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A shopper walks to a retail store as information signs are displayed in Downers Grove, Ill., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Latest: New virus cases drop for 3rd day in Illinois

Nov. 30, 2020 5:54 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — New cases of coronavirus illness in Illinois dropped Monday for the third day in a row, but officials fear the fallout from Thanksgiving travel and family gatherings will push the numbers back up. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, said there will be no change in current restrictions on...

FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, pipeline used to carry crude oil is shown at the Superior, Wis., terminal of Enbridge Energy. A significant permit has been granted to Enbridge's plan to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Minnesota gives final green light to disputed oil pipeline

Nov. 30, 2020 3:17 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators approved the final permit Monday for Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, giving the company the green light to begin construction on the $2.6 billion project. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency granted a...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo, clouds of smoke over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland. Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc’s annual climate report. Still, the EU said Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 it need to intensify efforts to make its target of making Europe the first climate neutral continent by mid-century. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)

Report: EU greenhouse gas emissions down 24% since 1990

Nov. 30, 2020 11:45 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc's annual climate report, but the EU said Monday it still needs to intensify efforts to keep to its target of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by...

Portugal: young climate activists get Strasbourg court boost

Nov. 30, 2020 6:38 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights is requiring a prompt response from 33 countries to an ambitious climate change case brought by six young Portuguese, a move that activists said gave heart to their cause. The court on Monday ordered the European countries to respond to the...

Rancher Mike Wilcox surveys the debris left at the site of the Keystone-Wallace Copper Mill, where he worked briefly in the 1970s on Nov. 12, 2020. Wilcox fears a copper mine's plans to pump diluted sulfuric acid into the shallow aquifer that supplies his well will drive him out of business.  (Zak Podmore/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Ranchers, landowners worry about copper mine's plan

Nov. 29, 2020 11:43 AM EST

LISBON VALLEY, Utah (AP) — When Mike Wilcox was a young man in the mid-1970s, he took a job at the Keystone-Wallace copper mine and mill near his home in Lisbon Valley, Utah. Some days, Wilcox went down in the open pit and dug a series of deep holes that were each loaded with 100 pounds of explosives....

Lawsuit: Resort development threatens rare butterfly

Nov. 29, 2020 11:21 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Plans to expand a mountain resort outside Las Vegas to offer recreation opportunities during summer months have sparked a lawsuit from conservationists worried about the effects on a rare butterfly and its habitat. The Center for Biological Diversity filed a federal lawsuit on Nov. 19 to...

Zoo maintains search for red panda who vanished in 2017

Nov. 29, 2020 9:01 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The theft of a lemur from the San Francisco Zoo in October stirred memories of Sunny, the red panda who vanished nearly four years ago from the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. The tips line rarely rings these days, but Sunny’s disappearance remains the “greatest mystery”...

Petition by Alaska to delist seals as threatened rejected

Nov. 28, 2020 2:54 PM EST

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A petition by the state of Alaska to delist three species of Arctic ringed seals as threatened has been rejected. The decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service on Wednesday was based on “threats associated with ongoing and projected changes in sea ice and on-ice snow...

Cause of Fire at Kansas alcohol plant under investigation

Nov. 28, 2020 1:49 PM EST

ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt in an explosion and fire at a northeast Kansas distilling plant that was fined earlier this year over a noxious cloud of fumes that sent dozens to the hospital in 2016. Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson said the blast happened around 8:15 p.m. Friday at...

Georgia Power: Closing plant's ash ponds to take 15 years

Nov. 28, 2020 11:44 AM EST

COOSA, Ga. (AP) — The dewatering and closure of remaining coal ash ponds at a Georgia Power Co. plant in northwest Georgia will take 15 years to complete. That's what the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. told local leaders earlier this month during a virtual tour of the dewatering process at Plant...