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Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland, left, Mexico's top trade negotiator Jesus Seade, center, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, sign an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, at the national palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, Dec. 10. 2019. Observing from behind are Mexico's Treasury Secretary Arturo Herrera, left, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, second left, Mexico's Labor Secretary Maria Alcade, third left, and The President of the Mexican Senate Ricardo Monreal. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Senate passes US-Canada-Mexico trade deal, a Trump priority

Jan. 16, 2020 4:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a new North American trade agreement Thursday that rewrites the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico and gives President Donald Trump a major policy win before senators turn their full attention to his impeachment trial. The vote was 89-10. The measure...

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...

FILE - In this March 12, 2019 file photo, an ice and snow covered road leads up to the main building on the Veterans Affairs campus, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Knoxville, Iowa. After watching for more than a decade as a once busy Veterans Affairs campus deteriorated into a sprawling ghost town, leaders of a small Iowa city announced plans to take control of the property and likely demolish most of the structures. City and county officials signed documents Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, taking ownership of the 153-acre property. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Small Iowa city agrees to plan for huge federal ghost town

Jan. 15, 2020 6:03 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — After watching for more than a decade as a once busy Veterans Affairs campus deteriorated into a sprawling ghost town of crumbling brick buildings, leaders of a small Iowa city announced plans Wednesday to finally take control of the property and likely demolish most of the...

Environmental groups challenge plastics complex permit

Jan. 15, 2020 5:32 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Conservation and community groups sued the Trump administration Wednesday, challenging environmental permits for a Taiwan company's planned $9.4 billion plastics complex in Louisiana. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington accuses the Army Corps of Engineers of failing to...

FILE - This Jan. 25, 2010, file photo, shows a General Motors Co. logo during a news conference in Detroit.  More than 1,350 temporary workers at 14 General Motors facilities in the U.S. will get full-time positions before the end of March, 2020, the company says. The workers will start at $21 to $24 per hour depending on their seniority. They'll get improved health care benefits, company 401(k) contributions and annual profit-sharing checks.    (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

GM says over 1,350 temps will get full-time jobs by March 31

Jan. 15, 2020 12:07 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — More than 1,350 temporary workers at 14 General Motors facilities in the U.S. will get full-time positions before the end of March, the company says. The workers will start at $21 to $24 per hour depending on their seniority and will get improved health care benefits at a low cost, dental...

Kentucky county to lose major employer with plant closure

Jan. 15, 2020 11:46 AM EST

GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) — A commercial printing company that is one of the largest employers in a Kentucky county has announced it will close three plants this year. The Chicago-based LSC Communications Inc. confirmed on Tuesday that among the closures would be its plant in Glasgow that was operated as RR...

FILE - In this June 6, 2015, file photo, Connor McDavid participates in the wingspan measurement during the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, N.Y.  The NHL's top prospects will continue making their pre-draft stop in Buffalo for at least another three years, The league on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, announced it has extended its agreement to hold its annual scouting combine in Buffalo at the Sabres downtown practice facility, LECOM Harborcenter, through 2022. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File)

NHL extends Buffalo's agreement to host combine through 2022

Jan. 13, 2020 12:40 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The NHL's top prospects will continue making their pre-draft stops in Buffalo for at least another three years. The league on Monday announced an extension of its agreement to hold its annual scouting combine in Buffalo at the Sabres downtown practice facility, LECOM Harborcenter,...

Seen through the cut-out shape of a cross on a priest's chair, a woman attends an outdoor Mass under a tent set up near the Immaculate Concepcion Catholic Church, which sustained earthquake-related damaged earlier in the week, following a magnitude 5.9 quake earlier in the day in Guanica, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. The morning quake caused further damage along the island’s southern coast, where previous recent quakes have toppled homes and schools. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Magnitude 5.9 shock again rocks quake-stunned Puerto Rico

Jan. 11, 2020 6:50 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A magnitude 5.9 quake shook Puerto Rico on Saturday, causing millions of dollars of damage along the island’s southern coast, where previous recent quakes have toppled homes and schools. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 8:54 a.m. (1254 GMT) quake hit 8 miles (13...

FILE - In this June 11, 2014, file photo, visitors hike to a stone lookout over the Little Missouri River inside the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, located in the Badlands of North Dakota. Anemic funding, alleged unpaid work and legal fights are hobbling developers of a proposed $800 million oil refinery near the park in western North Dakota. But the project manager for Meridian Energy Group's Davis Refinery, which has drawn criticism from environmental groups and others who worry it would add to pollution near the national park, insists it will be built. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Planned refinery by national park hurt by funding, lawsuits

Jan. 10, 2020 1:59 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Anemic funding, alleged unpaid work and legal fights are hobbling developers of a proposed $800 million oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota. But the project manager for Meridian Energy Group’s Davis Refinery — which has drawn...

Activist of 'Extinction Rebellion' and 'Parents for Future Berlin' attend a protest rally against the climate policy of Australia's government in front of Australia's embassy in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Climate activists target Siemens over Australia coal project

Jan. 10, 2020 10:57 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The chief executive of Siemens said Friday that the German engineering company will review its involvement in a coal mine in Australia after climate activists called for it to pull out of the project. The group Fridays for Future, which has held weekly protests demanding action against...