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Man charged with stealing funds from mentally disabled woman

Feb. 11, 2020 9:42 PM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town's former superintendent of public works who police have accused of taking bribes from a local construction company was also charged with larceny for stealing from a mentally disabled woman. Scott Bartlett, 57, allegedly stole money from a mentally disabled woman...

FILE - In this March 16, 2018, file photo, a new U.S. advisory board is shown meeting for the first time to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos at the Interior Department in Washington. The Trump administration has disbanded its advisory board created to help boost trophy hunting and relax federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos. (AP Photo/Michael Biesecker, File)

Interior Dept. drops trophy hunting council amid court fight

Feb. 10, 2020 8:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing significant legal challenges, the Trump administration has disbanded its advisory board created to help boost trophy hunting and relax federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos. In a filing to a federal court in New York, an official...

Judge overturns agency's OK for new copper mine in Arizona

Feb. 10, 2020 7:34 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge in Tucson Monday overturned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s approval of plans for a new copper mine in southeastern Arizona. The $1.9 billion open-pit mine project, in the planning stages since 2005, has been in legal limbo since a federal court ruling...

Environmentalists drop lawsuit over federal oil, gas leases

Feb. 7, 2020 7:21 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An agreement to drop a lawsuit over federal oil and gas leases in eastern Arizona won't do much to stop companies from exploring for helium in the region. That's because the two companies that won the U.S. Bureau of Land Management leases already have access to other plots of state...

Opponents of Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota demonstrate on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, before a hearing on the project before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in the state Capitol complex in St. Paul, Minn. The opponents say the project would aggravate climate change.  (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Minnesota regulators put Line 3 oil pipeline back on track

Feb. 3, 2020 6:49 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota utility regulators put Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline back on track Monday, approving a court-ordered revised environmental review and reinstating two key approvals that the company needs to proceed with the disputed project. The state...

3 convicted in 2013 fatal boating incident in Louisiana

Feb. 2, 2020 11:41 AM EST

POINTE-A-LA-HACHE, La. (AP) — Three people have been found guilty for their roles in a boat collision that killed a 33-year-old Louisiana man in 2013. State District Judge Kevin Connor sentenced Larissa Demoll, 51, of Boothville, on charges including negligent homicide, hit-and-run driving and obstruction...

New Mexico sawmill struggling under revised owl ruling

Jan. 31, 2020 12:10 AM EST

MILAN, N.M. (AP) — A sawmill is struggling to keep afloat amid a monthslong court injunction that barred logging anywhere near Mexican spotted owl habitat in New Mexico’s five national forests. Mt. Taylor Manufacturing in Milan, New Mexico, was silenced in mid-December because of the court battle,...

Louisiana man, 18, accused of killing bald eagle, hawk

Jan. 30, 2020 5:27 PM EST

HOMER, La. (AP) — An 18-year-old Louisiana man is accused of wildlife crimes that include killing a bald eagle and a hawk. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says in a news release that that when investigators looked into two tips that Daniel Smith of Homer had killed a bald eagle, he...

Hemp grower sues Carson City over proposed cannabis farm

Jan. 28, 2020 12:45 AM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A local hemp grower is suing Carson City for trying to block a cannabis farm on about 100 acres (40 hectares) of rural property owned by the city. The Reno Gazette Journal reports Tahoe Hemp LLC filed a lawsuit in state court Jan. 15 accusing the city of acting in bad faith by...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2015 file photo, TC Energy's Keystone pipeline facility is seen in Hardisty, Alberta. The Trump administration is approving a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land. Federal officials told The Associated Press that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt would sign the approval for about 45 miles of the line's route Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. It pushes the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction, but it still faces court challenges. The 1,200-mile pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil daily from western Canada to U.S. refineries. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Trump administration approves Keystone pipeline on US land

Jan. 22, 2020 7:27 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday approved a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land, pushing the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction though court challenges still loom. The approval signed by Interior Secretary...