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The Directors Guild of America headquarters is pictured on April 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. Hollywood's unions announced Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of empty sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Basic Crafts unions and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists jointly announced the deal reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after months of planning and negotiating. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

The Latest: Hollywood unions announce pandemic agreement

Sep. 21, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s unions have announced that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of stagnant sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the...

Sen. Tillis: Trump to extend offshore drilling pause to NC

Sep. 21, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump will add North Carolina to a list of southeastern states whose coastal waters won't be subjected to offshore drilling for a decade, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said on Monday. Earlier this month, Trump signed a memorandum instructing his interior secretary to prohibit...

Groups seek review of Alaska gas project regulatory decision

Sep. 21, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Conservation groups have asked a federal appeals court to review a regulatory decision authorizing a mega liquefied natural gas project in Alaska. The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club asked the U.S. District Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit to review the...

Coal production in Montana saw 21% decline from last year

Sep. 21, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Coal Council has announced that coal production across the state fell during the coronavirus pandemic, wearing on an already declining market. Montana mines produced 15.1 million tons of coal in the first seven months of the year, 21% down compared to the same time last...

New Mexico utility, lab partner to make grid more resilient

Sep. 21, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric utility and one of the nation's premiere federal research laboratories will team up on a series of projects aimed at making the electric grid more resilient as the state prepares to add more renewable energy to the mix, officials said Monday. ...

Rhode Island gas prices down; trend likely to continue

Sep. 21, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island has dipped by a penny and may continue to decline in the near future, AAA Northeast said in a release Monday. The average price of $2.14 per gallon is 4 cents lower than the national average and 39 cents lower than the...

Gas prices down in northern New England

Sep. 21, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices are falling across northern New England, particularly in New Hampshire. The latest GasBuddy price report shows the average price for a gallon of gas fell 2.9 cents last week to $2.09 in New Hampshire. In Maine and Vermont, the average prices fell by 0.6 cents per gallon, to...

Scientists work in Arizona to reshape desert food production

Sep. 20, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — In the cool shade of solar panels, a lush plot of herbs and vegetables hints at one possible future for farming in the desert. At the moment, that future includes more basil than researchers know what to do with. “We’ve been pulling out pounds of it every week,”...

Maine gets help to cut diesel emissions from vehicles, boats

Sep. 19, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is awarding Maine nearly a half-million dollars to reduce diesel emissions by targeting vehicles and boats to be retrofitted for cleaner energy sources. The effort will help repower vessels and vehicles in the state and reduce emissions, said Democratic U.S....

FILE - In this June 4, 2020 file photo, Fayez Sarraj, the head of Libya's internationally-recognized government, speaks at a joint news conference with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Ankara, Turkey.   Libya’s U.N.-supported government Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, announced a cease-fire across the oil-rich country and called for demilitarizing the strategic city of Sirte, which is controlled by rival forces.  (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Libyan official: Sarraj opposes oil deal with rival Hifter

Sep. 19, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan officials said Saturday that the leader of the U.N.-supported government would not support a deal with his primary rival in the country's civil war to lift a monthslong blockade on its vital oil trade. According to an official at his office, Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj opposed the final...