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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump shifts on Puerto Rico, releases aid as election nears

Sep. 19, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced the release Friday of $13 billion in assistance to repair years-old hurricane damage in Puerto Rico and pledged to restore its economy, setting aside his past bitter treatment of the island and its leaders as he courts Puerto Rican voters in the U.S.,...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump shifts on Puerto Rico, releases aid as election nears

Sep. 18, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced the release Friday of $13 billion in assistance to repair years-old hurricane damage in Puerto Rico and pledged to restore its economy, setting aside his past bitter treatment of the island and its leaders as he courts Puerto Rican voters in the U.S.,...

FILE -- In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo clouds of smoke are pictured over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland. Government stimulus programs to pull the world out of the coronavirus pandemic offer “a tremendous opportunity” to build a clean-energy economy, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday, calling on governments not to “invest in the past.

UN chief: don't 'throw away' stimulus money on fossil fuels

Sep. 17, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday on governments not to “throw away” economic stimulus funds by supporting fossil fuel industries that contribute to global warming. Speaking at a virtual conference on climate change, Guterres noted that countries have...

A barge runs aground along downtown Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, as Hurricane Sally moves inland. Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph (165 kph) winds and rain measured in feet, swamping homes and trapping people in high water as it pushed inland for what could be a slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South. (Tony Giberson//Pensacola News Journal via AP)

The Latest: Sally weakens to depression; still dumping rain

Sep. 16, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather: MIAMI — Sally has weakened to a depression but is still dumping torrential rains over eastern Alabama and western Georgia. The National Hurricane Center said winds of the once-powerful hurricane have decreased to about 35 mph, with some higher gusts....

Venezuela's Attorney General Tarek William Saab holds a photo of bullets he says were seized with other weapons in connection with what the government calls a failed attack over the weekend aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro, during a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela: captured US spy charged in alleged terrorist plot

Sep. 14, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s chief prosecutor on Monday said a U.S. citizen recently arrested in the country as a suspected spy has been charged in an alleged terrorist plot to sabotage oil refineries and electrical service in order to stir unrest. The man, alleged to have CIA ties, had...

Polish energy giant Orlen aims at 2050 emission neutrality

Sep. 10, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s oil and energy giant PKN Orlen says it is aiming at carbon emission neutrality by the year 2050. Central and Eastern Europe’s leader in the energy sector, Orlen said this week it will invest heavily in developing cleaner production methods and greater...

In this image taken with a slow shutter speed, embers light up a hillside behind the Bidwell Bar Bridge as the Bear Fire burns in Oroville, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The blaze, part of the lightning-sparked North Complex, expanded at a critical rate of spread as winds buffeted the region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

3 dead as wildfire explodes in Northern California

Sep. 10, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

OROVILLE, Calilf. (AP) — Three people died in a wind-whipped Northern California wildfire that has forced thousands of people from their homes while carving a 25-mile path of destruction through mountainous terrain and parched foothills, authorities said Wednesday. California Highway Patrol Officer Ben...

Ex-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder sits in the House of Representatives in the Ohio Statehouse after returning for the first time since being charged in a $60 million bribery scandal. The morning House session had just ended Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. [Fred Squillante/Dispatch]/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

State watchdog seeks probe of utility tied to bribery scheme

Sep. 9, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's consumer watchdog has asked a regulatory agency to conduct an independent investigation of the state's largest electric utility, FirstEnergy Corp., that federal authorities have tied to a $60 million bribery scheme involving one of Ohio's most powerful politicians. The Ohio...

Helina Thorp, right, 14, expresses frustration while unsuccessfully trying to log in to her school distance-learning classes while her mother, Virginia Thorp, attempts to call school officials from a Pacific Gas & Electric community resource center at the El Dorado Fairgrounds during a Public Safety Power Shutoff in Placerville, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. People in nearly 172,000 homes and businesses in parts of California were sweltering Tuesday without electricity as Pacific Gas & Electric intentionally shut off power to prevent wildfires amid high winds. The business and household customers without power were in areas including the Sacramento Valley, Sierra Nevada foothills, and parts of Napa and Sonoma counties in wine country. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

PG&E trying a new tactic in power cuts to prevent wildfires

Sep. 8, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The nation's largest utility said Tuesday it is executing smarter and shorter power shutoffs after receiving widespread criticism last year when it turned off electricity to 2 million people to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires. The targeted outages that began overnight to...

FILE — In this Sunday Nov. 10, 2019 file photo a herd of elephants make their way through the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, in search of water. An environmental group in Zimbabwe has applied to the country's High Court Tuesday Sept. 8, 2020, to stop a Chinese firm from mining coal in the park which hosts one of Africa's largest populations of elephants. (AP Photo/File)

Zimbabwe group tries to stop Chinese coal mine in game park

Sep. 8, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An environmental group in Zimbabwe has applied to the country’s High Court to stop a Chinese firm from mining coal in Hwange National Park, which hosts one of Africa’s largest populations of elephants. The Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association argues that the...