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15 killed, 9 injured in northern China coal mine explosion

Nov. 19, 2019 1:03 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A gas explosion inside a coal mine in northern China has killed 15 miners and left another nine injured, authorities said Tuesday. The blast occurred Monday afternoon at a mine operated by the local Feng Yan Group in Shanxi province’s Pingyao county. Rescue work was halted early...

Mine waste gift bags pulled from shelves amid EPA warning

Nov. 18, 2019 6:53 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental regulators have put a halt to a Montana business association’s sale of sandwich bags of mining waste advertised as a “Bag O’Slag.” Environmental Protection Agency officials overseeing the Superfund site cleanup of pollution from nearly a...

Migrants stuck in lawless limbo within sight of America

Nov. 17, 2019 5:19 PM EST

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The gangsters trawling Nuevo Laredo know just what they’re looking for: men and women missing their shoelaces. Those are migrants who made it to the United States to ask for asylum, only to be taken into custody and stripped of their laces — to keep them from...

Navajo company confident about Wyoming, Montana coal bonding

Nov. 13, 2019 7:14 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Navajo tribal energy company officials expressed confidence Wednesday they will be able to secure necessary bonding for recently purchased coal mines in Wyoming and Montana without financial backing from the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Transitional Energy Co. has adequate potential...

Chinese buyer of British Steel looks to grow abroad

Nov. 13, 2019 6:03 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Jingye Group's purchase of British Steel Ltd. gives the privately owned Chinese steelmaker a chance to grow outside a home market dominated by giant state-owned mills. The deal adds to a string of global acquisitions by Chinese companies that want to speed their growth in industries from...

Navajo leader: Tribe won't back energy company's new mines

Nov. 12, 2019 11:05 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation will not financially back bonds a tribal energy company needs for a trio of newly acquired coal mines off the reservation, the tribal president said Tuesday, explaining that it's too risky and his administration wants the company to move away from coal. The Navajo...

Lawsuit aims to kill stalled $2B methanol refinery project

Nov. 12, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to keep one of the world's biggest methanol refineries from being built along the Columbia River in Washington state. Plans for the $2 billion refinery, shipping terminal and pipeline project in the small city of Kalama are already stalled after a state...

AK Steel has final production run at Kentucky plant

Nov. 12, 2019 11:01 AM EST

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — AK Steel has produced its last coil at a century-old plant in eastern Kentucky that was mostly idled more than three years ago. News outlets report the final production run at the Ashland Works plant occurred on Monday and was emotional for employees, as some have worked there for...

McConnell: Bevin 'had a good 4 years,' but likely lost

Nov. 11, 2019 2:38 PM EST

GHENT, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin "had a good four years," but he says a review of Bevin's narrow reelection defeat is unlikely to change the outcome. Bevin trailed Democrat Andy Beshear by about 5,000 votes in the Nov. 5 election. A re-canvass of votes...

China's Jingye comes to the rescue of British Steel

Nov. 11, 2019 11:14 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Chinese conglomerate Jingye has agreed to buy British Steel, in a rescue deal that potentially protects some 4,000 jobs and safeguards a strategic asset as Britain prepares to leave the European Union. Exact financial terms were not immediately disclosed Monday, and it was not clear what...