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Zimbabwe police raid opposition party offices, seek machetes

Jan. 17, 2020 1:35 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police on Friday raided the offices of the country’s main opposition party, and a spokesman says the officers were looking for machetes. Police officers blocked roads leading to the Movement for Democratic Change party in the capital, Harare and, armed with a search...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, photo, miners, who say they haven't been paid in nearly three weeks, set up a tent at the site where they block a coal train in the Kimper area of Pike County, Ky. A group of Kentucky coal miners who blocked a railroad track for three days over unpaid wages have ended their protest, claiming victory with their paychecks.  (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Kentucky coal miners end protest with paychecks

Jan. 16, 2020 6:34 PM EST

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A group of Kentucky coal miners who blocked a railroad track for three days over unpaid wages have ended their protest, claiming victory with their paychecks. Miners and their families began standing on the tracks leading from Quest Energy in Pike County on Monday, preventing a train...

A man casts his shadow in the coal port of the Mehrum coal-fired power plant in the district of Peine in Hohenhameln, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Germany wants to gradually phase out the climate-damaging combustion of coal for electricity generation by 2038. ( Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

Germany agrees timeline, compensation for coal phase-out

Jan. 16, 2020 8:40 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany will pay utility companies billions of euros to speed up the shutdown of their coal-fired power plants as part of the country's efforts to fight climate change, the government said Thursday. The agreement reached after late-night deliberations between federal ministers and...

Smoke rise following a big explosion at an industrial hub near the port city of Tarragona, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. A chemical emergency alert has been activated in northeastern Spain following a big explosion in an industrial zone near the port city of Tarragona, regional emergency services said Tuesday. (AP Photo/David Oliete)

Spain: Death toll from chemical plant explosion reaches 3

Jan. 15, 2020 3:03 PM EST

TARRAGONA, Spain (AP) — The death toll climbed to three Wednesday from a massive explosion and fire at a petrochemical plant in Spain as one person died in hospital and another body was found in the wreckage, authorities said. Another seven people were injured in the blast near a northeastern city late...

Kentucky coal miners remain on tracks blocking coal shipment

Jan. 14, 2020 5:15 PM EST

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — About a dozen Kentucky coal miners remained on train tracks Tuesday, saying they haven't been paid for producing the coal in the train cars. The tracks lead from Quest Energy in Pike County. American Resources Corp., which owns Quest, told news outlets that the miners will all be...

This undated photo shows a jade plant in New Paltz, N.Y.  Jade plant is one of many succulents — that is, plants with fleshy stems and leaves — that are not related to cactuses. (Lee Reich via AP)

Low-maintenance succulents make watering a breeze

Jan. 14, 2020 2:10 PM EST

Looking for an easy plant to care for? Try a succulent. Any plant with fleshy stems or leaves is called a succulent. Aside from cacti, only a few other plant families have succulent members. All these succulents, cactus or not, are low-maintenance. SOME NON-CACTUS SUCCULENTS One family of non-cactus succulents...

Kentucky miners block coal train over missed paychecks

Jan. 13, 2020 7:25 PM EST

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Some Kentucky coal miners and their families stood on train tracks Monday to prevent a train loaded with coal from leaving, saying they had worked since Dec. 16 without being paid. The tracks lead from Quest Energy in Pike County. A CSX crew went to the tracks to get the engine and...

FILE - This Feb. 10, 2016 file photo shows a former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., that would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The Minnesota Court of Appeals has rejected two of the most important permits for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota in a major victory for environmentalists. A three-judge panel ruled Monday, Jan. 13, 2019, that the state Department of Natural Resources erred when it declined to order a proceeding known as a

Minnesota court rejects major permits for PolyMet mine

Jan. 13, 2020 4:01 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday rejected some of the most important permits for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, giving a major victory to environmentalists. A three-judge panel ruled that the state Department of Natural Resources erred when...

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Review: `The Hollows' is much more than a murder mystery

Jan. 13, 2020 8:36 AM EST

“The Hollows," Minotaur Books, by Jess Montgomery In the opening of “The Hollows" by Jess Montgomery, sheriff Lily Ross is called out of her home late at night to investigate a mysterious death. The body of an elderly woman – barefoot and in her nightgown – is found battered near the...

Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens, addresses the media during a statement in Berlin, Germany, Friday. Jan. 10, 2020. Kaeser met German representatives of the Fridays-for-Future movement and said the company takes the activists' concerns seriously. (Soeren Stache/dpa via AP)

Germany's Siemens to fulfill Australia coal mine contract

Jan. 13, 2020 2:26 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Siemens has decided to stand by a contract linked to a coal mine in Australia that climate activists had called for it to drop. The German industrial conglomerate's CEO, Joe Kaeser, had promised to review Siemens' involvement in the project in light of climate activists' opposition....