played in a contaminated St. Louis-area creek from the 1960s to the 1990s may have increased risk of developing cancer. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry released a report Monday on cancer risks from exposure to...

Foxconn investing in $30 million water recycling system

Jun. 19, 2018 12:33 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group plans to invest in a $30 million recycling system that will significantly reduce the amount of water it has to draw from Lake Michigan for its proposed manufacturing complex in southeast Wisconsin, the company said Tuesday. Taiwan-based Foxconn announced that the...

Audi names Schot interim CEO, puts jailed Stadler on leave

Jun. 19, 2018 7:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Audi has named sales chief Abraham 'Bram' Schot as interim CEO following the arrest of Rupert Stadler as part of a probe into emissions cheating. Audi, a division of Volkswagen, said in a statement Tuesday that it has also complied with Stadler's request to temporarily...

Asian stocks tumble after new Trump tariff threat

Jun. 18, 2018 11:37 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks tumbled Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump escalated a dispute with Beijing over technology policy by threatening a tariff hike on additional Chinese goods. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.3 percent to 2,953.54 points and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 2...

Judge orders restrictions for 'Diesel Brothers' stars

Jun. 18, 2018 7:41 PM EDT

WOODS CROSS, Utah (AP) — Stars of the Discovery Channel show "Diesel Brothers" have been ordered not to modify vehicles in ways that could lead to greater pollution. Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment attorney Reed Zars told the Standard-Examiner he was glad a judge intervened with the June 8 order....

EPA shifts oversight of coal waste to a state for 1st time

Jun. 18, 2018 7:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday approved the first state permit program for disposal of toxic ash from coal plants, a switch from federal oversight that the coal industry had sought. Coal ash is the residue left after burning coal to generate power. Utilities around the...