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Europeans criticize US move to revoke Iran sanction waivers

May. 30, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The western European parties to the landmark nuclear deal with Iran on Saturday criticized a U.S. decision to end nearly all of the last vestiges of sanctions relief provided under the 2015 pact. The U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the deal with Iran in 2018, leaving the others involved...

Plexiglass separates guests from each other and the dealer at the Black Jack tables at the Mohegan Sun casino, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Uncasville, Conn.  Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes, Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, said they're planning to reopen parts of their southeastern Connecticut casinos on June 1, despite Gov. Ned Lamont saying it's too early and dangerous.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Restrictions eased on worship services; casinos reopening

May. 29, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont announced Friday he is easing pandemic restrictions on religious services, allowing houses of worship to now have up to 100 people inside, or 25% capacity, whichever is less. Outdoor worship services will now be limited to up to 150 people, so long as everyone...

Kansas refinery reaches agreement over clean air violations

May. 28, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) — The owners of an oil refining plant in El Dorado have agreed to pay a $4 million fine for violating federal clean air regulations, federal and state officials said Thursday. HollyFrontier also will make improvements at its plant to reduce emissions and improve risk management...

In this Feb. 13, 2020, photo, GOP U.S. House candidate Claire Chase speaks to voters in Los Lunas, N.M. Chase and two other Republican hopefuls seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small for a key southern New Mexico seat are hitting the airwaves early. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

GOP contest for US House seat in New Mexico limps to end

May. 28, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The race for a swing U.S. House seat in southern New Mexico has seen a commercial using a cheerleader voice to mock one candidate. One hopeful has accused another of spreading false infidelity rumors. Ads say a candidate attended a San Diego pinata party on the taxpayers’...

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers a brief update on the dam breach and flooding throughout mid-Michigan counties at Meridian Elementary School in Sanford on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Kaytie Boomer/The Bay City Times via AP)

Governor orders probe of failed dams that caused flooding

May. 27, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

West Bloomfield, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday demanded an investigation to determine what caused two dams in central Michigan to fail, leading to devastating floods in several communities and forcing about 11,000 people to evacuate their homes. Whitmer ordered the Michigan Department of...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the State Department on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Washington. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool Photo via AP)

US clamps down on waivers tied to Iran's nuclear cooperation

May. 27, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Wednesday it is ending nearly all of the last vestiges of U.S. sanctions relief provided under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he would revoke all but one of sanctions waivers covering civil nuclear cooperation. The...

FILE - In this April 19, 2020, file photo, a lone security guard watches over casinos shuttered due to the coronavirus outbreak in Las Vegas. Nevada gambling regulators said Tuesday, May 26, 2020, they may require the state's shuttered casinos to test all

Nevada regulators refining rules for reopening casinos

May. 27, 2020 12:51 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada casinos will be able to open June 4, when they will have been closed for more than 11 weeks to prevent crowds from gathering and spreading the coronavirus, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday night. Nevada gambling regulators said earlier that day that they may require the...

Company floats new proposal for hydropower on tribal land

May. 26, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Phoenix-based company that was eyeing the Little Colorado River for power generation is floating a new proposal that would rely on groundwater rather than surface water to make electricity. Pumped Hydro Storage LLC recently applied for a preliminary permit for a project adjacent...

Hong Kong police fire tear gas in popular shopping district as hundreds protest China's proposed national security law

May. 24, 2020 1:52 AM EDT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police fire tear gas in popular shopping district as hundreds protest China's proposed national security law.

Alaska LNG Project receives federal regulatory approval

May. 22, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a decision authorizing construction of the Alaska LNG Project, concluding an environmental impact statement process of more than three years. The commission announced Thursday it approved the state's plans for the estimated $43...