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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont talks to Audrey Blondin, right, of Torrington, during a watch party for the Democratic National Convention at Dunkin' Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats minor league baseball team, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

The Latest: Connecticut forms advisory groups on vaccines

Sep. 21, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut is forming an advisory group to validate the safety of any coronavirus vaccines and how to distribute them to the public, Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday. Lamont said the goals are to make sure the vaccines are not harmful, the public can have confidence in them and they are distributed...

A laboratory assistant holds sewage samples collected from Utah State University dormitory's Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Logan, Utah. About 300 students are quarantined to their rooms this week, but not because anyone got sick or tested positive. Instead, the warning bells came from the sewage. Colleges around the country are monitoring wastewater in hopes of stopping coronavirus outbreaks before they get out of hand. Utah State became at least the second school to quarantine hundreds of students after sewage tests detected the virus. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Colleges combating coronavirus turn to stinky savior: sewage

Sep. 6, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Days after he crossed the country to start college, Ryan Schmutz received a text message from Utah State University: COVID-19 had been detected at his dorm. Within 10 minutes, he dropped the crepes he was making and was whisked away by bus to a testing site. “We didn’t...

European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton shows a map of Europe as he talks to journalists during an online news conference at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Worried by an increasing dependency on the raw materials used to make smart phones, televisions and energy-saving lights, the European Union on Thursday launched a new strategy to secure access to rare earth minerals and reduce reliance on suppliers like Chile, China and South Africa. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool)

EU unveils plan to secure raw materials, cut dependency

Sep. 3, 2020 7:04 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Worried by an increasing dependency on the raw materials used to make smart phones, televisions and energy-saving lights, the European Union on Thursday launched a new strategy to secure access to rare earth minerals and to reduce reliance on suppliers like Chile, China and South Africa....

Andrew Wheeler, administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, front, speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in San Diego. The U.S. government announced work has begun to stop a decades-old problem of millions of gallons of sewage from Tijuana, Mexico, flowing into the United States and polluting the waves where Southern California meets the border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Work starts to stop sewage flows into California from Mexico

Sep. 2, 2020 9:40 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Work has begun to stop a decades-old problem of millions of gallons of sewage from Tijuana, Mexico, flowing into the United States and polluting San Diego County beaches, the Trump administration's top environmental protection official said Wednesday. For more than 40 years, wastewater...

Probe into waste spilled into Paris river from cement plant

Sep. 2, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris authorities are investigating the spilling of pollutants into the Seine River from a plant run by one of the world's biggest cement makers, LafargeHolcim, officials said Wednesday. The company blamed a “malicious act” by someone who deliberately damaged a protective panel,...

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding Air Force One for a trip to Kenosha, Wis., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump spins baseless tale of ‘thugs’ flying to protests

Sep. 2, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump is recycling a baseless conspiracy theory to claim that recent protests have been orchestrated by powerful people in “dark shadows” intent on undermining his reelection prospects. The claims first took root on Facebook and Twitter earlier this year after...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 file photo, a man walks on a mountain of plastic bottles as he carries a sack of them to be sold for recycling after weighing them at the dump in the Dandora slum of Nairobi, Kenya. The oil industry in 2020 has asked the United States to pressure Kenya to change its world-leading stance against the plastic waste that litters Africa, according to environmentalists who fear the continent will be used as a dumping ground. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

Oil companies accused of wanting to dump plastics in Africa

Sep. 1, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The oil industry has asked the United States to pressure Kenya to change its world-leading stance against the plastic waste that litters Africa, according to environmentalists who fear the continent will be used as a dumping ground. The request from the American Chemistry Council,...

FILE - The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo., Friday,  July 27, 2018.  The Trump administration has weakened an Obama-era rule aimed at stopping coal plant pollution that has contaminated streams, lakes and underground aquifers. The changes finalized Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, will allow utilities to use cheaper wastewater cleanup technologies and take longer to comply with pollution reduction guidelines adopted in 2015. Its the latest in a string of regulatory rollbacks for the coal power industry under Trump. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Trump administration finalizes coal plant pollution rollback

Aug. 31, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday finalized its weakening of an Obama-era rule aimed at reducing polluted wastewater from coal-burning power plants that has contaminated streams, lakes and underground aquifers The change will allow utilities to use cheaper technologies and take...

Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette testifies before a House Commerce Subcommittee on oversight of the Department of Energy during coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Feds to pay South Carolina $600M in plutonium removal deal

Aug. 31, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After years of legal disputes, officials with the U.S. Department of Energy and South Carolina have inked a $600 million settlement over the storage of plutonium at a former nuclear weapons plant in the state, the largest legal settlement in South Carolina history. During a news...

People disinfect as a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Health officials prepare to tighten distancing restrictions in the greater capital area. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Nearly 500K register for free tests in Hong Kong

Aug. 30, 2020 10:09 PM EDT

HONG KONG — Hong Kong authorities say nearly half a million people have registered for a free universal coronavirus testing program that is due to begin Tuesday. Residents registering online have already booked out 80 testing sites located in gymnasiums and community centers for the initial day of the...