Environment

In this March 21, 2018 photo smog and fog rise from the Chelyabinsk Electrometallurgical Plant in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Residents of Chelyabinsk are expressing worry over industrial pollution after heavy smog enveloped the Ural Mountains city this month and remained for two weeks. On Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 about 700 protesters braved temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) to demand cleaner air. (AP Photo/Dmitry Balakiev)
December 24, 2018 - 3:20 pm
CHELYABINSK, Russia (AP) — Residents of Chelyabinsk are expressing worry over industrial pollution after heavy smog enveloped the Ural Mountains city this month and remained for two weeks. On Sunday, about 700 protesters braved temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) to demand...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is met by reporters as he returns to the Capitol from the White House as work to avoid a partial government shutdown continues with President Donald Trump demanding funds for a border wall, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. Trump is imploring McConnell to change the Senate's rules in order to pass the spending bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 22, 2018 - 11:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — 'Twas just days before Christmas, and all through the House — and Senate — not a shutdown solution was stirring, and lawmakers, boy, did they grouse. The chaos that is President Donald Trump's White House seemed to wash over the Capitol as this weekend's partial federal shutdown...
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Miners hold the last lump of coal during a closing ceremony of the last German coal mine Prosper-Haniel in Bottrop, Germany, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. The end of black coal production marks the end of an industry that started German's industrial revolution and its post-war economic recovery. The mines once dominated the surrounding Ruhr region, employing up to half a million people. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
December 21, 2018 - 12:20 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Straining to hold back tears, their once-white helmets and overalls smeared with dust, seven miners in Germany stepped out of a metal cage Friday bearing the last piece of black coal hauled up from 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) below. The ceremony marked the end of an industry that laid...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016, file photo, travelers arrive at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline as they walk into a tent next to an upside-down American flag in Cannon Ball, N.D. A new report released Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights finds that funding levels for Native American tribes are woefully inadequate despite the federal government's responsibility to provide for education, public safety, health care and other services under treaties, laws and other acts. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
December 20, 2018 - 4:02 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A new report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights finds that funding levels for Native American tribes are woefully inadequate despite the federal government's responsibility to provide for education, public safety, health care and other services under treaties, laws and...
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FILE - This Feb. 10, 2016, file photo shows a former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., that would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced its approval of the air and water quality permits for the project and a certification of the company's plan to mitigate the mine's impact on wetlands. The only remaining major permit is a wetlands permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
December 20, 2018 - 3:29 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State pollution regulators on Thursday issued the last major state permits sought by the developers of the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, leaving only one major federal permit still pending. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced its...
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December 20, 2018 - 10:06 am
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court has ruled that the captain and the insurer of the Prestige oil tanker must pay more than 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in compensation for Spain's biggest environmental disaster, when the vessel sank in 2002. The court said in a statement Thursday that captain...
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The U.S. Capitol is seen as Congress and President Donald Trump move closer to a deadline to fund parts of the government, in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 19, 2018 - 9:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved legislation Wednesday to temporarily fund the government, a key step toward averting a federal shutdown after President Donald Trump backed off his demand for money for a border wall with Mexico. Senators passed the measure, which would keep government running...
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The U.S. Capitol Building Dome is seen through a beveled window at the Library of Congress in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. President Donald Trump this week appears likely to pass up his last, best chance to secure funding for the “beautiful” wall he’s long promised to construct along the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 19, 2018 - 9:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fight over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall and a potential partial government shutdown (all times local): 10:03 p.m. The Senate has approved legislation to temporarily fund the government and avoid a federal shutdown over President Donald Trump's border...
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his time in the state's highest office during an interview with The Associated Press in Sacramento, Calif. Brown, a Democrat, will leave office Jan. 7 after serving a record four terms. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
December 19, 2018 - 7:53 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown helped make his party even more powerful in California during the last eight years and now, less than a month before leaving office, he predicts that dominance will make it difficult for his successor to control Democrats' hunger for spending...
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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2018 file photo, Nancy Beaulieu, a member of the Leech Lake Tribe, attends a Public Utilities Commission meeting in St. Paul, to oppose Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline. Opponents of Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota have filed appeals to challenge the state Public Utilities Commission's approval of the project. Environmental and tribal groups filed initial notices Wednesday with the Minnesota Court of Appeals against the commission's decision to grant a certificate of need for the project. Canada-based Enbridge says it believes the courts will reaffirm the project's approval. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP, File)
December 19, 2018 - 5:35 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Opponents of Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota filed appeals Wednesday to challenge the state Public Utilities Commission's approval of the project. Environmental and tribal groups filed their initial notices with the...
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