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SpaceX to build Mars ships in Texas, not Los Angeles

Jan. 16, 2019 9:20 PM EST

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — SpaceX said Wednesday that it will build test versions of its Mars spaceship in south Texas instead of the Port of Los Angeles in another blow to the local economy that comes days after the company announced massive layoffs. The decision was made to streamline operations, the...

Mexico to ship gas on trains, thieves siphon whole pipelines

Jan. 16, 2019 8:39 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fuel thieves in Mexico have grown so bold they are drilling illegal taps under warehouses in big cities and siphoning off the entire contents of pipelines, Mexico's president said Wednesday. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that at one pipeline carrying gasoline, thieves didn't...

Cuomo unveils plan to make NY 11th state to legalize pot

Jan. 15, 2019 6:19 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults under a proposal unveiled Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The measure would permit personal use as well as retail sales of the drug. Marijuana taxes would raise an estimated $300 million a year,...

North Dakota officials seek dismissal of road closure suit

Jan. 14, 2019 3:49 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed over the five-month closure of a section of highway during the large protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, saying they had both the authority and an obligation to do it. The federal lawsuit brought...

Democrat: Keystone XL developer should pay into cleanup fund

Jan. 11, 2019 6:07 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers should require the Keystone XL pipeline's developer to pay into a state oil spill cleanup fund and impose more regulations on so-called man camps, the state Senate Democratic leader said Friday. Sen. Troy Heinert, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, said that the...

Avalanches, accidents bring Europe's winter death toll to 21

Jan. 11, 2019 4:02 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Heavy snow paralyzed much of Europe for yet another day, cutting off mountain villages, sparking avalanches like one that crashed into a Swiss hotel and killing at least four more people Friday. Workers at the Hotel Saentis in eastern Switzerland spent Friday shoveling out hip-deep...

Officials: Human error led to 2016 suburban Detroit sinkhole

Jan. 9, 2019 7:15 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A sinkhole that damaged homes in a neighborhood north of Detroit and cost $75 million to fix was caused by human error that allowed the quick release of waste and water into a sewer line, according to a top county official. An engineering assessment determined the surge fractured the pipe in...

Federal shutdown delays some state road, bridge contracts

Jan. 9, 2019 5:23 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Uncertainty over federal funding for transportation projects amid a partial government shutdown is forcing some states to delay contracts for new road and bridge work while others are preparing for that possibility. Transportation officials in Oklahoma this week announced plans to...

Asian shares rally on hopes for China-US trade breakthrough

Jan. 9, 2019 12:06 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares extended gains in Asia on hopes for progress in resolving the tariffs battle between the U.S. and China as talks appeared to have been extended in Beijing. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index gained 1.3 percent to 20,472.79 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng jumped 2.5 percent to...

Tapped-out pipelines cause gas shortage in Mexico

Jan. 8, 2019 8:00 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Motorists lined up for a fourth straight day at gas stations in western Mexico Tuesday as the government continued to restrict pipeline deliveries to combat illegal fuel taps. With pipelines riddled with illegal taps drilled by fuel thieves, the administration of President Andres Manuel...