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Rare plants to be reviewed amid New Mexico oil and gas fight

May. 12, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will take a closer look at two rare plants found only in northwestern New Mexico to see if they warrant protection under the federal Endangered Species Act as environmentalists push to stop oil and gas development in the region. ...

Ukraine charges Putin ally Medvedchuk with treason

May. 11, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine has indicted a top opposition figure who is a close ally of Russia's president with treason and attempts to steal natural resources from Russia-annexed Crimea. Along with the Tuesday indictment of Viktor Medvedchuk, security service agents...

Interior drops Trump proposal for Arctic offshore drilling

May. 07, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department said Friday that it would not pursue a Trump administration proposal that critics feared would have weakened rules for exploratory oil and gas drilling in Arctic waters. A statement from the department said existing...

US proposes ending rule that weakened wild bird protections

May. 06, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Longstanding protections for wild birds would be restored under a proposal unveiled Thursday to bring back prosecutions of avian deaths by industry that were ended under former President Donald Trump. The Interior Department announcement came as...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

May. 05, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

Scranton Times-Tribune. May 3, 2021. Editorial: Pass Yaw bill to help farms get greener Pennsylvania has fallen far behind the pollution reduction goals it has agreed to in the multi-state and federal effort to revive Chesapeake Bay. Other governments...

US-mediated border talks between Lebanon, Israel resume

May. 04, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

NAQOURA, Lebanon (AP) — After a nearly six-month pause, Lebanon and Israel on Tuesday resumed indirect talks with U.S. mediation over their disputed maritime border. Disagreements among the Lebanese leadership over the small country's claims prevailed. The talks ended...

Lawmakers unhappy about tolls reminded of law they passed

Apr. 29, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state lawmakers unhappy that Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is considering tolling nine major bridges were warned about that prospect when they passed legislation in 2012 delegating approval to appointees of the governor and top lawmakers, they were told...

Editorial Roundup: US

Apr. 29, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ April 29 The Los Angeles Times on how Biden agenda makes up for decades of federal neglect: Three times already in his brief tenure,...

US weighs policy on Venezuela as Maduro signals flexibility

Apr. 26, 2021 22:34 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government is intensifying efforts to court the Biden administration as the new U.S. president weighs whether to risk a political backlash in Florida and ease up on sanctions seeking to isolate the socialist leader. ...

Lebanon urges Saudi Arabia to reconsider ban on produce

Apr. 26, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon called on Saudi Arabia on Monday to reconsider its decision to ban Lebanese produce from entering the oil-rich kingdom over a drug smuggling case. Officials vowed to investigate and institute strict new measures. The announcement was made after a...