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In this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, photo, Houston resident Guadalupe Ortiz takes her daily walk at a city park located across the street from her home and a Valero oil refinery. Houston's lack of zoning has resulted in residents like Ortiz living next to petrochemical facilities and businesses that handle hazardous substances.   (AP Photo/ Juan Lozano)

Houston blast prompts safety debate in city with no zoning

Feb. 15, 2020 10:23 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s lack of zoning restrictions has left many residents with neighbors they don't want: petrochemical facilities and businesses that handle hazardous materials. That unease was laid bare again last month when a massive explosion leveled a metal fabricating and manufacturing...

This photo taken on Monday Jan. 22, 2020 shows a gold miner holding gold in Kidal, Mali. A gold rush is underway in northern Mali in an area where al-Qaida-linked militants operate, raising concerns that new profits from the artisanal mining could benefit not only the local economy but also the Islamic extremists. A coalition of armed Tuareg rebels known as the CMA controls the Kidal region and its leaders are the ones overseeing the gold panning activities. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)

Gold panning in northern Mali may be benefiting extremists

Feb. 14, 2020 4:46 AM EST

KIDAL, Mali (AP) — A gold rush is underway in an area of northern Mali where al-Qaida-linked fighters are active, raising concerns that profits from artisanal mining could benefit not only the local economy but also Islamic extremists. A coalition of armed Tuareg rebels known as the CMA controls the Kidal...

FILE - This Feb. 10, 2016 file photo shows a former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., that would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that rejected some of the most important permits for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The case is one of several pending before the courts in the long-running battle over what would be Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Minnesota agency appeals court ruling against PolyMet mine

Feb. 12, 2020 3:09 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that rejected some of the most important permits for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The agency said in a statement that last month's decision from the...

Executive: Kentucky aluminum plant project still needs $500M

Feb. 11, 2020 5:32 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A company that promised a $1.7 billion aluminum plant in Appalachia still needs a $500 million cash infusion to do the job, the new CEO told Kentucky lawmakers Tuesday, following a corporate management shakeup. Braidy Industries officials appeared before the Senate Appropriations and...

A protester holds a placard at a rally of advocates to voice opposition to efforts by the Trump administration to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act, which is the country's basic charter for protection of the outdoors on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Push to scale back US environmental law draws ire at hearing

Feb. 11, 2020 5:04 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday hosted the first of two hearings on its proposal to speed energy and other projects by rolling back a landmark environmental law. Opponents from Western states argued the long-term benefits of keeping the environmental reviews. Among other changes,...

Company withdraws application to mine near Okefenokee refuge

Feb. 10, 2020 2:23 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A mining company has withdrawn its request for the federal government's permission to dig up minerals near the vast wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp, saying it plans to submit a new application that proposes a smaller area for the project. The Army Corps of Engineers disclosed...

Roadside bomb in SW Pakistan kills 1 soldier, wounds 5

Feb. 9, 2020 7:56 AM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A roadside bomb exploded near a Pakistani paramilitary vehicle in the restive southwestern Baluchistan province, killing one soldier and wounding five others, a local government official said Sunday. The paramilitary troops were attacked while on patrol near the Sharag coal mines,...

An artisanal miner is seen near the site where some miners were trapped underground following the collapse of a mine shaft in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, Friday, Feb, 7, 2020. Zimbabwe's rescue agency says it has ended rescue operations at the mine where two people died after been trapped underground. Spokesman Paul Nyathi said the miners have been trapped since Wednesday when they entered for the night shift at the gold mine near Kwekwe city in central Zimbabwe. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe ends rescue work after collapse trapped miners

Feb. 7, 2020 12:58 PM EST

KWEKWE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's rescue agency said Friday it has ended operations at a mine where two people died after being trapped underground. Nathan Nkomo, director of the Civil Protection Unit, told The Associated Press that "we have retrieved all the bodies." An injured miner was taken to a...

FILE - This May 8, 2017, file photo, shows Arch Canyon within Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. The U.S. government implemented final management plans Thursday for two national monuments in Utah that President Donald Trump downsized. The plans ensure lands previously off-limits to energy development will be open to mining and drilling despite pending lawsuits by conservation, tribal and paleontology groups challenging the constitutionality of the president's action. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

Trump administration moves ahead on shrinking Utah monuments

Feb. 6, 2020 8:51 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government implemented final management plans Thursday for two national monuments in Utah that President Donald Trump downsized more than two years ago that ensure lands previously off-limits to energy development will be open to mining and drilling despite pending lawsuits....

In this June 17, 2011, photo provided by NOAA Fisheries are freshwater seals at Iliamna Lake, in Alaska. An environmental group is petitioning the federal government to list a population of freshwater Alaska seals under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, petitioned to provide protections to harbor seals that live at Iliamna Lake in southwest Alaska. (Dave Withrow/NOAA Fisheries via AP)

Group seeks endangered species listing for Alaska lake seals

Feb. 6, 2020 7:42 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The only known freshwater harbor seals in the U.S. should be listed as threatened or endangered, an environmental group said Thursday in its second petition for the animals. The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned for additional protections for the 400 harbor seals that...