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Court: Permit for oil refinery planned near national park OK

Jun. 30, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has sided with state regulators in a challenge to an air quality permit for a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the western part of the state. In a unanimous opinion, the high court upheld a lower court ruling that affirmed...

In this April 29, 2020 photo, Venezuelan shipping magnate Wilmer Ruperti smokes a cigarette during an interview in Caracas, Venezuela. As a result of U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, a high-stakes legal fight in U.S. federal court is pitting Ruperti against Greek shipping magnate Evangelos Marinakis, in connection with oil tanker Alkimos carrying high octane gasoline estimated to be worth millions. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)

Venezuela sanctions set off fight for 'plundered' oil cargo

Jun. 30, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — For two months, the Malta-flagged oil tanker Alkimos has been quietly floating off the Gulf Coast of Texas, undisturbed by the high-stakes legal fight playing out in a federal courtroom as a result of American sanctions on Venezuela. The commercial dispute, which hasn’t been previously...

Nevada mulls EPA reversal of Obama era drinking water rules

Jun. 28, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Trump administration has decided a chemical with a notorious legacy in Nevada will not be regulated in drinking water, but state officials say the reversal of the Obama-era policy shouldn’t result in any decline in drinking water standards across the state. The U.S....

People embrace on he street as they wait for the all-clear to return to their apartment after an earthquake in Mexico City, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The earthquake struck near the Huatulco resort in the Oaxaca state on Tuesday morning, swayed buildings in Mexico City and sent thousands fleeing into the streets. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Mexico quake toll rises to 7; hundreds of homes damaged

Jun. 24, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The magnitude 7.4 earthquake that rocked the southern Mexico resort of Huatulco killed at least seven people, damaged hundreds of homes and four archaeological sites and temporarily cut power to more than 2.4 million people, authorities said Wednesday. The quake that struck at 10:29 a.m....

Montana oil refinery to pay $11M to jurisdictions, state

Jun. 24, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — An oil refinery in Montana has agreed to pay $11 million in property taxes owed to the state, local governments and schools over the past three years, a newspaper reported. The settlement agreement signed last month resolves one of the largest property tax disputes in Montana. It...

A Venezuelan oil worker holding a small Iranian flag attends a ceremony for the arrival of Iranian oil tanker Fortune at the El Palito refinery near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, Monday, May 25, 2020. The first of five tankers loaded with gasoline sent from Iran is expected to temporarily ease Venezuela's fuel crunch while defying Trump administration sanctions targeting the two U.S. foes. (AP Photo/Ernesto Vargas)

Iran sends shipment of food to Venezuela in latest delivery

Jun. 21, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Iranian officials said one of their cargo ships was expected to dock in Venezuela on Sunday with food to launch the first Iranian supermarket in the South American nation. The Golsan's delivery marks “another success in friendly and fraternal relations between two...

The El Palito refinery belches out smoke near Puerto Cabello in Venezuela, Monday, May 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Ernesto Vargas)

Iranian ship en route to Venezuela signals ongoing alliance

Jun. 19, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — An Iranian cargo ship is expected to dock in Venezuela soon, an arrival that comes shortly after the Middle Eastern nation sent five tankers loaded with gasoline to relieve its fuel-starved South American ally, an analyst said Friday. The Golsan's journey signals a blossoming...

Gov. backs bill to regulate polluting firms in Black cities

Jun. 19, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Citing nationwide Juneteenth celebrations, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday it's time pass legislation giving state regulators the authority to deny development permits to businesses whose operations pollute primarily Black communities. Murphy, a Democrat, announced his support...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves to supporters in Lazaro Cardenas, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Monday, June 1, 2020. Amid a pandemic and the remnants of a tropical storm, President Lopez Obrador kicked off Mexico's return to a

Mexico president would sell gas to Venezuela if asked

Jun. 15, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday he would be willing to sell gasoline to Venezuela for humanitarian reasons despite United States sanctions against the South American nation. “Venezuela has not made a request of us, but if it were a humanitarian...

In this Monday June 8, 2020 photo a nozzle valve is attached to the dispenser of a hydrogen filling station in Dresden Germany.  The German government is to agree its national hydrogen strategy for the coming decades, part of a plan to reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP)

German government agrees on national hydrogen strategy

Jun. 10, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government agreed Wednesday on a long-term strategy for increasing production and use of hydrogen as part of a plan to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. While hydrogen is currently produced almost exclusively from fossil fuels, the government wants to encourage its...