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Oklahoma AG calls company 'kingpin' in state's opioid crisis

Jul. 15, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson was a "kingpin" company that helped fuel the most devastating public health crisis in Oklahoma history, the state attorney general argued Monday during the close of his case against the opioid drug manufacturer. Mike Hunter said the New...

Syria says militant attack shuts down gas pipeline

Jul. 14, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Militants targeted a gas pipeline in government-controlled central Syria, putting it out of order Sunday, according to state media. The SANA news agency didn't name the attackers. The area in the central Homs province is close to where remnants of the Islamic State group are still...

Mexico's treasury secretary resigns, cites interference

Jul. 9, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's treasury secretary resigned Tuesday, complaining of the appointment of unqualified officials by "influential people in the current administration who have clear conflicts of interest." Carlos Urzua, a longtime ally of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, did not...

Amid fuel shortage, Venezuelan farmers worry about crops

Jul. 9, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

LA GRITA, Venezuela (AP) — Growing potatoes and carrots high in the wind-swept mountains of western Venezuela had always proven a challenge for Luis Villamizar. But as oil production in the South American country has collapsed under years of mismanagement and U.S. sanctions, many in the industry are...

North Korea: Trump tries to undermine peace with sanctions

Jul. 3, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Three days after the U.S. and North Korean leaders held a historic third meeting, North Korea's U.N. Mission accused the Trump administration Wednesday of talking about dialogue but being "more and more hell bent" on hostile acts. A press statement from the mission pointed a finger at...

Turkmen president celebrates birthday with new gas refinery

Jun. 29, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan's president has celebrated his 62nd birthday with the opening of the world's largest natural gas-to-gasoline refinery, a $1.7 billion project. The facility is intended to diversify the gas-rich Central Asian nation's hydrocarbon exports as it struggles to manage...

Official says refinery too unsafe for investigators to enter

Jun. 27, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal safety board looking into the fire and explosions at the largest oil refinery on the East Coast says the unit where the blasts happened remains too dangerous to access. Kristen Kulinowski is a leader of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. She calls the...

Gas prices could rise after fire-stricken refinery closes

Jun. 26, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

The largest oil refinery on the East Coast said Wednesday that it will close after a devastating fire last week that set off explosions and damaged equipment, and analysts said consumers could see gas prices rise as summer travel hits full swing. Philadelphia Energy Solutions sent a notice to state labor...

The Latest: Refinery confirms it will close, lay off workers

Jun. 26, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the announcement that an East Coast oil refinery that caught fire will close (all times local): ___ 4:30 p.m. The owner of the largest oil refinery on the East Coast is giving first public confirmation of its plans to close the facility after a fire last week set off...

Refinery fire probe continues; no health concerns found

Jun. 25, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials say it will take some time to determine the cause of last week's fire and explosion at a Philadelphia refinery, but nothing of concern to public health has been found. Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel says investigators haven't been able to go to some areas at the Philadelphia...