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Chinese buyer of British Steel looks to grow abroad

Nov. 13, 2019 6:03 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Jingye Group's purchase of British Steel Ltd. gives the privately owned Chinese steelmaker a chance to grow outside a home market dominated by giant state-owned mills. The deal adds to a string of global acquisitions by Chinese companies that want to speed their growth in industries from...

Lawsuit aims to kill stalled $2B methanol refinery project

Nov. 12, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to keep one of the world's biggest methanol refineries from being built along the Columbia River in Washington state. Plans for the $2 billion refinery, shipping terminal and pipeline project in the small city of Kalama are already stalled after a state...

Leader of food security nonprofits to head World Food Prize

Nov. 12, 2019 11:35 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The foundation that awards the World Food Prize to individuals who work to improve food security in hopes of ending world hunger announced Tuesday that its new president will be a woman who has led nonprofit organizations focused on global food security, food safety and the impact...

Residents want federal probe of cancer near Georgia facility

Nov. 12, 2019 7:04 AM EST

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) — Residents of an Atlanta suburb want the federal government to investigate cases of cancer near a medical sterilization plant that uses a gas linked to an increase cancer risk. WXIA-TV reports some Covington residents are asking the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to...

Texas petrochemical plant fire environmental impact unclear

Nov. 11, 2019 6:59 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Researchers are uncertain about the environmental impact of toxic chemicals used to extinguish a three-day blaze at a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility after some leaked into a busy commercial waterway. The fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company facility in Deer Park began...

Capitol Watch: New Yorkers await toxic chemical testing

Nov. 9, 2019 1:52 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It's unclear just when New York will move ahead with ambitious plans that were announced last year to test public water systems for three industrial chemicals. State regulators have been working to require public water systems to test for and clean up three contaminants linked with...

Dow agrees to $77M environmental settlement in Michigan

Nov. 8, 2019 7:14 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to fund environmental restoration projects worth an estimated $77 million to compensate for decades of pollution by its plant in Midland, Michigan, officials said Friday. A deal between the company and government agencies calls for improvements to...

China sentences fentanyl traffickers after US tip about ring

Nov. 7, 2019 7:58 PM EST

XINGTAI, China (AP) — A Chinese court sentenced nine fentanyl traffickers on Thursday in a case that is the culmination of a rare collaboration between Chinese and U.S. law enforcement to crack down on global networks that manufacture and distribute lethal synthetic opioids. Liu Yong was sentenced to death...

Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows

Nov. 7, 2019 3:26 PM EST

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ground, there's a different scene:...

Business leaders protest Honolulu single-use plastics bill

Nov. 7, 2019 9:28 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Members of the Oahu business community took to the grounds of Honolulu's city government building to protest a bill that would ban a range of single-use plastic items. Retail and wholesale business leaders gathered at the Honolulu Hale on Tuesday to speak against what they believe is a...