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State says permit for refinery near national park justified

Nov. 13, 2018 2:23 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Health Department did not improperly discount its own concerns about pollution from a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park when it permitted the project earlier this year, attorneys for the agency and for the developer argue. The department and...

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...

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...

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...

The Latest: Wildfire evacuations lifted for Los Angeles

Nov. 13, 2018 12:06 AM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Authorities have lifted mandatory evacuation orders for the Los Angeles neighborhood threatened by an enormous wildfire. But thousands of homes remain at risk. Fire officials announced Monday night that the...

Zinke '100 percent confident' he'll be cleared in probes

Nov. 12, 2018 9:00 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared Monday he's "100 percent confident" no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that have stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump's Cabinet. The former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL faces a...

Fires put pressure on California utilities despite new law

Nov. 12, 2018 8:34 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California utilities again are facing severe financial pressures from the possibility that their equipment sparked catastrophic wildfires, including two that are now burning at either end of the state. The pressure comes even though Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September...

Meet the House Democrats who will be running the show

Nov. 12, 2018 12:37 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that Democrats have captured control of the House for the next two years, the party's most senior members are poised to regain the wide-ranging power of committee chairmanships. While some of the Democrats have gained fame in feuds with President Donald Trump, others are relatively...

Meet the House Democrats who will be running the show

Nov. 11, 2018 2:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that Democrats have captured control of the House for the next two years, the party's most senior members are poised to regain the wide-ranging power of committee chairmanships. While some of the Democrats have gained fame in feuds with President Donald Trump, others are relatively...