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A Malaysian national flag is on display outside FGV Holdings Berhad, one of Malaysia's largest palm oil companies, in Kuala Lumpur, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Malaysian palm oil producer FGV Holdings Berhad vowed Thursday to “clear its name” after the U.S. banned imports of its palm oil over allegations of forced labor and other abuses. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia palm oil producer vows to clear name after U.S. ban

Oct. 1, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian palm oil producer FGV Holdings Berhad vowed Thursday to “clear its name” after the U.S. banned imports of its palm oil over allegations of forced labor and other abuses. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Trade issued the ban...

A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

US says it will block palm oil from large Malaysian producer

Sep. 30, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

The United States will block shipments of palm oil from a major Malaysian producer that feeds into the supply chains of iconic U.S. food and cosmetic brands. It found indicators of forced labor, including concerns about child workers, along with other abuses such as physical and sexual violence. The order...

FILE - In this March 23, 2017, file photo President Donald Trump honks the horn of an 18-wheeler truck while meeting with truckers and CEOs regarding healthcare on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Trump publicly acknowledged that humans bear some blame for climate change, but scientists say the president still isn't dealing with the reality of our primary role. Trump said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, that humans — their tailpipe exhaust, oil and gas production, and smokestack fumes — are just one of many culprits for the weather-disrupting deterioration of Earth’s atmosphere. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Getting warmer: Trump concedes human role in climate change

Sep. 30, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

President Donald Trump publicly acknowledged that humans bear some blame for climate change, but scientists say the president still isn't dealing with the reality of our primary role. Pressed repeatedly in Tuesday night's debate, Trump gave one of his fullest accountings yet of what scientists say is an...

Former Arizona resident gets prison for fake oil well scheme

Sep. 30, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona resident has been sentenced to four years in prison for a fraudulent oil well scheme that cost investors nearly $2 million. Kenneth Thomas White, formerly of Cave Creek, also has been ordered to pay more than $1.3 million in restitution. Prosecutors said the sentence was...

Poland Spring, UMaine to partner on alternative packaging

Sep. 29, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine's Forest Bioproducts Research Institute is partnering with Poland Spring to develop materials that could be used for alternative packaging, officials said Tuesday. UMaine will explore new possible uses of materials derived from sustainably harvested Maine wood...

Colorado regulators approve drilling buffers, other rules

Sep. 29, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has provided preliminary approval for new regulations for well drilling sites, including a 2,000-foot (610-meter) buffer requirement from homes. The five-member panel is not expected to undertake a final vote on the measures...

University engineers working on $3M natural gas project

Sep. 29, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $3 million to a couple of West Virginia University engineers for a project to develop a low-cost process to convert natural gas commonly flared at industrial sites, the university said. Engineers John Hu and Xingbo Liu at the Staler College...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2019 file photo, Israel Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Cairo, Egypt.  An Israeli official says, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020,  the country will hold rare talks with Lebanon next month in an effort to resolve a longstanding maritime border dispute. The official says  Steinitz will lead the Israeli delegation in talks mediated by the United States. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Israel to hold US-mediated talks with Lebanon on sea border

Sep. 26, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel will hold rare talks with Lebanon next month in an effort to resolve a longstanding maritime border dispute, an Israeli official said Saturday. The official said Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz will lead the Israeli delegation in talks mediated by the United States. Representatives...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2020, file photo, William Perry Pendley, acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, speaks to the media on the Grizzly Creek Fire in Eagle, Colo. A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration's leading steward of public lands has been serving unlawfully and blocked him from continuing in the position. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, that U.S. Bureau of Land Management acting director William Perry Pendley was never confirmed to the post by the U.S. Senate and served unlawfully for 424 days. Montana's Democratic governor had sued to remove Pendley, saying the the former oil industry attorney was illegally overseeing a government agency that manages almost a quarter-billion acres of land, primarily in the U.S. West. (Chris Dillmann/Vail Daily via AP, File)

Judge removes Trump public lands boss for serving unlawfully

Sep. 25, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump's leading steward of public lands has been serving unlawfully, blocking him from continuing in the position in the latest pushback against the administration's practice of filling key positions without U.S. Senate approval....

Alaska regulators seek more money for oil spill fund

Sep. 25, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska environmental regulators are seeking additional money for the state's oil spill response fund amid a review of requirements for petroleum producers and shippers. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune has advocated for the state administration and...