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US: German company to plead guilty in VW emissions scheme

Dec. 18, 2018 7:27 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. authorities say a German engineering company has agreed to plead guilty and pay $35 million for its role in the Volkswagen vehicle emissions scandal. The Justice Department said Tuesday that IAV has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy in Detroit federal court on Jan. 18. The government...

Former VW CEO Winterkorn leaves Bayern supervisory board

Dec. 18, 2018 11:25 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has left German soccer champion Bayern Munich's supervisory board, three years after he resigned from the automaker amid its diesel emissions scandal. The club said Tuesday that the 71-year-old Winterkorn left on Monday after nearly 16 years as a...

Talks adopt 'rulebook' to put Paris climate deal into action

Dec. 17, 2018 2:23 AM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Almost 200 nations, including the world's top greenhouse gas producers, China and the United States, have adopted a set of rules meant to breathe life into the 2015 Paris climate accord by setting out how countries should report their emissions and efforts to reduce them. But...

The Latest: UN climate talks agree on reporting emissions

Dec. 15, 2018 8:12 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland (all times local): 10 p.m. Officials from around the world have agreed upon a set of rules to govern the 2015 Paris climate accord after two weeks of U.N. climate talks in Poland. Michal Kurtyka, a Polish official chairing the talks in...

Nations at UN climate talks back universal emissions rules

Dec. 15, 2018 6:18 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — After two weeks of bruising negotiations, officials from almost 200 countries agreed Saturday on universal, transparent rules that will govern efforts to cut emissions and curb global warming. The deal agreed upon at U.N. climate talks in Poland enables countries to put into action...

Idaho test reactor is pivotal in US nuclear power strategy

Dec. 15, 2018 11:11 AM EST

IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho (AP) — A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a nearly quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants. The reactor at the...

California is first state to mandate zero-emission bus fleet

Dec. 14, 2018 7:56 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California moved Friday to eliminate climate-changing fossil fuels from its fleet of 12,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously to require...

Alaska groups sue EPA to enforce clean air laws in Fairbanks

Dec. 14, 2018 6:45 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three Alaska groups sued Friday to demand the Environmental Protection Agency enforce the cleanup of some of the nation's most polluted winter air around the state's second-largest city. The lawsuit filed in Seattle by environmental law firm Earthjustice says the state of Alaska...

Sacramento State rolls past Westcliff 89-40

Dec. 14, 2018 12:03 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Graves scored all 18 of his points in the first half to help Sacramento State roll to an 89-40 victory over NAIA-member Westcliff on Thursday night. The matchup replaced the Hornets-Cal Poly game that was canceled on Nov. 16 due to poor air quality from the Camp Fire....

UN climate talks inch forward, appear headed for overtime

Dec. 13, 2018 6:30 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Agreement on the fine print of the Paris climate accord drew closer Thursday, three years after countries sealed the landmark deal on curbing global warming, but negotiators remained divided on some of the thorniest issues and appeared set for overtime. The Polish diplomat chairing...