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Landslide kills 6 Afghans in Taliban-controlled district

Dec. 12, 2019 3:42 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A landslide in a remote, Taliban-controlled district in northeastern Afghanistan killed at least six people, all of them poor villagers mining the hillside for gold, officials said Thursday. The landslide took place on Wednesday in the district of Raghistan in Badakhshan...

California calls pot smoke, THC a risk to moms-to-be

Dec. 11, 2019 8:49 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California panel voted Wednesday to declare marijuana smoke and the drug's high-producing chemical — THC — a risk to pregnant women and their developing fetuses and require warning labels for products legally sold in the nation's largest pot market. The decision by the...

No paper trail by Super Tuesday for 2nd big Tennessee county

Dec. 11, 2019 7:46 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A second big county in Tennessee won't have paper-trail producing voting equipment that experts consider crucial for election integrity in place by the March 3 presidential primary. Knox County — anchored by Knoxville — is eyeing a change from fully electronic machines...

Company to pay $245M toward cleanup of Kalamazoo River PCBs

Dec. 11, 2019 5:30 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — One of the companies responsible for polluting an 80-mile (129-kilometer) stretch of river and floodplains in southwestern Michigan with toxic chemicals will pay at least $245.2 million to advance a cleanup effort that began more than 20 years ago, federal officials said...

Doyon, Hilcorp sign joint Alaska oil, gas exploration deal

Dec. 11, 2019 9:47 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native Regional Corporation and an energy company will jointly explore the Yukon Flats region for potential oil and gas extraction, officials said. Doyon Limited and Hilcorp Energy Co. officials agreed to a five-year deal that will include exploration of 2,500 square...

Spain: Firefighters make headway to extinguish factory fire

Dec. 11, 2019 8:29 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish emergency services said Wednesday that firefighters were making headway in extinguishing a fire that destroyed a chemical plant in a northeastern town, and that warnings that people should stay indoors had been lifted. The early morning blaze at a solvent and industrial residues...

Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea

Dec. 11, 2019 8:23 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The South Pacific region of Bougainville voted overwhelmingly to become the world’s newest nation by gaining independence from Papua New Guinea, results showed Wednesday. Bougainville Referendum Commission Chairman Bertie Ahern was cheered when he announced that more than...

Woman rescued from West Virginia mine enters guilty plea

Dec. 10, 2019 5:29 PM EST

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who was rescued along with two other people from an inactive coal mine last year has pleaded guilty to destruction of property and conspiracy. Erica Treadway entered the plea deal Monday, news outlets reported. She faces up to eight years in prison at sentencing...

Bloomberg tells UN climate talks: You can count on the US

Dec. 10, 2019 3:19 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — New York billionaire and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg led a high-powered charge against President Donald Trump's climate policies Tuesday, assuring activists, scientists and politicians from around the world that Americans are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions...

Cambodia dismayed over US sanctions for corruption, logging

Dec. 10, 2019 5:39 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Cambodian government expressed “strong dismay" Tuesday over a U.S. Treasury decision to sanction two businessmen suspected of corruption and illegal logging. A Foreign Ministry statement said the sanctions were based on groundless accusations. “The Executive...