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Tribes seek to challenge Corps' Dakota Access pipeline study

Dec. 10, 2018 11:41 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Four Native American tribes that are fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in court are seeking to challenge the recent conclusion of federal officials that a spill would not greatly impact tribal populations. The Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Yankton and Oglala Sioux tribes have...

Today in History

Dec. 3, 2018 12:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2018. There are 28 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Dec. 3, 1984, thousands of people died after a cloud of methyl isocyanate gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India. On this date:...

Thai billionaire appears in court as poaching trial begins

Nov. 27, 2018 3:25 AM EST

KANCHANABURI, Thailand (AP) — The trial of a Thai billionaire construction tycoon charged with poaching an endangered black panther and other animals in a wildlife sanctuary began Tuesday after months of delay. Premchai Karnasuta, the president of Italian-Thai Development PLC, appeared at the provincial...

The Latest: California wildfire missing list rises to 870

Nov. 20, 2018 11:14 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 8 p.m. A California sheriff says the list of names of those unaccounted for after a deadly wildfire has increased to 870. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says the additional 171 names came from a backlog of voicemails that...

Convicted murderer quiet on why he killed wife, daughters

Nov. 20, 2018 1:51 AM EST

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Christopher Watts cried, shook and stared into his lap as a judge told him he would spend the rest of his life in prison for the murders of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters. But he spoke only once at his sentencing hearing and that was to decline the opportunity to give...

Sides spar over water permit for refinery near national park

Nov. 14, 2018 4:10 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A company developing an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota has supplied adequate information to justify drawing water from an underwater aquifer, State Water Commission officials testified Wednesday. An attorney for area landowners challenging the...

Another Keystone XL setback: environmental review ordered

Nov. 9, 2018 6:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a setback for the Trump administration, a federal judge has blocked a permit for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada and ordered officials to conduct a new environmental review. Environmentalists and tribal groups cheered the ruling by a U.S. district judge in...

US steps up scrutiny of funds for asbestos exposure victims

Oct. 31, 2018 12:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has stepped up scrutiny of asbestos trust funds, concerned that the pots of money intended to help people exposed to the hazardous substance are being depleted by fraudulent claims, harming victims, businesses and the government. The Justice Department in the last...

Court revives claim involving uranium mine near Grand Canyon

Oct. 27, 2018 1:58 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a challenge to a company's right to mine uranium near the Grand Canyon. An Obama-era decision prohibits new mining claims on roughly 1,562 square miles outside the boundaries of the national park through 2032. But that doesn't keep uranium...

Atlanta corruption investigation stretches into Mississippi

Oct. 25, 2018 1:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal investigation into corruption at Atlanta City Hall has stretched into Mississippi with a new bribery charge leveled against a former Atlanta city employee and political consultant. A new indictment filed in Atlanta this week against Mitzi Bickers alleges she tried to get city...