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FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016, file photo, people protest against the Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline on Crater Lake Highway in Medford, Ore. A Canadian energy company on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, withdrew its application for a state permit for the project, and a project spokesman said it is instead awaiting possible federal approval. (Jamie Lusch/The Medford Mail Tribune via AP, File)

Energy firm withdraws permit application for Oregon pipeline

Jan. 24, 2020 8:34 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Canadian energy company has withdrawn its application for a state permit for a controversial natural gas pipeline and export terminal in Oregon, and a project spokesman said Friday it is instead awaiting possible federal approval. Two Oregon state lawmakers on Friday accused the...

A man burn joss sticks as he prays at the Wong Tai Sin Temple, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Hong Kong, to celebrate the Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac. China is expanding its lockdown against the deadly new virus to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushing to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims as the outbreak cast a pall over Lunar New Year, the country’s biggest and most festive holiday. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

For businesses, virus in China fans fear and uncertainty

Jan. 24, 2020 6:02 PM EST

China’s worst health crisis in years has sparked fear and uncertainty for businesses from North America to Asia that depend on trade in the affected region. Experts say it’s too soon to know how disruptive the crisis will prove. But it’s already having an impact. McDonald’s has...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo, smoke billows around power transmission lines as the Camp Fire burns in Big Bend, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the nation's largest electric utility, filed for bankruptcy last year after facing an estimated $50 billion in damages from several Northern California wildfires that were linked to its equipment, including one blaze in 2018 that killed 85 people and destroyed about 19,000 buildings. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

California bill would make utilities pay some blackout costs

Jan. 23, 2020 8:19 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians left in the dark by electric companies that shut off their power to prevent wildfires could get paid for things such as lost wages or spoiled food under a bill that advanced Thursday in the Legislature. In the state plagued by catastrophic blazes started by strong...

North Dakota signals no new conditions on pipeline expansion

Jan. 23, 2020 2:10 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators signaled Thursday that the state would not impose conditions beyond those required by the federal government on a proposal to double the capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Zachary Pelham, an attorney for the three-member, all-Republican North Dakota Public...

FILE - This Sept. 16, 2019, file photo shows an aerial view of the devastation after an explosion at the Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP) building, in Farmington, Maine. The blast killed one firefighter and injured multiple other people. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP, File)

Victim's daughter: Severed propane line led to fatal blast

Jan. 23, 2020 12:51 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A propane explosion that killed a firefighter and injured six of his colleagues and another person last year in Maine was caused by a post that was placed in the ground to protect an exterior heating unit, severing an underground gas line, according to testimony at a recent...

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...

Iowa wants expert review of Dakota Access Pipeline expansion

Jan. 21, 2020 2:35 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Iowa regulators want owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline to provide expert analysis to back up the company’s claim that doubling the line’s capacity won't increase the likelihood of a spill, a requirement their counterparts in North Dakota haven't imposed. Texas-based...

4.5 magnitude earthquake shakes southern Kansas

Jan. 19, 2020 10:08 PM EST

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A small earthquake was reported in southern Kansas on Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck about 2 miles (3 kilometers) southwest of Hutchinson shortly after 1 p.m. The service had initially reported that it was a magnitude 4.4 earthquake, but...

US allows Chevron to keep drilling in Venezuela for 3 months

Jan. 18, 2020 7:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has granted Chevron a special license to keep drilling oil in Venezuela despite a ban on American companies doing business with President Nicolás Maduro's socialist government. The Treasury Department late Friday renewed until April 22 the license for Chevron...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric crews work on restoring power lines in a fire ravaged neighborhood in the aftermath of a wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif. A state lawmaker is demanding an extensive review of the California Public Utilities Commission to determine whether regulators' lax oversight enabled the neglectful behavior at Pacific Gas & Electric that triggered catastrophic wildfires, a messy bankruptcy and exasperating blackouts. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California lawmaker demands probe of PG&E's chief regulator

Jan. 15, 2020 8:58 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A state lawmaker on Wednesday demanded an extensive review of the California Public Utilities Commission to determine whether regulators’ lax oversight enabled neglect at Pacific Gas & Electric that triggered catastrophic wildfires, a messy bankruptcy and exasperating...