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US says attack on Saudi oil site was an Iranian 'act of war'

Sep. 19, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil installations an "act of war" against the kingdom by Iran, as the Saudis displayed missile and drone wreckage and cited other evidence they said shows the raid was "unquestionably sponsored...

Herbert names Department of Environmental Quality director

Sep. 18, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has a new top environmental regulator. Gov. Gary Herbert's office on Wednesday announced his appointment of Scott Baird as executive director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. Baird has served as the department's interim director since June and has worked for the...

Trump outpaces Obama, Bush in naming ex-lobbyists to Cabinet

Sep. 17, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they're regulating. The Cabinet choices are...

Dunleavy's budget director takes reduced state role

Sep. 16, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The top budget official in Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration will take a reduced role in state government. Dunleavy's chief of staff, Ben Stevens, told reporters on a conference call that Donna Arduin will become an adviser to the Dunleavy administration. The Anchorage Daily News...

Trump: US locked and loaded for response to attack on Saudis

Sep. 15, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A weekend drone attack on Saudi Arabia that cut into global energy supplies and halved the kingdom's oil production threatened Sunday to fuel a regional crisis, as the U.S. released new evidence to back up its allegation that Iran was responsible for the assault amid...

Climate change skeptic stepping down from White House post

Sep. 11, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says a well-known critic of mainstream climate science findings will step down as a member of the president's National Security Council. Physicist William Happer has served as an adviser for the past year. He was the point person for efforts to establish a special...

Health study related to chemical at Pease will go ahead

Aug. 31, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The federal government has approved a pilot study at a former military base to look at the health implications for those who may have been exposed to potentially toxic chemical in the drinking water. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, says the Office of Management and Budget...

Anti-smoking advocates bemoan "faltering" pace of FDA action

Aug. 29, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It seemed like a new era in the half-century battle against the deadly toll of tobacco: U.S. health officials for the first time would begin regulating cigarettes, chew and other products responsible for a half-million American deaths annually. "The decades-long effort to protect our...

Trump raises tariffs on Chinese goods as trade war escalates

Aug. 24, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Escalating his trade fight with China, President Donald Trump has raised retaliatory tariffs and ordered American companies to consider alternatives to doing business there. He also blamed his appointed head of the U.S. central bank, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, for the state...

N. Korea test-fires missiles again after joint drills end

Aug. 24, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday in the seventh weapons launch in a month, South Korea's military said, a day after it vowed to remain America's biggest threat in protest of U.S.-led sanctions on the country. The North...