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Many progressives grudgingly accepting smaller economic bill

Oct. 27, 2021 00:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many progressives have started lining up behind an emerging social and environment bill that's neither as big or bold as they wanted, thanks to an outnumbered but potent band of party moderates who've enjoyed a disproportionate say in shaping the measure. ...

Opposition party to fight next Australia election on climate

Oct. 27, 2021 00:35 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s opposition party said on Wednesday a looming election will be fought on greenhouse gas reduction targets as Prime Minister Scott Morrison comes under criticism from scientists over the modest goals he will take to a U.N. climate summit. ...

Half its original size, Biden's big plan in race to finish

Oct. 27, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Half its original size, President Joe Biden's big domestic policy plan is being pulled apart and reconfigured as Democrats edge closer to satisfying their most reluctant colleagues and finishing what's now about a $1.75 trillion package. How to pay...

Navy says operator error caused Hawaii pipeline leak

Oct. 26, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Tuesday that operator error caused it to release 1,618 gallons (6,125 liters) of jet fuel from a pipeline at its Red Hill fuel tank storage facility in Hawaii, but that the leak didn't come from any of the massive tanks themselves. ...

Judge orders stay in case seeking to remove Snake River dams

Oct. 26, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday granted a stay in litigation seeking to save endangered salmon runs on the Columbia and Snake rivers. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon in Portland, Oregon, granted a request by both sides in the lawsuit seeking the stay...

Wildlife agencies to cancel Trump endangered species rules

Oct. 26, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration announced Tuesday plans to cancel two environmental rollbacks under former President Donald Trump that limited habitat protections for imperiled plants and wildlife. The proposal to drop the two Trump-era rules...

Rainfall records fall across northern Nevada, Reno to Ely

Oct. 26, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The amount of rain that fell in Reno the last two days was nearly as much as the previous 12 months combined as rainfall records fell across much of northern Nevada, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. The 2.92 inches (7.4 cm) of rain recorded...

Tennessee woman pleads guilty to falsifying water tests

Oct. 26, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman has pleaded guilty to submitting hundreds of false reports to state regulators about the cleanliness of wastewater she was paid to analyze, federal prosecutors said. DiAne Gordon, 61, faces up to five years in federal prison after...

New Mexico energizes first leg of major transmission line

Oct. 26, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It’s been years in the making, and now officials say the first leg of a major renewable energy transmission line in New Mexico has been energized. The New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority made the announcement Tuesday, saying...

California still deep in drought despite atmospheric river

Oct. 26, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The deluge California received from a powerful atmospheric river made streams and waterfalls come alive while coating mountains with snow, but as the storm headed east to the Plains on Tuesday it left the Golden State still deep in drought. The...