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Cutter departs Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for last time

Jul. 6, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Coast Guard Cutter Reliance is leaving Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for the last time. The 210-foot Reliance, which has spent 32 years in Maine and New Hampshire, was departing on patrol Monday. The ship will then continue next month to its new home at a Navy base in Pensacola,...

Hundreds evacuated after oil spill in central Philippines

Jul. 6, 2020 1:26 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More than 400 people have been evacuated from a coastal village in the central Philippines after some 250,000 liters (66,000 gallons) of bunker fuel spilled from a power-generating barge into the sea, an official said Monday. “The stench was so bad we have to move people...

FILE - This Feb. 8, 2018, file photo shows a sign along a highway to protests the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Deerfield, Va. The developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline announced Sunday, July 5, 2020, that they are canceling the multi-state natural gas project, citing delays and increasing cost uncertainty. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Developers cancel long-delayed, $8B Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Jul. 5, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The developers of the long-delayed, $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline announced the cancellation of the multi-state natural gas project Sunday, citing uncertainties about costs, permitting and litigation. Despite a victory last month at the United States Supreme Court over a critical...

Vermont lake to be removed from impaired water list

Jul. 5, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

RYEGATE, Vt. (AP) — A northern Vermont lake that suffered many years of algae blooms and other challenges has improved to the point that it's being removed from Vermont’s impaired water list next month, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation said. Ticklenaked Pond in Caledonia County...

Illinois expands hours at emissions testing sites

Jul. 5, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Vehicle emissions testing sites in Illinois are expanding their hours in July and August. The 12 facilities will open earlier and remain open later on three days of the week through the end of August. Saturday hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hours on Mondays and Tuesdays are 7:30...

Workers inspect newly assembled cars at a Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd factory, a German joint venture company for Mercedes-Benz, in Beijing on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Chinese media reported Sunday, July 5, 2020 that Mercedes-Benz will recall more than 660,000 vehicles in China later this year for a possible oil leak with most of the vehicles being manufactured by Beijing Benz Automotive Co. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Mercedes to recall 660,000 vehicles in China for oil leak

Jul. 5, 2020 5:18 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Mercedes-Benz will recall more than 660,000 vehicles in China later this year for a possible oil leak. A seal between a high-pressure fuel pump and a low-pressure fuel pipe could weaken over time, allowing oil to leak when the engine starts in cold weather, according to a notice published...

The controversial most modern Uniper Datteln 4 coal-powered plant steams behind a corn field one month after the operational start in Datteln, Germany, Friday, July 3, 2020. The state governors Dietmar Woidke of Brandenburg, Michael Kretschmer of Saxony, Reiner Haseloff of Saxony-Anhalt and Armin Laschet of North Rhine-Westphalia meet in Berlin for the adoption by the Bundestag and Bundesrat of the laws on coal phase-out and structural strengthening in the affected federal states. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Germany is first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear

Jul. 3, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers have finalized the country's long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn't ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a waste of taxpayers' money. Bills approved by both houses of parliament Friday envision...

FILE - This undated file aerial view shows the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. Several groups are asking state and federal officials to hold semi-annual public meetings as Los Alamos National Laboratory prepares to resume and ramp up production of key components for the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. (Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)

Groups call for meetings as US lab preps for weapons work

Jul. 2, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several groups are asking state and federal officials to hold semi-annual public meetings as Los Alamos National Laboratory prepares to resume and ramp up production of key components for the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. The groups outlined their request in a recent...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, shows a note to Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House has approved a $1.5 trillion plan to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into projects to fix roads and bridges, upgrade transit systems, expand interstate railways and dredge harbors, ports and channels. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin, File)

House approves $1.5T plan to fix crumbling infrastructure

Jul. 1, 2020 9:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House approved a $1.5 trillion plan Wednesday to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into projects to fix roads and bridges, upgrade transit systems, expand interstate railways and dredge harbors, ports...

FILE - This Feb. 17, 2010, aerial file photo, shows the town of Libby Mont. With a decades-long cleanup of asbestos contamination in the town largely completed, state officials are taking over the effort to protect residents from future exposure to the potentially deadly material. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

US transfers care for towns polluted with asbestos to state

Jul. 1, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — State regulators are taking over maintenance of a decades-long environmental cleanup in two northwestern Montana towns where lung-damaging asbestos contamination has been blamed in hundreds of deaths. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday transferred responsibility...