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New Hampshire landfill expansion hearing

Dec. 6, 2019 10:51 PM EST

BETHLEHEM, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire residents attended a public hearing to voice their objections to a 5.71-acre expansion of a local landfill. North County Environmental Services is seeking a modification to its permit that could potentially accommodate a million tons of waste. The parent company behind...

Elon Musk cleared of defamation in 'pedo guy' tweet trial

Dec. 6, 2019 10:02 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elon Musk defeated defamation allegations Friday from a British cave explorer who claimed he was branded a pedophile when the Tesla CEO called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet. Vernon Unsworth, who participated in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for...

Colorado state Rep. Kimmi Clark Lewis dies of cancer at 62

Dec. 6, 2019 7:46 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Kimmi Clark Lewis, who represented a large rural swath of eastern Colorado, has died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 62. Lewis, who died surrounded by friends and family at home on her ranch in Kim on Friday, represented House District...

Cowboys for Trump group now says sand wasn't from monument

Dec. 6, 2019 7:27 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Iconic gypsum sand that the group Cowboys for Trump had said was from White Sands National Monument in New Mexico and was sent to Washington for the U.S. Capitol Tree lighting ceremony this week was actually gathered just outside the monument, one of the group's co-founders said...

Pearl Harbor shooting unfolded in 23 seconds in packed area

Dec. 6, 2019 7:10 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy sailor who fatally shot two people at Pearl Harbor before killing himself was unhappy with his commanders and had been undergoing counseling, a military official said Friday. Gabriel Romero, 22, also faced non-judicial punishment, which is a lower-level administrative process...

State agency selects Vineyard Wind for offshore wind bid

Dec. 6, 2019 6:53 PM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has announced the largest purchase of renewable energy in the state's history. Vineyard Wind was selected to provide 14% of the states electricity, 804 megawatts, via offshore wind power, according to the agency. ...

Pork industry sues over California law on animal confinement

Dec. 6, 2019 6:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pork industry is challenging the constitutionality of a voter-approved California measure that will prohibit the sale of meat products from hogs born to sows confined in spaces that don’t meet new minimum size requirements. A lawsuit filed late Thursday in San Diego federal...

No excessive radiation at Detroit River aggregate spill site

Dec. 6, 2019 6:40 PM EST

Tests at a Michigan industrial site where limestone construction aggregate recently spilled into the Detroit River turned up no indication of excessive radiation levels, a state agency reported Friday. Staffers with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy inspected the Detroit Bulk Storage property...

Texas IDs cancer cluster in polluted Houston neighborhood

Dec. 6, 2019 6:24 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas health officials identified a cancer cluster in a north Houston neighborhood polluted by the wood preservative creosote from a nearby railroad operation, prompting calls from residents and the city for a more in-depth investigation of potential ongoing risks. An assessment by the...

Mets re-sign reliever Brach after solid show late last year

Dec. 6, 2019 6:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets re-signed reliever Brad Brach to a one-year, $850,000 contract on Friday, encouraged by his solid showing after they added him last August. Brach’s deal includes a player option for 2021 at $1.25 million. The 33-year-old right-hander was 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA in 16...