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Massachusetts lawmakers set hearings on natural gas disaster

Nov. 13, 2018 1:47 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled two oversight hearings next month on issues stemming from the September natural gas explosions and fires in three communities. Senate leaders say the first hearing, planned for Dec. 4 in Boston, will examine the overall state of the natural gas industry...

Minnesota man to pay $140K for snooping, insider trading

Nov. 13, 2018 1:06 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Regulators say a Minnesota man snooped in his wife's work papers and used information about UnitedHealth Group's upcoming acquisitions to profit from insider trading. The Star Tribune reports that James Hengen has agreed to pay about $140,000 to resolve civil charges. The Securities and...

Kentucky abortion fight aimed at second-trimester procedure

Nov. 13, 2018 12:36 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Attorneys for Kentucky's socially conservative governor and the state's only abortion clinic opened their latest legal fight Tuesday, this time over a lawsuit challenging a state law aimed at a common second-trimester procedure to end pregnancies. During opening statements in federal...

Mississippi study examines if marijuana can cut seizures

Nov. 13, 2018 12:06 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A study of whether ingredients extracted from marijuana can reduce seizures in children is moving ahead in Mississippi. The University of Mississippi Medical Center says the six-month trial began early last month, after finally surmounting years of bureaucratic obstacles. The state...

Spain considers ban on sale of gas and diesel cars by 2040

Nov. 13, 2018 11:59 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's government is eyeing ambitious steps to tackle climate change, including a ban on the sale of gas and diesel cars from 2040. The government presented a blueprint Tuesday that foresees an end to state financial subsidies for fossil fuels and a prohibition on fracking. The working...

No accounting for these tastes: Artificial flavors a mystery

Nov. 13, 2018 11:31 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Six artificial flavors are being ordered out of the food supply in a dispute over their safety, but good luck to anyone who wants to know which cookies, candies or drinks they're in. The dispute highlights the complex rules that govern what goes in our food, how much the public knows about...

Polish financial regulator resigns after bribery report

Nov. 13, 2018 11:16 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The head of Poland's financial regulatory body resigned Tuesday following a report alleging that he had sought a multimillion dollar bribe from the owner of a troubled bank in exchange for favors. Marek Chrzanowski, the director of the Financial Supervision Authority, said he was...

Regulators OK coal mine expansion bond despite bankruptcy

Nov. 13, 2018 10:53 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — State environmental regulators have given the OK to expanding a coal mine in southeastern Montana and set a $13.7 million cleanup bond. The Department of Environmental Quality is taking public comment through Tuesday on Westmoreland Coal Co.'s proposed 10-square mile (27-square...

Utility emailed woman about problems 1 day before fire

Nov. 13, 2018 10:50 AM EST

PULGA, Calif. (AP) — A day before a deadly blaze destroyed a California town, the giant utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. got in touch with Betsy Ann Cowley, saying the company needed access to her property because its power lines were causing sparks. The cause of the fire is still under...

Drilling overwhelms agency protecting America's lands

Nov. 13, 2018 5:42 AM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Wayne Smith was hardened to a certain level of chaos here, on land the American public owns. But even he was incredulous as he surveyed an area he leases for grazing, now cleared of grass and cluttered with above-ground pipelines, a drill pad for multiple wells and other oil and gas...