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FILE- In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during his 2021 budget address at SHI Stadium at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ.  Murphy says he and fellow Democratic legislative leaders have agreed to raise income taxes on millionaires, Thursday, Sept. 17,  while also giving about 800,000 families a $500 tax rebate.. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray, File)

New Jersey law seeks to stem pollution in minority areas

Sep. 18, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Friday a measure giving state regulators power to deny development permits to businesses whose operations pollute predominantly Black and other minority communities. Murphy, a Democrat, cast the legislation in sweeping terms, calling it historic and...

351 sea turtles found dead on coast where 137 sea lions died

Sep. 15, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmental groups said Friday that a total of 351 loggerhead sea turtles have been found dead so far this year on the same stretch of Baja California coast where authorities found 137 dead, beached sea lions last week. The Mexican Center for Environmental Law and the Center for...

FILE - This Dec. 22, 2018, file photo shows a pump jack over an oil well along Interstate 25 near Dacono, Colo. Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Trump's fossil fuel agenda gets pushback from federal judges

Sep. 15, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. Judges have ruled...

Jeff Clark, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks as Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, right, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, left, look on during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Automakers Daimler AG and subsidiary Mercedes-Benz USA have agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the U.S. government and California state regulators to resolve emissions cheating allegations. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

Daimler AG to pay $1.5B to settle emissions cheating probes

Sep. 14, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Automaker Daimler AG and subsidiary Mercedes-Benz USA have agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the U.S. government and California state regulators to resolve emissions cheating allegations, officials said Monday. The U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency and the California...

Volkswagen completes monitoring in 2015 emissions scandal

Sep. 14, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen said Monday that it has completed supervision by an independent monitor imposed as part of the company's plea agreement with the U.S. Justice Department in its diesel emissions scandal. The company said it worked with monitor Larry D. Thompson since 2017 to design and...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017 file photo Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of the German car manufacturer 'Volkswagen', arrives for a questioning at an investigation committee of the German federal parliament in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

Former VW boss Winterkorn must stand trial in diesel scandal

Sep. 9, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A German court has ruled former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn must stand trial on fraud charges in connection with the company's diesel emission scandal in which it sold cars with software that let them cheat on emissions tests. The three-judge panel in Braunschweig in...

President Donald Trump reacts to the crowd as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally at Smith Reynolds Airport, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump expands ban on new offshore drilling sites in Atlantic

Sep. 8, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump expanded a ban on new offshore drilling Tuesday, an election-year reversal likely to appeal to voters in Florida and other coastal states. Two years ago, Trump had taken steps to vastly expand offshore drilling from coast to coast. “This protects your...

President Donald Trump holds a signed memorandum to expand the offshore drilling moratorium to Florida's Atlantic coast, Georgia and South Carolina after speaking at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

AP FACT CHECK: Clean air, dirty ballot claims not so clear

Sep. 8, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is muddying up claims about clean air and dirty election ballots in the U.S., falsely taking credit for lower gasoline prices and misrepresenting Democratic rival Joe Biden’s stance on the suburbs. A look at some of his claims Tuesday and how they match up...

FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo, Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.Offshore drilling, an issue that has created some bipartisan unity in South Carolina among opponents who argue such expansion would mar the state's pristine coastline, is surfacing in a political action committee's effort to oust Graham. As the state's beaches teem with visitors on Labor Day, Lindsey Must Go PAC is flying two planes up and down the South Carolina coast, with trailing banners reading

PAC challenging SC's Graham over offshore drilling stance

Sep. 7, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Offshore drilling, an issue that has created some bipartisan unity in South Carolina among opponents who argue such expansion would mar the state's pristine coastline, is surfacing in a political action committee's effort to oust U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. As the state's beaches teem...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, Idaho Gov. Brad Little speaks at a news conference, at the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. Governors from 22 Western states and Pacific territories want a bigger say in how the Trump administration defines habitat for wildlife protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Western Governors Association said in a letter Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that states should be equals in creating the new definition that could have implications for how states manage imperiled animals and plants. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)

Governors want more say in habitat rule for at-risk wildlife

Sep. 4, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Governors from 22 Western states and Pacific territories want a bigger say in how the Trump administration defines habitat for wildlife protected under the Endangered Species Act. The new definition could have implications for how states manage imperiled animals and plants, the Western...