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'Who is she?' - US Treasury chief takes swipe at Thunberg

Jan. 23, 2020 5:59 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is in no position to give economic advice until she’s gone to college and come out with an economics degree. At a press briefing at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss town of Davos,...

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde gestures during a meeting of European Union Finance Ministers in Eurogroup format at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

As European Central Bank meets, eyes turn to policy review

Jan. 23, 2020 5:41 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Thursday's European Central Bank meeting offers investors the chance to hear more about President Christine Lagarde's plans for a full review of the bank's policies that could include tweaking its target for inflation and supporting projects to fight global warming. Lagarde has...

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, President of Ukraine, speaks during a plenary session during the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

The Latest: Ukraine premier downplays resignation talk

Jan. 23, 2020 5:37 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 11:35 a.m. Ukraine’s prime minister says he is “not planning to go anywhere,” trying to tamp down “rumors” that he or his government might soon resign. Prime Minister...

Russia's Daniil Medvedev holds a towel on his nosebleed during his second round singles match against Spain's Pedro Martinez at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Amid rain and red hue, Medvedev, Thiem advance in Australia

Jan. 23, 2020 3:22 AM EST

A red hue came over Day 4 at the Australian Open. A bloody nose. And a two-time French Open finalist going five sets against a Bolt from Down Under on an indoor court at Melbourne Park after damp red dust delayed play on some outside courts following overnight rain. Fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev needed a medical...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, an egret looks for food along Valhalla Pond in Riverview, Fla. The Trump administration was expected to announce completion as soon as Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, of one of its most momentous environmental rollbacks, removing federal protections for millions of miles of the country’s streams, arroyos and wetlands. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Trump's rollback of US water protections nears completion

Jan. 23, 2020 12:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration was expected to announce completion as soon as Thursday of one of its most momentous environmental rollbacks, removing federal protections for millions of miles of the country’s streams, arroyos and wetlands. The changes, launched by President Donald Trump...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric's blueprint for getting out of bankruptcy and renewing his threat to lead a bid to turn the beleaguered utility into a government-run operation. PG&E is trying to dig out of a financial hole created by more than $50 billion in claims stemming from a series of catastrophic wildfires that have been blamed on the San Francisco company. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor aims to block PG&E's bankruptcy plan

Jan. 22, 2020 7:45 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric's blueprint for getting out of bankruptcy and renewing his threat to lead a bid to turn the beleaguered utility into a government-run operation. In a court filing Wednesday, Newsom's lawyers gave...

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2019, file photo a firefighter prepares to battle the Cave Fire as it flares up along Highway 154 in the Los Padres National Forest, above Santa Barbara, Calif. As wildfire risks heat up, startups in California’s Silicon Valley are starting to take notice. They are hopeful more tech companies will get involved as wildfires continue to occur in California and Australia. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Why tech has been slow to fight wildfires, extreme weather

Jan. 22, 2020 7:29 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For three years running, California’s wildfires have sent plumes of smoke across Silicon Valley. So far, though, that hasn't spurred much tech innovation aimed at addressing extreme-weather disasters associated with climate change. It's true that tech companies from enterprise...

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...

FILE - This Nov. 7, 2018, file photo shows an election worker stacking ballots into a sorting machine at the King County Elections office in Renton, Wash. An obscure Seattle-area election will be the first in the country where all voters will be allowed to vote online. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Obscure Seattle election offers experiment in online voting

Jan. 22, 2020 6:30 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — An election for a volunteer board in the Seattle area is so obscure that voter turnout is typically less than 1%. Officials are giving online voting a trial run this year to try to boost turnout and explore how it might work in a bigger election. It will be the first election in the country...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Santa Rose County Jail in Milton, Fla., shows Joseph Maldonado-Passage. Maldonado-Passage, a former Oklahoma zookeeper and one-time candidate for governor has been sentenced in a murder-for-hire plot. A federal judge in Oklahoma City sentenced 56-year-old Maldonado-Passage, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, for his role in the failed plot and for violating federal wildlife laws. (Santa Rosa County Jail via AP, File)

Oklahoma zookeeper sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

Jan. 22, 2020 5:49 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma zookeeper and one-time candidate for governor was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws. A federal judge in Oklahoma City sentenced 56-year-old Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage — who...