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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he's ending presidential bid

Aug. 21, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who made fighting climate change the central theme of his presidential campaign, announced Wednesday night that he is ending his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Inslee said that he was confident that Democrats would select a nominee who would...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's false claims on fuel economy rules

Aug. 21, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the facts about his proposal to freeze Obama-era fuel economy requirements at 2021 levels. In multiple tweets Wednesday, Trump blasted auto executives as "foolish" and weak and accused the companies of being "politically correct" for resisting the...

State officials sue EPA, seeking more Hudson River cleanup

Aug. 21, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials who are pushing for additional cleanup of the Hudson River followed through Wednesday on their promise of a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The federal lawsuit seeks to vacate the EPA's decision in April not to compel General Electric Co. to...

The Latest: EPA not commenting on Hudson River lawsuit

Aug. 21, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency over Hudson River cleanup (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The Environmental Protection Agency is not commenting on a lawsuit filed by New York officials who are seeking additional cleanup of the Hudson River. The...

Judge pauses new Missouri law on large farm regulations

Aug. 20, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge on Monday temporarily blocked a new Missouri law that sought to shield large hog, poultry and cattle farms from stringent local health rules. Cole County Presiding Judge Patricia Joyce's action means the measure won't take effect as scheduled on Aug. 28. Critics of the...

Plutonium found in Colorado soil; 2nd test shows lower level

Aug. 20, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Elevated levels of plutonium were found in the soil near a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver, while a second test showed far lower levels, health officials said Tuesday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said it is trying to sort out the conflicting results of...

CEO: Refinery by Roosevelt National Park 1 year behind plan

Aug. 20, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Lawsuits from environmentalists and landowners have made investors skittish and delayed progress another year on the proposed $800 million oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota, the developer's top executive said. Meridian wants to build the...

Lufthansa offers climate-friendly fuel, but at a price

Aug. 19, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German airline Lufthansa is launching a website that allows customers to buy climate-friendly plane fuel to compensate for the emissions caused by their flight. Lufthansa said Monday that the sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF, purchased that way will be added to one of the airline's flights,...

Lead scrubbed from Paris streets as Notre Dame work resumes

Aug. 19, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Specialists shoring up fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral returned Monday to the Paris site for the first time in nearly a month, this time wearing disposable underwear and other protective gear after a delay prompted by fears of lead contamination. Meanwhile, cleanup teams swept, sprayed and...

Wildlife roam where US once made nuclear and chemical arms

Aug. 18, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — From a tiny Pacific island to a leafy Indiana forest, a handful of sites where the United States manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now peaceful havens for wildlife. An astonishing array of animals and habitats flourished on six obsolete weapons...