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Judge won't reinstate frac sand permit in Monroe County

Sep. 21, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge refused Monday to reinstate a wetlands permit for a $75 million frac sand operation in Monroe County. Atlanta-based Meteor Timber has been working for four years to gain permission to build a frac sand plant and rail loading facility on a property that includes a hardwood...

Vermont police ID remains as New York woman, ruled homicide

Sep. 21, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

SEARSBURG, Vt. (AP) — A set of human remains discovered last year in Searsburg have been identified as those of a New York woman, Vermont State Police said Monday. An autopsy has ruled the death of Jessica Hildenbrandt, 43, of Ballston Spa, New York, as a homicide, although the cause of death has not been...

College students wear masks our of concern for the coronavirus on the Boston College campus, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

8th death linked to wedding outbreak; 'Big Papi' had COVID

Sep. 19, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A look at developments related to the coronavirus in New England on Saturday. MAINE An eighth death has been linked to a coronavirus outbreak stemming from a wedding and reception in the northern part of Maine. The man who died was in his 80s and from Somerset County, the Maine Center for...

Southwest Georgia steel fabricator closes, laying off 128

Sep. 19, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A steel fabricator is closing in southwest Georgia, laying off 128 employees. Alpharetta-based Cives Corp. is closing its Thomasville location, leaving it with seven nationwide. Cives President Greg Orff told the Thomasville Times-Enterprise that the economic downturn sparked by the...

President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Bemidji Regional Airport, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Bemidji, Minn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump and Biden hit unlikely battleground state of Minnesota

Sep. 18, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A solidly blue state for the past half century, Minnesota became an unquestioned presidential battleground on Friday as President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden fought for working-class voters in dueling events that marked the beginning of early voting. Their...

Mississippi corrections employee accused of embezzlement

Sep. 18, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Department of Corrections employee has been arrested on charges of embezzlement after officials say he stole prison property and sold it for personal profit. Corrections Commander Carl Arnold, 60, was arrested Tuesday and suspended without pay, Commissioner Burl Cain...

FILE - This undated photo provided on Jan. 24, 2020 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows some of over 165 pounds (75 kilograms) of suspected methamphetamine seized after smugglers tried to float it across the border from Nogales, Mexico, by roping together dozens of packages and sending them through an underground drainage tunnel into Arizona, according to federal officials. The Mexican Defense Department announced on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, that seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl so far this year are 465% higher than in 2019, but progress against another big Mexican export to the U.S. market _ methamphetamines _ is slower.  (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP, File)

Mexico sees fentanyl seizures up 465%, denies making drug

Sep. 18, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl so far this year are 465% higher than in 2019, rising to almost 2,300 pounds (1,040 kilograms) from around 405 pounds ( 184 kilograms) last year, but progress against another big Mexican export to the U.S. market —...

A man looks at tributes placed near Grenfell Tower in London, Sunday, June 14, 2020. Britain is marking the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire with a virtual church service to remember the 72 people who died in the blaze. Sunday marks three years since a small kitchen fire in the west London public-housing block turned into the worst domestic blaze in the country since World War II. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Judge tosses US lawsuit over fire at London's Grenfell Tower

Sep. 17, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. judge in Philadelphia has dismissed a lawsuit filed over the 2017 fire at London’s Grenfell Tower that killed 72 people, concluding the case should be litigated there. The lawsuit claimed that faulty building materials, some made by U.S. manufacturers, turned the tower...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, file photo, Robert Murray, then-chief executive of Murray Energy Corp., speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office at the Crandall Canyon Mine, northwest of Huntington, Utah. Murray Energy Holdings’ approved Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan became effective Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The company completed the sale of its assets to an entity formed by former creditors. Murray was replaced as CEO in 2019 by Robert Moore, who will head the new company, Ohio-based American Consolidated Natural Resources Inc. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Coal giant Murray Energy out of bankruptcy under new name

Sep. 17, 2020 1:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A major U.S. coal mining company has emerged from federal bankruptcy protection under a new name and ownership group. Murray Energy Holdings said its Chapter 11 plan was approved last month in U.S. bankruptcy court in Ohio and became effective Wednesday. The company said in a...

Company to build $13.3M plant in Alabama, hire 90

Sep. 16, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A company that specializes in aluminum roll covers for pickup trucks is building its first U.S. plant in Alabama. Mountain Top Industries, based in Denmark, said it plans to bring a $13.3 million, 73,000 square-foot (6782 square-meter) manufacturing facility to Montgomery and create...