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Company drops plan for $2.3B methanol plant in Washington

Jun. 11, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A company backed by the Chinese government on Friday ended its seven-year effort to build one of the world’s largest methanol plants along the Columbia River in southwestern Washington, following a series of regulatory setbacks and a long debate over its environmental...

Florida reverses itself, will allow rainbow bridge lighting

Jun. 09, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida reversed itself Wednesday and said a downtown Jacksonville bridge can be decorated in rainbow lights to celebrate gay rights, one day after it had ordered them doused. Taryn Fenske, a spokeswoman for Gov. Ron DeSantis, told The...

W.Va. lawmakers approve using federal aid, spending on roads

Jun. 07, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers Monday poured federal funds and extra state cash into road repairs, health care, and education programs such as school lunches. It was the Republican-led legislature's first special session of the year, called by the...

Louisiana Senate scraps sales tax idea, tries new road plan

Jun. 07, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana senators Monday shelved their effort to renew a temporary state sales tax and instead unanimously backed a different tactic to steer millions of dollars more annually to roadwork that could create future budget gaps for health care, education and other...

Norwegian plans Florida sailings, stands by vaccine rule

Jun. 07, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings on Monday announced plans to set sail from two Florida ports requiring passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 despite state legislation banning businesses from asking for proof. Norwegian announced...

Louisiana lawmakers trying to reach tax deal for roadwork

Jun. 06, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana senators advanced several transportation financing proposals in a rare Sunday debate session, as lawmakers negotiated behind the scenes on ways to steer more tax money to roads and bridges before the legislative session wraps up this week. ...

Italian police seize sand, shells; fine tourists in Sardinia

Jun. 05, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Dozens of tourists will have to pay dearly for their souvenirs from Sardinia’s pristine beaches. Italian media on Saturday said customs police on the Mediterranean island issued fines of up to 3,000 euros ($3,600) to 41 people who in recent days tried to...

European Union bans overflight of EU territory, airport use by Belarus airlines

Jun. 04, 2021 10:26 AM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union bans overflight of EU territory, airport use by Belarus airlines.

EU bans overflight of its territory by Belarus airlines

Jun. 04, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has slapped a ban on the overflight of the 27-nation bloc’s airspace and the use of its airports by Belarus airlines, in the wake of Minsk’s decision to divert a Ryanair passenger plane to arrest a dissident journalist last month. ...

Danish lawmakers give go-ahead to built Copenhagen island

Jun. 04, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Denmark’s Parliament on Friday voted in favor of building a 20-billion-kroner ($3.3 billion) artificial island in Copenhagen that will house at least 35,000 people who will be connected to downtown by a harbor tunnel and a subway line. The approval...