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Regulators contesting proposed Wyoming coal mining merger

Feb. 26, 2020 3:20 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Federal regulators said Wednesday they are contesting two coal companies' proposed Wyoming operations merger, saying the proposal would stifle competition that has helped keep down prices. The Federal Trade Commission issued a complaint against Peabody Energy and Arch Coal, both based...

Rhode Island woman pleads guilty to child porn charge

Feb. 26, 2020 3:06 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman has pleaded guilty to soliciting and receiving materials involving the sexual exploitation of children, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Karissa Cave, 23, of Newport pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence to receipt of child pornography, U.S....

In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 Holly Grange, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor in the North Carolina primary, is seen during an interview in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Cooper, Forest need primary wins before governor's showdown

Feb. 26, 2020 3:01 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Democratic governor will have to defend his seat against the highest ranking Republican official elected statewide in this fall's general election if each wins his respective party primary next week. Gov. Roy Cooper and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest are running for their party...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Feb. 26, 2020 2:56 PM EST

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Feb. 25 The Orlando Sentinel on giving reparations or scholarships to the descendants of the 1920 Ocoee massacre: Ocoee stands alongside Rosewood and Groveland as place names synonymous with atrocities against Florida’s African-American people and...

In this July 9, 2018 photo, beach-goers huddle under beach umbrellas on the sand in Atlantic City, N.J. The New Jersey Legislature is considering a bill in February 2020 to require beach umbrellas to be tethered to the sand to prevent injuries from flying umbrellas. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

NJ bill would make beachgoers fasten umbrellas to the sand

Feb. 26, 2020 2:50 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Beachgoers at the Jersey Shore would have to tether their beach umbrellas to the sand to prevent them from flying off and injuring people under a recently introduced bill. Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, a Monmouth County Democrat, wrote a bill that would require beach umbrellas to...

Bill would end bipartisan rule for Fish and Game Commission

Feb. 26, 2020 2:43 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Roughly a month after one of Idaho's newest Fish and Game Commissioners had to step down because of his political affiliation, a panel of lawmakers has approved a bill to remove the commission's bipartisan membership requirements. The commissioners set hunting and fishing regulations,...

Pendleton gets $1.8M emergency loan for flood-damaged levee

Feb. 26, 2020 2:34 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The city of Pendleton will get a $1.8 million through an emergency loan for repairs to a critical levee damaged by massive flooding in northeast Oregon earlier this month in hopes the structure can be fixed before the spring snowmelt, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday. Brown, a...

Executives of Santee Cooper listen as the utility makes its presentation before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Four executives did not show up because their lawyers advised them not to testify. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Collins)

SC utility execs under investigation asked few questions

Feb. 26, 2020 1:42 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two current executives of South Carolina's state owned utility who remain part of a criminal investigation into the failure to finish two nuclear plants in the state showed up for a meeting Wednesday after senators demanded their appearance. Santee Cooper Senior Vice President of...

Britain's Prince Harry attends a sustainable tourism summit at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (Andrew Milligan/Pool Photo via AP)

Call me Harry: Prince eschews royal label in Scotland speech

Feb. 26, 2020 8:55 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Just call him Harry. The British prince who is preparing to step back from royal duties would normally be referred to as sir or his royal highness. But as he was introduced to speak about sustainable tourism at an event in Scotland on Wednesday, the Duke of Sussex said the formality no longer...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2017, file photo, two men are silhouetted against the Panasonic sign at CES International, in Las Vegas. Japanese electronics maker Panasonic declined to comment on reports Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, that it is planning to end its partnership with Tesla to produce solar panels at a factory in New York state.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Panasonic scraps solar panels partnership with Tesla

Feb. 26, 2020 7:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Panasonic is pulling out of its partnership with Tesla to produce solar panels at a factory in New York state, the Japanese electronics maker said Wednesday. Panasonic's production at the factory in Buffalo will end by May, with an exit by September, it said in a statement. The decision is to...