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Correction: EPA-PolyMet Mine story

Feb. 21, 2019 2:11 PM EST

In a story Feb. 19 about a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over a proposed copper-nickel mine in Minnesota, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of the group filing the lawsuit. It is Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, not Protecting Employees Who Protect Our...

South Carolina accidentally dumps coal ash in river

Feb. 20, 2019 10:19 AM EST

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — The state-owned utility Santee Cooper says it accidentally dumped some sludge from a coal-ash pond at a closed coal-powered electricity plant into a South Carolina river. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Santee Cooper spokeswoman Millie Gore said workers at the old Grainger...

Cheap and green: North Korean capital upgrades mass transit

Feb. 19, 2019 7:48 PM EST

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Pyongyang is upgrading its overcrowded mass transit system with brand new subway cars, trams and buses in a campaign meant to show that leader Kim Jong Un is raising the country's standard of living. The long-overdue improvements, while still modest, are a welcome change for...

Wind company to consider using closing power plants

Feb. 19, 2019 2:28 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — There may be new life yet for two New Jersey power plants set to be decommissioned. The Press of Atlantic City reports offshore wind company Orsted is eying B.L. England and the Oyster Creek Generating Station as part of a plan to connect its turbines to the energy grid. Orsted...

Planners unveil draft plan to revitalize White River

Feb. 18, 2019 8:50 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The largely underused waterfront by the White River could be revitalized into a central Indiana haven for recreational activities with a rock climbing wall at a quarry, a floating stage where bands play and a zip line, according to a draft plan. Agency Landscaping and Planning recently...

Coal train derails in northeast Minnesota

Feb. 17, 2019 4:20 PM EST

CLOQUET, Minn. (AP) — Crews are cleaning up a coal train derailment in northeastern Minnesota. Forty rail cars of a 121-car train loaded with coal derailed near Cloquet around 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BNSF Railway spokeswoman Amy McBeth says several cars ended up on their sides near or partially in the frozen...

Illinois Democrats ask Evers to review Foxconn plant impact

Feb. 15, 2019 1:56 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Illinois congressional Democrats have asked Wisconsin's new Democratic governor to re-evaluate the environmental impact of a sprawling plant that Foxconn Technology Group plans to build near the states' border, saying they are concerned it could exacerbate flooding in Chicago's...

400-plus acres added to recreational forest in western NC

Feb. 14, 2019 10:17 AM EST

BREVARD, N.C. (AP) — A conservation group is adding more than 400 acres to a state recreational forest in western North Carolina. The Hendersonville Times-News reports that Conserving Carolina is adding 402 acres to DuPont State Recreational Forest. The additional acreage will help conserve key headwater...

Bill advances to protect rivers in Rhode Island, Connecticut

Feb. 13, 2019 11:06 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A bill that would make Rhode Island and Connecticut eligible for federal funding to protect rivers has cleared the U.S. Senate. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, says the Senate passed legislation Tuesday that includes his language to designate river segments within the...

AP Photos: Naked pot-smoking sect grows at Indian Hindu fest

Feb. 11, 2019 8:35 PM EST

PRAYAGRAJ, India (AP) — At the world's largest pilgrimage in Prayagraj in northern India, tens of millions of Hindu faithful travel to the sacred sangam — the confluence of three holy rivers — to take a dip. The Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, is a series of baths by Hindu sadhus and...