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Watchdog faults rushed EPA rulemaking on glider trucks

Dec. 5, 2019 6:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration rushed to exempt a type of super-polluting cargo truck from clean air rules without conducting a federally mandated study on how it would impact public health, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector-general said Thursday. Agency officials at the...

US feels the heat as Trump pulls out of global climate pact

Dec. 5, 2019 4:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is aiming to make the annual U.N.-sponsored climate talks underway in Madrid the last ones for full participation by the United States, which is the world's No. 1 economy and the second-biggest carbon emitter. Trump dismisses climate change and he thumbed his nose...

Correction: Climate Talks-Goodbye US? story

Dec. 5, 2019 4:20 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story December 4, 2019, about the Trump administration's role in the Madrid climate conference, The Associated Press erroneously reported the details of a poll measuring public opinion on the Paris climate agreement.

EPA rejects ban on poison bombs against cattle predators

Dec. 5, 2019 1:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trappers can keep using sodium cyanide bombs to kill coyotes and other livestock predators, the Trump administration said Thursday, rejecting calls for a ban despite repeated instances of the devices also poisoning other wildlife, pets and people. The Environmental Protection...

Senate approves successor to Rick Perry as energy secretary

Dec. 2, 2019 6:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to succeed Rick Perry as energy secretary won easy Senate confirmation Monday, despite a Democratic senator’s objections that the nominee hadn’t fully answered questions related to the Trump impeachment investigation. Several other...

Ruckelshaus, who defied Nixon in Watergate firing, dies

Nov. 27, 2019 5:03 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — William Doyle Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the U.S. Justice Department rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, has died. He was 87. Ruckelshaus served as the first administrator of the U.S....

Above-ground power lines grow in risk as climate changes

Nov. 25, 2019 1:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trees toppling onto above-ground power lines spark wildfires, more than 1,000 of them in the last decade in California alone. The wires snap in blizzards and hurricanes, causing dayslong outages. Everywhere, power poles topple in all kinds of disasters, blocking escape routes. Around the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and his so-they-say accusations

Nov. 23, 2019 10:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a sophisticated machine at his disposal for gathering and analyzing information: the U.S. government. But many of his inflammatory statements come from another place, an ethereal world where his sources are never identified: “They say. ... Well, that's...

EPA prosecutions of polluters approach quarter-century lows

Nov. 21, 2019 2:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Criminal prosecution and convictions of polluters have fallen to quarter-century lows under the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency, deepening three years of overall enforcement declines, according to Justice Department statistics. And while the administration...

AP FACT CHECK: Claims from the Democratic debate

Nov. 21, 2019 12:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten Democrats seeking the presidency vied for advantage Wednesday night in a debate just over two months before the primary voting begins. How some of their claims from Atlanta stack up with the facts: BERNIE SANDERS: “What the scientists are telling us is if we don’t get...