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Greece: Turkey still risks EU sanctions over sea dispute

Nov. 26, 2020 8:39 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece said Thursday that neighbor Turkey has so far refused to take action requested by the European Union to avoid sanctions from the bloc. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said ongoing Turkish offshore gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean has undermined efforts to...

Wolf vetoes bills on firearms during emergency, gas drilling

Nov. 25, 2020 4:06 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday vetoed bills on firearms during the pandemic or other emergencies and about the regulation and plugging of conventional oil and gas wells. All three bills had passed the politically split General Assembly with mostly Republican support and mostly Democratic...

Arctic refuge oil rights auction faces uncertain response

Nov. 25, 2020 9:27 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration is preparing to auction oil drilling rights inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but the degree to which the industry will participate is uncertain. Leases on the land in northeast Alaska could be go on the block days before President-elect Joe Biden...

A female worker sprays herbicide in a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Many women are hired by subcontractors on a day-to-day basis without benefits, performing the same jobs for the same companies for years and even decades. They often work without pay to help their husbands meet otherwise impossible daily quotas. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands

Nov. 24, 2020 1:31 PM EST

SUMATRA, Indonesia (AP) — With his hand clamped tightly over her mouth, she could not scream, the 16-year-old girl recalls – and no one was around to hear her anyway. She describes how her boss raped her amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm oil plantation that feeds into some of the...

North Dakota cities set to get infrastructure funding

Nov. 24, 2020 8:31 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Cities across North Dakota are set to get the first distribution of new state infrastructure funding next month. The Bismarck Tribune reports the 2019 Legislature passed “Operation Prairie Dog,” which created several state funds filled every two years with up to $250...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the leaders of the G20 Leaders' Summit with an introductory video message from his Vahdettin Pavilion, in Istanbul, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Saudi Arabia is hosting the virtual meeting of G-20 leaders on Saturday and Sunday in line with coronavirus restrictions.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Erdogan says Turkey's place is in Europe before EU summit

Nov. 22, 2020 9:05 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey sees itself as a part of Europe, but he called on the European Union to “keep your promises” on issues such as the country's membership bid and refugees. He spoke before an EU summit due to be held next...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2004, file photo, the sun sets behind Shiprock Mountain, a pumpjack and the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M. New Mexico is on track to have another banner year as a result of oil and gas drilling and other activities on state trust lands, officials with the State Land Office said Tuesday Aug. 18, 2020. (Dave Watson/The Daily Times via AP, File)

New Mexico increases enforcement of clean-up at oil sites

Nov. 19, 2020 7:12 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Land Office that oversees thousands of oil and natural gas development leases in a major U.S. petroleum-production basin is expanding environmental enforcement efforts to ensure that oilfield sites get cleaned up and restored as leases expire. At an online news...

FILE - In this July 16, 2017, file photo, ice is broken up by the passing of the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica as it sails through the Beaufort Sea off the coast of Alaska. Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public health threats. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Trump pushes new environmental rollbacks on way out the door

Nov. 19, 2020 12:32 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public health threats. The pending changes, which...

FILE - This June 5, 2009, file photo shows a Redtail hawk feeding a snake to one of her young ones nested at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colo. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 is a vital tool for protecting more than 1,000 species of birds including hawks and other birds of prey. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Trump pushes new environmental rollbacks on way out the door

Nov. 18, 2020 4:36 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public health threats. The pending changes, which...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Nov. 18, 2020 1:55 PM EST

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Nov. 17 The Journal on President-elect Joe Biden's energy agenda: Joe Biden is not yet president-elect officially, but it seems clear he will be the nation’s next chief executive. The sooner he clarifies his agenda — especially regarding energy...