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Laos opens railway to China as debt to Beijing rises

Dec. 03, 2021 07:12 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — After a blessing by Buddhist monks, Lao Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh on Friday rode the first run of a $5.9 billion Chinese-built railway that links isolated, mountainous Laos with southern China in an effort to increase trade. Both governments tout...

Energy secretary: Offshore wind brings 'gust' of job growth

Dec. 02, 2021 16:58 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Thursday that the administration's goal for offshore wind and the projects being developed now represent a “gust of job growth throughout the country.” Granholm visited a new offshore wind...

Police: Man charged in killing of woman at church

Dec. 02, 2021 14:40 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police announced Thursday that they've charged a 62-year-old man in the killing of a grandmother at a church last month. Police said the warrant apprehension task force took Manzie Smith Jr. into custody Wednesday and he was charged with...

Land value dispute delays levee project near New Orleans

Dec. 02, 2021 12:27 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Construction on a long-planned levee in southeastern Louisiana has been delayed at least a month because of a dispute over land to complete the project. The West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane Levee is designed to protect St. John the Baptist, St....

Laos-China railway to launch as debt to Beijing mounts

Dec. 02, 2021 07:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Laos, a nation of 7 million people wedged between China, Vietnam and Thailand, is opening a $5.9 billion Chinese-built railway that links China's poor southwest to foreign markets but piles on potentially risky debt. The line through lush tropical...

LG&E agrees to $750K civil penalty in air pollution case

Dec. 02, 2021 04:05 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Gas & Electric Co. has agreed to pay a $750,000 civil penalty and permanently limit emissions from its Mill Creek Station coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, the U.S. Justice Department said. A proposed agreement was filed Wednesday...

Controversial plan for Oregon natural gas terminal abandoned

Dec. 01, 2021 19:24 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Canadian energy company called it quits Wednesday on a controversial natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal on the southern Oregon coast after failing to obtain all necessary state permits. Opponents of the Jordan Cove project, which would...

Fire burns Southern California residential construction site

Dec. 01, 2021 17:01 PM EST

UPLAND, Calif. (AP) — Fire destroyed or damaged eight apartment-style buildings that were under construction and damaged an occupied adjacent apartment building in Southern California before dawn Wednesday, authorities said. More than 60 firefighters from multiple...

Oil demand, climate change clash in California pipeline plan

Dec. 01, 2021 15:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A proposal to replace an oil pipeline that was shut down in 2015 after causing California's worst coastal spill in 25 years is inching though a government review, even as the state moves toward banning gas-powered vehicles and oil drilling. ...

Jury selection begins in trial stemming from workplace death

Dec. 01, 2021 09:21 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Jury selection got underway Wednesday for the trial of a roofing contractor charged in the death of a worker who fell from a roof because of alleged unsafe working conditions. The trial of Michael Purvis was initially scheduled for March 2020, but...