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Hawaii bills push 1st state ban on plastics in restaurants

Mar. 19, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean. Dozens of cities nationwide have banned plastic foam containers, but Hawaii's measure targeting fast-food and full-service restaurants...

Fish in river that famously caught fire now OK'd for dinner

Mar. 19, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fish in the Cuyahoga River, which became synonymous with pollution when it caught fire in Cleveland in 1969, are now safe to eat, federal environmental regulators say. The easing of fish consumption restrictions on the Cuyahoga was lauded Monday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine as an...

Oregon House approves 10-year ban on 'fracking'

Mar. 18, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon House approved a 10-year ban on fracking to explore for oil and natural gas. Lawmakers voted 42-12 on Monday to prohibit the process, which injects high-pressure liquids into underground rock to extract oil and gas. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration. There...

Correction: Chile-Floating Solar Island story

Mar. 16, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — In a story March 15 about a floating island of solar panels in Chile, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the array is 1,200 square feet. The array is 1,200 square meters. A corrected version of the story is below: SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A floating island of solar...

Gillibrand highlights contaminated water in New Hampshire

Mar. 15, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to connect with voters' important issues on the ground — or, in some cases, underground. The U.S. senator from New York held two roundtable discussions Friday in New Hampshire communities struggling with contaminated...

Judge tosses Ohio's lawsuit against gas pipeline developer

Mar. 15, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A judge has tossed out a lawsuit Ohio filed against the developers of a $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline that stretches from West Virginia to Michigan. The lawsuit sought to force the builders of the Rover Pipeline to pay fines for what Ohio regulators said were numerous water...

The Latest: Flooding prompts disaster proclamation in Iowa

Mar. 14, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on a winter storm hitting the West and Midwest (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed an emergency disaster proclamation that allows state resources to be used in response to flooding in the state. Reynolds on Thursday also activated the state...

UN: Environment is deadly, worsening mess, but not hopeless

Mar. 13, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is sick with multiple and worsening environmental ills killing millions of people yearly, a new U.N. report says. Climate change, a global major extinction of animals and plants, a human population soaring toward 10 billion, degraded land, polluted air, and plastics, pesticides and...

EPA rules on issue pitting oil producers, corn farmers

Mar. 12, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing to allow year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15 percent ethanol, seeking to calm a dispute that has riled two politically important blocs — the oil industry and corn farmers. Tuesday's proposed rule change by the Environmental Protection...

CEO of troubled Wells Fargo says bank is stronger

Mar. 12, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CEO of beleaguered Wells Fargo told Congress Tuesday that the bank has cleaned up its act after a series of scandals that affected millions of customers. But Democrats — and some Republicans — on the House Financial Services Committee didn't seem to be buying it. Wells...