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FILE - The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo., Friday,  July 27, 2018.  The Trump administration has weakened an Obama-era rule aimed at stopping coal plant pollution that has contaminated streams, lakes and underground aquifers. The changes finalized Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, will allow utilities to use cheaper wastewater cleanup technologies and take longer to comply with pollution reduction guidelines adopted in 2015. Its the latest in a string of regulatory rollbacks for the coal power industry under Trump. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Federal court strikes down major Trump climate rollback

Jan. 19, 2021 1:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court struck down one of the Trump administration’s most momentous climate rollbacks on Tuesday, saying the administration acted illegally in issuing a new rule that eased federal regulation of air pollution from power plants. The Trump administration had cited a...

Health worker Vanda Ortega, from the Witoto Indigenous group and dressed in traditional clothing, is the first woman to receive the COVID-19 vaccine produced by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd, during the start of the vaccination program in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

Oxygen-starved city in Brazil’s Amazon starts immunization

Jan. 19, 2021 11:27 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Amazonian city of Manaus in Brazil began administering vaccines against the coronavirus, providing a ray of hope for the rainforest’s biggest city whose health system is collapsing amid an increase in infections and dwindling oxygen supplies. Amazonas state Gov. Wilson Lima...

DNR board to consider mining fee increases next week

Jan. 19, 2021 11:19 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources' policy board is expected to reconsider a plan to dramatically increase mining fees in Wisconsin. The new rules would increase fees and costs for nonferrous mining operations by about $502,000 per project. They also would require companies to...

Conservation officer injured in snowmobile crash

Jan. 19, 2021 8:17 AM EST

PITTSBURG, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officer on active snowmobile patrol crashed on a trail and injured his leg while pursing snowmobilers for a violation, authorities said. The officer, Christopher Egan, 49, crashed on a trail in Pittsburg at about 5:20 a.m. Monday. Eagan...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2020, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Warm Springs, Ga. President-elect Joe Biden has evoked Franklin Delano Roosevelt in promising a remaking of America unseen since the New Deal. Pledging to emulate some of the loftiest reforms in the nation’s history has left him with towering promises to keep. And Biden hopes to deliver against the backdrop of the pandemic and searing national division. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Biden has set sky-high expectations. Can he meet them?

Jan. 19, 2021 8:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back when the election was tightening and just a week away, Joe Biden went big. He flew to Warm Springs, the Georgia town whose thermal waters once brought Franklin Delano Roosevelt comfort from polio, and pledged a restitching of America's economic and policy fabric unseen since FDR's...

Clouds form over the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Joe Biden's hefty to-do list starts with a flurry of orders

Jan. 19, 2021 5:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has given himself an imposing to-do list for his earliest days as president and many promises to keep over the longer haul. Overshadowing everything at the very start is Biden's effort to win congressional approval of a $1.9 trillion plan to combat the coronavirus and the...

Boscawen couple named outstanding tree farmers by program

Jan. 19, 2021 5:00 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A couple in Boscawen, New Hampshire, have been named the 2021 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year by the state tree farm program. Charles and Mabel Niebling bought a 67-acre tree farm in 2001. It has been under a written forest management plan since 2003 that focuses on maintaining...

Senator to detail Trillion Trees act at Maine forestry forum

Jan. 19, 2021 5:00 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group that supports tens of thousands of family woodland owners in Maine is holding its annual forum this week. The Maine Woodland Owners' Forestry Forum takes place on Thursday. The event is being held online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The forum is popular with...

Russian-American climber found dead on Pakistani mountain

Jan. 19, 2021 2:11 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Russian-American climber who went missing last week while trying to scale a mountain amid harsh winter weather in northern Pakistan has been found dead, the region's tourist police and the Alpine Club of Pakistan said Tuesday. The tourist police in the town of Gilgit made the...

This frame grab from video provided by WNEP-TV shows authorities at one of the scenes in a string of multiple shootings, late Monday, June 18, 2021, in Monroe County, Pa. Authorities say at least four people have been injured in the string of shootings that prompted a shelter-in-place order for some residents north of Mount Pocono. (Courtesy of WNEP TV via AP)

4 hurt in string of shootings in Pocono Mountains community

Jan. 19, 2021 1:42 AM EST

MOUNT POCONO, Pa. (AP) — At least four people were injured Monday in a string of shootings that prompted an order to shelter in place for a Pennsylvania community in the Pocono Mountains, authorities said. Shots rang out not far from each other in at least four different areas of Monroe County,...