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Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter arrives at the Foreign Ministry to meet the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

UN-backed government in Libya suspends talks after attack

Feb. 18, 2020 5:54 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.-supported government in Libya said Tuesday it has suspended its participation in talks in Geneva aimed at salvaging a fragile cease-fire in the North African country following an attack on Tripoli's strategic port. The country’s warring sides had resumed their U.N.-brokered...

Brazil oil workers at war with Petrobras in massive strike

Feb. 18, 2020 3:54 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian oil workers and oil giant Petrobras were locked in a power struggle Tuesday over the company's privatization plans, with the union saying thousands of employees are on an indefinite strike. A few hundred people gathered Tuesday afternoon outside the headquarters of...

New Mexico state senators back tuition-free college plan

Feb. 18, 2020 3:24 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Revisions to New Mexico's budget plan on Tuesday would dial back average teacher raises to 4% instead of 5% and set aside money for the governor's tuition-free college initiative. The spending bill from the state Senate's lead budget-writing committee increases general fund spending...

Amid tension, Greece, Turkey hold military-to-military talks

Feb. 17, 2020 7:09 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A delegation of Turkish military officials is due in Athens to resume confidence-building talks amid tension between the two NATO members over maritime oil-and-gas drilling rights. The talks are due to start in Athens later Monday and last several days, taking place as the East...

Cannabis oil lab explodes in apartment, authorities say

Feb. 16, 2020 7:03 PM EST

ORCUTT, Calif. (AP) — One person suffered serious injuries after a lab extracting cannabis oil that was inside an apartment blew up Saturday, authorities said. At 1:37 p.m., the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department was alerted to the explosion at the apartment in the 3300-block of Orcutt Road. A...

Agency: North Dakota oil production drops 3% in December

Feb. 14, 2020 2:58 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say oil production in December was down about 3% from November. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.47 million barrels of oil daily in December. That's down from 1.51 million barrels from the prior month. North Dakota...

Oregon landfill took 2M pounds of radioactive fracking waste

Feb. 14, 2020 12:34 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Ore. (AP) — A chemical waste landfill near the Columbia River in Oregon accepted hundreds of tons of radioactive fracking waste from North Dakota in violation of Oregon regulations that has alarmed environmental advocates. But the company won't be fined because state officials believe landfill...

In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, residents stand by the side of the road after fetching water, between Melut and Paloch town, in South Sudan. The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits with the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and accounts of

South Sudan ignores reports on oil pollution, birth defects

Feb. 14, 2020 3:10 AM EST

PALOCH, South Sudan (AP) — The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits, the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals including mercury, manganese, and arsenic, according to four environmental reports obtained by The Associated Press....

FILE - This April 6, 2018, file photo shows the leaves of a marijuana plant inside Ultra Health's cultivation greenhouse in Bernalillo, N.M. New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal form legislators that emphasizes small business opportunities and ready access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the first time enjoys the full throttled support of second-year Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who set up a volunteer commission last year to vet health and public safety concerns about recreational cannabis and on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, pitched the benefits of the pot economy to a gathering business leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico bid for recreational marijuana is all but doomed

Feb. 13, 2020 7:50 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's bid to become the 12th U.S. state to legalize recreational use of marijuana abruptly fell flat after state senators in a legislature dominated by Democrats rejected a bill that would have forced permission for sales in all of the state's cities and towns. In a late-night...

In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, a sign marks the chemical junkyard run by the Chinese-led Dar Petroleum Operating Company in Gumry, near Paloch, in South Sudan. The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits with the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and accounts of

South Sudan buries reports on oil pollution, birth defects

Feb. 13, 2020 11:34 AM EST

PALOCH, South Sudan (AP) — The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits, the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, according to four environmental reports obtained by The Associated Press. The reports also describe alarming birth...